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Topic: View To A Skill by John Bannon
Message: Posted by: Magic KL (Mar 30, 2020 11:58AM)
John Bannon's effect with a shuffled deck. Cool!!

https://www.penguinmagic.com/p/13384

"This trick is going to fool you." -John Bannon

John Bannonís View To A Skill is a completely self-working fooler. No sleight of hand or gaffs are required for this effect that ends in a perfect prediction.

A special game of War is proposed by the magician, with the audience member choosing whether they would like the red cards or the black cards. A prediction is written on the back of a business card and placed face down on the table openly before the game begins. After two rounds of the game, the prediction not only correctly predicted who would win each game but by exactly how many points they would win!

John has revised the Stuart James Miraskill effect to require absolutely no sleight of hand. Once you learn this youíll be able to do it forever from any shuffled deck.
Message: Posted by: Wordsworth (Mar 30, 2020 12:17PM)
Solid effect from Open and Notorious, or High Caliber.
Message: Posted by: Cameron Francis (Mar 30, 2020 01:37PM)
Very good trick. Super clever and oh so easy.
Message: Posted by: Illucifer (Mar 31, 2020 12:03AM)
If you like this, I highly recommend you look into 'Aunt Mary's Terrible Secret' by Dave Williamson. It's an even stronger Miraskill game plot, I think.
Message: Posted by: no2ss (Mar 31, 2020 01:01AM)
Aunt Mary's Terrible Secret is such a good trick... though I mentally always associate it with the Gilbreath principle that I forget it also is a Miraskill offshoot. I usually don't like Miraskill effects, which often feel kinda boring, but Williamson turns Aunt Mary's into a whole story that actually makes all the dealing suspenseful. It's great.

Bannon's version is pretty good though, though the "war" framing feels a bit weird.
Message: Posted by: rowdymagi5 (Mar 31, 2020 09:09AM)
Anything new offered that is not in his book "High Caliber" concerning this effect?
Message: Posted by: dman11 (Mar 31, 2020 11:09AM)
Its also on his Move Zero Vol 4 dvd. Much more bang for the buck with 9 routines that also includes the recently released Power of Poker.
Message: Posted by: pegasus (Mar 31, 2020 11:34AM)
Found it very unimpressive personally. With everything else thatís out there why would you buy and perform this? Not me.
Message: Posted by: KristoBall (Mar 31, 2020 11:59AM)
Typically love Bannon's stuff but... I'm not sure why this is impressive? As a spectator I would merely think, "some kind of math trick." Not seeing the wow factor. Maybe I'm just missing it.
Message: Posted by: no2ss (Mar 31, 2020 04:39PM)
[quote]On Mar 31, 2020, KristoBall wrote:
Typically love Bannon's stuff but... I'm not sure why this is impressive? As a spectator I would merely think, "some kind of math trick." Not seeing the wow factor. Maybe I'm just missing it. [/quote]

This tends to be my issue with nearly all Miraskill effects. They're just not that impressive.

That's why "Aunt Mary's" is one of the few that seems to actually work, because of the presentation built around it. It's a story piece.
Message: Posted by: John C (Mar 31, 2020 05:34PM)
[quote]On Mar 31, 2020, Illucifer wrote:
If you like this, I highly recommend you look into 'Aunt Mary's Terrible Secret' by Dave Williamson. It's an even stronger Miraskill game plot, I think. [/quote]


not easy....for me.
Message: Posted by: John C (Mar 31, 2020 05:35PM)
[quote]On Mar 31, 2020, KristoBall wrote:
Typically love Bannon's stuff but... I'm not sure why this is impressive? As a spectator I would merely think, "some kind of math trick." Not seeing the wow factor. Maybe I'm just missing it. [/quote]


this is what most self working means. MATH
Message: Posted by: Poof-Daddy (Mar 31, 2020 06:29PM)
I have done "A View To A Skill" for laymen and it gets GREAT reactions. The "War" plot is surprisingly well known to laymen in our world of all things video. The predictions are "shockers", I find people amazed that I knew the outcome and have never heard anyone (guess / accuse) math as the method. I also finally managed to grab a used copy of "Aunt Mary's" only to find out it was the same plot with a different angle. I see absolutely nothing wrong with it, but I will likely stick to the Bannon routine.
Message: Posted by: Cameron Francis (Mar 31, 2020 07:19PM)
Yeah, I don't understand the "math" criticism. To the spectator, there's no math. Just counting. And you predict the result. That's pretty straight forward.
Message: Posted by: Pepsi Twist (Apr 2, 2020 05:51AM)
This has always been one of my favourites from High Caliber and I've done it a bunch of times with good results. The method is very clever and was a good lesson for me. I did it to the other half a few days ago though and she just turned around and told me why it works, that put a damper on it for me! (Especially because all Penguin's advertising is about how this is so super fooling).
Message: Posted by: asherfox (Apr 2, 2020 02:10PM)
[quote]On Mar 31, 2020, pegasus wrote:
Found it very unimpressive personally. With everything else thatís out there why would you buy and perform this? Not me. [/quote]


I performed it and it killed. However, you wont do this alone. after this, you may like to bring the super power to your audience like doing an OFTW routine.

trust me, I believe I knew this trick much earlier than most of you.

What surprised me is I first seeing this trick was a free trick from his site. And later it was removed and now it is sold for 10 dollars.
Message: Posted by: qkeli (Apr 3, 2020 10:28AM)
The wow factor for me is the fact itís you donít deal alone and the spectator is part of this so the effect is lore interactive... I like it a lot and will check Williamsonís version
Message: Posted by: Kurtis Chin (Apr 3, 2020 03:15PM)
For about $30 you can get John Bannon's Move Zero DVD set 1-4 at Kaymar. This trick is included. From watching the performance, I found this particular trick to be a bore. Too much dealing...and this dealing sequence is done twice...doubly boring! There are better tricks (IMO) on this set than View to A Skill...and for a mere $20 more.