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1. Hands off Acaan Tom

2. Well I don't work a lot with coins but one routine I like performing is One Coin Routine by Tom Stone

3. This is a routine I created and I am very glad of it, it could be described as book test were one participant transmits the word to other participant

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First post for me in awhile, just haven't been spending time here but...

Cards: My Ambitious/floating card routine.
Coins: coins across or Lethal Tender (love the instant change and reactions)!
Other: Winston Freer Tile Puzzle routine!

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Predict thought of card
Drawing dupe
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Bill in Fruit.
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Coins Across (Paul Green’s In The Trenches “Above, Beside, Below”)
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I think I would choose "Wild Card" "Scotch and Soda" and a Ring and Rope Routine.
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Quarter Bend, ACR, and Sneak Thief.
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Man, I can do a lot of stuff but having too much stuff usually don't get done much. Smile I've come to only do a few things now & again, some of my stuff and some stuff I picked up and seemed to hold on to from the journey. Often times it don't take much to make people smile, and it doesn't have to be difficult, easy stuff will work just as well most times. Anyway, here are some tricks I guess I'll always do because they are easy to get into and fun to so immediately get so much out of... But it's really cool here that nearly everybody does something different as per them...Just the way The Great Magician in the sky meant for it to be. 🎩

Coins: The MB Transpo PLUS... or Gadabout Coins
*I know Gadabout Coins is an old one but it's just some darn good coin magic and as been such since I learned it as a kid. Smile

Cards: The Old Circus Card Trick (Updated)... or Ultimate Transpo
*I get to do most of what I learned as to card magic in these little tricks and they always amaze. Smile

Close-up: Ultimate Positive Negative... or Sankey's Leaving Home/ Holy Moly
*Any of these little babies is good filler as you move about a room, down a street, through a crowd or just through life. Smile
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Any three Jay Sankey tricks as long as they all only use the Erdnase two-handed color change.
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1. Stand Up Monte or Corners of Piccadilly
2. My one coin routine (mix from Kanoia Harbottles one coin routine and Kozmos one coin routine)/questionable trick by greg wilson/coinvexed
3. Ring on string/fibre optics
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This is a really good question, and if you really think about it, you would have to choose carefully to not drive yourself CRAZY. There are some tricks that I like, like crazy man's handcuffs, but if I had to do it over and over for the rest of my life, I think I would go crazy. So, I think one of the criteria would be tricks that I could do where at least some of them would be slightly different with every single performance. So...

If I could only do one trick, over and over and over and over and over and over, for the rest of my life, I think it would be:

Drawing or word duplication. At least it would be a different trick every time.

If I could add two more, maybe:

A card routine I do that starts with the pivotal peek, shows three wrong cards in the middle, and ends with the participant turning over their card from one of the three wrong cards. This trick has so many elements of amazing magic, and it is always good for a free beer.

Finally, I guess I would say Matthew Wright's Final Destination, which I think it the most magical coins across ever.

If I could add a fourth, it would be Voiceless by Ali Faroutain. Really amazing theater of the mind. Not 100% foolproof, but very entertaining.

KJ
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1. Stand Up Monte
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3. Primary Movement (One Coin Transpo)
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I just don't get the popularity of any Ambitious Card Routine......even less so when the 'Ambitious Card' ends up as a Card to Wallet. These are two completely different effects. At least try and create something original for the finale!

What do magicians honestly think that an 'Ambitious Card' routine delivers for an audience; other than an opportunity to showboat your card control skills? Many go on with far too many phases; I think that twice is more than enough - or where exactly is the surprise element? Afterall, if your audience know what's going to happen next, it begs the question - why even bother?

More often than not, it's also dependent upon the Double Lift - a move unfortunately considered as 'easy' by far too many magicians. I can count on the fingers of one hand the amount of people I've seen over 40+ years who can pull off a convincing, natural Double Lift. For the record, Dai Vernon's method is, in all probability, the most natural that you can study.
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On Jan 2, 2021, Merc Man wrote:
I just don't get the popularity of any Ambitious Card Routine......even less so when the 'Ambitious Card' ends up as a Card to Wallet. These are two completely different effects. At least try and create something original for the finale!

What do magicians honestly think that an 'Ambitious Card' routine delivers for an audience; other than an opportunity to showboat your card control skills? Many go on with far too many phases; I think that twice is more than enough - or where exactly is the surprise element? Afterall, if your audience know what's going to happen next, it begs the question - why even bother?

More often than not, it's also dependent upon the Double Lift - a move unfortunately considered as 'easy' by far too many magicians. I can count on the fingers of one hand the amount of people I've seen over 40+ years who can pull off a convincing, natural Double Lift. For the record, Dai Vernon's method is, in all probability, the most natural that you can study.


I agree with this, more or less. I think Ambitious Card is better used as part of a larger routine or as a very quick routine. Though the best ACR I think I've seen is David Regal's routine where the spectator draws a puppy on the card rather than writing their signature.

To the original question, if I had to pick only three tricks to use for the rest of my life (and limiting this thought exercise to close up, since that's the forum we're in), I think I would go with Jay Sankey's Back In Time, $100 Bill Switch, and Color Monte. I have some pause about including two card routines, but I still think that's what I would choose.

Also, I guess saying "$100 Bill Switch" is a bit of a cop out because it's a method, not a routine. If I had to narrow it down to a single routine then it would either be a standard Mismade Dollar routine or a semi-original routine I do where their borrowed $20 bill transforms in to something they don't want. Oh, but there are so many good routines involving a bill switch it's hard to narrow it down!
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Apologies - I forgot to add my three faves as I went into rant mode. These would have to be (discounting cards):

- Torn and restored cigarette paper (or napkin).
- Chink-a-Chink with any 4(!) items that work.
- Coins through table (preferably borrowed).

With props:

- Sponge balls.
- Flying Salt (with a TT).
- I'll Start Again (paddle).
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On Jan 2, 2021, Merc Man wrote:
I just don't get the popularity of any Ambitious Card Routine......even less so when the 'Ambitious Card' ends up as a Card to Wallet. These are two completely different effects. At least try and create something original for the finale!

What do magicians honestly think that an 'Ambitious Card' routine delivers for an audience; other than an opportunity to showboat your card control skills? Many go on with far too many phases; I think that twice is more than enough - or where exactly is the surprise element? Afterall, if your audience know what's going to happen next, it begs the question - why even bother?

More often than not, it's also dependent upon the Double Lift - a move unfortunately considered as 'easy' by far too many magicians. I can count on the fingers of one hand the amount of people I've seen over 40+ years who can pull off a convincing, natural Double Lift. For the record, Dai Vernon's method is, in all probability, the most natural that you can study.

Never been a fan of the routine. I have seen exceptions to the rule, but indeed I feel exactly as you do.
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Unless...you engage the spectator to make the card travel to the top of the deck in an entertaining way as opposed to just an observation effect by the magician alone.

For example using a T.V. remote given to the spectator who presses the button to make the card rise.
At the end the card ends up inside the battery compartment of the remote. I think Joshua Jay marketed the remote idea some time ago. IMO it's all about involving our audiences. They will remember using the remote and their signed card found inside as opoosed to watching you do some fancy card handling.
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