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Michael Vincent posted this on his YouTube channel.  Thought I'd share...


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Superb, thanks for sharing DJ.

Is there anyone better? Does anyone have a more complete package when it comes to close up card magic? 

  • world class chops, 

  • imbues every presentation with importance and interest,

  • the very definition of clarity and naturalness.

  • The spectator is central to the situation not just the effect.

Michael Vincent is, for me, in the absolute top drawer of magicians along with perhaps a handful, if that, of others in the world.


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PS Harry's idea for routining and setting up ready for Numero Uno, tipped in his lecture, was one of those moments where theory can be Jawdropping not just effects.  
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        Very nice -  but that is NOT my Numero Uno.   Yes, perhaps Michael's take-off on it - but, sorry, nowhere as direct, strong, etc., as my original NUMERO UNO.   You can see me perform it - the ORIGINAL - on Vol. 1 of my "Best Ever" 4-vol. DVD set.
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    Or - better yet...try this - go to REPUTATION MAKERS/HARRY LORANE   --- and you'll see me performing my HaLo Aces and then NUMERO UNO for a lay audience. Check it out - then let me know what you think.
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Yeah, that was my initial thought as well: That's a cool trick, but it's not Numero Uno... That said, Michael is among the more underrated card magicians today. Perhaps because he is so low-key, so humble? I don't know.
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There are MANY effects wherein a card is selected, apparently lost in the shuffled deck and then found at a number selected by the spectator. That does NOT make them Numero Uno. If you want to see NUMERO UNO performed - check out my two posts just above. Or don't - but also don't really believe everything you read. (And if you want to learn NUMERO UNO as it should be done/.presented - so some checking - I've taught it in a couple of my books.)
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I agree Gareth.  He also has respect for those that have inspired him.  Whether the trick itself is Numero Uno or his "take" on it, he obviously drew inspiration from Harry since he credits him in the video description.  For the younger generation who follow Michael, and may not know of Harry yet, they will most likely look up Harry's Numero Uno.  I think that is important.  
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   It's important only if they want to learn a jaw-dropping any deck/any time effect.
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Here is Harry's version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=119&v=4XI04hYiEKY

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"Numero Uno" is, in fact, Harry Blackstone's "Card and Number", published in Greater Magic (1938!), pag. 461. There are a few small differences in the handling.


Small but significant. Blackstone's made use of a gaff while Harry's is impromptu. Also Harry's contingencies are a bit different. Anyway, it's a killer. And thanks for reminding me of the Blackstone trick.
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Simon Lovell also has a versiona called "Frank's Fave" (called in the honor of Mr. Frank Garcia)
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A small analysis:

On a first glance it would seem that the Blackstone/Lorayne effect is "better" than the Vincent effect for a very simple reason: after the spec names the number, the magician IMMEDIATELY cuts the deck to the desired number; whereas in the Vincent version some shuffling and cutting is going on before the effect. So it's a more "magical" effect. Vincent's is more like a "skill" effect rather than a "magic" effect: it seems that after the spec names a number, you somehow position the card at that place by your shuffling and cutting.

However, let's consider also a second thought: there are actually two effects happening. One is the magician cutting a desired number of cards, and two, the selected card being at that particular position, despite the shuffling and cutting of the deck.
Now let's consider the "silent script" of the first effect: HOW are you able to cut a packet of cards from the deck with a desired number of cards? Isn't it because of some "skill" of "sensitive fingers" or whatever? Even if you don't say so, but it's (probably) the script you use. If that's the case, it would make sense that the "other" effect has also to do with some type of "skill" of "card controlling". Can you understand what I mean, and where I'm going? So in that sense Mr. Vincent's handling would be more "congruent" because one effect builds on the other.

Lastly, as a personal choice and taste, I prefer the Lorayne handling, for certain personal reasons.
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        Forgive me - a bit of psychobabble here?   You can see me perform Numero Uno HERE - as I mentioned in a post above:
"...go to REPUTATION MAKERS/HARRY LORANE   --- and you'll see me performing my HaLo Aces and then NUMERO UNO for a lay audience."    At least I hope so.
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Originally Posted by maxiyedid
A small analysis:

On a first glance it would seem that the Blackstone/Lorayne effect is "better" than the Vincent effect for a very simple reason: after the spec names the number, the magician IMMEDIATELY cuts the deck to the desired number; whereas in the Vincent version some shuffling and cutting is going on before the effect. So it's a more "magical" effect. Vincent's is more like a "skill" effect rather than a "magic" effect: it seems that after the spec names a number, you somehow position the card at that place by your shuffling and cutting.

However, let's consider also a second thought: there are actually two effects happening. One is the magician cutting a desired number of cards, and two, the selected card being at that particular position, despite the shuffling and cutting of the deck.
Now let's consider the "silent script" of the first effect: HOW are you able to cut a packet of cards from the deck with a desired number of cards? Isn't it because of some "skill" of "sensitive fingers" or whatever? Even if you don't say so, but it's (probably) the script you use. If that's the case, it would make sense that the "other" effect has also to do with some type of "skill" of "card controlling". Can you understand what I mean, and where I'm going? So in that sense Mr. Vincent's handling would be more "congruent" because one effect builds on the other.

Lastly, as a personal choice and taste, I prefer the Lorayne handling, for certain personal reasons.


I like the way you think, maxiyedi! I definitely understand what you mean. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us and welcome to the Magician's Forum!

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Here the one from Harry's channel...




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        Forgive me - a bit of psychobabble here?   You can see me perform Numero Uno HERE - as I mentioned in a post above:
"...go to REPUTATION MAKERS/HARRY LORANE   --- and you'll see me performing my HaLo Aces and then NUMERO UNO for a lay audience."    At least I hope so.


I wish the video quality was better, but this is just fantastic!


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    Thanks for posting that, Rudy. I assume, I hope, that now all can see that what Michael  called my Numero Uno (I'm so surprised that he did) is NOT my Numero Uno.
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Harry, I think Michael got confused -- must have something to do with Brits driving on the wrong side of the road!!!!
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Just a quick note, 'we brits' drive on the correct side of the road and always have done,[smile]

You guys got your lefts and rights mixed up when you sailed over the pond and set yourselves up over there.
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Just a quick note, 'we brits' drive on the correct side of the road and always have done,[smile]

You guys got your lefts and rights mixed up when you sailed over the pond and set yourselves up over there.


Haha!!

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In case anyone's interested, here's the real reason Brits drive on the left. At least according to The Straight Dope!

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I wish the video quality was better, but this is just fantastic!


Not taking anything away from Michael - he's clearly an accomplished cardician, performer and a nice guy.

However (please bear in mind this is purely my own opinion) the clip of Harry Lorayne just oozes that additional entertainment factor. Proof, if ever it was needed, that you can literally blow people, away with just a deck of cards.

Truly, truly inspirational delivery that's (sadly) oh so rarely seen by magicians these days.

Just as an aside, I think Harry's Numero Uno was originally outlined in his lecture notes via Magic Inc. around 1980 - as well as being updated in Personal Collection. But hey.......why bother reading books, when you've got teenagers revealing secrets on Youtube.
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Just as an aside, I think Harry's Numero Uno was originally outlined in his lecture notes via Magic Inc. around 1980 - as well as being updated in Personal Collection. But hey.......why bother reading books, when you've got teenagers revealing secrets on Youtube.


And he still does it in his Jaw Droppers Lecture...

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"Numero Uno" was a part of one of my most priceless magical moments.

I was performing at a table, and performed "Numero Uno" - thanks for that GREAT card effect, Harry! - it went over wonderfully.  Then, ready to start another effect, I spread the cards on the table and asked for any card at all to be removed from the deck.  A card was taken from the spread, and looked at.  The person making the selection immediately gave a heavy sigh and slapped the card down on the table, face up.  It was the same card that was selected for "Numero Uno".  Pure coincidence, but at least I had the presence of mind to smile gently and stop right there.  Anything else would have been anti-climactic!
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"Numero Uno" was a part of one of my most priceless magical moments.

I was performing at a table, and performed "Numero Uno" - thanks for that GREAT card effect, Harry! - it went over wonderfully.  Then, ready to start another effect, I spread the cards on the table and asked for any card at all to be removed from the deck.  A card was taken from the spread, and looked at.  The person making the selection immediately gave a heavy sigh and slapped the card down on the table, face up.  It was the same card that was selected for "Numero Uno".  Pure coincidence, but at least I had the presence of mind to smile gently and stop right there.  Anything else would have been anti-climactic!


Well played!!

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Great to see Harry perform Numero Uno!

Just a side note... quite a coincidence that in both the Michael Vincent performance and Harry's Numero Uno that the spectators chose the same card... the Queen of Diamonds. [smile]
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