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What one effect do you do better than anyone else?

Let's say, You are going to meet up with a VIP who could change the direction of your magic career, and you get one shot at impressing him, what do you do ?

For me it's Finger On The Card by Gary Ouellet. It's something I''ve done for the longest time. And will Fry the VIP.

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Card Sharp & Four Gamblers

Out Of This Universn
Magician Vs Gambler, and so on.




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The Speak and Spell effect plus a memory demonstration, the simple stuff connects the best.
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Or, what one trick that you do that you've been doing the longest ?

Only, two members have chimed in so far...it doesn't have to be just cards either.

If I knew that the audience was going to be straight in front of me, I would do, John Kennedy's Mid-Air Card Stab. 

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"Insert". The Magic Book by Harry Lorayne. Page 94. Try it, you might like it.
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I'd probably do cups and balls or my chop cup routine.  
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I'll drive some of you crazy, but I love The Slop Shuffle (Sid Lorraine, Paul Cumins' version) and One Eyed Jack Sandwich (Harry Lorayne). I think if you LOVE the tricks, your audience will also. These are just fun tricks, and they never fail to gather smiles and laughs and amazement. The Magician's Forum has so many wonderful members with wonderful responses and skills, but I do LOVE these two tricks.
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I'll drive some of you crazy, but I love The Slop Shuffle



The Slop Shuffle Triumph is a great trick, and would be high up in my list as well - I've been doing the piece for over thirty years.
I've did other, tabled versions through the years, including Vernons handling from the Stars Of Magic. I've also used Zarrow methods (Vernon actually used the Zarrow shuffle for the trick, the shuffle taught in the Stars Of Magic was a simplified handling).

But I still think the Slop Shuffle handling is one of the best.

The trick I've probably did the longest is "Now You See It" from Royal Road (later printed in Expert Card Technique under the title "Hocus-Pocus Card").
I wrote up a handling of the trick in the secrets area here.

I got my first tt (complete with the red silk) about thirty-three or thirty-four years ago, and still use them today (not the same one). It was a primitive affair, not like the tips we have today. No real detail, very thick, and so shiny you could see your face in it - but it did its job.
I thought, and still think, that the TT is an amazing gimmick.

So the tt is probably the gimmick I've used the longest.



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None of you fellas who don’t perform live shows, and who don’t use music, will know these routines.  But my favorite powerhouse effects are my own creations, entitled Skull-o-pini, The Magic in You, and Merlin.  

You can find descriptions of these by scrolling down this page:

http://www.arthurstead.com

 

 


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Here is a video of me performing my favorite trick for a group of young people and a small group of bikers at a local pub.
It pretty much always gets this response 😉

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Nice, Rudy!
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Paul Gertner's Unshuffled is my favorite effect in the world to perform, and everyone I've shown it to seems to enjoy it, too. I've added a little bit of personal flair and worked on some patter that works for me.
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The Slop Shuffle Triumph is a great trick, and would be high up in my list as well - I've been doing the piece for over thirty years.

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I agree. I started to do Unbalanced by Larry Becker from Stunners Plus with tarot cards. In which I divine the Indicator card or the Outcome Card, ( it has to be a tarot deck, or, Psycards you can't use a regular deck).

I am thinking about getting an Angel Oracle Deck, but there are so many out there, and I am getting a book on Angels by Annette Capps which talks about Angels in the Bible.

Jerome Finley stated on one of these forums that the strongest thing he does is with Angels and a p**k w****t.

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Paul Gertner's Unshuffled is my favorite effect in the world to perform, and everyone I've shown it to seems to enjoy it, too. I've added a little bit of personal flair and worked on some patter that works for me.


Do you do it with the Faro shuffles? I have this trick and I want to perform it but my faro's still need quite a bit of work
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For me the Slop Shuffle is one of the most underrated procedures in Magic. I first came across it in the Long Ago in "Royal Road To Card Magic," without a name** and uncredited (of course) although I didn’t know that then. I even went so far as to use the special "emergency spell". Loved it then, love it now.

I like Sandwich Tricks and have used a bog-standard effort for ever. “One-Eyed Jack Sandwich” is a winner.

**The trick had a name, the procedure didn't.

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Cards: Out of This Universe, or, if you can believe it, the Dunbury Delusion. I've had people scream and run away on the reveal for that one.

Non-Cards: Guessing their passcode and unlocking their iPhone. Either an impromptu version, or sometimes I will use iUnlock Your Mind by Greg Rostami (well I did until it needed updating and I haven't been able to do it yet).

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Cards: I think Face Off is one of the strongest I perform, I also get really strong reactions from Sam the Bellhop
Non Cards: Double Cross is hands down one of the strongest effects out there

I know you said ONE powerhouse effect, but its so hard to choose haha!
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I'd have to go with Max Maven's PrediXion. I've fried both magicians and laypeople with it.
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For me the Slop Shuffle is one of the most underrated procedures in Magic. I first came across it in the Long Ago in "Royal Road To Card Magic," without a name** and uncredited (of course) although I didn’t know that then. I even went so far as to use the special "emergency spell". Loved it then, love it now.

I like Sandwich Tricks and have used a bog-standard effort for ever. “One-Eyed Jack Sandwich” is a winner.

**The trick had a name, the procedure didn't.

Aaron Fisher has a great sandwich effect called Search and Destroy. Most of the handling is done by a spectator.

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Tamariz's "Total Coincidence," has been always my insignia and most successful card magic plot.

Curiously, Tamariz premiered it in the city I was born (Cádiz), in a magicians' meeting, in September 1983,
so then along with another GREAT COINCIDENCE for me, as 1983 was de year I did my first card magic trick being 7 years old.

I think that coincidences are just coincidences; but sometimes there are some of them that really makes you to get goose bumps.

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What Harry said...

But I probably do Royal Scam by Bannon most of all.

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Out of this Universe or MacDonald Aces

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But I probably do Royal Scam by Bannon most of all.

/Micke Johansson
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Royal Scam is brilliant.

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Royal Scam is brilliant.

The best part of it is that you can let spectators to check the cards!

I love card tricks which you can have spectators to take the cards after causing a really amazing effect (instead of keeping them out). That would make it to be even more amazing.

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