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Topic: Steve Beam vol 1
Message: Posted by: MrSteve (Jul 3, 2014 02:44PM)
Hi--

I have been exploring Steve Beam's Semi-Automatic Card Tricks vol 1. His way of describing each effect and its working is especially clear, plus his wry humor is a real plus. So far I have performed "Quadruple Prediction" which has gotten a great response every time I have done it.

So my question--does anyone out there have another favorite in vol. 1 of this series? I can't learn them all, and it would help to know which effects Café members really like.

Thanks!
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Jul 4, 2014 04:22AM)
[quote]On Jul 3, 2014, MrSteve wrote:
Hi--

I have been exploring Steve Beam's Semi-Automatic Card Tricks vol 1. His way of describing each effect and its working is especially clear, plus his wry humor is a real plus. So far I have performed "Quadruple Prediction" which has gotten a great response every time I have done it.

So my question--does anyone out there have another favorite in vol. 1 of this series? I can't learn them all, and it would help to know which effects Café members really like.

Thanks! [/quote]

I've always been a fan of Richard Bartram's work and he has something called "Boxer Shorts" on pp. 83-84 that I think you would like. It requires a one time few minute arts and crafts thing but it's worth it. Also, check out the effect following titled "Odd Man Out."

I love this whole series and I would suggest that even if you can't learn all of the effects, at least try to read them all. Steve Beam is one of those excellent writers who teaches so much. So, you might read a trick description and method you don't like, but, more often than not you will find something of use for other tricks you do.

Also, look through the chapter on the Open Prediction solution - "Opened Prediction" can be VERY strong but it is really bold. If you are about assessing your testosterone levels, give this one a shot. If not, check out the other approaches to this classic plot in the same book.
Message: Posted by: MrSteve (Jul 7, 2014 10:44AM)
Thanks, Vlad!

I will try your suggestions.
Message: Posted by: Rick Holcombe (Jul 9, 2014 11:11AM)
I've always liked "LIIkelihood" by Richard Vollmer. I think it's written to be performed for one person, but I think it is more clear when done to two people. Read it and try it out and you'll understand
Message: Posted by: MrSteve (Jul 9, 2014 11:41AM)
Thank you, Rick H. --a good suggestion!

Steve
Message: Posted by: stickmondoo (Apr 9, 2015 02:07AM)
Is Lucky 13 in vol 1? I think so. It's great.
Message: Posted by: magicthree (Apr 9, 2015 07:31AM)
I like Double Dealer page 123