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Anthony Vinson

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We often discuss the contributions of John Bannon and John Carey here - Harry, you're in a category all your own, sir - but we seldom dig deep into the body of work of one Cameron Francis. 

Mike Powers, in his book Tesseract, features one of Cameron's creations, and in the August '19 issue of Genii, John Bannon teaches another. It's a good one, too, one that I already perform, and have for some time, that gets good reactions. (John calls it Sly Dog. Cameron's original title was Slyer Cheese.)   

In addition to cards, Francis also creates mentalism and coin effects. Back in February, I posted a demo of one of Francis's mentalism pieces, COAT. I still perform it , and it still gets great reactions.

Any other fans of Francis out there? If so, which effects do you regularly perform and why? One of mine is One Flew Over at My Behest, a nice, fairly easy, teleportation trick. It's visual, fairly quick, and can lead to other effects if your audience is in the mood.

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Huge CF fan here.  My current favourite of his is Convergence, which is a sort of ACAAN using two decks.
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I bought his Deceit Treat at Penguin as a download a while back and remember liking it.
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Convergence is nice. Haven't played with it, but have watched the demo. 

Deceit Treat is clever. So much you can do with the method. I learned it from one of his ebooks, forget which one. 

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Another big fan here!

So many choices, let me see what I have highlighted:

Creation
Nothing but Trouble
Troublemakers
What it isn't


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I agree with Anthony re: The CF item in the new Genii. It's an excellent trick. I was unaware of its existence until the recent Genii. Highly recommended for sure.

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Another big fan here!

So many choices, let me see what I have highlighted:

Creation
Nothing but Trouble
Troublemakers
What it isn't



Creation, I am familiar with. The others, I'll have to see if they're in any of the CF ebooks in my library.

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Looked up my references for those other 3:

Nothing but Trouble -- that's in a PDF by that name - Big Blind Media
Troublemakers -- Packet Mania I video from Lybrary
What it Isn't -- PDF from Full52

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Thanks! Don't believe I have any of those, but he sometimes publishes items in his ebooks as well, I will look to see if that's the case with any of the ones I own.

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I've been a fan for a number of years, and had the pleasure of hosting Cameron on my 2013 lecture series. I highly recommend his "Moments Notice" series of ebooks. LOTS of great ideas.
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A while ago I bought some of his online material.  During the email exchange I mentioned TMF and invited him to check us out - I don't know if he ever did.  I wonder if he would do a lecture for us.
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Cameron is a nice guy, does a good lecture. I have some of his earlier packet tricks and some earlier DVD's from Big Blind Media and some collaborative DVD's he did with Dave Forrest. Perhaps my favorite of his packet effects are his Lie Detector routine and a wild card variant involving writing on the cards. I should dig that out again. I do recall using his "What it Isn't" for awhile, think Aldo Colombini marketed that.

He was also a contributor to my book "Still Small, Still Deadly", my second packet trick book.
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Paul

I have your first packet trick book, and I think it is great!  Do you sell the sequel directly?

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Cameron has a wonderful lecture in the On Demand Plus section of Reel Magic Magazine. Super strong genuine, practical, worker material
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Cameron has a wonderful lecture in the On Demand Plus section of Reel Magic Magazine. Super strong genuine, practical, worker material


Forgot about that OnDemand lecture, Gareth... thanks for reminding me of that!

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i like the videos he did with Aldo Columbini. I uses his reverse coin assembly frequently. And his Moments Notice books are awesome
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i like the videos he did with Aldo Columbini. I uses his reverse coin assembly frequently. And his Moments Notice books are awesome


100% agree on both points … and all the Moment's Notice eBooks are on Lybrary.

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Nice thread here. Researching Cameron's items have been on my "to-do" list for quite some time. This thread is motivational for me to get started on researching, reading and learning many of his great products and ideas.
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I'm a fan-

I have quite a few Cameron Francis effects, and I really like the ebooks Headroom and More Headroom. My favorites from Headroom are COAT and Either Or.
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I'm a fan-

I have quite a few Cameron Francis effects, and I really like the ebooks Headroom and More Headroom. My favorites from Headroom are COAT and Either Or.


Yes, the Headroom books are great; several heavy hitters to be found there, including the two you mentioned. I carry COAT with me pretty much everywhere. 

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After all the positive comments, I'm going to have to take a look at getting the 'Headroom' eBooks -- for some reason I don't have those
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I'm a fan-

I have quite a few Cameron Francis effects, and I really like the ebooks Headroom and More Headroom. My favorites from Headroom are COAT and Either Or.


I have something inspired by Cameron's "Either Or" which ends cleaner in my book  "OOPS Magic and Mentalism" p.109. I call it "Neither Nor" 😉

Another routine of Cameron's I used was his "Prediction Gone Wild" which may have sold separately but also was included on Aldo Colombini's "Packet Trick Picks" DVD. A number of Aldo's  DVD's are available from Lybrary.com as instant downloads these days. 
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I have collected quite a few of Camerons offerings during the years (I first heard of him via the Big Blind Media Company and IIRC my first item was the dvd "Killer Gaft Magic").

However, one effect that I have performed more than the others is "Overcount" from the dvd set he put out together with Liam Motier called "Kapow!" (with "convergence" a Close second).

Great trick.

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However, one effect that I have performed more than the others is "Overcount" from the dvd set he put out together with Liam Motier called "Kapow!" (with "convergence" a Close second).

Great trick.

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I might have to look that up. I have the Kapow e-book.

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Please do mr Hallas. I would be very interested in hearing your opinion.
I feel that the effectiveness of the trick lies in the way you set up the deck after it has been shuffled by the spectator. To really sell the impression that you´re only looking for a card instead of arranging Three of them…

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I have something inspired by Cameron's "Either Or" which ends cleaner in my book  "OOPS Magic and Mentalism" p.109. I call it "Neither Nor" 😉

Another routine of Cameron's I used was his "Prediction Gone Wild" which may have sold separately but also was included on Aldo Colombini's "Packet Trick Picks" DVD. A number of Aldo's  DVD's are available from Lybrary.com as instant downloads these days. 


Thanks Paul- I added your book and Aldo's DVD to my list, so I'll be getting them soon. I do have a couple of the Aldo ESP and Trost DVDs, so I'm sure I'll like all that you are recommending.
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Yes, the Headroom books are great; several heavy hitters to be found there, including the two you mentioned. I carry COAT with me pretty much everywhere. 

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That one sure is fun- always gets a good reaction, and it's easy enough to make up whenever there are some business cards around.
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