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Richard Shippy
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In your opinion what are the top 5 gimmicks ever invented for close-up magic?

Below is my top 5 list.
1. TT
2. [
3. CS Coin
4. Double Faced Card
5. IT

What about you? It would be interesting to see your replies.

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Rich
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I'd replace the double faced card with the chop cup.
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Yes, good point. I forgot about the chop cup. It should probably be in the top 5.
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For me..?

1. TT
2. Coin [
3. Swami
4. IT
5. Stripper Deck

because of the amount of different things you can do with them.
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For me the Exploding Lightbulb Gimmick is on the list.
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C/S gaff ( any variation on the theme, which includes all two-sided gaffs), Shell (again, any variation on the theme, including a deck shell, die shell, etc.), TT (AGAIN, and all its' variants, fingertip, etc.), Topit (Do I need to say it again? This is nothing more than a tailored servante), Pull (Yes, this too! Holdouts have been around for a long time)...

All the above are PRINCIPLES that can be applied in many ways to many things - thus my listing them as the most important gimmicks invented for close-up magic. One-trick ponies, like the Chop Cup, are great, but not nearly as verrsatile as the principles I've listed above, in thier most obvious incarnations...

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Paul has the correct idea. He is listing principles incorporated into gimmicks, whereas some items on other lists were being too trick specific.

It would be impossible to estimate the value of such simple things as wire, magnets, thread, elastic, sticky substances, mirrors, sponge, clips, pins, and other holdout devices.

Fitzkee laid out many principles with illustrative examples in The Trick Brain.

However, to stay with the original theme which was to list gimmicks, as devices, my list would be:

1) TT
2) Pockets (secret or not)
3) Double-sided anything
4) Shell anything
5) pending...
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Maybe it would be useful to make a distinction among the various types of gaffs--fekes, gimmicks, shells, and apparatus.
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Its hard to say the top 5 gimmicks ever invented due to the overwhelming amount of different types. I cant decide on 5, but ill give my top 3.

1.TT
2.Coin shell
3.Double Faced card

-Shalin
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Very good points, I'm seeing this list evolve as well as my own perception. Your replies have got me thinking differently in a categorical way with respect to gaffs. It is very interesting how they can be categorized and grouped together by principles. Now, whenever I look at a new gimmick I'm going to think of how it fits into these categories and try to break it down by principles it is based upon.

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Rich
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The only gimmicks that I use or am working on:

Rough/ smooth princible for ID
Magnet specificaly for chop cup
Swami (a work in progress)
My lap and pockets
envelopes
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What about the School for Scoundrels Perfect Pea?!?! I'm not sure if it can be classified as a gimmick but man I love that pea! Smile
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Should duplicates, for instance, duplicates jokers, consider a gimmick?
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1 WAX
2 TT
3 dye tube
4 IT
5 magnet


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Some of the items listed above are gimmicks. Some are fekes. Maybe it would be good to define what a gimmick is, before we start listing a deck of cards as a gimmick.
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I must admit that I am not sure of the defining distinction between a gimmick and a fekes.

It does sound inaccuate to classify a deck of cards as a gimmick. Is a gimmick something that looks like the real thing but is completely fake (i.e. cannot serve the purpose of the item it mimics)? If so, since a stipper deck can still be used like a regular deck of cards it is probably is not classified as a gimmick.

Is this somewhat correct or am I totally off base? I have a feeling my perception of the world regarding gimmicks is going to change very soon. Smile
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Go ahead Whit, define. Cause I dunno.

In the context of this this post wouldn't
'a device employed to cheat, deceive, or trick, for the secret and dishonest control of magic trick' fit.
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In that case Jaz, our hands could be considered gimmicks since they are performing the slights and they certainly deceive. Smile
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Ok, you win Rich. heheh. Maybe 'device' isn't the best word to use here.

What were your thoughts on what a gimmick was when you started this topic.

Go to Dictionary.com at http://dictionary.reference.com/
and look up gimmick, gaff, fake or whatever.
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Thank you Jaz! Smile

Unfortunately, I'm still a bit confused even after looking the terms up in the dictionary.

Below are the most applicable definitions...

Fake: Having a false or misleading appearance; fraudulent.

Gaff: A trick or gimmick, especially one used in a swindle or to rig a game.

Gaffed: To rig or fix in order to cheat.

Gimmick: a) A device employed to cheat, deceive, or trick, especially a mechanism for the secret and dishonest control of gambling apparatus. b) An innovative or unusual mechanical contrivance; a gadget.

From these definitions I'd say a Svengali deck is gaff. While a shell is a gimmick. Both of which are fakes. Hmmmmmmmmmm.....

Anyone for a beer!?!?! Smile

Rich
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