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Michaels
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Color Monte is a CLASSIC. It's up there with timeless classics such as Invisible Deck and Professor's Nightmare. For those that have trouble learning this classic may I suggest
memorizing the story line , then attempt to learn the moves.
I hope I'm not offending or stepping out of bounds with this suggestion. I had the same problem with this routine 25 years ago.
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Check out Paul Wilson's version called the Gypsy Monte. It's on his video called "Knock Em Dead." This version uses Tarrot cards. The suprise ending with the death card gives this effect a really eerie feel. Great story line!!! Smile
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I thought the double turnover was kind of hard, but over all it really is a great trick.
Dano
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Your DL setup is easy with Color Monte because it's your first move. Good luck! Smile Smile
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Awesome effect! I have found it to get some of the best reactions of most of the tricks I do. I thought the hardest part of it was learning the patter
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I purchased Color Monte last week based on the recommendations from this board and I want to thank everyone who suggested it. I love the effect and I managed to fool the unfoolable wife with it the other night. She thought I had two blue cards and one red at the end. Smile

Addendum: When I went to buy the effect at my local store, the following conversation ensued:

Me: Do you have Color Monte?
Store Owner: Yes.
Me: How come I haven't seen it here before.
Store Owner: You always ask me what's new, not what's twenty years old.
James Peters
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I suppose it just goes to show how easy it is to miss some of the older gems!

I've done it myself! Smile

James.
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I love color monte. I was asked by someone to do a magic trick for them the other day. I had color monte with me so I did it.

Went through the routine and got to the very end, with the $14 card face down in the middle. I am just about to reach out and turn it over, when she grabs it really fast and shouts 'ITS BLUE', she turns it over and sees the $14 card, and laughs for a good 2 minutes. It was one of the best reactions I have gotten. She was so sure it was blue for some reason.

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As for the difficulty. I don't think the moves are difficult at all. It took me about a week though to get smooth in terms of patter and telling the story well. It was worth it.
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Paul Wilson's routine is great, but I'm surprised no one has mentioned the routine from Jay Sankey Live!- that is my favorite handling of the Color Monte.
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Howdy:

I remember when Color Monte first came out. I was running a magic school/shop in Orange County and we couldn't keep that thing in stock and it was selling so well that Emerson and West were constantly out of it and in the midst of having 'more' made up! It was pretty funny in an irritating sort of way.

It really IS a classic and well worth learning. Some find the moves unnatural, but I always found them WHEN matched to the patter to be just fine and never once questioned by a lay audience.

Keep it moving in a good solid rhythm matching the patter to the moves and you'll be fine. In fact having sold a ton of them I can tell you that the biggest problem most people encounter IS getting the patter right. Go for it...

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Ditto on the patter timing! Smile
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This is a really easy trick to perform if you memorized the routine and practice the moves.
jarrod
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No one has ever questioned the moves when I have done it. The closest anyone has come to questing moves is someone thinking "how you pull the card out, determines what color it changes to". Another one thought that it was how the light reflected off of it, and couldn't figure it out after they were holding the cards. They just don't realize it could all be sleight of hand =)
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I got Color Monte as one of my first packet trick (3rd I believe). I practiced it for maybe an hour and a half and was almost perfect. This varies for different people but for me it was an easy trick to learn, there is just a lot of patter to remember I think.
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I have recently pulled this one out of the closet and started performing it again. My only trouble is the second sleight (showing the top card) as I just cant get it to be smooth 100% of the time. When I fumble it looks too much like a card move. The patter is timed right but it just doesn't flow real well at that spot.

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I like to use regular cards. Has anyone come up with a good way to do color monte with regular cards? Here's how I do it.

I use a joker, the ace of hearts (the money card), and 10 of spades. I explain that I use the joker(s) because there are two to a deck.

I do the routine as written, up to the point where you say, "it can't be in the middle or on top" and then show the money card on top. You're up to five dollars now. Here's where I change it up.

I then say, "Well, I know it's on top now, you just showed me" I then fan the cards. "Then let's go double or nothing - if it's on top, we're even, if you're wrong you owe me ten" "I'll take that bet" "You owe me -" I turn over the top card (ten of spades) "- ten"

Any thoughts?
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