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Message: Posted by: SIX (Jun 29, 2006 05:55PM)
What's your favorite self worker and why? Also please state where it could be found. I will post my list later on,.

SIXX
Message: Posted by: phil in KC (Jun 29, 2006 09:48PM)
Steve Fearson presented a simple mind-reading effect on a video (can't remember the name of the effect or the video!?!) that gets a big reaction. Give the volunteer the four aces, have them mix the cards, then pick one out and put it down on the table. The other aces are placed on top of them, and then the volunteer picks up the aces and mixes them again. The mentalist finally takes the cards, and turns them over one by one until the volunteer's ace is reached. Simple and direct, as long as you motivate the separation of the selected card and then adding the other aces again.

-Phil in KC
Message: Posted by: MagicMarker (Jun 30, 2006 04:04PM)
The deck is cut in half (roughly) and each half is given to two spectators.
The spectators are each told to shuffle their cards as much as their want and then spread them face up in front of them.

The magician looks at each spectators face up cards (to memorise them).

The magician then looks away while the spectators pick a card each from their spread and give it to the other spectator. The spectators insert the other persons cards into their own spread any where they want, they can pick up their cards and respread them if they want just so it isn't obvious that any cards are sticking out.

The magician looks at each spread and picks out the cards that have been swapped.

The spectators can shuffle their cards after inserting the other spectators cards if they want, but sometimes it's better to keep that addition in reserve in case you want to repeat the trick and make it more impressive.

Completely self working, no gaffs or gimmics, or photographic memories required. And the spectators will not see any obvious difference between their respective spreads like one having all Reds and the Other All Black or one having All Odd and the other having all even. The swapped cards don't stand out in any noticible way.

That's my favourite self worker.

-Richard
Message: Posted by: phil in KC (Jun 30, 2006 04:30PM)
Hi again, Richard! I remember seeing this effect, or something similar, but when I tried it I couldn't work out how to handle the face cards cleanly. Does your method handle them, or do you tell the spectators "Don't choose something easy for me to remember, like a king, queen or jack."?

I really wanted this to work, and thought of some very complicated refinements to deal with the face cards, but I couldn't devise anything really workable. Any pointers to your approach?

-Phil in KC
Message: Posted by: MagicMarker (Jun 30, 2006 04:45PM)
Hi Phil,

I'm not sure what method you saw that had a problem with the face cards.
With my method they can freely pick any cards they like, and there's nothing to conceal.

I'd like to post the method here but I love this trick so much, and it's the only one I know that regularly fools magicians, so I'd prefer not to broadcast it too much. I feel stupid talking about it in these terms because it's such a simple method, I'm sure it's as old as the hills. I've been doing it since I was in school. You'd think we were discussing a great levitation or something....

What I'll do is I'll PM some of our more learned fiends on here and one of them may be able to tell us where this trick is in print. If it's in print I'll post the details. I sincerely doubt it's even remotely original.

-Richard

Posted: Jun 30, 2006 5:46pm
I should have said learned friends, but learned friends' works too.

-Richard
Message: Posted by: phil in KC (Jun 30, 2006 07:56PM)
Thank's, Richard! I'd like a reference to this. The version I learned was from Here's How by Frank Lane -- I looked it up -- but as I said, it fails when the exchanged cards are face cards.

-Phil in KC
Message: Posted by: Bursky (Jul 4, 2006 04:49AM)
Overkill by Paul Harris.
Message: Posted by: tbaer (Jul 4, 2006 12:20PM)
Premonition by Bob Solari. You can find it at the http://www.thetrickery.com

It's a good self worker and at the end of the trick the spectator can choose one of the remaining two different cards with no force. Your prediction is always right.
Message: Posted by: phil in KC (Jul 4, 2006 04:12PM)
Tbaer, I wonder if you mean the Eddie Joseph effect. At least, that's the only Premonition I could find on The Trickery's website. I checked the four pages of Solari effects, but there wasn't one called Premonition.

Incidently, the description on the website didn't match your comment. This version has one card missing from a pack -- the one announced by the spectator -- and the magician produces that card from his pocket, saying he had a "premonition", hence the name. There aren't two cards to deal with, as far as I can tell.

-Phil in KC
Message: Posted by: Julie (Jul 4, 2006 05:42PM)
Further Than That by J.W. Sarles published in the original Pallbearers Review and many other places (with minor "improvements" IMO).

It is easy to do, easy to set-up and incorporates at least 3 climaxes; appears to require a lot more skill than it actually does; and possibly most important, those fortunate enough to see you perform will really enjoy it!
Message: Posted by: SIX (Jul 4, 2006 06:53PM)
Thanks guys these are some great effects. I have been doing a Scarne effect a lot lately. I can't find the name and get back to you guys.
Message: Posted by: phil in KC (Jul 5, 2006 08:15AM)
I just remembered a "favorite" that I don't do -- but wait, I'll explain. It's Charles Gauci's Diabolical -- the magician selects a card, and then the spectator selects a card, and they match. Then the effect is repeated a second time, proving it wasn't a fluke. Self-working, and packs a wallop, though angles can be an issue.

So why don't I do it? Because my daughter does it, and I don't want to compete with her. Yes, I could do it at venues where she won't ever appear, but I just make it a rule that I don't do the effects she does -- there's plenty of magic to choose from!

-Phil in KC
Message: Posted by: The Cardfather (Jul 5, 2006 04:52PM)
Do as I Do Extra- May not be all time favorite but pretty close. I haven't done in quite a while but came to mind for some reason. Found it in the pink Ganson book. The fist kick is when both cards match as with standard "Do as I do". Each cut decks in two piles. Both have same number of cards in pile #1 of their respective decks, amazing. If that wasn't enough you turn over the cards on top of each pile and your top cards match the spectators top cards. Just floors them.
I have a red deck with an old Victorian drawing of a little girl with her dog. The other deck is blue with a boy and his dog. I tell a haunting story of the twins that did everything together even after death. Rick
Message: Posted by: Hushai (Jul 6, 2006 01:49AM)
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On 2006-06-30 17:46, MagicMarker wrote:
I should have said learned friends, but learned fiends works too.
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"Learned fiends?" I'm afraid to ask which members of the Café they might be, exactly! :)
Message: Posted by: Midwest_Magicians (Jul 6, 2006 02:06AM)
The Invisible Deck definetly. I think it is probably one of the most powerful decks I have. Just search it online
Message: Posted by: Hushai (Jul 7, 2006 12:29AM)
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On 2006-07-04 17:12, phil in KC wrote:
Tbaer, I wonder if you mean the Eddie Joseph effect. At least, that's the only Premonition I could find on The Trickery's website. I checked the four pages of Solari effects, but there wasn't one called Premonition.

Incidently, the description on the website didn't match your comment. This version has one card missing from a pack -- the one announced by the spectator -- and the magician produces that card from his pocket, saying he had a "premonition", hence the name. There aren't two cards to deal with, as far as I can tell.

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On the Trickery website there are two different effects (at least) entitled "Premonition." The one by Eddie Joseph is the one you're talking about that has one card missing from a pack, and that's the one previously announced by a spectator. There is also a "Premonition" by Bob Solari, but that is found only (I think) in a set of his lecture notes called "Cunning Stunts," also sold by the Trickery; it is not sold as a separate effect, I don't think. Incidentally, there's a summer sale at the Trickery right now -- through tomorrow, July 7, 2006, most of their stuff is 20% off to registered members of the site, so now would be a good time to get those lecture notes, or whatever. (No, I don't work for the Trickery! I'm just considering buying some items from them for myself by tomorrow.) :)
Message: Posted by: Rennie (Jul 7, 2006 12:48AM)
Favorite self working effects :
1 - Vanished or Gone by Peter Duffie and can be found in Effortless Card Magic.
2 - The Lazy Man's card Trick - Harry Loraynes in Close-Up Card Magic.
Rennie
Message: Posted by: Sherman Malachi (Jul 7, 2006 04:40AM)
My Favorite "semi-automatic" card effect is what I call "Destiny Poker". This is my own concoction of magical effects/plots. One effect is a card game (in this case Poker) played between the magician and spectator - the magician always wins. The other effect is a prediction.

"Destiny Poker" is a twist on these concepts:A spectator randomly "predicts" which game (among 3 or 4 games) is the magician going to win or lose and writes it on a piece of paper and keeps it in a safe place. This is to be revealed after the games are played. The games are played and the games are predicted to 100% accuracy!

No threads, magnets, sleights or other tools.
Message: Posted by: Roger Kelly (Jul 7, 2006 02:29PM)
Trilogy by Brian Caswell has to be one of the best self-workers around but is rarely mentioned in these pages because it is a SUPERB mentalism routine and often gets mentioned in the "Workers" section. But it is a self worker!
Message: Posted by: Danik1 (Jul 16, 2006 10:34PM)
Devastation by Geoff Williams

That effect is powerfull in a sence were it can be use as a card effect or as a mental effect, depending on your style and on your presentation. The spectator as the cards in hands for almost the whole time it take to do the effect. There's a lot of shuffling and a lot of free choices going on during that effect. It's just great!!!

I also love the Random Sample Shuffle-Bored by Simon Aronson (same effect as Rain Man from Lennart Green, with a different presentation). I love the fact that Aronson uses a little booklet for is presentation. That is probably my favorite effect to perform right now. It's just to amazing!!! Thank you Simon for that one!
Message: Posted by: Rennie (Jul 17, 2006 12:13PM)
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On 2006-07-04 18:42, Julie wrote:
Further Than That by J.W. Sarles published in the original Pallbearers Review and many other places (with minor "improvements" IMO).

It is easy to do, easy to set-up and incorporates at least 3 climaxes; appears to require a lot more skill than it actually does; and possibly most important, those fortunate enough to see you perform will really enjoy it!
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I believe Further Than That should be credited to Stewart James. A real thinker in the magic field.
Rennie
Message: Posted by: One Man (Jul 17, 2006 12:21PM)
Jim Steinmeyer's Lie Detector principle - powerful...self working!

David Regal has a couple of nice takes on this in his first video series.

Kevin
Message: Posted by: Hushai (Jul 18, 2006 02:36AM)
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On 2006-06-29 22:48, phil in KC wrote:
Steve Fearson presented a simple mind-reading effect on a video (can't remember the name of the effect or the video!?!) that gets a big reaction. Give the volunteer the four aces, have them mix the cards, then pick one out and put it down on the table. The other aces are placed on top of them, and then the volunteer picks up the aces and mixes them again. The mentalist finally takes the cards, and turns them over one by one until the volunteer's ace is reached. Simple and direct, as long as you motivate the separation of the selected card and then adding the other aces again.

-Phil in KC
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Isn't this "Fearson's Aces?" It used to be available free as a PDF file from Download Magic, Fearson's site, and he encouraged people to give it away. If anyone would like it and has trouble finding it, I could provide it by email.
Message: Posted by: Rossolim0z (Aug 20, 2006 08:16PM)
Overkill is by far the best self worker ever
Message: Posted by: MKmagic (Sep 4, 2006 12:19PM)
My vote goes for invisible deck. It is a great effect that can be done without a table, and it is easy to reset.
Message: Posted by: Card-Shark (Sep 5, 2006 02:47AM)
I have two self-workers that I love that are based on the same principle. They were told to me by a good friend so I cannot give any credits, sorry. Here is one of them.

A spectator gets the pack, shuffles, cuts the deck into 5 - 7 packs. Chooses one pack. Looks at the card and choose the one that jumps into his eye ;-). Then shuffles this pack again. Deals the cards of this pack one by one open on the table to keep in mind on which position his chosen card lies. The magician looks (nearly the whole time) away ;-). Spectator turns over this pack, gathers the other packs on the bottom or the top of each other and cuts the deck after all.

Now the magician looks through the cards, pick out a card and ask the spectator, if he wants to see magic or a miracle. No matter what he says the magician puts the card back into the deck and asks for the number of the position the spectator had in mind. He let count the cards of the pack and the spectator turns over the card at the given position to see that it is his.

Very easy, I really like it. It seems to be so fair. ;-)

Perhaps someone know where it was written down?

Christian
Message: Posted by: VcosNJ (Sep 5, 2006 05:31AM)
Sounds like Devastation from Geoff William's Miracles from Mortals set. It's a killer piece!
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Oct 24, 2006 08:39AM)
Using a special deck my favorite is "Brainwave."

I forgot the name of the trick when the spectator makes 3 heaps of cards. Then the magician names the top card of each heap.
Message: Posted by: Picard (Oct 31, 2006 03:17PM)
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On 2006-09-05 03:47, Card-Shark wrote:
I have two self-workers that I love that are based on the same principle. They were told to me by a good friend so I cannot give any credits, sorry. Here is one of them.

A spectator gets the pack, shuffles, cuts the deck into 5 - 7 packs. Chooses one pack. Looks at the card and choose the one that jumps into his eye ;-). Then shuffles this pack again. Deals the cards of this pack one by one open on the table to keep in mind on which position his chosen card lies. The magician looks (nearly the whole time) away ;-). Spectator turns over this pack, gathers the other packs on the bottom or the top of each other and cuts the deck after all.

Now the magician looks through the cards, pick out a card and ask the spectator, if he wants to see magic or a miracle. No matter what he says the magician puts the card back into the deck and asks for the number of the position the spectator had in mind. He let count the cards of the pack and the spectator turns over the card at the given position to see that it is his.

Very easy, I really like it. It seems to be so fair. ;-)

Perhaps someone know where it was written down?

Christian
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I have seen that trick on magicvideodepot.com.
Guy calls it O.F.M (Only For Magicians) and I figured it out after watching few times. Method is so incredibly simple, so simple that I sometimes forget I even know this trick. Here is the link, so check if that's the one you were talking about: http://www.magicvideodepot.com/view.php?a=v&t=8597
Message: Posted by: tgplano (Nov 1, 2006 09:02AM)
Just watched the video. It is Devistation from Geoff William's Miracles from Mortals. A fantastic trick which I use all the time.
Message: Posted by: tgplano (Nov 1, 2006 09:04AM)
Just watched the video. It is Devistation from Geoff William's Miracles from Mortals. A fantastic trick which I use all the time.
Message: Posted by: Picard (Nov 1, 2006 12:33PM)
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On 2006-11-01 10:02, tgplano wrote:
Just watched the video. It is Devistation from Geoff William's Miracles from Mortals. A fantastic trick which I use all the time.
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Thanks for the name.
Can you tell which patter he uses in this trick because I didn't really like the patter of the guy from magicvideodepot at the end? Saying; I can't find your card, but let's see if maybe I can cut to your card, or no even better just tell me the number you're thinking of etc. just isn't convincing to me.
Message: Posted by: tgplano (Nov 1, 2006 03:51PM)
He goes through the cards as in the video and pulls one out and says, "Would you like to see a good trick or a great trick?" When they answer "Great trick" he picks up the card on the table and inserts it in the deck and says, "Well we won't need this then." and has them count as in the DVD. If they say, "Good trick". He says, "No, you deserve a great trick" and picks up the card as above.
Message: Posted by: the fritz (May 27, 2007 02:01AM)
There are so many I like, but my current favorite is "Insured Prediction" from Card College Volume 5. It is in the chapter on Mental Effects. The basic idea (for those who don't own Card College Volume 5) is this: A deck is shuffled by a spectator. Magician takes the pack and removes two "insurance cards" just in case, because "this experiment is extremely difficult." Magician takes spectator through a very fair procedure for choosing a thought-of card (the card never leaves the deck). Spectator then fully shuffles the entire deck. Magician attempts to divine spectators thought-of card, looking through the pack and placing it down on table. It proves to be the wrong card. Spectator turns up insurance cards and one has the same value, the other the same suit as spectator's thought-of card. As a kicker, spectator adds the values of the insurance cards and counts down that many cards in the deck... there he finds his thought-of card despite the fact that he himself shuffled the deck.

This is a great trick. If you don't like the selection procedure, a simple Hindu shuffle force will do the exact same thing. This is one of those hidden gems that I stumbled upon just recently and it is now one of my favorite tricks to perform.
Message: Posted by: Ron Slater (May 30, 2007 07:40PM)
Iv'e done extensive research on self-working (semi-automatic) card tricks as I really enjoy performing them. My current favorite that I perform all the time are:

Power of Poker by John Bannon (Dear Mr. Fantasty)
Final Verdict by John Bannon (Dear Mr. Fantasty)
Eye of the Stonehendge by Lennart Green (Green Magic Lite)
Shuffleboard by Simon Aronson
Observation Test by Nick Trost ( The Card Magic of Nick Trost)
Dead Reckoning by John Bannon (Dear Mr. Fantasty)

Cheers,

Ron
Message: Posted by: Lester (Jun 13, 2007 05:41AM)
Hi Guys,

One of my favourites has to be "Do As I Do" Two borrowed decks - and you're off and running!