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RayJ

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Some magicians will go to a lot of effort to pull off a stunt.  I remember being among a group of fellow magicians at a lecture when a guy pulled out his "ultimate gaffed card".

He proceeded to show us the card which he declared would be "the last gaffed card you'd need to buy".

The card was a split-faced, double-backer that had edges that had been belly-stripped and one corner crimped.  The card was roughed on one side and slicked on the other.  I don't remember but it might have been shimmed.  Might have been a Hofzinser card too!

The point was the guy made the card up (must have taken a lot of effort) and it was all a gag, the card was useless.  But he made us all laugh.  

Any stories of similar gags or practical jokes foisted upon unsuspecting magi?
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This gag was apparently a popular one in the early days of FFFF - I can't remember who it is attributed to.  Maybe Mike Powers or Steve Friedberg or Howard Hamburg can remember who started it.

The gag goes like this - you borrow another magician's deck and have them choose a card. You let them put it back in the deck and shuffle it, then they hand you the deck.  You riffle the deck and turn over the top card with a "ta-dah!"  They inform you that it's not their chosen card.  In disgust, you then tear the card in pieces and throw the pieces on the floor, muttering "that damn trick never works".

What's the gag?  The card you show and tear up is one from your own deck, which you palmed onto the top of their deck when they handed it to you.  (Obviously it needs to have a matching back.)

Oh, and if it turns out that the card you add to the deck and display happens to be the duplicate of the one they actually chose ... you have just done a miracle.  Smile and move on.
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This gag was apparently a popular one in the early days of FFFF - I can't remember who it is attributed to.  Maybe Mike Powers or Steve Friedberg or Howard Hamburg can remember who started it.

The gag goes like this - you borrow another magician's deck and have them choose a card. You let them put it back in the deck and shuffle it, then they hand you the deck.  You riffle the deck and turn over the top card with a "ta-dah!"  They inform you that it's not their chosen card.  In disgust, you then tear the card in pieces and throw the pieces on the floor, muttering "that damn trick never works".

What's the gag?  The card you show and tear up is one from your own deck, which you palmed onto the top of their deck when they handed it to you.  (Obviously it needs to have a matching back.)

Oh, and if it turns out that the card you add to the deck and display happens to be the duplicate of the one they actually chose ... you have just done a miracle.  Smile and move on.


Funny!  Especially if it was a deck of Jerry's Nuggets.
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Funny!  Especially if it was a deck of Jerry's Nuggets.


Haha!!!

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With the new Jerry printing out that could actually be possible!

There's a pretty niche one we do in Melbourne (not sure if it's from here) to take people who are a bit too show offy with card moves down a peg. (I know because it happened to me!).

The performer does a rather basic looking move and asks the target to just copy. He then hands the deck to the target, who upon trying to copy realises that the move is impossible. What's good is you get about a second of being 100% fooled right before you realise what happened. It's not much in print, but I'll show you guys if we ever meet up.
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Back in the day I knew a magician who would borrow a pack of cigarettes.  He would pull two out, do a walrus impression by putting two in his nose and then clapping his hands together and making the walrus noise.  Then he would put the cigarettes (that were just in his nose) back in the pack and give the pack back to the spectator.  
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Back in the day I knew a magician who would borrow a pack of cigarettes.  He would pull two out, do a walrus impression by putting two in his nose and then clapping his hands together and making the walrus noise.  Then he would put the cigarettes (that were just in his nose) back in the pack and give the pack back to the spectator.  


Ha!  Another reason not to smoke!
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I had posted this in another thread but it fits into this topic regarding weird things magicians do.


If you ever get the chance, there is a video of an Ed Marlo lecture that was done is the St. Louis area in the 1980's I believe.  The reason I bring it up is that he demonstrates a "fake stripper deck" move.  Marlo worked at a magic shop in Chicago for a time.  It was called The Treasure Chest and his customers were a mix of magicians and wannabees.  Marlo had a terrific sense of humor (contrary to the way he is sometimes portrayed) and he did this thing for the wise-guys that would frequent the shop.  He would pick up a deck of cards and openly reverse a card and then strip it out.  Sometimes he would demonstrate a trick with the deck, ostensibly using the "stripper" principle, or he would simply reverse some cards and strip them out all the while talking to the customer.  He would then set the deck down in front of them and walk away to get something or wait on someone else.  The magician, thinking it was a gaffed deck would pick it up and reverse a card, thinking they were going to strip it out just like Ed did, except they couldn't!  It was a straight deck.  They were stunned.  Ed demonstrates the technique on the video and it looks perfect, just exactly like the deck is stripped.  But it is not.
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