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My favorite lately is Aldo Columbini's ATLANTIS which has a DOUBLE KICKER ending. And the trick is basically also self working.
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Nick Trost - The Lone Stranger.
Looks impossible, and yet, so easy to do.
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Harry Lorayne's STOP trick???
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Hello,
One response was "Who is the world's greatest magician?" I used to perform this effect and looking to find the refernce (inventor and name of book). Can anyone help?

Thanks!
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And someone above may wanr to check out my version of Shufflebored - called The Equalizer. It's an impromptu killer - in my opinion, of course. hl.
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CSmall - Is it maybe 'Support your Local Magician' by Steve Beam from ‘Semi-Automatic Card Tricks vol 5’? It certainly has phrases in it along those lines, although looking at the description in the previous post I'm not so sure, so maybe or maybe not the one you're looking for.
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I would say invisible reverse, on the T11 website by Chris Kenner. Always gets great reactions.
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In my own opinion The best self working card tricks are from Juan Tamariz
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This thread would be more helpful in the dedicated Café area for "self-working" effects, but, be that as it may:

There have been a LOT of great suggestions Gandalf. (Are you Gandalf the Grey or Gandalf the White?)

I am much better at pointing out sources than effects because I believe in the end what is "best" is what suits you. However I will add Smyth's Myth and its many variants. For ME at least it is a KILLER plot.

Off the top o' me noggin:

Steve Beam's SACT series, Effortless Card Magic by Peter Duffie, Some self-working stuff in many of the journals of course, Aldo Colombini is a GREAT source for self-working effects, Fulves of course has been mentioned, The Encyclopedia of Card Tricks is LOADED with great stuff, Royal Road to Card Magic has some interesting self-workers, The MASSIVE Stewart James Books are a veritable goldmine of EVERYTHING.

Also, consider effects that aren't sleight heavy from people such as Nick Trost. Buy The Card Magic of Nick Trost. This is a GRRRREAT book. I should also mention the series The Subtle Card Magic of Nick Trost. (Richard Hatch and Charlie Randall, it is time for volume 3, yes??) Also, Peter Duffie and Robin Robertson's Card Conspiracy volumes and Diamonds from Coal have some good stuff. Harry Lorayne has some beauts all over the literature. One effect that IMMEDIATELY comes to mind is Guess Quotient from Best of Friends III. It is a devastating effect for me at least.

Also, I STRONGLY urge you to invest in The Tarbell Course in Magic. The PATTER might be dated, but, the effects and the philosophy are SOUND.

Surprised no one has mentioned Card College Light and Lighter.

Simon Aronson is a WONDERFUL source for HARD HITTING magic that is NOT sleight heavy at all. And no, he is NOT all about memdeck work. Get Try the Impossible, and learn Prior Commitment! Yes, I know I am going against my own advice (again) by naming a specific effect, but, this is one of those gems that KILLS, and it will fool YOU when you first try it Gandalf. Rumour is that Saruman wanted it in HIS repertoire but those Uruks would not leave him in peace; something about a Ring and a Hobbit? Anyhow, Prior Commitment is the first of a series of effects from Aronson that utilize a principle called UnDo Influence. Prior Commitment is a STRONG piece of magic.

Crossroads from Ben Harris is an excellent effect with a LOT of bonus material. Also Ben has something VERY powerful coming out. Look at http://www.wowbound.com

Oh the heck with it, here are a FEW effect suggestions (some repeats since it IS 3:02 AM (A minor?? Yes, the relative minor of C major and the parallel minor of A major) and I just got home from a music gig:

GrEight by Paul Gordon, Untouched by Daryl (this is a variant of a Tony Faro idea published in the UK journal Pabular in 1974), Impossible! by Larry Jennings, Pseudo by Stephen Tucker, Dangerous Game by Max Maven, Twin Souls by Al Baker, Spelligant by Harry Lorayne, Kicked by Simon Lovell, Impromptu Out of This Universe by Harry Lorayne, Emotional Reaction by Dai Vernon, The 4-5-6 packet trick by Sal Piacente (based on a William McCaffrey idea found in Greater Magic).

I think though that the BEST ANY type of effect is what YOU find works best for you Gandalf. There are enough ideas in this thread to keep you studying for a LONG time, and how cool will it be to say to Galadriel (if you are Gandalf the White you now of course dwell in Valinor) "Pick a card you Elvish babe!" (Thinking here of Max Malini's famous line to Queen Victoria: "Mrs. Queen, please peek at a card."

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Lennert Green's Stolen Cards is great and fun to perform...
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Further than that is another very good one I think I first learned it via one of the Ammar easy to master tapes.
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No votes for Bannon's Dead Reckoning? Wonderful trick.
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Dead Reckoning requires a faro shuffle. For many, that removes it from the list of "Self Working". It is an excellent effect, though.
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Steven:

I performed Dead Reckoning at a party last night and it doesn't requie a faro shuffle. You must be thinking of a different trick.

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He's thinking of the sandwich effect...isn't dead reckoning the one with the mental spelling?
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Ted, Shodan, you're right. I was thinking of Dawn Patrol. It's another effect by Bannon with the same methodology. You're right, Dead Reckoning would classify as self working. However, I still use a faro to get the correct card into the correct position before doing this effect. I also use a modified handling so that I don't need to set up the top half of the deck in advance, I'm able to do it impromptu.

In any event, yes it's a great trick.
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For me the best collection of self working card tricks are the books of Roberto Giobbi Light, Lighter, Lightest. It is simply a great collection of great nearly "self working" tricks.
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Out Of This World Card Trick by Paul Curry
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On 2010-03-28 13:36, Laurent A wrote:
Out Of This World Card Trick by Paul Curry


Laurent,

Between the two, I would choose Lorayne's Impromptu Out of The Universe, because the deck can be genuinely and freely shuffled by the audience. Curry's original IS phenomenal, and that was what I performed until I found Mr. Lorayne's approach. In addition, you do not do the whole deck.

Ahimsa,
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Random ACAAN by Tommaso Guglielmi.

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