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Mine is the Jon Tramaine ID routine from his mental act video. I played with the idea of doing Kenton Knepper's KK but I found it cumbersome when pulling out the card from the wallet..

What is yours ?

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Ak-47 by John Bannon


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Currently either Proxy Shock or Proximity from John Bannon's Mentalissimo. And then there's B'wave, which is technically a think-of-a-card trick...

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"Think of a card." says the magician.

The spectator smiles as she nods and says, "Okay, I've got one."

The magician concentrates and pulls one card out of the deck as he looks through the faces and puts it face down on the table and squares the deck.

"Okay. What was the card you were thinking of?"

"The four of spades."

The magician smiles as he picks up the card and without showing it, puts in back in the deck.

"I got it!" he says joyfully.

The spectator smiles.

"I'm not kidding. Look."

He goes through the deck and pulls out the four of spades.

"I love your magic." she tells him later over dinner.

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Double-Ment, Aronson
After Shock, Bannon
Mental Photography, Lorayne
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"Think of a card." says the magician.

The spectator smiles as she nods and says, "Okay, I've got one."

He goes through the deck and pulls out the four of spades.

"I love your magic." she tells him later over dinner.



I've cut out the middle bit, as observant readers will have noticed; I wanted to get to my question ASAP.

Mister Deutsch: May I ask where this miracle is published? I'd love to learn it. Is it a marketed item. Is it easy? Sleight free? Regular cards? It's truly Awesome.
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There are already some interesting natters on the forum on this very subject. All worth a revisit, methinks. Try this one.


http://www.themagiciansforum.com/post/think-a-card-8626249?highlight=think+card


Regarding AK47. As ever, each to their own. For me it's poor. Vintage Bannon it ain't.
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"43" in "Magic From the Overground" p.48 and also on the "Clever Card Magic" DVD

One For Rovi  in "Mindful Mentalism 3" and also on my "Clever Card Magic" DVD

"Out of Sight, In My Mind" in my book "OOPS Just Cards" p.6


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Invisible deck to produce thought of card face down in the face up deck.
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Another vote for Double-Ment. 

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Borrow a deck
Have a spectator shuffle and hand it back to you with your head turned, no peeks, glimpses or keys
Head still turned, show them cards until they have one they've thought of one
Thoroughly cut and shuffle the deck again
Show groups of cards and ask them to say yes when they see theirs again
Instantly name the card with no fishing having never looked at the face of a single card from a borrowed, shuffled deck

Blind Mentalism by Ed Marlo - genius in its construction.
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Oh, I forgot to add John Memdoza's "Routined Poker Mental"
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Hi Shaun,

I was going to ask where to find Blind Mentalism but a google search got the job done - Marlo Without Tears.

Thanks for pointing out this item.

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Invisible deck hands down. I think it is such a strong effect.
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I agree with The Invisible Deck.  However, I don't know too many other routines like the ones listed above.

I've done the one where you have them name the card, then you look through the deck forward and backward and can't find it, then pull it out of your pocket just as an impromptu thing.
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Hi Shaun,

I was going to ask where to find Blind Mentalism but a google search got the job done - Marlo Without Tears.

Thanks for pointing out this item.

Mike


No problem. It's my favorite Marlo effect without a doubt and improvements I've seen published all make it worse. John G published a version where you have to fish... makes no sense to me. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it.
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Another vote for Double-Ment. 

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I love that his "non mem deck" stuff flies under the radar.
So much of it is so darn good.
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When presented properly Double-Ment kills. The last time I performed it, a woman looked at her friends and said with passion, "How is this possible?" She was utterly fried. She had been the one with the truly free choice and felt the impossibility down to her bones.

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Roger Crosthwaite's Think-a-card. To be found in the Commercial Card Magic of Roger Crosthwaite.
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"Every Which Way - Another Way" from Card Devilry by J.K. Hartman.
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Kenton Knepper's KK is what I used to use but it became a pain to use. It's a great idea and mothod but not practical for me. Now I just do a version of an invisible deck but without using a gimmicked deck.
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Another vote for Aronson’s Double Ment but also Cummin’s Tap-a-lack or Vigil’s Diplopia.
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    Both above based on The Epitome Location.
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    Both above based on The Epitome Location.


Remiss of me not to mention. My apologies Harry. All the very best for 2018 and once again, thank you.

Pit Hartling’s Triathalon another beauty Think of a card based on the EL.
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Again to go off topic slightly... 
Do you guys think that a think-a-card routine is actually better than a selected card? 

I'm in 2 minds:
I find a lot of the time, asking for a card to be thought of freely results in some unusual procedure to eventually discover the card, where it might have been cleaner to just have one selected. 
Plus, I've heard non magicians theorize that "everyone must think of that card"
Alternatively you have to ask them to look at a card, and creating the impression that it is a thought of card. I prefer this approach.

But, I've had the sensation of having a freely thought of card revealed, and it felt amazing... I had (and still have) no clue how he worked out my card... it felt like there was no procedure at all. But I'm a magician, so I understood the conditions.
I can't help but wonder if the same effect would be felt by a non magician spectator who had selected a card and later had it revealed? 

So the options are: a cleaner procedure to find a selected card, or a potentially convoluted procedure to find a freely thought of card.




For example, with Bannons AK-47, its ingenious. I've enjoyed performing it. But I truly hate having to ask them to remove a number of cards equal to the value of their thought of card. I believe that to the spectator it is obvious that, that moment is important, they might not know how or why, but they do know that inside the box is the only clue to their thought of card.
Would it be a stronger effect to eliminate that clue, by bringing in a physical selection, perhaps from a spectator peek, and then treating that as a thought of card. Of course, by having a card selected you open up other clues. Perhaps they now latch onto the selection process as the moment when you must have worked something out?


Like I said, I'm in 2 minds. But I'd be very interested in hearing other peoples thoughts on this.

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For example, with Bannons AK-47, its ingenious. I've enjoyed performing it. But I truly hate having to ask them to remove a number of cards equal to the value of their thought of card. I believe that to the spectator it is obvious that, that moment is important, they might not know how or why, but they do know that inside the box is the only clue to their thought of card.

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I think Bannon explains this procedure as a way for the spectator to "commit" to a card.  It's just a way to ensure they don't change their mind on you.  You could also have the spectator remove the number of cards under the table and then keep them out of sight instead of putting them in the box.  This might help with diverting the thought of a "clue" that you mention above.

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Here's one I just learned by Peter Duffie.
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Bannon - AK47
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Still digging Proxy Shock and Proximity almost a year later. Have also been having fun with Paul Wilson's YAAMFACAAN - it's a freely thought of card at a freely selected number.

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Nicely done, Tony. Those packets seemed thoroughly shuffled, man!

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Well I can see I am not the only one that is voting for AK-47. A true killer impromptu miracle. I think I am starting to like his latest as well. Paint it Blank. I was able to figure out how it worked from watching the video and reading the description. I added a way to clean it up and have blown some other magicians away with it. Non-magicians really are amazed with it.
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There is an effect similar to the description given of Blind Mentalism, in the Encyclopedia of Card Trick. I'm not familiar with Blind Mentalism, so can't say if the methods are the same. Marlos routine does sound better (more streamlined) though.

I use a handling of Mike Vincents Brainwave My Way. Not the one he uses now, but his original method which is also mentioned on his Classic Collection DVDs (vol 1).
I use a red seven of hearts (in a blue deck), and like to use two people where possible. I use Derren Browns verbal seven of hearts force - if it hits I have a very clean Brainwave effect. If the force doesn't hit, I go straight into Mikes handling (I also don't use the wallet convincer. While a nice idea, I don't think it's needed).

As I usually do this in the hands (no table), there is no need for the gimmick, which is why I chose to use his old method with a normal red card instead.


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AK-47 is based on an Alan Kronzek routine (hence the "AK" in its title) that he published in his recent book Artful Deceptions - his title for the effect is "Think of One".  The presentation is different and the effect is more traditional mind-reading.  I like them both.

Cameron Francis's "Convergence" is sort of a "Thought-of Card at Randomly Selected Number" effect - I've been having a lot of fun with it.

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