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On 2010-07-23 21:23, The great Gumbini wrote:
UTA got a "rough ride" of a review? WOW! Well all I can say is it is a staple in my gambling routine. This is so fantastic and so easy to learn. I really like this and I remember being one of the first few to get it and I have to say I knew the Cap had something here. I always let my magic buddies know about it and they have ordered as well. Anyone on the fence still about this should get it.


Good magic to all,


Eric


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Up the Ante is a marvel.

Seek it out.

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Eric
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“We find our way to the glistening shore through stormy seas…”

Eric, who said this? It's very useful to me at this time in my life and I'd like to know the author if you don't mind? Thanks, Bob
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Hi Bob1Dog,

That was my original writing, inspired by “Foot-Prints on the Sea-Shore,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

I hope you are ok.
"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.
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How clean is this trick for the spectator? Easy to reset?
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The whole effect is VERY clean and the deck can be used prior to doing UTA....the reset is not a quick job but the deck is clean afterwards. Indeed, you don't have to handle the deck at all during the whole routine if you were so inclined! The effect that it has on audiences is out of all proportion to the effort required though! Trust me; I have literally thousands of real-audience performances of this under my belt and there has not been any disappointment whatsoever.

Best

Martyn
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'll second that! I love it. I keep six decks ready to go at any given time. I impressed my wife with it and she's usually on to me for everything! Can't beat the price of this one. The results are unbelievable and the spectator can even riffle shuffle the cards! best, bob
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On 2010-09-11 14:54, Failed Magician wrote:
How clean is this trick for the spectator? Easy to reset?


Hi Failed,

Read my review and the thoughts of others http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......m=159&69

The effect as written is actually what the spectator sees. It truly IS that clean.

Namaste,
Vlad

PS: Martyn, how's the wild blue yonder these days? We've missed you around here Smile
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Hi Vlad, Yes, the 'wild blue yonder' has seen me up close quite a bit of late! Just in from Moscow - and just out to Moscow again in a few days! Still, every time I go to work there is always the opportunity in the hotel bars and restaurants to get the cards out; with an airline of this size there is rarely a crewmember who has seen Up The Ante before and the cards are such an ice-breaker, socially.....always have a blast and this has proved to be a great testing ground for new routines/effects. Indeed, it was crew reaction to UTA that persuaded me to think of releasing it...and to think, I very nearly 'sat' on it thinking that people might not be as enthralled with it as I was.......
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Hi Martyn, Vlad and every satisfied Up The Ante buyer...,
just to add that some good ideas in my opinion can be found there :
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......art=0#24
~~~~~~~~~~~~~MiMo~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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Hi Mimo67,

Thanks for your ideas and hints. Great stuff! Just got in from Russia and am rather tired but will play with these bits and pieces over the coming days; nice to see some fresh ideas coming in. Well done sir!

Best

Martyn
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Just got this- what a great effect! This one will take some thought and routining, but way worth the time.

One of my first thoughts is to use a shoe for this effect. My other first thought is to brush off my false shuffles. Also thinking deck switch.

A wouldn't call it a weakness, this is a great effect, but I believe the area needing most care is ensuring the audience can not think "stack"...

Jim
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In my mind, the riffle shuffle alone eliminates the "stack think" in my mind....I pulled this on my brick and mortar shop owner and in his words, "it's insane!"
What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about? Smile

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Am often initially accused of having stacked the deck previously....right up until the point where I remind them that they looked through the deck, they cut it, they shuffled it and they dealt the cards...!! Indeed, my only handling of the deck was to pass it to them at the outset!!

Have fun with it....I am!!

Cheers

Martyn
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On 2010-09-25 10:11, mandarin wrote:
Just got this- what a great effect! This one will take some thought and routining, but way worth the time.

One of my first thoughts is to use a shoe for this effect. My other first thought is to brush off my false shuffles. Also thinking deck switch.

A wouldn't call it a weakness, this is a great effect, but I believe the area needing most care is ensuring the audience can not think "stack"...

Jim


Jim,

I use a deck switch for this baby. A nice lead in to this is an effect called Bait and Switch by Simon Aronson. The Aronson effect is strong, and it leaves the audience with the impression of a well shuffled deck. When you are handing the deck to them for Up the Ante, the idea is SO locked in that I have had to prctically BEG the spectator to shuffle! They are THAT convinced.

Namaste,
Vlad

PS: I LOVE the shoe idea!!
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I start by doing a couple of Zarrow shuffles. In the Si Stebbins stack, the Jack of Spades is followed by an Ace of Diamonds. I cut the Jack of Spades to the top, and do my presentation for Eddie Fechter's 'I've Got a Surprise for You.' The selected card is the only card that is displaced, but it's easy to put it back in place without arousing suspicion. (If the selected card is black, somewhere in the deck there will be two reds in a row. If the selected cards is red, somewhere in the deck there will be two black cards in a row.)

I give the cards another quick false mix, and perform a second quick effect that doesn't change the order of the deck. Then, I'm ready to go into 'Up the Ante.' No one has ever thought that the deck is stacked.
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I have gone on record in more than a dozen places praising this brilliant routine.

Having performed it over 100 times in a live setting, I have to agree with Vlad about the deck switch.

One of the great strengths of this effect is that the performer needn’t touch the cards. A deck switch following a routine that clearly randomizes the cards has proven to be more powerful for my audiences. Doing a series of false shuffles and mixes tends to arouse suspicion that the magician is secretly stacking the deck.

A deck switch, followed by a completely hands-free performance, makes “Up the Ante” one of the top 3 greatest self-workers of the decade.
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"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.
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Martyn is really to be congratulated for this superb routine. It seems almost incomprehensible that the cards can be shuffled and then that the cards can be revealed in this manner. Lots of thought went into this.

Way to go, Martyn.

Mike
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Thanks guys! Now go out there armed and ready to bamboozle them!
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I've enjoyed tremendous response from demonstrating UTA and it has quickly become one of my favorite effects. Everyone's been blown away by it.

All except for my college-aged son who visited recently. His reaction was essentially, "Meh." When I asked him why he wasn't terribly impressed, he said that there was obviously some sort of set-up. But I reminded him that he examined the cards beforehand, dealt, cut *and* shuffled. He was still convinced that there was a set-up. How can there be a set-up if the cards are shuffled? Didn't matter.

I think I chose my audience poorly - almost twenty years of being constantly exposed to Dad's tricks have jaded him. He knows there's a trick to *everything*. I wonder if he would've have been more impressed if I had been the one handling the deck. In hindsight, I probably should have gone with a deck switch.

I was vindicated later that day when a buddy of his stopped by. "Holy Cow!" and "No Way!" were several of the exclamations I heard from him during the performance.

Up The Ante is well worth the small investment!
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Martyn, you've asked for it, I will do so in short. Somebody was taping UTA while I was performing it at a magic convention... it's in German but still will give a clear impression and audience reactions (mainly magicians) about my presentation of the concept. As it is performance only of course I will post the youtube link soon. Smile Jan
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