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There is a self-working card trick that I always perform nowadays, which gets great reactions from the audience and it's absolutely mind-blowing. I discovered the trick in the Penguin Live Lecture of Howard Hamburg (great lecture): Howard called it "A Taste of ESP", and it's a variation of "The Nine Card Problem" of Jim Steinmeyer (from his Impuzzibilities book).
A selected card is inserted in a small packet of cards and discovered via spelling. The presentation is very engaging (the spectator can tell the truth or lie, several times) and leads to a number of jokes and interaction with the spectator and the rest of the audience.
Without the extra ESP cards it's only marginally les impactful, but has the benefit of being completely impromptu (from a regular shuffled deck).
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That reminds me of an old impromptu gem by Martin Gardner called Newspell.
I fooled myself with it.
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Yes and, also by Martin Gardner, there's Card Minded. You hand a shuffled deck to the spectator and never touch it after that. Spectator cuts the deck in two and picks one half. They pick a card out of the middle of their half and push it into the other half. Spectator B picks up the other half, shuffles it and then fans the cards towards himself, maybe retires to a corner of the room where no one can see the cards. He chooses a card that he feels jumps out at him and puts it face down on the table. It is the card that spectator A picked and put into that half.
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Yes and, also by Martin Gardner, there's Card Minded. You hand a shuffled deck to the spectator and never touch it after that. Spectator cuts the deck in two and picks one half. They pick a card out of the middle of their half and push it into the other half. Spectator B picks up the other half, shuffles it and then fans the cards towards himself, maybe retires to a corner of the room where no one can see the cards. He chooses a card that he feels jumps out at him and puts it face down on the table. It is the card that spectator A picked and put into that half.

Where is that one found John?
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It's in Annemann's Card Magic p69. I haven't actually tried it out yet myself but I can't think of any reason why it wouldn't be awesome for spectator A (as long as it works as it should).
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Ahhh yes. Same source as Newspell. Thankyou sir.
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[quote]On Jan 16, 2019, brad12d3 wrote:
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On Jan 15, 2019, Wravyn wrote:
Sean Waters, Bryn Reynolds, Atlas Brookings, etc.. I do have a Maven DVD that is great. So I went ahead and ordered Prism!



Thanks Brad...Prism by Max will be a good buy for you.

Bryn


You bet! I loved The Safwan Papers. That was one of the first mentalism books I bought years ago.

Look forward to prism!


I'm glad you like Safwan.

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He is a human mentalism encyclopedia, and his thinking is....diabolic.

Bryn
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I realize you don't want to do slights, and I wouldn't really call these slights, but If you learn a few counts and a few spreads you can have a lot of fun fooling folks with even a borrowed deck of cards. Counts and slights are the basis for many packet tricks...i.e. easy to learn. Throw in a gaff (if not using a borrowed deck obviously) and you will appear to work miracles. I should mention how much fun it is creating your own effects/routines in this manner. When I first learned the Elmsley Count and the Ascanio Spread back about 1979 (from a couple of packet tricks I purchased...I recall one was called SNOW...Phil Goldstein I think...still have it somewhere) I really found it amazing what I was able to do...it felt as if a door had opened up that I didn't even know existed...hard to explain. Try it...I think you will like it.
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Another one: Any Ace Spell. A Frank Thompson effect explained in Rim Shots by Harry Lorayne.

You shuffle the deck. Spectator names any one of the four Aces. You spell straight to it from the top of the deck. So far not dissimilar to a million other spelling tricks. But then you pull the other three Aces out of different parts of the deck leaving the impression that the spectator’s freely chosen Ace was the only one that could have been spelled to.
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Another one: Any Ace Spell. A Frank Thompson effect explained in Rim Shots by Harry Lorayne.

You shuffle the deck. Spectator names any one of the four Aces. You spell straight to it from the top of the deck. So far not dissimilar to a million other spelling tricks. But then you pull the other three Aces out of different parts of the deck leaving the impression that the spectator’s freely chosen Ace was the only one that could have been spelled to.

That is a Killer!
Check out Darwin Ortiz' variation in Afterthoughts.
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Peek-a-Boo Aces by Nick Trost.
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A couple of SWing tricks that are quite different, yet great:

The Piano Card Trick
A Swindle of Sorts
Miraskil
Quickie Card Trick
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