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chiz
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Does anyone have any particular kicker endings for their AC routine? I don't mean moves like the braue pop up move etc, I mean other things.
One I was thinking about would be to reveal that the rest of the deck is blank (i know it's not new, but still..), so something along those lines. However preferably not too gimmicky, and something that ends reasonably clean.

I do think the AC has potential, and spectators seem to like it, tho I don't! so I need some kicker ending that might rekindle my interest in the effect, rather than doing the same old boring stuff like finishing with a colour change or Braue's move that I just mentioned.

So yeah, any suggestions will be very welcome.

cheers,

Ben
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I think Deck to Pocket has always been my favorite. I also like card to wallet.
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I first create the illusion that the ambitious card is everywhere on the deck: the first, the second, the third card, a card in the middle, the card on the bottom, again a card in the middle...... then I do a Jennings change with the card and I show the deck and pretend the ambitious card has gone. I finish with a mercury fold and show the card coming out of a box that was in view the whole time. Smile
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Keep in mind that the kicker ending should have something to do with the theme of the effect. The deck turning blank at the end may be interesting to you as a magician, but seen subjectively, it's illogical and pointless. I think the signed card traveling to an impossible location is a fine finish and fits in with the theme of the card being ambitious. I like to end with the card appearing in a stapled paper bag (SuperSack, AOA 2, p. 233). Just remember that you're there to entertain the audience, not yourself. What we magicians find over-used or boring, our audiences might find surprising and new. And we magicians find entertaining or cool, our audiences might find pointless or uninteresting. So just keep the audience in mind. Smile
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I have an AC routine that ends with me "slieght of hand proofing" the deck.
With that I take an elastic band and place it around the entire deck making any "move" impossible. I then ask a couple of questions.
"Now under these conditions would you like your card to come to the top face up or face down?" They always say face up. "Do you want me to do it with one hand or two?" Again they always say one.
I continue "I will do all that and take it one step further" With a flick of the wrist their card Visibally appears face up on top of the deck BUT not under the rubber band , it even rises up through it. Card is removed to show the deck still bound by the elastic!.And it is all done with one hand.
Very visual.

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I think one of the best endings for AC is Paul Harris' Solid deception. At the end of the routine the deck becomes a solid block. It can be found in the Paul Harris Art of Astonishment books.
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Use a one-way force deck for the entire routine, but add one card. Force the one odd card and use it, unsigned, for the ambitious card routine. At the end, the spectators will probably accuse you of having a deck made up of all the same card. Show them that you do, in fact, have a deck consisting of all the same card, but it isn't the card they chose!
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How about this. Throughout the routine you claim that you control the signed card by seeing it amongst the other cards. In the end you "explain" how it was accomplished. The AC is the only odd-backed card.

It's a little harder to do, but leaves them with a nice souvenir.

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Yeah, that was another thing I was thinking of. I just kinda like the blank deck. About it not fitting in with the theme to use a blank deck- The card doesn't like just jumping to the top, it really like to set itself apart from the rest of the cards....doesnt seem too illogical to me!

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Something about the one-way deck really gets to people. Any thoughts on having two cards selected? This would involve the having each rise to the top on command... except ... I'm sure you get the idea of what happens Smile
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I did develop some effects that required 2 cards to be selected, and each rising to the top on command, then the deck being separated, and the cards each rise to the top of their respective packs; but it was very difficult keeping to an ambitious card theme, and instead I decided on a 2 card routine. This then developed into a routine where 1 card is selected, and some effects are done, then an extra one is selected, then finally a third is chosen, finishing with a card to box routine, which I now currently use. This seems to get good reactions, it's just it's much worse for angles than an AC, and so it's not really suitable for anything other than table performances. So I want to try and find an entertaining AC routine, that I also enjoy performing.

I know people say what I find interesting may not appeal to the audience, but if I don't find it interesting, then I wont enjoy performing it! so why bother! I'd much rather do both. Ovbiously I'm not going to keep performing it if I get terrible reactions!

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Often I will end my Ambitious Card routine with "Hula Fusion" by Carl Andrews. It's and Anniversary Waltz effect without any setup or clean up. I love it and it gets great reactions.
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chiz
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Waht is 'hula fusion' and what is an anniversary waltz effect?

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It means, that two cards fuse into one.

With signatures on both sides of the card(s)

mmG Roland
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My ending is simple and requires no setup.

The card is cut into the center of the pack FACE UP and the cards are spread to show that it is in the center. The pack is squared and dropped from one hand to the other from a distance of about two feet.

As the pack falls the face up signed card appears on top as I say: "Look Ma, no hands!".

The method is in Card Finesse by Jon Racherbaumer.


Another ending that I like is Jay Sankey's. The pack is wrapped with a rubber band ala Daryl's Ultimate Ambition and the top card is peeked at by a spec. It is NOT the selection. With a casual gesture, as you say something like "I can't be any more fair..." the card is on top, under the band.
David Le
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A color change.

a la

Ed Marlo's Snap Change
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chiz
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You really think the snap change is a good way to end an AC routine?
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I like the blank deck idea stated above. I cant be of much help. to end my routine, I usually have the spectator himslef place the card into the center. I execute a pass while asking him to place his palm out. I place the deck onto his palm and tell him to concentrate on it rising. then he snaps his fingers over the deck and turns over the top card. it plays pretty strong.
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In Steve Mayhew's "Impressing Jodie Foster" manuscript he has a FANTASTIC ambitious routine that ends with a deck of Dbl Backers (which are put to good use throughout the effect.) I've never had the 'audacity' to use this... but man... it sounds like fun.

I've always liked (and used) Jay Sankey's "top card" finish (from "When Creators Collide"... and a few vids he put out.)
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If you can watch your angles properly, I think its pretty good to end it with a snap change Smile

yeah, you can also use a buildup ala daryl's ultimate ambition. and use ropes, rubberbands or even chains to tie up the deck.

just do a pass. DL as a convincer, tie the deck and do whatever you want from there Smile

if not, use a cull. I hear that magicians rarely ever use the cull anymore........ but that's what I heard. Smile
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