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No sleights here. What is your favorite - automatic, self-working card effect? And where can it be found?

Mine is a new one, it's Jason England's Best Hand Evermore from the book Hold Em Magic by Tom Frame.

No knuckle buster's please, just your self-working effects only 

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I have a dizzying array of constantly rotating favorites, sort of like a rack of warm rotisserie chickens at the local super market. Lately I have been having fun with J.K. Hartman's Bolducci, and Eugene Burger's A Strange Coincidence. Also, since recently purchasing Simon Aronson's Try the Impossible, I have been fooling myself with UnDo Influence - It'll wreck your mind!

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I’ve been having a lot of fun with John Bannon’s “collusion”. Great routine and i word it a little differently to use two spectators. Also recently started looking into Ryan Schultz work. He has a ton of killer self workers. He’s worth checking out too.
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Trost's "Intuition" (I found in The card magic of Nick Trost)
Lorayne's "Out of the universe" (from Close-up card magic)
Another vote for Aronson's UnDo influence

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I have two of them that are related... 

Automatic Ace Triumph by Kuniyasu Fujiwara which can be found in the May 2000 Genii Magazine.

Harry Lorayne's Really! which can be found in the June 2003 Genii Magazine. In this one, Harry borrowed some of the handling from the Fujiwara trick. 

Even though the tricks are self-working, you still need to do some shuffling, cutting or something with the deck. If the trick were truly self-working, you would put the deck on the table and it would do the trick by itself, without you handling the deck. I think that is why Racherbaumer says a better term would be semi-automatic




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Do as I do with 1 pack.
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AV, what is Burger's "A Strange Confidence?"
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AV, what is Burger's "A Strange Confidence?"



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Jim Steinmeyer's Nine Card Trick. In his book Impuzzibilities. I use it as a Lie or Tell the Truth Speller routine.
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I've always had great results with Simon Aronson's Shuffle Bored, or one of the multitude of variants using his method. You can see a list of several of the more well known variants and their sources here:.

http://archive.denisbehr.de/list/category/1718

One of the best, I think, is Bannon's Wait Until Dark from Dear Mr. Fantasy.

There's also a marketed version called Little Bunny's Trick. It's very fun to do, and people of all ages respond to it very well. It includes a really nice small story booklet that you read to the spectators, and show the illustrations, and it basically does the patter while the trick is being done. I may actually have an extra one remaining in my dwindling inventory, if anyone's interested.

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Favorite self-working card tricks, mostly oldies because . . . I’m an oldie too!

Four Way Coincidence, John Murray, Card Cavalcade 3, 1975, page 36.

Thot Echo, Sam Schwartz, The Pallbearers Review, Vol. 9, No. 5, March 1974, Teaneck, pg. 715, also in Roberto Giobbi’s Crd College, Vol. 3, page, 588.

Mental Opener, Robert Parrish, The Pallbearers Review, 9th Folio, 1973, page 763.

Double-Edged Sword of Might, Jack Vosburgh, Jinx, No. 122, page 713.


Mental Opener can be very effective as a stand-up effect, particularly if performed with Anglo cards (slightly oversized cards). Overhand shuffling with the cards faces toward the audience also adds to the trick. Other magicians sometimes ask what trick might justify carrying a special deck and Mental Opener is one such trick for me.

Many years later the same effect and method of Double-Edged Sword of Might was redescribed in Genii by Max Maven. This effect also justifies carrying a special deck.

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Correction:Maven’s Sventalism appeared in Jim Steinmeyer’s column in Magic Magazine, not in Genii. It is also included in his book The Conjuring Anthology. The effect in Maven’s trick is only similar to that of Vosburgh’s.
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I also like John Bannon's "Sort of Psychic" from Destination Zero
Best played with a woman and using intuition as a theme....

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It's interesting how John Bannon's name is popping up in these threads?!
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Gemini Twins.
Pre-Prefiguration.
Hindu Force lie detector reveal.
Cowboys and Indians.
Piano card trick.
Cross-cut force written reveal.
B'wave.
Overclock.
Your no is?
Quickie card trick.
Further than that.
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Gemini Twins. Pre-Prefiguration. Hindu Force lie detector reveal. Cowboys and Indians. Piano card trick. Cross-cut force written reveal. B'wave. Overclock. Your no is? Quickie card trick. Further than that.


Some pretty powerful stuff listed there, Chris! Is that Randy Wakeman's Overclock to which you refer? If so, great trick; hadn't thought about it for a long, long time.

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I believe it is, it's the version that appeared on an old DVD titled '13'. A mixture of the clock trick and overkill. There's also Casino Clock (iirc) on one of the BBM self worker DVDs.

More than half my entire card repertoire is self workers, and most of the rest are easy.

Some more brutal SWs:
Overkill
Four Sided Gemini
Dream Card
Prior Commitment
Card Calling/ card in pocket with any stack
Box o doom
Invisible Deck
Any OOTW type trick
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I have two favorites--Simon Aronson's "Self-Control" and R. Paul Wilson's "Cunning Revelation". Both of them are totally hands-off, and they are my go-to effects if anyone one ever hands me their own deck of card.
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R. Paul Wilson's Concam coincidencia. Juan Temariz Neither Blind of Stupid. Various versions of OOTW. 

Darwin Ortiz Zen master though uses a mem deck. The Marksman deck can do alot of things with no sleights. 
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Really! by Harry Lorayne, you can find it here:

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Mike Powers "21 Again" ... I think it is the very best version of the 21 card trick. It can even baffle fast company.... and it is fun to do.

Richard Osterlind's BTC System.... it isn't impromptu but needs no sleights.


Classifying these routines as "Self Working" may not be appropriate. There are no sleights but proper management is required.
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“JC’s Super Closer.” I think it’s brilliant the way it’s set up so you let the spectators shuffle, a lot, and make the piles, but it doesn’t affect the outcome, which is spectacular.
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One of my all-time favorite impromptu self working card routines has been Stop! by Harry Lorayne.  I was with my magic club in college, and we were out at a restaurant just having fun.  I was performing some magic for them, then I had taken a break and just set the cards down for a moment.  One of the girls was amazed by the magic but also quite skeptical.  She had cut the cards about 2/5 of the way down and looked at the card, then replaced the cut on the deck.  Then she said, "OK if you are a real magician, find my card."  I used Stop! to find her card in the most impossible way.  I blew their minds with it, and she was not skeptical after that.
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I want to add Mundo to that list from John Bannon's Mentalissimo.

It's an OOTW 20 or so cards effect that is practically self-working, minus 1 small move.

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Does anybody else hate feeling compelled to buy entire books just because somebody mentioned a single great trick from it? [tongue]
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Does anybody else hate feeling compelled to buy entire books just because somebody mentioned a single great trick from it? [tongue]


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Prior Commitment has long been my go-to trick, especially for magicians. I wish I knew how it worked 😃 Maybe someone can explain the math to me? [wink] Before people knew me in the UK (im not from here), and before this trick became more widely known (thanks Graham Jolley! 😉 He really is the most humble and funniest man ever), I used to do this a lot, often after a few beers, and people hadn't seen me do anything. Really messes with them! 😉

21 Again, one of my favourite tricks for magicians since I learnt it.

Lately I've been playing with Dani DaOrtiz' Oil and Water, I had learnt it before, but was reminded of it again when he put it out on the his recent thing for Zoom Magic.

One that I found myself playing with as well lately has been Max Maven's Destiny. That has worked quite well over zoom, with a bit of a workaround.


But to be honest, there are just tooo many of them. I mean look at the ones mentioned here, and look at the ones on BBM's Ultimate Selfworking series (i hate the word ultimate as I dont quite believe in that word, but they are certainly very good). And then you start looking at some of the spanish magic, a lot which favours subtlety over brute force sleight of hand.


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Destiny is Max's version of 'Love Birds' from Scarne on Card Tricks - a neat little trick with an added element of risk during the Max Maven interpretation. Something I like to use often, and I can imagine it working well over Zoom... especially if you only think of a card [wink]
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Its a bit of a workaround  to get your peek, and they have to remove a card for you etc. as I like the two selections could be out on the table, and not just say that im "thinking of card from that spread" and then their card is selected physically. Could be interesting to have both cards thought of, and then revealed at the end. Think screen recording 😉
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Years ago I played around with a lot of hands off material utilising simple techniques and subtleties... some of it would be suitable for Zoom, but I am not a big fan of the Zoom stuff - however you can have a lot of fun with purely psychological techniques from Banachek for example, completely invisible... or Jon Thompson's Naked Mentalism series can help add to the mix too.
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as for the Zoom stuff, Im not keen on the format, but it keeps me and some magic buddies entertained 😉 OR if Im chatting to other friends. Wouldn't wanna do a show of it.

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I've written a couple of articles with "Top 10 Lists" of the best self working card tricks

My choices for the first Top 10 were:

● Out of This World (Paul Curry)
● Gemini Twins (Karl Fulves)
● Con Cam Coincidencia (R. Paul Wilson)
● Shuffle-Bored (Simon Aronson)
● Overkill (Paul Harris)
● Devastation (Geoff Williams)
● Play It Straight Triumph (John Bannon)
● Untouched (Daryl)
● Emotional Reaction (Dai Vernon)
● Lazy Man's Card Trick (Koran/Lorayne)

Honorable mentions in the second article included:

● Contact Colors (Aldo Colombini)
● Neither Blind Nor Stupid (Juan Tamariz)
● Further Than That (Stewart James)
● Impossible (Larry Jennings)
● Prior Commitment (Simon Aronson)


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Great list EndersGame.  Totally agree on "Untouched" especially.  Mind-blowing effect, easy to do, and has the added "touch" of the performer never touching the spectator's cards.

The only issue is you need to have a spectator that knows the basics of card handling, and can follow directions well. I find not being able to shuffle cards by any method to be the "filter" for whether you should do this trick or not.  You can usually find that out before you do the trick by doing another impromptu trick before that and asking them to shuffle the cards. 

That means that the performer must give directions well too.  A procedural trick won't "self-work" if the person doing it can't/won't follow the procedure.

Sometimes miming what you want them to do won't cut it.  One way I like to do it is "Youtube Tutorial" style where I have my own deck of cards to show them what I'm going for.  I only do this if they're having problems.

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