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I'm looking for a fun gaff deck that is a bit off-beat and something different.

So not the usual recommendations (e.g. invisible deck, Svengali), but something a bit more unusual and fun, along the lines of Kids Kards, or the Phil Deck, or Cardtoon (but other than those just mentioned).

Any suggestions?


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It's not that different, but I like Howard Hamburg's Mystical 13.
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David Regal color changing deck. If you look on his site you'll see stuff like that
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I hadn't come across Howard Hamburg's Mystical 13 before, but that looks like it might be quite fun, thanks for that great suggestion.  I love the kicker of revealing an all blank deck at the end.

Stolen Cards by Lennart Green is another good one to mention - I suspect that a similar principle (Gemini Twins) is at work in both routines.


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Gary Plants' Protean Pack is his version of a Robert Houdin trick that is easy and quite effective. Not sure of availability, though.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=sVLqqVxHk6E

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I have always loved the Mastermind Deck and more recently the 52-to-1 deck (essentially, gaffed 1-way and 3-way force decks that can be shown as “normal”)
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A second thumbs-up for the Mastermind (Monte Christo) Deck - a brilliant tool with SOOO many possibilities.
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I have looked into the Mastermind Deck, and would love to pick that up. 

However all the reports I've seen of the recent ones available from Penguin Magic say that the quality is very poor; apparently it clumps quite badly and doesn't fan properly.  If you know the method, you'll realize that this is a major issue and basically makes it rather useless, unfortunately.

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You may want to check out the 52-to-1 deck, then. Beautifully made and the cards fan well. As I said earlier, whereas Mastermind is essentially a gaffed "one way" force deck, the 52-to-1 is a "three-way" force deck.

Also, massaging a bit of fanning powder into the Mastermind deck completely resolved the clumping issue.
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Monte Cristo/Mastermind force deck is great and open to various presentations but a FUN deck (though just one presentation) is Bill Prior's "Son of Oops" if you can find it, or The McCombical Deck.

I'm guessing there are several decks that will fit the bill in one of Bob Farmer's new books. Bammo Gaffus Maximus 😉
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I'm new to magic, so I hope my suggestions are not out of line, but have you seen....


The Destiny Deck
http://www.card-shark.de/TheDestinyDeck/


Dan Harlan's Card-Toon Magic Card Trick
https://www.amazon.com/Loftus-International-Harlans-Card-Toon-Magic/dp/B000THC2F0
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See:



Also, my books, the Bammo Gaffus Maximus and the Bammo Brain Bamboozler are filled with new and unusual gaffed decks. For more info, email Bammomagic@cogeco.ca
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The Misfit Deck by Matt Baker available from Card Shark. This is killer.

VIDEO HERE

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One of the best:



Thank you Mike!
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Thanks for the good press, Bob! Rock on brother. BTW when are you going to return to 4F? We miss you!

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4F? Don't know. Non-magic matters have made it impossible for some time.
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Mike... is Dimishing Returns still available?
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Hi - It's available on my website at http://www.mallofmagic.com 

It's also available at many magic dealers e.g. Penguin et al.

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Stupid me... I looked at the Penguin site AFTER I asked

It’s a great looking effect, Mike!

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I mentioned this before. When I demoed Diminishing Returns in my shop in the 90's I think I sold it every time I showed it. Great gaffed deck.
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Thank you Mike!


SOOO brilliant. This is exactly the type of effect that sealed my "magic bug" fate back in the mid 19XX's!
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Justin Flom’s ‘Cardartistry’ is fun. Based on a Chris Kenner idea.
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Allow me to Third, fourth and fifth the vote for Mike’s Diminishing Returns. To be honest, I never really thought too much about the effect and then my interest was certainly kindled after reading more here. I purchased it the other day and have been having a tremendous amount of fun with it. Audiences just love it!!!!
Thanks Mike for something so clever and so well routined!

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Thanks you guys for the kind words about Diminishing Returns. Farrell Dillon performed it on Masters of Illusion a while back. Very cool to see it on national TV.

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Hey Guys,

it is quite common, but I never go to a gig without a mental photography deck (super nudist deckt), I add 4 normal blank double facers on top and put everything in a white card box. When I show the deck I can talk about the specifics of a playing card carton. When I talk about the linen structure of the cards I give the four top cards to examine by the spectators. Then I start with the changes. Due to the Svengali principle the four cards will disappear when dribbling from one to the other hand. In the end I bottom palm the the last card and with a color change everything is white again and reset for the next table.

The idea to add some normal cards comes from Albert Goshman and Ascanio

All the best, Clemens

PS. Mike I love Diminishing Returns. Please bring one for me in April!!!
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Confidential note to Mike Powers: Mike, I'm sending this using the invisible fonts so the other guys can't read it. It looks like our plan to sell more Diminishing Returns decks worked out well. Yep, planting this topic and then continually posting positive comments about the deck was a great idea. Send me my cut via Paypal.
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Well that's told me. I thought I  had an exclusive top-secret underground deal with Mister Powers, which is why I've kept an invisible presence on this thread. Now I find that BF's in on the deal as well. How many more I wonder.
Oh well.
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