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Seneca77

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Anyone perform "Up the Ante" by Martyn Smith? It's been out a few years now and is a fantastic effect. After the spectator cuts and shuffles the deck, he then deals out cards, at your direction, face down to the table. Before each set of cards is dealt, you bet the makeup of the cards, i.e. whether the first few pairs contain a red and black, or that sets of four contain all four suits, etc. It finally culminates in betting the spectator that the thirteen cards he deals will contain ace through king. You then repeat it with another thirteen cards.

You can make hypothetical bets or, at a charity event, ask for real bets. It's a fun routine, especially when performed for a group. I've blown away dozens of people with this, magicians too.

Just wondering if anyone else is familiar with the effect.

 - Bob
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Anyone perform "Up the Ante" by Martyn Smith? It's been out a few years now and is a fantastic effect. After the spectator cuts and shuffles the deck, he then deals out cards, at your direction, face down to the table. Before each set of cards is dealt, you bet the makeup of the cards, i.e. whether the first few pairs contain a red and black, or that sets of four contain all four suits, etc. It finally culminates in betting the spectator that the thirteen cards he deals will contain ace through king. You then repeat it with another thirteen cards.

You can make hypothetical bets or, at a charity event, ask for real bets. It's a fun routine, especially when performed for a group. I've blown away dozens of people with this, magicians too.

Just wondering if anyone else is familiar with the effect.

 - Bob


Hi Bob,

I love Up the Ante. Martyn has devised a tight routine and it is a real killer as you know. It does require some real estate to perform so I only perform it for formal occasions. That said, for me at least, it elicits gasps. It's a strong effect distantly related to OOTW for those here not familiar. I think Chris Wasshuber sells it on Lybrary.com

It's really worth checking out.

Nice call Bob! [smile]

Best,
Vlad
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Tom G

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It is a great trick, he also has a supplement, to make it go a little quicker.  The first run though knocked me out of my chair, couldn't believe it would work.
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For those who have the good fortune of having a copy of Robert E. Neale's Death and Other Card Tricks (OOP), you will find an effect with the exact same method (beside a minor point) as Up The Ante but with a different presentation: The Probability Pack. The effect predates Up The Ante.

There's no doubt that it is a case of independent invention. Neale's book has many other gems in it that come with presentations you'll enjoy reading.
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For those who have the good fortune of having a copy of Robert E. Neale's Death and Other Card Tricks (OOP), you will find an effect with the exact same method (beside a minor point) as Up The Ante but with a different presentation: The Probability Pack. The effect predates Up The Ante.

There's no doubt that it is a case of independent invention. Neale's book has many other gems in it that come with presentations you'll enjoy reading.

 

yep neales Life death and other card tricks its a superb tome about magic, presentation and conection with almost selfworking miracles!

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Hello chaps! Am new around these parts, although I recognise a few friends on this thread!! I was responsible for creating Up The Ante and am very pleased that it is still being used to entertain, so thank you. It was, as suggested, a case of independent invention and as soon as I had heard of the probability pack I wrote to Bob Neale about it. Turns out that Bob prefers my handling, or so he graciously said! The difference in handling is more than minor, imho. In the probability pack the deck is false shuffled and requires cutting between a certain two cards before the deck is spread a second time to secure a finger break after injogging a particular card....in UTA the deck is cut, dealt and shuffled, with no injogging/spreading etc. I believe it to be a much more natural handling. Of course, the underlying principle is the same....Lennart Green also explored the same routine, again independently and came up with his own routine and presentation. 


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Welcome Captain,

It is said, great minds think alike. If those other minds happen to be Lennart Green, Bob Neale, then... wow! We're fortunate to have you on board.
I believe you'll find this forum to be uncommonly civil and populated by quite a few well-known, unknown and under-known great minds.
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Hello chaps! Am new around these parts, although I recognise a few friends on this thread!! I was responsible for creating Up The Ante and am very pleased that it is still being used to entertain, so thank you. It was, as suggested, a case of independent invention and as soon as I had heard of the probability pack I wrote to Bob Neale about it. Turns out that Bob prefers my handling, or so he graciously said! The difference in handling is more than minor, imho. In the probability pack the deck is false shuffled and requires cutting between a certain two cards before the deck is spread a second time to secure a finger break after injogging a particular card....in UTA the deck is cut, dealt and shuffled, with no injogging/spreading etc. I believe it to be a much more natural handling. Of course, the underlying principle is the same....Lennart Green also explored the same routine, again independently and came up with his own routine and presentation. 



I'm so glad that you've joined us, Martyn! 


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Me too!!!
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It is a great trick, he also has a supplement, to make it go a little quicker.  The first run though knocked me out of my chair, couldn't believe it would work.


I'm curious about the supplement, as I don't think I received that when I bought Up The Ante years ago. In what way does it "make it go a little quicker". Obviously only answer if it isn't going to reveal too much.
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