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Hi everyone.  Here's a short routine/idea that I came up with in May, 2009.  I was going to show this at one of the Saturday Sessions.  If you know, it's kinda self explanatory, but if you don't, I would be happy to explain and share.  I haven't performed it much mostly because I only recently bought (the next day made) the stuff I needed to perform this.  I have shared it with a couple of other magician friends years ago, but other than that, I haven't share it with anyone else.



Watch the video, then read this...

I recently performed this for my 11yr old daughter (she knows a few of my card moves and routines), and when she couldn't put the card in the deck, her first reaction was "Wait! How did I even select a card!". That's basically the reaction, I was going for.

Let me know what you think.  Is it good enough?  Is it "exposing" too much?

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I think it's very cool ... and not obvious to me!
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Tom, that's nice. I had no idea where you were going, and the work is nowhere near obvious. I watched three times and have a pretty good idea of how you handled the deck to arrive at its concluding condition, but if I'd witnessed the performance live I'd have been flummoxed. The feeling I was left with at the end was akin to that experienced the first time I was fooled with Paul Harris's Solid Deception; WTF?! 

I think it's a winner.

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Good idea Tom.
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Thanks for the input!

AV, my handling in this video wasn't the greatest.  I had messed up the previous take, so I put extra 'work' into it, which you might have spotted.  Also, you are right, in performing for a real audience the misdirection and timing would be very easy.  For my daughter, I just did a riffle force the first time.  Of course, she wanted to see it again.  So the second time, I did a classic force.  Normally you wouldn't actually perform this more than once.

I'm also looking for if anyone knows of or has seen something similar to this.  I have not, but I have a much smaller library than some of the members on here.

I will plan to demo and teach this at a Saturday Session.

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I don't understand why you say you had to force a card. If the top third or half of the deck are normal cards, any card from that stack can be chosen.



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I don't understand why you say you had to force a card. If the top third or half of the deck are normal cards, any card from that stack can be chosen.




The top third/half is not normal.  Watch the video again, and you will see what I mean.

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Tom - Thanks for fooling me today!  Your routine caught me totally off guard and the ending honestly surprised me.  I always enjoy watching your routines and this one would be a great "gag" opener -- it's visual, surprising, quick, and fun to watch!  I have seen similar things like this (where the magician cascades the cards with a flourish and then reveals the "accordion" deck), but using that idea with a card selection is a very unique idea.  Thanks for posting!  johnny
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I don't often laugh out loud while watching a video on the computer. This was definitely the exception. Thanks for giving me such a highlight to my day. What fun!
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I liked this and no, I didn't see it coming at all. As was said above, this would be an excellent opener.
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A very funny trick!
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Thanks everyone for the response and input!

I know I still need to work on a story/patter to go with this.  I am open to suggestions.

I kinda of created this as performing it exactly how I performed it in the video, just simple, to the point, unexpected ending.  However, I can see how this could have different impact with a story line.  One story line I thought of is String Theory, but I also don't want to hint to the final result/ending.  So, it's available for your use, and I'd love to hear possible performance ideas if you have any.  I would like to discuss this at the May 2 Saturday Session, like true session style.

One of my long-time magic friends said he thought this would be a great closer too, after doing several other card routines, then bring this out and finish the show.  Whenever bars and restaurants are open, I plan to try it several places to gauge the reactions.  I think I need to make this in Aviators as well, since I love using those cards.

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Hey Tom nice effect...

When I see this I think of getting locked out of my house or forgetting my keys. The selected card goes out to have fun do tricks, and when coming back home couldn't get back in the house, through the door, the window etc. Just a very rough idea for you to consider.

A one way door?

A great wall of China to keep out invaders?



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