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Hi Harry,

Wow -- thanks for posting. I have copies of your "Personal Secrets" and "My Favorite Card Tricks" that I purchased over two decades ago at Al's Magic Shop in DC. Really enjoyed those books. Hope you are well and thanks again for responding.
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I'm amazed no-one has mentioned "Cut em High and Tie" from "21st Century" by James Swain. It's what Steve Beam would call semi-automatic. A slip cut and a couple of false shuffles - job done! I love it. Use it all the time, great reactions.
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Mine is 99%. I think others that have tried this version would probably agree that this is a very reliable version... and very fair. The fact that the spectator really has a free cut, and really does cut the ace, moves the effect from "puzzle" to "magic".

Or, if you want to go the route of the gimmicked pack, you can try deep guilt aces, I've heard nothing but good things about this version of the effect.
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Michael Paul's Spectators Cut the Aces from his Simply Devastating notes earn my vote.

It is impromptu, can be use with a borrowed deck, the spectators do all the cutting (really!), a little sleight is expected but its not that difficult.

Do pick this up guys..its the most fair and easiest Cut to Aces single effect I ever seen. And nope, I'm not a correspondant for Michael Paul, just a very satisfied customer.
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Michael's routine IS great!

My other favorites are Ackerman's from his Classic Sampler Notes and David Regal's thoughts on the subject.

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Take a look at Bill Goodwins spectator cuts the aces in his notes titled At The Expense of Grey Matter.


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Have fun tracking those notes down! ; )

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On 2006-03-13 06:07, ross welford wrote:
In "Strong Magic" Darwin Ortiz mentions a version of this trick which in his view is superior because the spectator turns over the aces himself. Any clues what this is?


I showed Darwin my combination at Fechter's years ago, at which time Darwin called it "the best he had ever seen." It was not yet in print.

The plot of "Spectator Cuts to and Turns Over the Aces" is Bob Veeser's.

The handling was from "Formula One Close-up" (1985), accoladed by both Ed Marlo and Harry Lorayne. The Malone routine used the same moves with just two interchanged; Bill watched me use it for years. Patter, of course, is by Bill.

"Spectator On Stage" is the improved handling, so named by Harry Lorayne and appearing as the cover item of APOCALYPSE.

The Bannon routine was based on mine, as stated by John in his book.

The "demonstration cut" is Harry Riser's, appearing in print for the first time in F1 Close-Up with Harry Riser's prior permission.
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Randy, how does the Bannon effect differ from yours? I own DMF it is a great book and I really like his spectator cuts the aces effect. Could you enlighten me as to the differences between his SCTA's and yours?

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"Spectator on Stage" is in Apocalypse, R.W. Presents, my lecture notes, etc., etc.-- easy enough to look up.
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Randy, I think you put the Riser Subtlety to great use in your Spectator Cuts to and Turns Over the Aces. What did Mr Riser use the strategy for himself? Did he also use it in an Ace cutting trick or for something completely different?

I think the patter Bill uses about "cutting ten" is by David Solomon.

/Tomas
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On 2006-06-20 22:05, Michael Paul wrote:
Mine is 99%. I think others that have tried this version would probably agree that this is a very reliable version... and very fair. The fact that the spectator really has a free cut, and really does cut the ace, moves the effect from "puzzle" to "magic".

Or, if you want to go the route of the gimmicked pack, you can try deep guilt aces, I've heard nothing but good things about this version of the effect.


I like Micheal's routine as it is done totally in the spectator's hands. All the
way through the whole routine. It very flexible at the end as you can apply
different endings. If you miss and don't get the 99%, with the way the routine is
structured, you can still work around it in the spectator's hands.
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Guys,

I think that Randy's Spectator on Stage is one of the best routines of this ilk. With a slightly altered ending I use this routine in my off-Broadway show as "Red's Back in Town."

This is just one of Randy's extraordinary contributions to magic. The proof of how good it is? It's been "borrowed" by so very many!

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Joshua Jay featured Breakless Aces in MAGIC magazine awhile back. I thought it was a pretty clean version of this topic.

ps) In this version, the spectator cleanly cuts, but the magician does the dirty work. However, the revelation of the Aces looks like you're simply flipping the top cards over (there's no "pick up the top cards and deal them back down" technique here).

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What did Mr Riser use the strategy for himself? Did he also use it in an Ace cutting trick or for something completely different? /Tomas


Harry used it as a force; for ace-cutting, prediction, matching effects, etc.

One thing that Harry Riser strongly objects to is spreading the cards for a selection, period. He feels it is a peculiar, ridiculous way to have a card selected. The "demo" he does about that is hilarious.

Cutting the deck, however, is far more plausible and sensible in Harry's view. He will have the spectator cut, take a peek . . . but it is highly unlikely that you'll see him chasing down someone smearing cards at them.
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Michael Paul's and John Bannon's are the ones that I always used.
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On 2006-11-12 13:41, Simon Lovell wrote:
Guys,

I think that Randy's Spectator on Stage is one of the best routines of this ilk. With a slightly altered ending I use this routine in my off-Broadway show as "Red's Back in Town."

This is just one of Randy's extraordinary contributions to magic. The proof of how good it is? It's been "borrowed" by so very many!

Simon


Hi Simon, it was nice to see ya again at the Rocco lecture. Can you point
to where I can find Randy's Spectator on Stage?

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Joshua Jay featured Breakless Aces in MAGIC magazine awhile back. I thought it was a pretty clean version of this topic.

ps) In this version, the spectator cleanly cuts, but the magician does the dirty work. However, the revelation of the Aces looks like you're simply flipping the top cards over (there's no "pick up the top cards and deal them back down" technique here).

Rick


Hi Rick

Which issue of Magic did you find this in?

Thanks ahead of time, as this thread sparked an interest in exploring this
a little further.
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On 2006-11-12 17:26, RandyWakeman wrote:
Harry used it as a force; for ace-cutting...

I assume that this "ace-cutting" means "Spectator Cuts to the Aces" which would make it the first of its kind using Mr Riser's subtlety. Did he eventually publish his handling for it? I'm curious about how it differs from yours and others.

Thanks in advance,

/Tomas

PS I tried to PM this question but could not find any PM button on your post
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Yes, the Riser subtlety first appeared in "Formula One Close-Up" (1985). Harry's not published it in any application, at least to my knowledge.

As for "Spectator on Stage" is appears in the hardbound "Randy Wakeman Presents" (available) and is on the new two DVD set "Lake Tahoe Bar Magic" as well. http://randywakemanmagic.com/laketahoe.htm
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Hi randy,
where have you been for the past 4 years.
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