

MagieByAntony New user 33 Posts 
What cards do you choose for this effect? High or low? Do you have a prefered Jonah card? Do you think that a certain combination of cards arouses more/less suspicion than another?
I personally use 3 kings, 3 queens, 3 Tens and a black jack for the extra card. Thoughts? Cheers!
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alicauchy Veteran user Málaga, Spain 310 Posts 
I use to do the Blessed Poker by Woody Aragon, which is a threephase routine starting with 20 cards, and the final phase is with 10 cards.
My patter is related to "I will select high cards for the demo/effect in order to guarantee eyecatching combinations". FYI, the final Jonah card is AS
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marc_carrion Special user 616 Posts 
Alicauchy, where is Blessed Poker published?

magicthree Special user 553 Posts 
Woody's book, "A Book In English"

Vlad_77 Inner circle The Netherlands 5829 Posts 
I use the same cards as suggested by Harry Lorayne and later Darwin Ortiz.

alicauchy Veteran user Málaga, Spain 310 Posts 
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corpmagi Special user New York 724 Posts 
3 kings, 3 deuces, 3 tens and. Queen of clubs
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landmark Inner circle within a triangle 5044 Posts 
Bob Farmer's book has a nice dissertation on this.
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blurrylines Regular user 181 Posts 
Michael Weber's "TEN" is phenomenal, it has 10 completely different effects...

valiquid New user 3 Posts 
I'll make it a variety of high value cards depending on what I'm feeling, and the spades, hearts, and diamonds for optimal visual appeal. Then I use an ace as the Jonah card, which makes them much more likely to take it when I allow them to peek before taking. This makes it slightly more likely that they'll realize what happens to whoever ends up with that card since the ace stands out more, but after countless goes this has never happened, and they take the ace about 95% of the time on peeking as long as it's the first or second round. If they don't I just mix up the cards and have them choose blindly.

stickmondoo Loyal user 288 Posts 
Because I use a half stack a lot I use a set from the second half (the mixed half) of the Tamariz stack so I use the three tens from this half H, S, D the three Jacks D, S, C the three Aces H, C, D and the King of Spades as the Johna because he blends in well with the Jacks.

marc_carrion Special user 616 Posts 
I started using the three phase one from Woody "Blessed Poker" (thanks magicthree and alicauchy). I uses 18 cards (not 20)... and you have some control on the three sets on the first two phases, but not the stranger (pretty much random due to some shuffling)... and in the third phase the Ace of Space is the stranger. It is a very nice routine where the spectator gets more and more choices as it advances, so each phase seems more fair than the previous one, but he still looses every time.

Terrible Wizard Inner circle 1973 Posts 
What is the thinking behind the cards chosen? Visual appeal? Contrast? Am I missing something in just going for a mix of court and number, black and red?

marc_carrion Special user 616 Posts 
In Woody Aragon routine the first phase is a normal face down deal of 10 cards (2 hands of 5), but in the second part the spectator is given the chance of changing cards (first face down, then face up), in the third phase (last) the spectator chooses the cards he wants... so a little of psychology is used to ensure they get the stranger every time.

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marc_carrion Special user 616 Posts 
Ben Blau has another version where the cards are selected 'randomly' by the spectator and the magician from a full deck. I have not performed it yet, but it seems an interesting idea. It makes it look more fair than separating 10 cards from the beginning.

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On Feb 14, 2016, Vlad_77 wrote: Same as Vlad for me.
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On Mar 7, 2016, landmark wrote: The Bammo Ten Card Deal Dossier by Bob Farmer had a section starting on pg 19 (I believe) that dealt with several variations ie the Lorayne set (also used by Hartman, Ortiz and many others) He then goes into the thinking behind every card in the set (Or not in) and why. Then there are some scientific statistics as to what cards are commonly picked first when asked to name a card, visualize a card, remember a card even cards people "like better". He also explores 2 other stacks (science 1 and science 2) based on the research. I found this to be one of the most interesting chapters of the book.
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