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What self-working tricks can be performed as transposition effects?

One comes to mind that I've had a lot of mileage out of, namely, "Travelling Aces" (Charlie Nagle) in Scarne on Card Tricks (the same effect is called "Aces Follow Aces" in Garcia and Schindler's Magic With Cards.) In this effect, three aces "travel" from one pile to another. I perform it as a transposition effect, by having a spectator hold the pile with the aces in his hands, and then reveal the aces to have travelled to a completely different pile.

Which other self-working tricks have similar potential as transposition effects?
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Try "Astro Twins" in (I believe) Karl Fulves's Self-Working Card Tricks. It could be in one of the other two volumes. Considering the price and the amount of good magic to be found, they really are a steal.

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Vlad
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It is indeed in Fulves' Self-Working Card Tricks, page 107. Thanks for that recommendation, I'll check it out.

I look forward to any other suggestions others might offer too - would it be fair to say that transpositions are much harder to do when not using sleight of hand?
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There are some transposition effects in Bob Longe's book entitled (I think) "101 Amazing Card Tricks," and also in his "World's Best Card Tricks." I think they are all self-working. You can still occasionally find copies of these books at chain bookstores, but, alas, they are getting harder to find ever since Bob Longe's death some years ago. Amazon.com has them, however. They are inexpensive books and worth a look, not unlike Karl Fulves's books.
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The piano trick is one of the easiest transposition effects.
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On 2008-02-07 16:32, warren wrote:
The piano trick is one of the easiest transposition effects.


The piano trick is in Bob Longe's "101 Amazing Card Tricks." After my last post I looked at the books I named there when I got home. I found that there is a whole chapter on transposition effects in each of them, all self-working, unless you include the glide as a sleight. "Easy Aces," the four-ace trick Gregory mentioned above, is in "World's Best Card Tricks." So, there are some familiar ones in there, but also some that are original with Longe.
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Hi Topov

If you want a really hard hitting transposition effect, then check out Lu Brents Flighty Aces on page 89 of Scarne on Card Tricks.

I hope this helps

Let me know what you think
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On 2008-02-05 20:32, Vlad_77 wrote:
Try "Astro Twins" in (I believe) Karl Fulves's Self-Working Card Tricks. It could be in one of the other two volumes. Considering the price and the amount of good magic to be found, they really are a steal.

Best,
Vlad


I got this book at the local book store for about eight bucks and it is one of my favorites and a super deal for the money.
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Transposed Thoughts from New Self-Working Card Tricks is an excellent transposition in which the performer seems to sense color with his fingertips. The use of colors in this trick is a brilliant way to justify the procedure and it really makes sense. It also makes the climax stronger I believe because not only does the performer transpose the selections by touch alone, he gives each spectator back their original cards depending on the color they were using. See the description and you'll know what I'm talking about.
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"Cleveland's Presto Fly" Card trick from the book Ellis Stanyom's Best card Tricks by Karl Fulves is good self working transposition effect.
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"LAST TWO CARDS MATCH" is an amazing self working trick that continues to amuse me even after doing it for years.
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Migrating Decks in Scarne on Card Tricks is a gem. Also, Nick Trost has published a number of transpositions that meet the OP's criteria. It's wonderful that this seven year old thread has been necroed. I wonder if it might be fun to create a repository of effect citations based upon classic plots of card magic than can be performed as semi-automatic routines. Thoughts anyone?
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On Feb 25, 2015, Vlad_77 wrote:
I wonder if it might be fun to create a repository of effect citations based upon classic plots of card magic than can be performed as semi-automatic routines. Thoughts anyone?

That would be interesting and useful to readers Smile

Another very good - in my opinion - authomatic transposition effect is "Royal Mind Reading", that can be found in Fulves' Self-Working Mental Magic ( that has two chapters on cards ; this one is at pag. 21 ). It starts as a poker demonstration, turning soon into something different. Simple yet impressive, I like it better than, say, Astro Twins.
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Since a number of people have shown interest in the "LAST TWO CARDS MATCH" effect, here is a version for you to see:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfRT9eBMhJE
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