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Nice, easy sandwich effect from the BOF vol. 1.
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    Fooled the h*ll out of me!!
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Very nice, rready!  (and Harry)!
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rready,

great performance and if you fooled the author of the book you got the effect from, you are on the right path! 

Keep up the excellent work!

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Nice!

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You just made me to pull my copy of Best of Friends Vol#1 off the shelf and revisit it. Ran through the effect a couple of times and I think I fooled myself. Thanks for pointing this one out and thanks Harry for publishing it.
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I DID THE SAME THING mac1054 DID!

I NEED TO STICK TO THE GOOD STUFF!!!

THANKS HARRY...THANKS rready!!!
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Nice control, rready, kind of depth-illusion. It fooled me.

Just a correction, the title of the effect is Troika.

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Ready — Great job — I love the effect as well as your presentation of it — very nicely done! This is one of those Lorayne routines I’ve unfortunately overlooked (sorry about that, Harry), but like the other posters, I’ll be sure to use it in the future. I think this is one of your best clips (and they are always very good). Thanks for sharing and keep the gems coming! johnny
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Thank you everyone for the nice comments, and fooling the great Harry Lorayne, I have to admit, made my day. 
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Great trick, great performance, great dog!
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After watching the video I naturally pulled my copy of BOF from the shelf. Scanning the Table of Contents for Troika, I found lots of highlighted trick titles. One of them was indeed Troika. Thing is, I do not recall ever trying the trick out. The rest of the highlighted tricks I remembered, not so with Troika. Maybe I read the description and considered it as one I would return to in the future? Who knows. Point is, it sat there on my shelf (wherever I happened to be over the years) while I spent money on one-off tricks, many of which ended up in magic junk drawers. 

Since the timing is right, BOF (The first volume) is going to be my book of the month for June. I have already revisited several tricks previously highlighted - a Card to Remember and Miracle Time to name just two - and look forward to discovering others in the coming weeks. (Still have a few days left with May's selection!)

Thanks, rready, for yet another much needed reminder of the gold and diamonds sitting on our bookshelves!

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                 It's funny, I was actually going through BOF looking for something else when I came across Troika and reread it again. So many of Harry's books have to read over and over with cards in hand to appreciate the great tricks that are in these BOF volumes. Thanks to Harry for putting out so much usable material over the many years.
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       It goes without saying that I fool, and have fooled, magicians all over the world, and for decades, with effects/routines I've published - in books they didn't have, hadn't purchased. That's what initiated my cliché - Ya' gotta' start reading the good stuff, guys!  
  
   But, and this is the point, apropos of a couple of the posts above - over those decades, all over the world, I've fooled magicians with effects/routines that I'd published in books that I know they had purchased and owned. Guess I'll have to change that cliché of mine a bit to -
Ya' gotta' start reading and TRYING OUT/learning the good stuff, guys! 
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Damn this got me. I'm not at home but once I get back I'll be checking this out! 
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I performed this for some magician friends today. It went over well. This gets added to my performance set.
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Hi fellas, like the rest of you, I immediately looked this up after rready posted his video (thanks rready). Great stuff! For those of you who always have a crimped card in your deck, you might want to use that instead of the injog. When I in jog the card, it looked dreadful. I would feel self-conscious doing that in a performance.

And rather than have the spectator make two mistakes, why not just use the jokers and have them simply serve as marker cards. That’s what I’m going to do.

The Best of Friends volumes are incredible! Thanks Harry!

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And rather than have the spectator make two mistakes, why not just use the jokers and have them simply serve as marker cards. That’s what I’m going to do.


Interesting idea. I fiddled around with it myself, using the red Jacks, but decided I liked the conceit of the "third time lucky" ploy. Marker cards would certainly work though.

I agree that the injog seemed a bit ugly at first, but as I played with the control it occurred that allowing the cards to spread a bit messy covered the injog quite nicely. 

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I also worried about the injog but I think it is one of those things that looks a lot better from the audience side than from the magician side.  It looks just fine in the mirror.

Regarding the "volunteer gets it wrong twice" issue, I feel the same as Rudy but I thought of a few different approaches:

1.   Let them be your mistakes.   Ask the volunteer to deal cards while you look away.  You say "Stop" after a few cards have been dealt, and have them turn up the next one.  It's not the selected card - you messed up.  Say "Oh, I guess I picked the wrong pile" and do the same with the other one.   Now all is ready to conclude.

2.  Tell the volunteer that he has to find his own card, but he gets to pick two assistants for the job.  At the end his chosen assistants are successful in finding the selected card.

3.  After the deck is cut in half, ask the volunteer to pick a number in the 10 - 20 range.  Now each of you takes one pile and deals exactly that many cards, flips over the next one, and drops the rest on top.   This cuts the dealing time in half (but suggests there is a mathematical principle behind the trick).


I think I like the second approach.
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2.  Tell the volunteer that he has to find his own card, but he gets to pick two assistants for the job.  At the end his chosen assistants are successful in finding the selected card.

I think I like the second approach.



I like the second approach that you've suggested Robin.
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I came up with the premise of asking the audience if they ever heard of self working card tricks. I explained that there are tricks that require sleight of hand, others that require really difficult alright of hand; some that take a lifetime to master, and then there are self-worship card tricks where the cards do the work for you. This was a self working card trick. (The two face up cards find the selected card for you.)
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I came up with the premise of asking the audience if they ever heard of self working card tricks. I explained that there are tricks that require sleight of hand, others that require really difficult alright of hand; some that take a lifetime to master, and then there are self-worship card tricks where the cards do the work for you. This was a self working card trick. (The two face up cards find the selected card for you.)


I like that idea because you give the audience a peek behind the curtain without really exposing anything. They can feel like they got a glimpse at the inside world.


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My favorite part is where I cut the cards, square then up in the middle of the table, then say, "And now we wait."

I just stare at the cards until it affects the audience with a reaction and then say, "They're done." I spread the cards and show one card between the two. I then go into the reveal.
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    Glad I gave you guys something to think about. Interesting that that effect was pretty well hidden all these decades.
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    Glad I gave you guys something to think about. Interesting that that effect was pretty well hidden all these decades.


Harry, you given us lots to think about. Now, thanks to rready, we're all out here looking through the good stuff for all the good stuff we've missed so far - And you just know there's loads of it waiting to be unearthed!

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Thanks, so much, rready, for bringing this great trick to my attention. I must admit it totally flew by my reading of the BOF book, but I was intrigued when I read about it here. I have been performing it now for a couple of months with great success (and I have been ENJOYING performing it too!!) it has become my go-to “show us one more” effect.

Here’s how I perform it:

I acquiesce to my spectators saying here is something I have been working on, which justifies the two-pile-first-attempt-was-practice patter. I talk about how the odds were 50-50 that the selected card could have been inbetween either of the the two packets. When I bring the packets together and spread the cards (doing the requisite moves) I comment that “there’s about 30 cards inbetween the two face up cards. The odds are good your card is one of those.” I square the deck, then state “ but maybe I can make the odds better...much better.” I press my knuckles on top of the cards as if to squeeze out the dross, and when I re-spread, there is only one card between the face up cards. “I’d say the odds are much better! What was your card...?”

Thanks Harry, for bringing such a cool trick to the community. And thank rready for resuscitating it!!
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  I'm pleased, of course, that you all feel so strongly about this one effect. Now, I keep hearing about "overlooking."  So, now is a good time to tell you not to "overlook" ordering my last book, AND FINALLY!.  Already taken quite a few orders, before the ads appear in the magazines. I might suggest you order yours NOW, if you want to be sure of a copy - if you don't want to "overlook" again!   Best - Harry.
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Mike, I like your ending. A lot. Holy shades of Searchers and all, but it really brings the trick to a much stronger - and justified - conclusion. Thanks for sharing!

Oh, and anyone who missed this thread the first time around, now is your chance.

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Thank you, kind sir!
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     Okay; guess many like to "overlook"!
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Mike,

        Agree with AV. Nice thinking.
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