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Paul H
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Paul, I love that one . . . may I use it?

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This book is for every card man. Bannon's stuff is some of the best.
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Yeah, the book definately does NOT contain short snappy effects. I see DMF as Bannon's book of tricks (effects, whatever you want to call them) to use against intellectuals. I have yet to find any of my football playing peers (not to be stereotypical) to be truely interested in any material presented within these pages. However, I dropped by a math club meeting one day and the poker deal (for lack of a better term) "fried" them very badly. They were totally engrossed in the trick because they were confident in their intelligence and were trying very hard to catch me doing some kind of "funny business." This is not the case, the trick is entirely self working. Thank you Mr. Bannon. Superb book.
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I disagree. I think it has several short snappy effects all put together into a nice solid routine.

The prediction effect is quick.
Spectator cuts the aces is quick
daley's last trick is quick
The triumph is a quickie

That's a great, fun, nice little set there. All put together for you at no extra charge.

Plus the things you learn to go with each effect are great and very useful. Hand Crafted Magic
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I just finished the book and think it has much to offer. While the math-based effects didn't sing to me personally, I'd bet a lot of people love them.

For me, his handling of the Elias Shift and his in the hands triumph (Last Man Standing) were enough to give the book a thumbs up.

Plus, it really was an interesting read. I personally liked the creative writing style.
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I understood immediately from your post that the casino thing was for fun only, having been to a couple of them in the past and I understand what it is you are trying to achieve. If anyone misunderstood from your post then that's their issue not yours.

I don't have DMF so cannot comment on it. What I would suggest though is a book or DVD chock full of card material. Things that immediately come to mind are Ammars Easy to Master Card Miracles DVDs, Simon Aronsons DVDs, Jim Swains or Simon Lovells books. An excellent trick if you've got the chops and the patience to learn it which would be perfect for your situation is Derek Dingles "Roll Over Aces" as taught on Mike Ammars Classic Renditions 4 DVD. I think from memory it involves setting a small stack but the payoff is HUGE!
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My feeling is that Dear Mister Fantasy represents a change in thinking and function from Mr. Bannon's previous works. His first two, Smoke and Mirrors and Impossibilia, were written while John was still in law school, using his creations to pay the bills.
Mr. Bannon no longer does paying gigs anymore (to the least of my knowledge), so the effects in DMF represent that change. Even in the introduction he makes a comment to that effect.
If your a "worker" then there is definitely more to offer in his first two offerings. There are, however, several wonderful commercial quickies in DMF. Many of the other effects, while less commercial, have great impact in their appropriate milieus.
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