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Paul Hallas

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This is probably so old it's new again. Not the best angle for displaying the cards but good for spectator reaction [smile]


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Wow that is really nice!

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Great trick!
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Love the looks of wonder on the first girls face.
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I love their reaction! Great job, Paul. I like it!

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I think I bought it from Meir Yedid quite a while ago.  He still may carry it.
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https://www.mymagic.com/p/packet-tricks/especially-wild-paul-hallas

http://www.llpub.com/zenshop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=422


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Originally Posted by Blathermist
Very very nice.
Didn't you market this at one time?
Or am I dreaming again?


Yes, initially marketed by me with Piatnik cards in the mid eighties then I sold the rights to Meir Yedid in 1987. When he released it, it became the hit trick of the IBM and SAM National conventions. It has been through at least five printings, Meir initially had them printed on Fox Lake Aviator cards (which were more common at the time) then later switched to Bicycle cards. Still available from Meir and others (but not currently me, lol).

I didn't know until a few years ago that it had also been pirated in France after Meir put it out.
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Tremendous! That's a wonderful ESP packet trick.
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Not to cast dispersion on what is obviously a wonderful trick. But if I could ask one question, why ESP cards? The effect, has nothing to do with ESP.
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Not to cast dispersion on what is obviously a wonderful trick. But if I could ask one question, why ESP cards? The effect, has nothing to do with ESP.


At first I thought you were trolling me, but read some of your other posts are realized you were not. 

Why ESP cards? One could ask why of lots of magic tricks. Lots of  packet tricks have specially printed images on and one might ask why those cards exist (other than for a moment of entertainment) whereas this is a packet trick which wows people with cards that normally exist.

How it is framed/presented can vary. The first part, the reveal of the selected card can be done as reading their mind or as a prediction (in the instructions I think Meir describes moving one card to one side as a prediction, I never did it that way). That in itself can be framed within the extra sensory perception category. In the second part, the cards change to match the card being thought of.

At the end of the days its simply a magic trick and a magician can do magic with whatever he wants. I have never presented the effect in a mental show and I don't recall its ever being promoted as a mental effect.

I sometimes introduce it by saying I'm going to try and reproduce something that happened in the early days of ESP testing that was so bizarre it is only whispered about and was never recorded because no-one would have believed it. This sets the scene for something that wasn't normal in ESP testing (because it isn't lol ).

There are lots of card effects that have mental leaning patter (and play very strongly) and one might ask what cards have to do with ESP. But actually playing cards WERE used in ESP testing before Zener cards were introduced. 

At the end of the day, a lot of performers have had great responses from ESPecially Wild (once used on TV by Paul Daniels) and it went through five reprints since it was released in the mid eighties, not bad for a packet trick.

if it is not your cup of tea and you can't use it, don't worry about it. BTW thanks for reviving this three year old thread.

Meir can be seen performing it here;  https://www.mymagic.com/p/packet-tricks/especially-wild-paul-hallas

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Sweetly put, Paul.
My response would have been: Why not?


Why not indeed. I don't think it would play as strongly with Snap or Happy Family cards. It is what it is.
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People are fascinated by ESP so using the Zener symbols immediately gets attention.  Also, the premise that you have two identical sets (which needs to be accepted for the effect to succeed) seems to me to be more plausible with special cards than with regular playing cards.
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Paul great presentation. [smile]

I am not sure how closely anyone watched your video and the Meir ad. I think your presentation is far superior to Meir's as your offered the young lady a "free choice" whereas Meir "predicts" which card the viewer will "select".

Now I realize Meir has no actual spectator but in my mind this seemingly subtle change really affects the actual impact of the trick.

This probably relates more to RayJ's thread, "Is Magic Doing Well or Not" but it bugs me that some ads by virtually all the big sellers are cut, edited, or not presented as a complete effect or in real life conditions. Some border on misrepresentation when you find out critical steps have been left out to make the trick seem to have more impact that it does because for example they cut out the "fishing" or "evoque".  Or worse the trick really can't be performed in real conditions and will only work on video. [frown]

Obviously this is not the case with ESPecially Wild, again, Paul thanks for sharing that bit with TMF.

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It's a Paul Hallas trick! Well structured, well thought out, easy to adapt to your style  ... of course it is awesome!!
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I'm with you, Wayne. I saw Meir demo the trick at some point, and was not impressed. Had I witnessed Paul's handling, my hand would've gone for my wallet!

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By the way, I had seen Meir demo this at various conferences. I thought it was OK. But, Paul, didn't realize the impact and how strong it was until after I saw you performance!
I LOVE packet tricks! Paul, I hope you at least still get a royalty ... I'm sending some cash to Meir later today!
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Paul great presentation. [smile]

I am not sure how closely anyone watched your video and the Meir ad. I think your presentation is far superior to Meir's as your offered the young lady a "free choice" whereas Meir "predicts" which card the viewer will "select".

Now I realize Meir has no actual spectator but in my mind this seemingly subtle change really affects the actual impact of the trick.

This probably relates more to RayJ's thread, "Is Magic Doing Well or Not" but it bugs me that some ads by virtually all the big sellers are cut, edited, or not presented as a complete effect or in real life conditions. Some border on misrepresentation when you find out critical steps have been left out to make the trick seem to have more impact that it does because for example they cut out the "fishing" or "evoque".  Or worse the trick really can't be performed in real conditions and will only work on video. [frown]

Obviously this is not the case with ESPecially Wild, again, Paul thanks for sharing that bit with TMF.

Wayne


Wayne, good points about what frequently is left out of videos.
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