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phonic69
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Readers of my other posts may be aware that I have been working consistantly over the last few months with stacks. Now I have memorised a stack, and I would like to put it into practice.

What effects do you rate the most when performing with a stack?

I'm not talking about hidden qualities in individual stacks such as dealing out perfect bridge hands (Aronson) etc, but for effects that can be done with ANY stack.

Thanks in advance!

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Though I haven't done a whole lot of research on memorized deck effects, Juan Tamariz's "Four of a Kind" from his Lessons in Magic video is a good one. Briefly, a card is selected and put into the spectator's pocket, unseen by anyone. The magicians then states that he will try to find the three matching cards in the deck. He finds one card, and everyone is happy. Then he turns over a second card...and it's different then the first. Uh-oh! It's ok, he says, the first card was wrong, it's really the second one. So he goes and turns over the next card...and it's completely different than the other two. He's completely flustered now and apologizes profusely to the audience and asks if he can start over. He turns the three cards back over while the spectator takes the card out of her pocket. Out of curiosity, the magician looks at the card the spectator chose, which is completely different that the three previously seen cards. But then he starts to think...and he waves the card over the deck. When he spreads the deck, three cards have reversed, and they match the chosen card! It's a miracle!

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The "Think-a-Card" plot is one of the strongest uses.
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My two favorite memorized deck effects are:
The Invisible Card from "Try The Impossible" - A spectator removes an invisible card from the deck names it and then replaces it. When the invisible card is returned to the deck it is the only face down card in the face up deck.
Topsy Turvy from "Simply Simon" - Three spectators each select a card and then shuffle their packets and the remainder of the deck together face up and face down in a similar manner to Triumph. The perfomer reveals the selections from the face up and face down spread deck.
Both books are by Simon Aronson and although I use the Aronson Stack, these effects are stack independent.
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Over in "Penny for your thoughts...", on a thread about memory, I've posted a nice, long reference list concerning memory-related effects:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/archive1/vie......start=15

I posted this list before I had time to add things from "Try the Impossible" and "Bound To Please", but I recommend those books, as well. I love the Invisible Card from "Try The Impossible"!
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I think the best effect I know or I have seen made with a stack of cards is the effect Spell the aces, where you shuffle the deck, you cut the deck, you loose the aces in the deck, and then you spell each ace, and you find it spelling them, and then, you turn over the cards that were put in the table while you spelt the aces, and they are the 2 to K of the same suite of the ace you have spelt.

This effect is very strong.
I always do it with the Si Stebbin's Setup.
First I do some tricks with this ordered deck, without change the order of the deck and then I do this effect with aces, and then I move into a four aces routine.
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I hate all stacked tricks, but many will disagree. Many people use stacked tricks as openers, me being from Chicago, use the Chicago Opener, but again it preference. I dunno that many stacked trickes but there is a good poker one by Vernon, I think it is one of the Ammar series.
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I also think the Si Stebbins is a great deck stack
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My favorites with a memorized deck are:

1) "Outsmart" (AH-HA!, David Harkey & Eric Andersen) - A spectator is asked to name their very favorite playing card. The magician then spells the phrase "Your favorite card" and finished on their card! No sleights or moves (not even so much as a cut), just clean, direct, unexplainable magic.

2) "Invisible Card" (Try The Impossible, Simon Aronson) - A spectator pulls out the only "invisible" card out of the deck and names it. It is shown that the named card really is gone! The spectator puts the invisible card back into the deck. The deck is spread and the named card is face-up in the middle!

3) "Any Card At Any Number" (Theater of the Mind, Barrie Richardson) - pretty much what the title says. The person names a card,then names a number. The deck is removed from the card case, and the magician counts down to the number. At that number is the selected card.

4) "Angel Flight" (Theater of the Mind, Barrie Richardson) - 3 spectators each select a card. The cards are divined in successively more impressive ways.
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Two very strong effects with any memorized deck are Histed Heisted and Everybody's Lazy. The first is from Bound to Please by Simon Aronson and the second is from Simply Simon by the same author.
The books are available on Simon's Website:
http://www.simonaronson.net
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My vote goes to ' Angel Flight ' by barry Richardson and " Photo-static Deck ' by Ted Lesley.
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My vote goes to "Past, Present, Future" by S. Aronson.

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On 2002-08-05 16:46, Kard16 wrote:
I hate all stacked tricks, but many will disagree. I think it is one of the Ammar series.


Hate ALL of them? But what if you were a laymen, and you yourself had already shuffled the cards?

Isn't it the effect that counts, not the method?
phonic69
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That is so true Randy, and as I have said in other posts, there are people here who could show you an effect with a stacked deck that will blow you away.

Maybe you just need to see a really good stack effect to change your opinion!

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Yea I need to take my statement back because I learned like 7 false cuts and when mixed with the faro shuffle the effect could be strong, but still its hard to get them in order (Sam the bellhop is good)
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My personal favorite is off Nash's Volume One of "Master Card Magician". I think its his version of "Mental Topper".
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Sam the Bellhop. Straightforward, people love the story, and with the right false cuts and shuffles, it looks impossible to a lay audience.
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On 2002-08-06 16:09, Marcus Selle wrote:
My vote goes to "Past, Present, Future" by S. Aronson.

Marcus


My vote would go to P, P, F or "Some People Think" in Aronson's Bound to Please.
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On 2002-08-05 14:22, Scott Cram wrote:
Over in "Penny for your thoughts...", on a thread about memory, I've posted a nice, long reference list concerning memory-related effects:
http://www.themagiccafe.com/archive1/vie......start=15

I posted this list before I had time to add things from "Try the Impossible" and "Bound To Please", but I recommend those books, as well. I love the Invisible Card from "Try The Impossible"!


I lost my bookmark for this amazing resource
After a long search I found the above link but it is no longer working
Can anybody help?
Cheers
TJ
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Found it now
Cheers
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