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Thanks for the write-up Les.
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Thanks for the write-up Les.


You are welcome!

I have mulled things over a little more and have come to a couple of more conclusions:

I don't think I will splurge on the Two by Two number deck, which, after shipping and exchange will be close to forty Canadian dollars. I have a stack memorized well and am comfortable with the on-the-feet arithmetic of the older Twice as Hard effect, so I will stick with that. However, for a two-card CAAN effect that doesn't require a stack and gives the impression of complete freedom in the selection of card and number, Two by Two is sweet indeed. Who knows? Maybe if I work on my printing I will hand-make a set of the cards with a blank deck and sharpies.

I really don't think that Fate Accompli is a natural successor to Simply Simon's Fate. It is great birthday effect that makes the most of a simple but very deceptive move, but it is quite different from the original Fate, with its great props (if you go to the trouble to get or make them) and mentally gratifying use cross-indexing. I don't know if I will ever print up a set of the older effect's astrology cards, but I will think about it.

Random Sample Shuffle-bored is a much more refined presentation of the effect as offered on first Big Blind Media Ultimate Self-Worker DVD. Simon's newest presentation handles the Ali Bongo folded prediction in a better way and provides a template suitable for copying.

Though most of the gaffs can be made by anyone who has developed some rudimentary card-splitting facility, I think getting a set from Simon for the colourful birthday DB alone.

That's enough from me for now.

Les
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Les, thanks for the great write ups. WRT to the Joker gaff trick - I am unfamiliar with this trick but a source of monochrome Jokers can be had here:

http://www.themagicdepot.com/product_inf......_id=1957

Also, if black colored backs are ok, 4 packs of Bikes are available at many of the retail chain stores (Walmart, etc.) featuring two red decks and two black decks. The black decks have monochrome Jokers.
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Also, if black colored backs are ok, 4 packs of Bikes are available at many of the retail chain stores (Walmart, etc.) featuring two red decks and two black decks. The black decks have monochrome Jokers.


There are also three-packs--red, blue, and black--available at various sources online. Here in Canada Canadian Tire carries them for eight bucks for the three decks. I have gotten plenty of the red-black four packs here at Walmart. They are ten bucks for the four but of late they are harder to find. I love the black Bikes. Not looking for any more bikes at the moment--I went through a hoarding spree over the last year and have several bricks already--a lifetime supply for a hobbyist like me.

Thank you for that Magic Depot link. I will certainly browse around the site so I can take advantage of the free worldwide shipping.
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Probably best book of the year. Love it.

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Have only dipped inside this book so far but the effect Totally Fooling in the Totals chapter is just that. It relies on a mathmatical stack plus a few very easy moves to result in a double kicker.

Similar to the Undo Influence principle Simon expands on a number of variations of the basic effect with tweaks by Josh Jay and John Bannon
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Landmark and Les,

Thanks guys for your impressions. I respect both of you and this book is on my short list to buy AFTER I figure out how to scare up the dosh to get the offline Digital Genii.

I have never been disappointed in Simon Aronson's work and you guys are KILLING me with all the praise thus far for it.

Best,
Vlad
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I just went all in and ordered Art Decko w/gaffs plus the number deck from Simon's website. It too has been on my short list since coming out. The good words here, in particular the reviews from Landmark and Les (thank you for such detail) helped in making the decision to push the PayPal button. More winter reading...but alas I believe my 2014 budget for magic books is now spent.
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I have given in and just ordered Art Decko from Alakazam and the four gaff cards, with the Two by Two deck, directly from the Simon Aronson website...I may need some help in convincing my Wife that she has bought me an early Christmas present Smile

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Another plug--I have enjoyed so much the gaffed card effects in this book (Thinking Inside the Box and About Face in particular) that I have ordered custom-made DFs in Phoenix and Tally-Ho as well from Bernd Maucksch. I actually think Thinking Inside the Box works especially well with the Phoenix Jokers and card case. Moreover, that effect works best with a card-back-on-the-box kind of case, and we have that as standard equipment with Phoenix and Tally-Ho.

Still holding off getting the Two by Two deck. I am finding that working with an ungimmicked handmade deck is a very convincing alternative, proceeding as Simon suggests in Comment 2 on p. 322.
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...maybe even more convincing to some!
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...maybe even more convincing to some!


Since the number selections can be revealed to all right away, I have adapted the switch from "I Already Told You" elsewhere in the book, only with the spread face down and the selection turned face up (as opposed to the spread face up and selection turned face down). This is one of those situations where the under-the-spread switch can be presented at its most deceptive as the small move of the swap is covered by the large move of the flip, and the lay spectator has no reason to not believe that the number card he is looking at is the very one he just touched. Beautiful--I actually have got it so smooth now I fool myself. This trick has turned me into an evangelist when it comes to the under-the-spread force, or its close relatives such as the Convincing Control.

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What is everybody's favorite effect in the new book so far??
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What is everybody's favorite effect in the new book so far??


Thinking Inside the Box. I love it so much I ordered custom made gaffs from Bernd Maucksch (CardMaker) in coloured Bike jokers, Tally-Ho jokers, and Phoenix jokers so I have more versatility in deck and box choice. Indeed, Tally-Ho and Phoenix work best here as the requisite card-back design is on the box whereas it is not with the new Bike boxes and old-school Rider back boxes need to be subbed in.

The trick is a great mix of not difficult and diverse moves and gaff use to produce an awesome card-to-impossible location result. Thanks to this trick I have finally buffed up my Houdini (aka Erdnase) change it is actually starting to look magical in my hands.

Les
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