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JamieUK
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I agree it is better to get a link to the final effect (why would an ambitions card suddenly decide to hop to your mouth, etc.)
It makes sense that the card goes up, so if you are going to do card to location, ceiling makes sense.
Also what about, for those using card to box, placing the box on the top of the deck to "catch" the card? this would make sense of the location, making the two effects link better?
As for airtight, I'm afraid I don't know that one, sounds clever - but if it's card to balloon, could it be done with a helium balloon? That would be an awesome closer..
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I end it with two signatures joining each other on one card, one on the back one on the front.
This is also nice to do for couples.
I met this girl when filming magic at a night club, and she remembered me from a few years before in another club. She pulled the double signature card from her wallet, she had kept it for years. I did it for her and her sister, they were identical twins.
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On 2011-08-05 14:32, metaljohn wrote:
As some of you said, ACR is more of a puzzling effect rather than a magic trick, but when you end it with the WOW 2.0 gimmick it turns it into an impossible magic effect.


I beg to differ. When you end it with the WOW gimmick it turns it into.....a trick with a plastic....uh...ummm...what exactly is that thing? And can I play with it please?

Think about it. Or not! Your choice.

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I use David stones Cell as my finally.

I have used some of the above ideas in the past.

I start off with Mark Mason stuck up Monte, with a signed card, I then move onto the ACR, using a mixture of Oz Pearlman, Daryl, and along the lines of the David regal type story, and the card ends up folded up in the back of a phone battery compartment, that the spectator has been holding or lying on the table from the very beginning of the first phase of the routine.

The funniest part is people go absolutely wild, and keep referring to the card as a dog, proving they are hooked on the story line.

David regal routine, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DH0SUHT1qsI

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Loved watching David (Regal) do the ACR, then - surprise - someone else came on doing an ACR! Interesting.
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One of the seven basic effects of magic is transposition or teleportation. That's what Ambitious Card is, a transposition of a card from the middle of the deck to the top. It's not a puzzle unless you simply want to define all magic effects as puzzles because the are "something to be figured out."

David Regal is great!

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On 2011-09-20 05:24, J.Warrens wrote:
When you end it with the WOW gimmick it turns it into.....a trick with a plastic....uh...ummm...what exactly is that thing? And can I play with it please?
Think about it. Or not! Your choice.

Indeed! To end an ACR (what CAN be a wonderful piece of magic in the right hands)with a "toy" that you can buy on e-Bay for 2$ is a shame.
I even try to avoid EVERY trick that the dealers throw on the (open) market, how good it may be.
It kills all the creativity of many magicians.
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On 2013-01-17 05:29, Waterloophai wrote:
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On 2011-09-20 05:24, J.Warrens wrote:
When you end it with the WOW gimmick it turns it into.....a trick with a plastic....uh...ummm...what exactly is that thing? And can I play with it please?
Think about it. Or not! Your choice.

Indeed! To end an ACR (what CAN be a wonderful piece of magic in the right hands)with a "toy" that you can buy on e-Bay for 2$ is a shame.
I even try to avoid EVERY trick that the dealers throw on the (open) market, how good it may be.
It kills all the creativity of many magicians.

Playing card is a toy. it is quite obvious to layman.
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The unexpected is the best ending, the best jokes have unexpected punch lines, the best movies have unexpected endings etc etc

MAGIC is no different, the fact that card to wallet worked for a while means only one thing, more magicians used that ending and more people saw it, hence it wont be truly unexpected.

that's why if you must do card to wallet, do card to sealed envelope in wallet, at least that is less common then just card to wallet.

On the DVD series Visions of Wonder with Tommy Wonder (I do not remember if its dvd 1, 2 or 3) Tommy Does the ACR routine, the ending is the card "folded" and in a "ring box" (was displayed on table from start to end of routine).

During the explanation part, Max Maven spoke about how amazed he was on how the audience volantariy all got up and gave him a standing ovation, what follows is a great interview worth watching.

For those who never saw the routine here ya go https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrApPgoWZqE

Please note, 144,000+ views 655 thumbs up 9 thumbs down (thumbs down either by someone clicking it by mistake or a jealous magician)

The problem is we are creatures of habit, we have all kinds of excuses why what we are comfortable now is really the best way to do things, and while we lie and BS ourselves the new guys comes, and makes our work look very dated.
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For a while I was really enjoying finishing an ACR through a false ending, then incorporating the signed card into my 3 card monte as a follow-up kicker. I've been toying around with the "Clarity Box" concept though - a very nicely put together utility device and so far it is slaying audiences.
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Of the ones you listed I would say card to wallet (especially if you are using a fire wallet).

The ending I have been using lately is after a signed ambitious card I have a nother card signed and then the signature jumps from card to card until both signatures end up being on the selected card (sort of an anniversary waltz) .
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I have recently revised my ambitious routine after having seen Michael Close's "Trick that fooled Houdini" version from his Devious dvd's.

I loved the entertaining story line and have come up with something similar but with a different angle about a meeting between these two legends,

I have thought for a long time that David Jade's "Pixel" would be a great ending but could never work out how to incorporate it with the ambitious card in a way that makes sense.

Thanks to Mr Close's inspiration I now have a perfectly logical reason to use Pixel as my final fourth phase.

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In Our Magic, the only time that mixing effects is recommended is when one effect is an Effect of Repetition which then is followed by an Effect of Surprise. The meaning of "effect" in M&D is what sort of theatrical effect that the trick involves. Using Fitzkee's idea that effect is the Law of Nature being broken, both the Ambitious Card and the Card to Envelope are effects of magical transit.

This is my routine:

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I use the pop up move, but I can also recomend Mr. Wonder's card to box.
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Card to sealed cardbox, for every 500 times magicians do the card to wallet 1 guy does card to sealed box, if you must do wallet do into sealed envelope
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I like your style, Pop. Really nice work
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I like to make the card disappear somehow, I either palm the card or use some other method to make it vanish.
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In a parlor setting, I grab a different colored deck and have the card rise to the top.
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I usually have them sign the back after I do my last ac routine, then move into a torn and restored card and then they get to keep the card that would not die
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I like to do gutsy things - I'll often steal card from top with palm - and then produce it,
but I'm choosing my production location right then and there:
- her purse
- someone's ear
- a zipper
- a glass
- etc


I like this approach - it makes the show exciting for me -
risk= excitement


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