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ianmcrawford

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As I watched Cardshark Quixote's demonstration of Harry's Halo Aces, I was reminded about the need for short, powerful tricks to establish the magician with their audience.  An amuse-bouche for magic.  In France, an amuse-bouche is a single, bite-sized hors d'oeuvre usually served gratis and offer a glimpse into the chef's approach to the art of cuisine.  Halo Aces seems to fit the bill as an amuse bouche trick

So, what are you're amuse bouche tricks?  The short tricks you use to establish yourself with your audience, or the one you carry with you and perform impromptu.

For me, its the Chicago Opener, perhaps an elastic trick, and a colour change.


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    HaLo Aces has been my amuse-bouche for a few decades. Not only does it drop jaws, grasp and hold attention, strongly - but leads me smoothly into a few other 4-ace "jaw droppers."
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Great topic! Hope it gets some play.

HaLo Aces is one killer trick, no doubt about it. I perform it, but it would not constitute my amuse-bouche. Steve Freeman's Time Machine would be my amuse-bouche cartes, probably because I am so familiar with the flow and moves. I also carry a brass Hot Rod and one other paddle trick in my bag along with rubber bands for the venerable Crazy Man's Handcuffs. And then of course there's the lowly single coin routine, for me usually done with a quarter. 

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   Hey...what "amuses" my "bouche" doesn't necessarily "amuse" your "bouche."  My usual cliché - to each his own.
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Cardshark Quixote

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I agree with what you said ianmcrawford. The Chicago Opener is a good effect too.

I like using those quick, powerful tricks that continue on to the other longer & beautiful routines. An example is in this thread where I quickly produce the aces ala Jack Carpenter & Harry Lorayne. Done live, I continue with some riffle stacking.

https://www.themagiciansforum.com/post/mixing-gambling-routines-with-card-magic-8435245?highlight=pop+out+move
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Jack Carpenter's J-C Pop Out move, but I think the Halo Aces routine is very hard to top. I am still in the practice phase of doing the Halo Cut.
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Cardshark Quixote

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True that.
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Chris M

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Because I don't do performances, and only do tricks as a causalist, most of my effects are amuse bouche tricks [smile]  I rarely do more than a few tricks in a row for people. 

However, if I was about to do a 'set' of about three or four tricks, my openers often are more dictated by the desire to control my nerves and get me into the swing of it - hence I tend to do easy or self-working effects first.  Probably a paddle trick, or Gemini Twins.
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Tonight as always Chicago opener served me well in a 4 hour rove. Also Bannons Line of Sight Redux is a great opener as the man himself suggests.
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