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I've recently become interested in and had several questions about "3 card Joe" by Joe Monti. I recently had the opportunity to communicate with Joe and he was more than willing to answer my questions. What a stand-up guy.

The cards (both sizes) are polypropylene which is heavy plastic and are Silk screened. Joe explained to me 3 Card Joe is "NOT" the Skinner Monte. He was kind enough to explain to me what the specific difference is between the two versions. Although, Joe gave me permission to post what the difference bewteen the two versions are here at the Café, I have decided not to do so in an open forum. However, if you are truly interested in purchasing 3 Care Joe, I will explain the difference between the two in a pm as long as you can explain to me how Skinner's "Ultimate 3 Card Monte" works.
Ian Richards
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3 Card Joe is available in very limited supply in 9 X 14 inch cards at I just purchased this and received outstanding customer service.
Bill Hegbli
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3 Card Joe is the "classic" trick called, "Chase The Ace", this was marketed in the 1970's by the famous magic dealer, Ken Brooke, who owned the Ken Brooke Magic Place in London. After Ken's death, Supreme Magic in England put out Chase The Ace with cards that were color, previously they were the Ace, Two, and 3 of Clubs respectively.

What Joe Monte has done is made this close-up trick using massive size cards suitable for stage and stand-up magic. That is all I can see from the demo video he has contributed. His handling and patter is of course his.

The trick has always been made in huge playing cards, even the black pip version.

The original with regular playing cards marketed here in the U.S. by Haines House of Cards was called, 3 Card Monte, these are identical top the jumbo cards, and I would think there is no reason why you could not work out a handling with these massive cards along the lines of the original handling. That is unless Joe's cards are printed differently, but from the demo video, it looks like they are not.

That is the history as I know it, and lived it.
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I bought 3 Card Joe as well. I love how simple and deceptive it is. Amazing product.
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3 Card Joe always get a great laugh for my audience.
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I tried Joes version , I bought it off him at a convention, quite a few times after months of practice but the moves are easy to get wrong, I love the effect, but have found I get stronger reactions and easier moves & bigger cards and have gone back to 3 card Prince- Harry Anderson. Joes version from when Ive seen him perform it live was very good.
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