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THE NUTSHELL: Ultimate 3 Card Monte is thoroughly fair, visually stunning, and almost flawless.

THE REVIEW: Beyond any doubt the second-best and barely-trailing monte gimmick, the Ultimate 3 Card Monte fools them all. It is a monte that is so fair, and almost too revealing, that spectators are truly boggled. The high point of this trick is its right-under-the-nose routine, the instant changes, and the absolutely devastating climax. Two Card Monte becomes a tentative addition to my monte routine, as the Ultimate 3 Card Monte has a just as astonishing 2 card effect by itself. I’ve also come up with my own ideas for the routine; original variations are easy to come by. In fact, it’s possible to improvise with these cards. Sky’s the limit.

This head to head with the best monte trick, but trails barely in second for its cons: Examinable? Not at all, sadly, but to be redundant, the routine worked out for you has you showing the cards so “fairly,” examination is not a spectator’s priority, and I’m sure there was an easier way to put it and I’m sure that this sentence is a disgustingly long run-on that I will end with a period now. Seriously though, it’s no big deal that the cards can’t be examined: simply switch the cards and/or just move into a followup routine and ditch the cards to your pocket. Second con: I’ve managed to spend $ 30 on the Ultimate 3 Card Monte: first loss, the all too familiar cards-to-washing-machine routine, second loss, my replacement for those cards came in red, and I now have my third Ultimate packet and guard it with my life. Now you can take two things from this drama: 1) How much I love this trick that I’d buy it three times, and 2) take into account the risk you’re taking if you stick yourself to a certain color deck. Final con: if you get it anywhere but Penguin, and I don’t know why on earth you would, make sure it has the picture of Skinner in front of the card table or your going to get some lovely Hoyle cards to never use. The cons are minuscule in this situation, and if you have the monte trick anywhere near you’re heart, purchase it with no hesitation. I give it a 9.

Now that I’ve reviewed all my monte tricks, I’ll reveal to you my highly successful Monte routine, that leaves you clean at the end and actually gives you an opportunity to enter another routine. Stack the deck like so: Color Monte order on top, Two Card Monte below that (in any order of your choice; I like the Pass method of 2CM in the order of AC, QD, AS, QH. Slip AC to middle before doing it), Ultimate 3 Card Monte spread evenly through the deck as seen in Oz’s video. This monte routine is designed to be increasingly impressive to the spectator, building on each feat, even though all the tricks are pretty much equally stunning.
Slide the Color Monte off the top, throw it out for examination at the end. Transition is: “Actually I’ll go one step further and use regular cards, even though you can see those are perfectly normal.” – yhuck, yhuck – Perform the Ultimate 3 Card Monte. Transition is: “And not only will I take totally different cards now, I’ll only use two, and this time it’s all gonna happen in your hands.” Two Card Monte, finish up with the Aces. You’re done. Not too much, not too little, walk away if you want, or if your feeling ambitious do something that uses two aces – I do the Wave the Aces, taught on the [edited] video Inside Magic. (Sorry Penguin, and for the record, you could definitely get a DVD better than Inside Magic for the price.) So that’s the routine I highly recommend for breaking the very slippery ice.

By the way, if I ever see this routine on a video, I will hunt you down and beat you. And then I’ll take you out to lunch to talk about the division of the profits.
- Daniel Tyler
Overcome Reality.
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