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Lorayne: Impromptu Out of this World
My ex-cat was named "Muffin". "Vomit" would be a better name for her. AKA "The Evil Ball of Fur".
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Not to say it's the best - but I like it a lot Smile , Mike Powers "PM Principle" is killer, especially if you do the "plus" version.
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There are several that come to mind but the first two that I thought of right away (both in Karl Fulves' Self-Working Card Tricks) are Gemini Twins (mentioned by several others) and Any Deck, Any Time. When I did restaurant work, I would sometimes perform Gemini Twins (with a brief premise on what soulmates are) for couples and did as atest/experiment of how in sync the two of them are at this moment in time. I did this a few months ago when I was out with a large group of friends and acquaintances.... one of my friends (who had just moved in with his girlfriend) asked me to do a couple of tricks. I involved the two of them and did the routine as I used to perform it in the restaurant and she was so touched by it that she began to cry. It's like Mark Wilson wrote in the preface of one of his books, "The secrets to good magic can be quite simple. So don’t judge a magic trick by its secret --- judge it by its effect on the audience."
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On 2011-02-05 16:45, Jimmy Joza wrote:
There are several that come to mind but the first two that I thought of right away (both in Karl Fulves' Self-Working Card Tricks) are Gemini Twins (mentioned by several others) and Any Deck, Any Time. When I did restaurant work, I would sometimes perform Gemini Twins (with a brief premise on what soulmates are) for couples and did as atest/experiment of how in sync the two of them are at this moment in time. I did this a few months ago when I was out with a large group of friends and acquaintances.... one of my friends (who had just moved in with his girlfriend) asked me to do a couple of tricks. I involved the two of them and did the routine as I used to perform it in the restaurant and she was so touched by it that she began to cry. It's like Mark Wilson wrote in the preface of one of his books, "The secrets to good magic can be quite simple. So don’t judge a magic trick by its secret --- judge it by its effect on the audience."

That's a really nice story. Can you elaborate a bit on your presentation of the effect? How exactly do you connect the spectators together? In the usual presentation it's more of a connection between performer and the spectator (because performer selects the cards where spectator stops) so I'm really interested in how you present it. Thanks
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A brand new effect by Ben Harris --- PSI Poker
Illusion & Beyond
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I have a lot of great self worker and discoverys but I really like John Bannon Power of Poker. They do all the dealin and you win every time.
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I would strongly reccomend Out of this world. I did it for someone once who sat down for 5 minutes unable to speak after seeing it. Ivisible deck is also very good as is X-ray by Ben Harris and Steve Shufton. The wizard product review is a great way toguide you on good thing to get and what to stay away from.
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I think I would have to add Patrick Redford's new ACAAN effect to this list. Brilliant.
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Twists of fate hands down.
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I have watched 3 performances of "Twists of Fate" - I think for the most part it is brilliant. However, I do have one issue - which I noticed right away - it is near the end as the 2 packets are being dealt/shuffled according to the spectator's call (spec calls out "shuffle" every once in a while as the cards in each packet are dealt).

Clearly, this is no obstacle to many here loving the effect. It does give me pause, however, as I noticed immediately. And I don't think this is a case of thinking like a magician. I would imagine that an observant spectator would notice, though perhaps not every time.

I would like to hear some of your thoughts, both positive and negative. I realize that there is the "it flies by them" argument Smile but I can't bring myself to believe it flies by *that much! Smile

Replies might be better via PM.

Thanks -
My ex-cat was named "Muffin". "Vomit" would be a better name for her. AKA "The Evil Ball of Fur".
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I was at the public library a few weeks ago and took a break from study to browse the rather pathetic magic book selection. I grabbed Hugard's Encyclopedia of Card Tricks and the first trick I tried, called Magic Breath, has been getting me tremendous reactions ever since. Hugard's description says it all...

"THIS is a good example of how the presentation can be made to transform a simple trick into a striking effect."
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>I do have one issue concerning Twits of fate

What is the issue ? You think that layman won't believe the deal-shuffle sequence ? I have the effect and if you do it fast, it looks very convincing.
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The best self working card trick is the effect in one of Eugene Burger's DVDs. I don't remember the title but a few different spectators lay down the cards and as soon as they get this "special psychic feeling," they stop and place a bill down to mark the spot where they stopped. A few spectators do this procedure and when it's done, all the cards they marked turn out to be all Aces.

It's great because the magician barely touches the deck. The spectators do 70% of the work, and the spectators are placed in a "heroic position," as all of them did something magical, and all become winners since all the cards become aces
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Althought its not one effect--check out S'lie by Mick Ayres
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I like Harry Loraynes Lazy Mans Card Trick.

It's easy, and lets you concentrate on presentation issues.
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Perhaps it may not be my favourite, but I like to perform a very simple effect called 4-Most by Peter Duffie, in which the spectator handles the deck all hy himself and "finds" the 4 queens after a series of free choices. The method is cleverly concealed, the magician does barely touch the deck, and it never fails to get strong reactions. It is a variation of an older trick whose name I don't recall.
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My new favorite is Numbers by Rus Andrews (see ebook category for latest reviews). The performer does not handle the cards. He makes a prediction. The spectator chooses a number and counts down the cards to that number. The card at the number selected by spectator matches the performer's prediction. Really brilliant. No sleight of hand whatsoever.
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One of my favorite self-working card tricks is "What's Your Number" in Mind Reading Card Tricks by Robert Mandelberg. The book is a card trick book for kids but has a few hard hitting mentalism style card routines. This one routine can only be used if you can find out someone's phone number in advance but it leaves people totally bewildered and amazed.
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Yep, bought the book for that one routine! Nice and cheap book, mind, but what a lovely effect on audiences this has. Additionally, I use this same principle and combine it with Aronsons 'fate' and you have an awesome effect with a normal deck of cards that slays audiences; something a bit 'special'...
Have you tried 'Up The Ante' yet?? The ultimate gambling demo....a self-working wonder! See the reviews here on the cafe.
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If you like the ACAAN effect, the most easy ACAAN with 2 deck that you can perform is The Eyes of Darkness by Tommy (It is selfworking).
Another one, but requires just bit of practice is: Duplicity by Tommy. Duplicity in my opinion you can compare it with the Holy Grail,
if you perform a double ACAAN.

It is very hard to do better with 1 or 2 regular decks.

MP
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