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What are some of your favorite card effects that no one else is doing ? What diamonds would you like to share that you have found in different books or dvd's or lecture notes ?

Mine is The Slug by Martin Nash .

PS ; New people, what are you working on? Please share..


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Monte Nightmare from lecture notes by Bob King.

I dont know if anyone else is doing it, but i've been doing it for years
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I haven't got anything new, but a very old trick that I think gets totally overlooked but I've actually has good reactions with is The Piano Card Trick [smile]
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There is a trick in expert card technique called mercury's card which I am working on I like the effect.
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Boy! According to some (or all) of these responses seems as if I've wasted my time/energy/knowledge writing all those books of mine!
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     Boy! According to some (or all) of these responses seems as if I've wasted my time/energy/knowledge writing all those books of mine! What a waste!


You know, Harry, I think it's a problem. There's so much terrific material tucked away in your books, in Apocalypse, and on your DVDs that it's tough to know where to begin listing the "Nuggets."

Let's see... How about The Moving Pencil? That's a winner and one I rarely see. Voice Print is another. And I am also partial to Super Location, Foursome, and another the name of which I cannot recall - It's one of your quick cull methods wherein a spectator's lucky card is revealed and attracts the other three mates. And that's just a start! 
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    Okay; feel a bit better now!!
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personally, I have been working on Aces and Kings by Harry. Also, just got his Jawdroppers 2 so who knows what I will pull out of that.
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Boy! According to some (or all) of these responses seems as if I've wasted my time/energy/knowledge writing all those books of mine!


I would say Harry's nugget is Spectator Cuts The Aces..love the reaction it gets, and it's not that hard to do so one can focus on the presentation.

Not to many people doing it or talking about it..that's what makes it a nugget!

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Something I just discovered, there's a nice 8Ks trick in Corinda. [smile]
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Harry has a control called 'In the Second Place' from the 'new ideas' section of Classic Collection Volume 1.  I've been using it lately with Tilt Sandwich Location for a quick selection, control, and location.
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The Moving Pencil is an oldie but goodie.  First time I saw it, Kreskin performed it as a mental piece on Carson.  I recognized right away as being in Close Up Card Magic. 
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Off Color Monte by Peter Marshall from Best of Friends vol 2.  One of my favorite monte effects and I've never seen anyone do it.
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Amazing stuff so far guys.
Logan: If you mean Harry's Double Take from Quantum Leaps I will say this is one of many "worth the price of the book" items. Awesome.
Tom G: Thanks for mentioning this classic.
Bulla: Great to see you posting here my friend. You're knowledge is much appreciated here and thankyou for reminding me of this gem.
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I would like to share a nugget from Doug Edwards' Nukes. It's called Instant Glimpse and it is the first item In this excellent book.
I use it to instantly, secretly and simultaneously glimpse the top and bottom cards of a shuffled deck.
I use it for Lorayne's This is Mindreading?
But you can use it anytime for so many great effects.
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A couple of older effects that I regularly return to are Vernon's "The Two-Thirteen Trick" from the Chronicles, V.1, and "The Apex Ace" from Closeup Card Magic. Vernon's trick includes a neat handling for turning over and showing a double card as one. Haven't seen either done in a long while.

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At the mention of Martin Nash... Check out his Beat The Cheat Poker.

It is the only gambling routine I do. And I do it very rarely, as most of the people I perform for aren't really into gambling. But when I do meet someone who likes playing poker it is simply a stunning routine.

http://www.magicana.com/video/martin-nash-beat-cheat-poker-0


It suits my style, as I favour highly interactive effects, and try to create a feeling of "play" when performing. 
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Hi Fellas,

There a brilliant effect in Personal Collection called, “Epitome Location, Junior”. It’s on page 443.
It would seem to be one of those things that would fool magicians. It uses an aspect of the clocking the deck that I wasn’t aware of.

Here is the basic effect: The deck is thoroughly shuffled. Remove a small packet of cards from the deck – say, 14 to 18 cards and have those shuffled if you’d like and then have the spectator remove any of of them and lay it aside facedown. The packet then goes back with the rest of shuffled deck and cuts it as much as he likes. You run through the deck and remove three cards which are tabled, or held, facedown. You ask the spectator to reveal their selection. The three cards are removed or shown to be the three matching values.

Another great one from the fertile mind of Harry Lorayne!

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While on tour in Australia, I bought a packet trick which utilizes four black plastic cards with tiny pinprick holes all over them.  Can’t remember the title, but I’ve never seen anyone else performing this trick.  I prefer doing magic with regular, un-gimmicked decks of cards.  But this is so good, it's the only packet trick in my repertoire.  

 Basically, you have a card selected from a regular deck.  Then introduce these 4 special cards.  They are “fairly” shown to be blank on both sides.  Then ala B’Wave, you eliminate all but one of the cards.  The final choice, still assumed to be blank, is placed between the spectator’s palms.  You ask them to announce the name of the selected card, and when they open their hands, its picture is staring them in the face.  

Maybe someone familiar with this trick knows what it's called and who the inventor was?


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Maybe someone familiar with this trick knows what it's called and who the inventor was?



Sounds a little bit like Dr. Jaks  "Four Blacks" though those cards didn't have any little holes in. I found a video clip of that here, but it goes waaay back.




It's available in England from Davenports, though his name is spelled wrong:
http://www.davenportsmagic.co.uk/cgi-bin/sh000001.pl?WD=blacks&PN=Dr--Jacks-Four-Blacks-2092%2ehtml#SID=86

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I saw this video of a 4 Ace cutting routine called Given the Slip. It's detailed and credited in Vernon's Chronicles 3. Although it does not use the same sleight as Harry Lorayne's Halo Cut I think it is just as visually stunning.

Although the Halo Cut is much easier for me, I really like the challenge of trying to learn something different, I may never perfect it but it might lead to something else interesting to try.

While Given the Slip might be my White Whale that I never master, an older Harry Lorayne trick I like is Tilt Sandwich. I have it written in my note book but don't know what book it is from.

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While on tour in Australia, I bought a packet trick which utilizes four black plastic cards with tiny pinprick holes all over them.
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Is there any significance to the holes?  From the description of the effect it seems like this could be done with ordinary cards.
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I think the holes are significant because it appears impossible for a card face to be printed on such a surface.  Also, the handling of the plastic cards is so clever and casual, it negates any suspicion of sleight of hand.

 In my opinion, these plastic pin-holed cards are a techno marvel.  I seem to recall that the original instructions (which I’ve long since lost) credited a Japanese inventor.


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Ahhh, this starts to sound like Ton Onosaka's Card Mirage.  If I remember correctly, my set doesn't have holes, just clear plastic.
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That name does ring a bell ....
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Are there actual holes in the card or just black dots like Masuda's WOW gimmick?


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Paul, you are correct.  Each card has countless minuscule black dots on a clear plastic surface.  From a distance (and when held on top of each other) they appear to be black.  They give the appearance of being tiny holes on a black plastic card.  A spectator can see through the clear parts, which is why the revelation of a printed card face is so magical.


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I don't know what other magicians perform but I presume you mean tricks that are generally forgotten and hidden in print. With that in mind, there's a good chunk of great Peter Duffie material that are buried in his ebooks that are ( in my case, unfortunately ) filled with mathematical magician-fooling laymen-boring tricks. Below I mention 2 Duffie favorites as well as provide other tricks that may be of interest.

Peter Duffie - Not My Card in Perplexities: Card is selected and returned. You show 3 blank cards with "Not My Card" written on them. Their card appears within them in a cool way, or produced from your pocket. My favorite opener if I'm asked to show a trick in a social situation with a shuffled deck.

Peter Duffie - Key Largo from Card Flair: Great sunken key trick. The first selection is revealed by stopping the spectator as he's dealing a face down deck. You take that card and stab the deck with it to reveal the 2nd selection. 

George McBride - Si Stebbins Prediction, from Scotland's Up Close. A phenomenal effect that where the spectator forms a prediction of a thought of card, and you predict its location. Ruins the stack, but its worth doing. 

David Harkey - Thunderstorm: The best version of the Mystery Card plot without any gimmicks or gaffs. Can be done standing. A card initially torn by a spectator in 2 pieces turns out to be his signed selection. 

Jack Parker - Hard to Get Just Got Easy: You reveal a free selection plus a freely thought of card with a procedure that is, to my mind, properly constructed. 

Jack Carpenter - O'Henry's Return: The only ace assembly I care to do, only if I have an attentive audience. Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDfcgiFSQOY


I've let my babies go away. The low traffic in this forum encourages me to do so [smile] 

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I don't know what other magicians perform but I presume you mean tricks that are generally forgotten and hidden in print. With that in mind, there's a good chunk of great Peter Duffie material that are buried in his ebooks that are ( in my case, unfortunately ) filled with mathematical magician-fooling laymen-boring tricks. Below I mention 2 Duffie favorites as well as provide other tricks that may be of interest.

Peter Duffie - Not My Card in Perplexities: Card is selected and returned. You show 3 blank cards with "Not My Card" written on them. Their card appears within them in a cool way, or produced from your pocket. My favorite opener if I'm asked to show a trick in a social situation with a shuffled deck.

Peter Duffie - Key Largo from Card Flair: Great sunken key trick. The first selection is revealed by stopping the spectator as he's dealing a face down deck. You take that card and stab the deck with it to reveal the 2nd selection. 

George McBride - Si Stebbins Prediction, from Scotland's Up Close. A phenomenal effect that where the spectator forms a prediction of a thought of card, and you predict its location. Ruins the stack, but its worth doing. 

David Harkey - Thunderstorm: The best version of the Mystery Card plot without any gimmicks or gaffs. Can be done standing. A card initially torn by a spectator in 2 pieces turns out to be his signed selection. 

Jack Parker - Hard to Get Just Got Easy: You reveal a free selection plus a freely thought of card with a procedure that is, to my mind, properly constructed. 

Jack Carpenter - O'Henry's Return: The only ace assembly I care to do, only if I have an attentive audience. Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDfcgiFSQOY


I've let my babies go away. The low traffic in this forum encourages me to do so [smile] 

Enjoy,

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It's really difficult to know for sure if 'no-one else is doing them'. Just because we haven't seen anyone do something doesn't mean people aren't since most of us aren't watching thousands of magicians on a regular basis, lol. But I'll bite since Medifro was so generous with his nuggets. I had "Card Flaire" so checked out the key card effect of Peter's. Don't recall using it but I might have, it is a long time since 1998 [smile] Nice trick, reminded me a little of Aronson's later "Undo Principle".

In return I'll mention another of Peter's gems I've never seen anyone do, "Divisory Capacity" I think is the title. It's in "Card Compulsions" but I cannot find my copy to check. I used to routine it with Tamariz's "Neither Blind Nor Stupid".

I've bookmarked The Jack Parker/Blomberg  effect from "52 Memories" to check out at a later time. I know I never used that, but have used "Bare Naked Ladies' and "The Three Stooges" from Jack's book. 

 Since Harry felt neglected, here's one from a Harry Lorayne book I didn't appreciate on a first read, "Isn't That Amazing?!" from "The Himber Wallet Book" (now part of "The Classic Collection 5"). Some very clever thinking from Lewis Jones and Harry to get to the end result. Think "Kolossal Killer" without being one off [smile]

I could probably write a book referencing hidden nuggets, but Mark Elsdon just did that! [smile]
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Monte Nightmare from lecture notes by Bob King.

I dont know if anyone else is doing it, but i've been doing it for years


If that's the ungaffed "Sidewalk Shuffle" with ace and blanks it's been reinvented a few times. I remember seeing Bob perform it on his first U.K lecture tour. He was fooling everyone with his stuff, which is probably why he titled his notes "Magician Fooler's" [biggrin]

Mike Ammar performed a version on the Easy To Master Card Magic series called "Virginia City Shuffle" with normal sized cards. 

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As previously mentioned, The Apex Ace done with three selections is one of the finest Card Tricks out there.
I have done if for over 30 years and have done it in almost every set at The Magic Castle. I learned if from
Close Up Card Magic, however I'm sure Harry has published it in his more recent works. The only real sleight
is a multiple shift-- everything else in the routine is very easy. I use the Cardini Multiple Shift, although it
would play nearly as strong with a simpler multiple shift.



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In return I'll mention another of Peter's gems I've never seen anyone do, "Divisory Capacity" I think is the title. It's in "Card Compulsions" but I cannot find my copy to check. I used to routine it with Tamariz's "Neither Blind Nor Stupid".
 

I checked it out, its indeed in Card Compulsions. I enjoy it! Not something I would do for lay people though I would try it. Using it after Neither Blind Nor Stupid will make it extremely fooling for magicians. Thanks for the recommendation! Glad you like mine.

Lewis Jones is a goldmine is hidden nuggets. He has an ACAAN effect in his book The Magic Gourment and is my ACAAN of choice to do for laymen. 


Steven Youell: Great to have you back. Apex Aces is a phenomenal effect, I will do it again for laymen. Last time I did it was 8-9 years ago!
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I checked it out, its indeed in Card Compulsions. I enjoy it! Not something I would do for lay people though I would try it


I have used it for lay people, I found it plays well [smile].

Here's another of Peter's gems, "Back To The Future Packet" in "Effortless Card Magic" p.73.
I've not used that much, another stacked deck item, but I found it to be a magician fooler. Never seen anyone else use it.

I'll be looking at "Apex Aces" again too, not used that in a long time.
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If that's the ungaffed "Sidewalk Shuffle" with ace and blanks it's been reinvented a few times. I remember seeing Bob perform it on his first U.K lecture tour. He was fooling everyone with his stuff, which is probably why he titled his notes "Magician Fooler's" [biggrin]

Mike Ammar performed a version on the Easy To Master Card Magic series called "Virginia City Shuffle" with normal sized cards. 

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The original Sidewalk Shuffle has always been a favorite of mine. It's built perfectly to get some great laughs, depending upon how your character as the performer presents it.

And thanks, Paul, for the Ammar link. I had not seen that effect, and now I'll need to check it out. Love it!

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