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Joey Stalin
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Has anyone you have shown a packet trick to thought it was weird that you have those cards seperate from all of the other cards you have? Cause I have a wallet that I use to hold packet tricks. I was wondering if someone would find it odd I have a wallet for cards for a specific trick.
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The packet tricks I do all have a reason for them being seperate. Color Monte is pretty obvious -- they even look different. But if you wanted to do it with "normal" cards, the whole idea of 3-card monte pretty much says, why not have 3 cards at the ready? That, and B'Wave, which has this whole "I set these aside earlier" thing going on.

I think that as long as you have an excuse -- doesn't even have to be a terribly good one -- as for why you would have set these cards aside, you're fine. Doesn't even need to be the blunt, "I set these aside because..." type of thing. A casual remark could do it, like, "Now, I took the four aces here..."

If you really don't like that, and if the cards are suitable for it, you could even bury them in a deck and fetch them later. This is great for ultimate monte and such where most or all of the face of each card can be readily shown.
Phil Thomas
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What I usually do is if the cards all have a matching back like all red or all blue, I will just set them on top of a regular deck that matches the cards. Then all you would have to do is pull out the deck, do a couple of false cuts and/or shuffles keeping your packet cards on top, remove them and off you go. All you would have to do is say, this trick requires only a few cards. We don't need the rest of the deck. Put the deck aside and off you go.......

Hope this helps.

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Joe Mauro
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Everyone worries about them thinking it's odd, but if it's entertaining, they won't care. I do Daryl's Presto Printo and te reaction is great and-it's examinable.
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Which is why you need to routine and properley string together your tricks...

A good example is ron baeurs Owed to Poker Dan - The start of the routine explains why you have the packet. From this packet I can move straight into Daley's Last Trick, Twisting the Aces and Color Monte using the same set of cards...
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On 2005-03-28 23:30, Joe Mauro wrote:
Everyone worries about them thinking it's odd, but if it's entertaining, they won't care. I do Daryl's Presto Printo and te reaction is great and-it's examinable.


I absolutely agree. I think the presentation of a trick will change others' perception of it (even a packet one).

I always do packet tricks with funny endings, it kills!

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No, nobody has ever asked. But I always say that I show them a "special" trick.... I assume this was enough of an explanation.

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The only real packet tricks I carry with me are This and That by Banachek, NFW, and my version of Color Monte. For the Color Monte, all three cards are the 9 of Spades, so it makes sense that they're kept seperate. This and That makes sense at the end of the effect. For NFW, I tell them it the first trick I ever learned and I keep it seperate to keep the Jokers out of the deck. It makes sense.
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On 2005-03-29 05:53, Clarioneer wrote:
Which is why you need to routine and properley string together your tricks...

A good example is ron baeurs Owed to Poker Dan - The start of the routine explains why you have the packet. From this packet I can move straight into Daley's Last Trick, Twisting the Aces and Color Monte using the same set of cards...



I agree fully with this. It is NOT a good idea to carry around a wallet stuffed with packet effects and do one after another. It's a bit like placing one deck away in your pocket and openly bringing out another to do a second trick. It raises suspicion one or both are gaffed/special etc.

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Makes sense to me
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I do the Ultimate 3-Card Monte Trick by Michael Skinner all the time. I carry the cards in a card carrier type of wallet along with some normal ones to switch them with. When anyone asks why I can't use some other cards, I tell them that I must use pretty old cards in order to make the magic possible. (The normal ones are old too.) They accept that and the trick is SO magical to them that I don't think it takes away from it at all. I've never had any trouble with this.

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That is why I keep them part of a deck.

At times I even go so far as to "randomly" pick 3 cards or more for that deck.
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In My styling .. I do not do many packet effects .. save half a dozen montes .. I Like em , and If folks sit in on my second set or even my thrid .. they see the monte played in a different way .. it keeps it fresh for them as well , I generally tell them that " By now folks you must realize I never play with a full deck Smile ".However as many have said here .. it doesn't really matter no one raises any question to me as to why I have seperate cards , and I do not spend time justifying it , as paul Said .. I would not carry a barrage of them and perform them rapid fire .. just throw em in here and there when I am strolling , or working Behind a bar
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