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Paul Hallas

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This is a John Bannon packet trick from before he went all fractal [smile]


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I've never seen this before. The ending fooled the heck out of me!!

Great job, Paul!

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That IS strong.
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That IS strong.


It is still available, marketed through Meir Yedid. Always got good reactions. Of course I recommend lots of good packet tricks in my packet trick books.

John Bannon has also approached the wildcard plot with ungaffed cards, see "Return of The Magnificent Seven" in his book "Smoke and Mirrors" (1992) and the much later approach "Mag-7" in his book "Mega 'Wave" (2010).

William P. Miesel is another that had some ungaffed approaches to 'wild card', see his book (if you can find it) "The Creative Card Magic of William P. Miesel" (1980).
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Very good performance, Paul. Thanks for sharing this.
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I had this years ago and performed it a lot. 
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I saw John B perform this on one of his videos and, knowing the Counts, I did recreate it. It is a beatifully constructed routine but I haven't performed it in years.
This thread made me look it up again. After all , it's Bannon!

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Bob King has a nice handling of this effect by Bannon, not sure if it's in print.
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Bob King has a nice handling of this effect by Bannon, not sure if it's in print.


Tom, stop teasing...   😉

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Nice work Paul!  In his Bullet Party DVD, John Bannon taught a revised version of "Call of the Wild", in a packet trick (i.e. fractalized!) he called "Fractal Re-Call".  

There's a performance video (not me) from someone here:


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Interesting, I never bought he Bullet Party DVD because I have the book of the same name, but this routine is not in the book!
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"Fractal Re-Call" comes from the Mega 'Wave notes that preceded the Bullet Party booklet, Paul.
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The video linked above shows why you should never record yourself while chewing gum.
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I would certainly never do that!

Because I can’t double lift and chew gum at the same time.
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"Fractal Re-Call" comes from the Mega 'Wave notes that preceded the Bullet Party booklet, Paul.


Thanks Chris, I actually have that booklet but obviously bypassed that routine!
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I believe that Marc DeSouza has a non-gaffed Wild Card routine too. Might be worth comparing.

Darwin Ortiz's Wild Card routine is very good, but it's gaffed the usual way. It's difficult to beat the gaffed versions too. But ending "fractal" has a lot of merit.
BTW, can anyone relate the word "fractal" to the concept Bannon is applying it to i.e. ending with examinable cards?

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I believe that Marc DeSouza has a non-gaffed Wild Card routine too. Might be worth comparing.

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I've come across a few non gaffed entries to the 'wild card' effect over the years.. 

I tend to think of "Call of the Wild" as half wild card half something else, lol. The gaffed version is better than the none gaffed version I think, more magic.

Bruce Cervon had a non gaffed version of Wild Card in his book "The Cervon File" (1988) called "Really Wild".

William P. Miesel had a version in "The Creative Card Magic of William P. Miesel" (1980) called "That's Wild".

 Peter Kane had one himself, called "A Very Attractive Lady" in his book "Kane" (1982).

I'm sure there are more but that's three I remembered and could easily grab books off the shelf to reference.

With regard to fractal, not really, but it sounds good, lol. John does have an explanation of it somewhere.
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For those interested in going FASDIU (from a shuffled deck in use) with call of the wild Bannon has you covered with "Last Call" on his "Dealing with it" Season 3 DVD. The switch alone is excellent. In fact the whole DVD is great and a bargain at that. 
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In an interview, JB said this:

"At the 31 Faces North convention in Toronto, I did a presentation on "packet" tricks. Every now and then, the term "packet trick” gets a negative connotation --but I have alwys liked them. When I was in DC one of my magic colleagues was the great Larry West--of Emerson And West. I have never thought it was uncool to take a packet of cards out of the little wallet, do a trick, and put the cards away. One night at the convention, we brainstormed to try and create create a new term for "packet tricks"–sometimes a new name can give you a new way of looking at something.

In mathematics, a fractal is "an object or quantity that displays self-similarity, in a somewhat technical sense, on all scales. The object need not exhibit exactly the same structure at all scales, but the same "type" of structures must appear on all scales."

In a non-mathematical sense, tricks with fewer cards than the entire deck would exhibit many of the same characteristics, but on a smaller scale. There would be self-similarity in the sense that the same "structures" (such as transpositions, color-changes, divination of selected cards) could exist without needing the entire deck.

Besides, I like how "fractal" sounds. "Fractal card magic" seems like a good trademark-able name for what we used to call packet tricks."

Here's the link:  https://royalmagic.blogspot.com/search?q=bannon+fractal
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Okay. I can get behind that. Makes just enough sense to be sensible.

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