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Magiguy- without divulging the secret of the trick... I don't like the setup. The final face-up cut might telegraph the method. Argh; in other words, the cards are not truly examinable. Granted, when presented in the right situation this should not be a factor: astonishment follows rather than investigation. But it could be a problem. The handling I use makes the trick semi-impromptu.
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Good points, Cain. Thanks for the follow-up. I see what you mean.
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I would recommend Dear Mr. Fantasy by John Bannon. Within this text you'll get about 5 self workers, 3 of which I use regularly (Final Verdict, Dead Reckoning, and Power of Poker). Do a search on the Café for Self Working Card Tricks with IMPACT. That was a post a started a little while ago with many many good recommendations. I have been researching the best self working effects for the past several months. Another great source is Lennart Green's Green Lite DVD. If you have any other question you can PM me.


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My favorite self working trick is the rising card.
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On 2006-01-11 15:44, Cain wrote:
Lazy Man's Card Trick (although I wouldn't use the handling described in Lorayne's _Close Up Card Magic_)

Just curious, what handling of it would you use? What's your presentation like?
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Hey Cain: I, too, am curious. If you so definitely don't use my hndling of The Lazy Man's Card Trick, what handling DO you use? I have some new thought on the subject in LORAYNE: THE CLASSIC COLLECTION. Some talk about how many louse up that trick. I hope you don't fall into that category. Anyway... HARRY LORAYNE.
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Lennart Green performs a great 1 in 52 on one of his Vol. I think #4. It's been a favorite for a l'il while now.

I OFTEN perform "Out of this Universe" from CLose-Up Card Magic by no other than Mr Lorayne.

Dead Reckoning is an absolute STUNNER! Literally, you feel them kinda twitch it's soooo good.

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My favorites are Overkill and do as I Do.
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On 2006-01-12 00:36, Cain wrote:
The handling I use makes the trick semi-impromptu.

I am also interested in knowing your method. A handling makes it semi-impromptu?, or different set makes it semi-impromptu?

I know I can perform similar effect by using Crimp and Edge Counting.

BTW, why are we talking about Al Koran's Lazyman's Card Trick in a thread about Self-working trick? It is not a self-wroker but need a considerable (acting) work on performer.

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I'll second Overkill....
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler." (Einstein)...
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What's a good source for a you do as I do routine?
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I do a hybrid play it straight triumph/lazy man's with a flick-er ERRR kicker. The deck is 1/4 stacked, a-la play it straight...card is selected, placed on top, and the deck is cut. The new top card is "flicked" into the deck with my middle finger...I turn over the card flicked to, do the old "indicator card" routine, and deal down to their card. You just have to find 1/4 of the deck (14 cards, really...if you flick to THEIR card, it's a bona fide miracle) that you can reliably flick into, then cut the deck accordingly, i.e. some people flick more into the middle of the pack, the lower 1/3, etc.
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Color Separation - Magic With Cards, Garcia & Schindler is an excellent trick.
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I do the 21 card trick quite often (Marlo's version).

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Harry Lorayne's Out of this Universe, for me, too. Sometimes I opt for Tony Griffith's slightly-altered approach, 'Out of this Universe Plus' from "Griff on Close Up", of course based on Mr. Lorayne's excellent routine. Both are fantastic.


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On 2006-01-11 15:44, Cain wrote:
Overkill - Mark Wilson

Overkill isn't Mark Wilson, it's a Paul Harris combination of Marlo and other ideas. Unless Mark Wilson has an effect with the same title...
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I'm a big fan of "Prior Commitment" by Simon Aronson in his book "Try the Impossible".

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Who doesn't like Paul Curry's 'Out of This World'? Smile My favorite would be my take on it of course, and Luke Jermay's ('Extraordinary Feat of Seeing Through The Fingertips' DVD)

I really find John Bannon's 'Dead Reckoning' very fascinating, both the method and the plot (re: silent spelling.) So...

The next on my favorite self-workers list would be 'Invocation in Mute' - which is my impromptu version of the Bannon spelling effect. (Not that there is something wrong with the original handling - which I must say is beautiful - but its just that I don't like carrying more than two decks of cards on me whenever I go out. I got them both in Mnemonica order for a particular routine. So I felt the need to develop this particular one.)

The '21 Card Trick' is another potent self-worker.

Aronson's 'Shuffle-bored' is another killer. I enjoyed performing this one.

'Einstein Overkill' is another good one.

That's all from me for now...These are the effects that immediately comes to mind.
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