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10cardsdown
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Just curious what kind of presentations are used for the effect/variations of Reset other than just the descriptive patter of cards changing places? Thanks! Smile
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Nick Trost's variation of Reset(Card Magic of Nick Trost) uses Kings and Deuces to represent Royalty (Kings) and commoners (deuces). He shows how the commoners can somehow appear as Royalty (change deuces to Kings). But it's just an illusion and they revert back to their roots and group back together.
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Greg Wilson does a variation of reset, using aces and jacks with a black jack patter.
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Nick is a friend and I love his magic, but I really think Reset is too strong a trick to have story patter. It's also too strong to do as part of a routine with court cards and aces. It needs to stand alone with something distinctly different following it. I first was exposed to it with a friend who did Earl Nelson's version. It was so good that I associated it with my friend and wouldn't try it myself. After several years, I finally decided I was depriving myself and worked until I had it done. Since then I've made tiny changes to the beginning and end of Nelson's routine, but it's still his, and of course his is only a "Variation" (as Nelson't book with it was called).

I did this one time for friends in a bar at a hotel in Vienna. Everyone in the bar stood around watching and applauding. Done right, at the point where the Aces have changed into Kings, everyone applauds, thinking it's all over. This time I had to wave back a man who kept running back and forth to his wife at a table, telling he what was going on. "Come back, it's not over." Then the Kings changed back to Aces. After I had finished the act and was sitting with my friends, this man came over and said "Now I can go back to Denmark and tell them I've seen 'real magic.'"

Done well, Reset is "real magic."

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I've worked out a few different original handlings of Reset. It is my absolute favorite card trick. I love how much mileage you can get out of just eight ungaffed playing cards.

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Check out magicvideodepot.com and search Reset. You will see how magicians around the world do it.
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On 2006-02-22 12:30, robinr wrote:
Nick is a friend and I love his magic, but I really think Reset is too strong a trick to have story patter...

Done well, Reset is "real magic."

Robin


I disagree adamantly with the first statement and somewhat agree with the second statement.

Are you saying that Reset would play best with a silent presentation? Darwin Ortiz discusses the problem with this thinking in "Strong Magic" and I happen to agree 100%.

Regarding the second comment, it is only "real magic" with a presentation that makes it so.

Just my opinion.
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What motivates the cards changing places?

Is it what the performer wants them to do? Perhaps he is trying to get them to turn face down and when they do they become the "other" cards. Then.. when he looks where he put those other cards he finds they have changed back?

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I prefer the Harris version from his early video (#1?)..
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Jason Randal has an excellent presentation centered around cheating at Blackjack. His routine inspired Gregory Wilson's routine.

Enjoy the search.

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I have a question about the Earl Nelson version -- are all of his handlings included in the "Reset Variations" section of AOA, or are there more in is book "Variations"?

I need another magic book like I need a hole in the head, but I would like to stick with one handling of this trick. Since I like the change Nelson made in the opening count, I wonder if there is more to his version.
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Ammar has Harris' version in his ETMCM vol#4 DVD.
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Chris Kenner has an interesting take on this in TOOC.
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Harkey also has a very good version that I do all the time in his book.

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I remember commenting on a video on MVD once and a magician (he posts here and has released some material) told me that Reset is really an effect suited for "amateurs," and most people have yet to "grow out of it." Forever more those words of "wisdom" spring to mind at the mention of this great trick.
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I have been toying with a potential routine idea. It's based on the idea that the four aces are considered the most magical cards. I try to present various ideas of why this idea persists. Reset comes in at the time when I show that for many effects , such as the picking of cards in midair, aces are no more magical than other cards. A part of the effect would go, "If I am simply making a card appear (show palmed ace), an ace is no more magical (show ace on top of stack), than say, a king (twirl change top card into a king)." I don't know how a spectator would react to it, as it's not been completed yet.
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Check out Robbie Moreland's Presentation/Handling from the Illusive Actions DVD. Very Entertaining!
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On 2007-04-30 14:35, Cain wrote:
I remember commenting on a video on MVD once and a magician (he posts here and has released some material) told me that Reset is really an effect suited for "amateurs," and most people have yet to "grow out of it." Forever more those words of "wisdom" spring to mind at the mention of this great trick.




Cain,

could you elaborate a little bit more on why RESET is more something for an amateur magician?

Andy
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I do the version by David Harkey. First I perform it normally...no story...stories clutter up and confuse this type of effect. Then I offer to do it again, only this time I tell them how it is done. Notice that I did not say that I SHOW them...I TELL them. I go through the entire routine normally, but my patter is nothing but magician's jargon: Elmsley Count, Double Card, Paintbrush Change, etc...I even give book refrences where each of the sleights are taught. After each phase I say that god-awful phrase, "See? Magic is EASY once you know the secret!" This is done at a sleightly faster pace than the 1st performance. This always has the audience laughing in tears. Smile
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Andy: I think you misread what I wrote.
Ellusionst discussing the Arcane Playing cards: "Michaelangelo took four years to create the Sistine Chapel masterpiece... these took five."

Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes: "You know Einstein got bad grades as a kid? Well, mine are even worse!"
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