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Bernard Bilis - Cards Across:
https://youtu.be/vMv6SOvfivs
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Dj thanks for sharing Bernard is a fantastic card magician.....what is it for you that you particularly like about his version though ?
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Yes, Bernard is a fantastic card magician.

I like in his version that the three cards are signed.

There is another version, video by Bernard Bilis where the spectators think of three cards, these three cards disappear and appear in another pack.
I can't find this video anymore.
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The Bernard Bilis version is brilliant. Obviously the fact that the cards are signed takes it to a different level from many other versions.

I love the way it is structured. It plays upon our natural habit of mentally filling in the gaps of what we see with what we think we know.
For example, I knew the 3 cards did not disappear one by one. But initially I was completely baffled by how they disappeared at all with everyone watching as he cleanly inserted them. Only when I watched it again did I realise I had been completely fooled by my own assumptions.

So, for me personally, I would say the beauty is in the timing, and psychological skullduggery.
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My question is what do you consider to be vital to a good cards across to be used in a close up situation ie


Hi Warren,
What is your context for "close up"? For me, it is performing for friends as a hobbyist. But for a professional magician it probably means table-hopping.

For me, examinability is important. But in a professional context, I think spectators are generally more polite.

Here is David Blaine doing Strange Travellers - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlTj-uVOXuw
It's great, but not examinable of course.

Also here is Teleporter - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaJEdmkjBwQ
which is I assume the same method.
Funny to compare this rather dull performance, with Bernard Bilis doing the same in the previous video (and cleaning up afterwards).
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Paul Potassy (09.30 - 15.30) -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6t5TutYtkIo

Paul's version uses a very traditional method, but he does it so well.
The second phase is great because he doesn't just move a few cards more; he moves nearly all of them.
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David Blaine does a pretty good job of justifying it here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8Ws4PEky28


This Cards Across routine is exactly the version of Shimshi I mentioned above.
This is Shimshi's "10-13-20".


I am intrigued to know if Shimshi (or Blaine, or anyone else) provides a comprehensive system to get to the 7?
This is the bit that adds the Wow factor to that performance.
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On Aug 2, 2022, warren wrote:
My question is what do you consider to be vital to a good cards across to be used in a close up situation ie


Hi Warren,
What is your context for "close up"? For me, it is performing for friends as a hobbyist. But for a professional magician it probably means table-hopping.

For me, examinability is important. But in a professional context, I think spectators are generally more polite.

Here is David Blaine doing Strange Travellers - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlTj-uVOXuw
It's great, but not examinable of course.

Also here is Teleporter - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaJEdmkjBwQ
which is I assume the same method.
Funny to compare this rather dull performance, with Bernard Bilis doing the same in the previous video (and cleaning up afterwards).


First of all thanks for your input it's much appreciated, when I say close up I'm talking about general close up in a table hopping situation as that tends to cover all aspecs although as a side note I'm also interested in parlour/ stage versions too but that is secondary.

You make a very good point regarding our assumptions as I performed a variation of Paul Rosini's Card In Flight for my girlfriend a couple of days ago using a signed card and you can tell from her expression when she counted the cards and there were eleven instead of the ten she had previously counted the effect had already been completed in her mind despite the fact technically I had a couple more thinga to do.

I did video it so I might post it at some point, if I do I'll provide a link Smile
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For me (performing for friends) my criteria would be -

Must end clean, if using gaffed cards. But ideally, just normal cards, for total examinability.

Simple sleights that am unlikely to get caught doing.

Strong misdirection.

There needs to be something "extra" rather than just "some" cards go from A to B.
That could be an extra phase.
Or it could be a single phase, but with the extra impact of the card(s) being thought-of, selected, or signed.

The "basic" version from Royal Road has a very simple add-on move. I would maybe do that adding 3 cards, then a second phase to add some more. If I was going to force a number I would do that on the second phase.
Another interesting idea is the standard gag about the hard part is to move them back again. It's a corny gag, but gets a laugh. But I have never seen anyone do a second phase where the cards DO move back. They always move more cards in the same direction.

As I mentioned above I also like James Brown's version. It has two phases, each with a thought-of card. The second phase is done almost as an afterthought, when no one expects it.
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My favorite version of Cards Across is McCombical Cards Across. It's easy to do and so visual that you can perform it for kids. I think Fun, Inc. may still produce it. I have a set from them, but the cards need to be roughed properly. The roughing was too light to work. I'd probably make a set of cards using Hoyle Jumbos.
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As an update I recently performed my variation of Steve Valentines Card In Flight originally by Paul Rosini for the first time at an actual gig.... It's still a work in progress but it definitely has potential.

https://youtu.be/dhPtLtXIIlg
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I loved it!
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