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Buffalo McKinley

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Is there a card trick you loved seeing as a kid that to this day you still love seeing performed or performing yourself?

Or if it's not a card trick, any other magic trick?

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The first sleight of hand card trick I learned as a boy was a simple force and reveal. The force, near as I can recall, was a bottom card slip force - not to be confused with the far superior HaLo Cut. The reveal was masked as mind reading, so I guess there was a bit o' mentalism as well. I continue to do simple force/reveals when asked for a quick trick, and more often than not mask the method with a mind-reading motif, so it would appear that the child really is the father of the man...

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First card trick I ever saw was when my uncle did the circus trick. Or whatever it's called, "next card I turn over is going to be yours."

He got me on it.
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When I was a young boy my father built me a beautiful, gimmicked wooden prop with which to perform a rising card routine.
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This blew me out of my socks and through the window when I saw Al Koran perform it on his "Invitation To Mystery" TV series. No clue.
It was a couple of months later that I spotted it in "Encyclopaedia Of Card Tricks". I was 13 at the time and I'd had the book for three or four years.
Not the first trick that addled my brain and goggled my eyes though. I'll have to think about that.
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Guy Hollingworth's Reformation was, and still is, really beautiful to see done well.

The magic world just about ground to a halt when that first showed up on World's Greatest Magic.
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My brother and I accompanied my father to a trade show of some sort. I was about ten years old. There was a guy pitching Svengali decks and some other small magic items. I HAD to have that deck! My father bought me the deck and a Nickles to Dimes set. I still had the Svengali deck when I started college and used it to blow minds all throughout my time at ND. TV Magic cards hadn't been marketed, so the method wasn't well known. The key card in the deck was the King of Spades. 

I vividly remember the pitchman covering the stack of nickles and then having me lift the brass cap, exposing the dimes! WTF!! It was unfathomable. 

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As a child, maybe 7 or 8, I didn't realize the Nickels To Dimes trick, advertised in comic books, was a trick: I thought it really worked and you could make real money. 
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When I was about 12 or 13 I saw a magician on TV do a card trick where he cut the cards into 4 packets and on the top of each packet was an ace but also on the bottom of each packet was a king,that particular trick
has stayed with me over the years and I have used various versions
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Two indelible memories:

A one-armed magician performing an incredible 4 Ace routine on TV.  I was very young - it wasn't until many years later that I realized it was Mac McDonald himself.

When I was about 17 (ok, not really childhood), witnessing Jerry Andrus perform "Miser's Miracle" at a PCAM convention.
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As a child, maybe 7 or 8, I didn't realize the Nickels To Dimes trick, advertised in comic books, was a trick: I thought it really worked and you could make real money. 


Not near the problem of thinking the Superman costume would let you fly. Very ugly memories for me there.

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I guess that would be Lazy Man's Card Trick. I was fortunate that my first magic book was CUCM and that was something I could do - still do.

My first non-card magic trick was one with a couple of brass rings and a piece of paper and you made a coin dance around. I was probably most astonished by that trick at the Ky State Fair as anything I ever saw until I met Del Ray. I would love to have it again.

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As a child, maybe 7 or 8, I didn't realize the Nickels To Dimes trick, advertised in comic books, was a trick: I thought it really worked and you could make real money. 

Bob - It does really work dude! My hands are screwed from repetitive stress syndrome and the bank wonders where those buckets of dimes are coming from.

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As a child, maybe 7 or 8, I didn't realize the Nickels To Dimes trick, advertised in comic books, was a trick: I thought it really worked and you could make real money. 

Same here, only it wasn't "Nickels And Dimes".
It was the Magic Printing Thing----I can't remember the name. I thought that if you fed a blank sheet of paper in one end and turned the magic handle, out came a £1-00 note. Hey ho.
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Three Card Monte as played for real on the streets of NY. I knew the con and watching it all play out with all the players in place fascinated me. My mom used to take us into NYC so the time when we were kids.
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EVILDAN - That experience must have been your first flirtation with "the dark side!"

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Whilst I don't perform the original anymore, though I sometimes do a quicker variation, Paul Curry's Out of This World was an oft performed routine as a teenager because it was so strong. Earlier, and before I started doing magic myself, always liked seeing someone do the Svengali deck change, and was impressed when someone made a card disappear from a locking card box that I was holding  (not that I knew the method at the time). The Rising Card always looked super magical, still does.
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I am still a kid, in a body that is well into its 70s, so I don't know if this counts. The first card trick that I really worked on was with the Svengali deck. Recently, I gave our neighbor's son (who is interested in magic and belongs to the school magic club) all of my old decks along with some books and videos (and me). He is starting to get pretty good with it. Anyway, I quickly moved over to using  stripper decks, which I still keep around and slip in every now and then.

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One of the things I’ve noticed here is the difference between the posts of members who came to magic as wide-eyed still-almost-believe-in-Magic children and adults. Or early teens f it comes to that.

As "grown-ups" when the effect is over, no matter what the level of astonishment, the instinct is to attempt to figure it out. Not simply to think how did that happen, or how did he do that.

As children, we tend think that there’s a bit more to it than the magician doing the sneaky stuff. Magic, of course, what else. Bob Farmer hints at this with his Nickels And Dimes post. My own Magic Money Printing Machine is another example.

In one of the Magic Sets I received for Christmas, or birthday, was a version of "Grandmother’s Necklace". It wasn’t called that and I can’t recall if it had a "real" name. Probably something snappy like three wooden balls with holes in the middle and two pieces of cord. The roughly drawn illustrations got the effect across; it looked totally wonderful. But the text was gobbledegook. But then I was only three at the time.

Mother to the rescue. She took the props and the instructions, whilst I struggled with the Paddle Trick. About quarter of an hour later, she was ready. The balls were threaded on the cord. I tied a knot to make them even more secure. Next thing they were free. An absolute gob-smacker.

As for card tricks, the most sock-blowing was a selected card thing. The pack was dumped into a trilby hat. Then a piece of white rope was dangled in the hat for a few seconds and blow me, out came the selected card snug inside a knotted loop.

This was shown to me by my uncle; he liked Magic, but was not a magician. He’d stumbled across Max Andrews’s Vampire shop in Archer Street London, looked in a bought a fistful of this and that.

He also showed me the Twenty-One Card Trick and something with three piles using (as I later discovered) a blindingly obvious key card.

I’ve seen a lot of Magic over a lot of years, but nothing has created the sense of wonder of those early years.

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