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captainsmiffy
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....a stalwart of my repertoire!!!
Have you tried 'Up The Ante' yet?? The ultimate gambling demo....a self-working wonder! See the reviews here on the cafe.
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I know, Harry , but I'm a bit of à stickler in that regard. It appears in the collection, but it is "from" My Favourite Card Tricks. Obviously I don't have to tell you that, ha ha. I've said before how special your books are to me and I just like them to be properly referenced. À tribute to them if you Will.

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Sympathy Cards by Paul Vigil
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For me the best selfworking effect is:

BEYOND ACAAN by Tommaso Guglielmi.

In this version you have to ask to think of a card and a number and the card is at correct position without any sleight or gimmick.

No sleight of hand and no skill.

-Antonio
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At the moment my favourite is "Eye of Stonehenge" by Lennart Green,with the pyramid presentation.
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Another vote for Dead Reckoning
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I really like Devastation by Geoff Williams
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Another vote for Devastation!
:)

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Williams just did a lecture in Indianapolis and I saw Devastation for the first time. This is got to be one of the easiest tricks to work that I have ever performed. I did this for some co-workers the next day and they were blown away.
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I vote for the PROTON Deck from Camirand Academy.

All the magic happens in the specs hands. Great use of an old idea with some new twists...
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I would have to say (not neccessarily in any order)

Untouched. Can't believe more people haven't voted for this! So easy to do and very strong. The hands off nature can really be played up for impact. Totally imprompty as well, even stronger with a borrowed deck.

Timely departure. Really strong effect and surprising ending. Impromptu!

Neither blind nor silly. Great presentation options and totally baffling to audience.

Total coincidence. Amazingly strong if presented properly!

Up the ante.

Dead reckoning.

4-5-6 packet trick. Devastation sounds similar to this but not impromptu. This is, and really awesome too!
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If you like the ACAAN effect the best selfworking effect is Random ACAAN.

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What else.... Smile
The Mati Envelope
A brandnew peek device for the working mentalist!

Chance's Token
Tarot cards in a scenic piece of mystery.....
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My favourite self worker is on Mathew J Bowden's DVD 1 deck 14 tricks 24 hours Volume one. Although there are some great self workers on this DVD the one that stands out is RIPPED. The Spectator selects any 5 cards from the Deck and rips the cards in half so you are left with 10 halves. The half cards are mixed and dealt into two piles of 5. The Spectator then chooses any pile of five and the Magician spells WILL and for each letter he puts one card to the bottom of the pile. The spectator can tell the Magician to change to the other pile of half cards at any time during the spelling of the word. At the end of the spelling of WILL the top two half cards from the two piles are placed aside. The same is done for each word of the phrase WILL THE CARDS MATCH. No matter how many times the spectator tells the magician to change piles throughout the spelling of each word in the phrase the half cards will match at the end. The great thing here is that any card or cards can be signed before they are torn. It gets fantastic reactions.
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On 2009-12-08 10:05, MagicWGH wrote:
Gotta go with Al Koran's Lazy Man's Card trick. A real killer and fool's a lot of magician's as well!


What I like about this effect is you can modify and really do some amazing things with this. Highly recommended
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@Razamabaz: Yes, this is a great effect. The problem is, in many of the routines he explains, he has given an entirely new name to the effect without any variation on the original and does not give credit to the originator either.

The effect you described above is actually called "Will the Cards Match" by Larry Becker and published in Apocalypse magazine. I'm pretty sure from the sound of it that Dowden does NOT have permission to release this or change the name of it either.

This is not the "information" age, but rather, the "dis-information" age.
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On 2010-12-13 13:14, J.Warrens wrote:
@Razamabaz: Yes, this is a great effect. The problem is, in many of the routines he explains, he has given an entirely new name to the effect without any variation on the original and does not give credit to the originator either.

The effect you described above is actually called "Will the Cards Match" by Larry Becker and published in Apocalypse magazine. I'm pretty sure from the sound of it that Dowden does NOT have permission to release this or change the name of it either.

This is not the "information" age, but rather, the "dis-information" age.



Or as Bill McKibben called it in his landmark work, “The Age of Missing Information”
"Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?"
"To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."
"The dog did nothing in the night-time."
"That was the curious incident," remarked Sherlock Holmes.
J.Warrens
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@panlives: Nice quote.

I guess I'll throw my faves into the mix here.

Prior Commitment - Simon Aronson

Shuffle-Bored - Simon Aronson

and finally, probably the greatest of all self-workers: Miraskill - Stewart James
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I'll never forgot the card effect which everyone remembers me for. No matter how many new effects I perform for friends and family, they always want to see the effect "Pick by Touch" which I learned while a beginner from the book "Magic for Dummies". This effect is completely self-working and has always stunned everyone I perform it for. It was created by Chicago Magician Matt Schulien back in the 1940's.
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There are undoubtedly some excellent self-workers. One of my all-time favourites though, and one that I'm sure hasn't been mentioned, is 'Quick As a Wink' by Reinhard Muller.

I've been performing a version of it for almost 20 years (and audiences love it and find it unfathomable).
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