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I've always liked 'The last trick of Dr. Daly', but I'm curious to know if any card workers out there have explored other presentations other than the standard 'can you guess which ace is on top / no they're both red' variety.

Thoughts? Ideas? Recipies?

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Dear David,

On my most recent DVD, "Cody Fisher On Magic"...I have a unique presentation for this classic plot. If you are interested let me know...

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Greg Wilson has a nice one on Double Take and one of his "In Action" DVDs called weighted Aces
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I like Weighted Aces too, gives the black aces a reason for moving where they move.

I've considered taking two different spectator selections and (though this effect) turning them into jokers (or blank faces), then revealing the selections somewhere else... pocket, impossible location, sealed envelope, drinking straw, whathaveyou. Haven't really done anything with it yet though. Anyone know if there has been published or unpublished work on using this effect to make two selections "vanish"?
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Jay Sankey has an effect on his Anytime/Anywhere dvd called Departure Time in which you make two of the four aces instantly vanish and they reappear face up in the middle of the deck. He says he uses this as a prelude to Dr. Daley's Last Trick. Not exactly the effect you're thinking of but it's interesting.
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The Yorkshire magician Al Smith has a nice version, which is in at least two of his books, but of course I can't tell it.
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I use the 4 aces and allow the spectator to examine first the red aces, then the black aces. As they're examining the black aces, and using a little comedic misdirection, I basically perform a top switch, however with TWO cards, usually the two red kings. Then I go into the usual routine, with the spekkie thinking that we're still usuing 4 aces. This way I can show them that the two black aces are now in my hand and allow them to think for a second that they have the red aces, until they realize that they actually have two red kings.

I know, not a huge departure from the original, and the basic guess-which-one-is-where theme is still there, but this handling sets me up for a Geminii Twins routine in order to find the two red aces again. But an impossible location thing could work well, too.

I like Kaigan's idea with the Jokers or blank faces. That deserves some thought.
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I just recently got Cody S. Fisher's DVD and loved his version of this classic. (And the rest of the DVD too!)
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I don't know about "novel", but I posted the thread below a while back, about an alternate ending to Dr Daley I improvised one night, and how it went.
Since then, I have pretty much switched to this alternate ending all the time, as it gets great results. However, I am not presenting myself as a magi, but more as sort of a grizzled card dealer.
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Daley's Last trick is my favorite! This trick is so simple yet so effective. Every so often I come up with a new presentation for it. Most recently, I show the spectator the AC set it in there left hand. Then show the AS and put it in there right hand. I ask "Would you be impressed if I could make that card (pointing to the clubs) the Ace of Spades, and that card (pointing to the Spades) the Ace of Clubs?" They normally respond with a variation on "Yes" Then using both hands I grab the two cards from there hands and cross my arms to switch their positions. I normally get a pretty good laugh for that. I say "No, no that was just a joke...It's if I snap my fingers they switch for real. But not from here to here (pointing at the two cards in there hands), but from here to here (turning over the cards in their hands and then my own)" I ALWAYS get a jaw drop-type reaction.

I often get into Daleys last trick from a Kings to Aces routine, and then often following Daleys last trick with Twisting the Aces.

I used to do presentations where it was like a game or a challenge to know which card was where etc... but I found much better reactions with my current set-up.

Also there is a follow-up to Daleys last trick taught to me by Ryan Swigart that is a "false explanation" The idea is that a lot of people ask how the trick is done. So you go through the trick again and show them the card and explain that you do a 2nd Deal (while doing an obvious "exposed" deal) to give them a different card. Repeat for the next card. In the method I use for Daleys last trick...This would actually give them the cards I showed them. The spectator thinks you showed them the method, so they would have the red cards in their hands. You tell them "But If I wanted you to have the black cards, I would just snap my fingers, and you would (and you turn over the cards in their hands)" It's normally a pretty good surprise kicker, because they thought they knew what was going on and them BAM. -- I don't often do this though

My thoughts on Daley's excellent last trick,

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John Bannon has an interesting take on it in Dear Mr Fantasy.
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Bill Duncan has my favourite version in his book Tubthumping. This routine not only prevents "grabby" spectators but also gives an interesting premise - not to be missed!

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Since someone mentioned the idea of doing this trick with selected cards, I thought I would share an idea I've used for awhile. It was published somewhere, but I'm not sure where. The effect is that after you have two cards selected and you fail to find them, you decide to do another trick. The spectator sees that you take the four aces and put the two black ones in their hands. After you show that you've got the black ones, they then turn over their cards to show that they now hold the two selected cards. The missing red aces could then be produced somewhere else. The only problem with this routine is that nobody cares what happens to the missing red aces. In performance I do not reproduce them. This trick often gets screams. If anybody would like more details, I'll be glad to share.
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Thank Juble. It's nice that people remember that little book...
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