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Another good one I've found recently is from one of Richard Vollmers Self Working Books called Golconde 2

It's a 3 card location effect which should even fool magicians as well as laymen. The 3 cards are freely selected by each spectator and they even get to shuffle the cards fairly yet the magician can still find all 3 cards quick as a flash. There is a bit of a setup involved but well worth it.
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I think that the most popular self working card effect is the one that everyone wants to show magicians... you know the one with 3 rows of cards with 7 cards per row? Smile
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Lol well there are some very good variations of the 21 card trick "Sunken 21" by Jack Parker is one
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Yup - and another good version is Chris Kenner's 'Must Be 21 To Enter' from Totally Out Of Control
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Are you aware that Ripped(Make the Cards Match) can be done without ripping cards?
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For me, Steve Beams. Who is the worlds greatest magician? Although it is a spelling trick. it has a lot of punch to it when the arrow ends up pointing to The Worlds Greatest Magician.
Now a suggestion: It would be most helpful if you describe the reason for your favorite trick.
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I love get sharky
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Science friction opens some new doors
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Get sharky! And maybe the invisible deck?
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I nominate Harry Lorayne's Tally-Ho. A great trick with an interesting premise.
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Simon Aronson's Shuffle-Bored!
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For me, Overkill by Paul Harris, is one of the best.

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Invible deck I guess
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I have been enjoying the stuff from Dani DaOrtiz's DVDs recently, especially the card and number with and invisible dice type presentation.
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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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Ignore it Smiffy, Someone has spammed most of the forum topics with that post.
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I think that a bunch of Woody Aragon's material is going to be added to this list soon;)
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Well, I am a little late to this party, but my vote goes for Up and Down by Dai Vernon. This is a great effect. If you are wondering where it is then I fear you are all forgetting one of the best resources for self working card effects. A small book that I wore out long ago. A book that contains effects from greats like; Dunninger, Cardini, Dai Vernon, Francis Carlyle, Cliff Green, Russel Swan, Nate Leipzig, Thurston, and Houdini. Any guesses? Some of the older ones like myself will remember this book, but many of you younger guys will have never heard of it and maybe I should not be giving away such a great secret.

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A great trick has to be simple for the spectator. As Dai Vernon said if the spectator is wondering what the performwer is doing and if they have to remember too many informations during each phases of the trick, it's not à good trick. The effect has to be simple to understand and the climax clear and impressive.

So, a good self-working trick having this simplicity is without any doubt "Out of this World" by Paul Cury.

Easy to do, the spectator is doing all the job (almost), and the effect is fantastic. Let's try it !!!

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