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borderjs
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Twisting the Aces is one of the first ones I learned. I also like Michael Skinners ultimate 3 card monte.
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A trick I have used on and off for years is Entourage by Gordon Bean.
For the right people at the right time this is very, very convincing.
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Twisted Sisters 2.0 by John Bannon never fails to get a reaction! Smile I'm a sucker for all of his work though.
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On 2012-01-08 20:19, that'sJustWrong! wrote:
I'm a little disappointed not to have heard more love for Sympathetic Aces (I think I saw it mentioned once). I don't know how many packets of this Emerson & West classic I have worn out over the years

I think Emerson & West titled the trick 'Sympathetic Cards' and credited it to a magician named 'Ronnay'. As you rightly say, the cards (AD/Jokers) were woeful - the back design itself was copied from a very cheap pack of Chinese cards from the 1970's called Poker 500.

However, this actual effect was an exact copy (rip-off?) of a packet trick released by Joe Riding here in the UK called 'At the end of the Rainbow'.
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Joe Riding (1932 - 2005). "I still miss you mate".
https://magicweek.co.uk/magic_articles/article_joe_riding.htm
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On 2012-02-20 08:07, Merc Man wrote:

However, this actual effect was an exact copy (rip-off?) of a packet trick released by Joe Riding here in the UK called 'At the end of the Rainbow'.


Ah, Joe Riding. He was a very clever guy and seemed like a genuinely nice guy on top of it. Such a shame we've lost him.

Sorry for getting off topic there.
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Is Joe Riding's "At the End of the Rainbow" still available? Where?
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Joe Riding was my best ever mate in magic - he taught me so much about the game. I miss him to this day; and think of him every time that I perform - probably because I still use so many of his effects!

However, Joe's material isn't available any more fella - his family still own the copyright but aren't now interested in re-releasing it. I did offer to re-write it all - but not in eBook format as his daughter wanted.

Maybe one day. Smile
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Joe Riding (1932 - 2005). "I still miss you mate".
https://magicweek.co.uk/magic_articles/article_joe_riding.htm
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Thank you Merc Man. Maybe I'll find it pop up on the used market.
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On 2012-02-21 13:17, Merc Man wrote:
Joe Riding was my best ever mate in magic - he taught me so much about the game. I miss him to this day; and think of him every time that I perform - probably because I still use so many of his effects!

However, Joe's material isn't available any more fella - his family still own the copyright but aren't now interested in re-releasing it. I did offer to re-write it all - but not in eBook format as his daughter wanted.

Maybe one day. Smile



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Twisted Sisters by John Bannon has my vote.
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Twisting the aces!!
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I almost always have these three packets with me...

It's Done with Mirrors (but I've made my own cards and call it 8 Crazy Mirrors - using the 8's and a completely different finish than the traditional one)

Capitulating Queens

Queens out of Control

I like the convenience of the packets - plus they have a pretty high 'wow' factor
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I just bought Impossible Divination by Henry Evans. It's a neat mental selection effect that's repeatable and very easy to do. If someone can't do this this trick, they shouldn't try to do magic.
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Royal Scam by John Bannon gets my vote. Never fails to get a strong reaction. Entertaining with a surprise color change ending!
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Thanks Magichart!!
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I like a lot Color Monte, it's cheap and the surprise at the end is so funny. Garrett Thomas had a nice handling shown in one of his videos.
I like it so much because you can do it also whit a normal deck by taking out three cards, I know that in this way the effect lost a lot in comedy and presentation but by showing at the end an 8 and say 'you own me eight dollars' It still make sense.
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Just an idea re: Colour Monte with cards from a normal deck.

Perform the routine with a Queen, a Joker (so there's some rationale for the 3rd card also apparently being a Joker) and end with the final card being the spectator's previous selection.
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Joe Riding (1932 - 2005). "I still miss you mate".
https://magicweek.co.uk/magic_articles/article_joe_riding.htm
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My favourite is Nice salad by Aldo Colombini.
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Well, besides B'wave, Color monte, Skinner's 3 card monte, I have just added shock twist to my packet tricks. It never failed me and it gets great reactions. Would highly recommend it.

You start with 4 cards: all fives. You tell the spectator that you will bring the packet behind you and turn over one card and they will try to guess which one it is. You do just that and bring the packet back into view and ask them which card it might be that was turned over. They tell you a suit of five and you count the cards to show one turned over (does not matter if the spectator is right or wrong). Then you repeat this process 3 more times showing one card turning over and the others turn back while showing the backs of the cards to be all blue. Finally, with one flick of a finger, all the cards turn face up at once. Then, you ask the spectator if they remember the color of the back of the cards and they say blue. And you turn the packet over to show that all the cards have different colored backs and blue is not among them.

Great trick...
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I couldn't tell which one is the best packet trick card, as there are so many that I like, but I have to say I have a particular fondness for the He Died For Me Gospel magic card trick. As a Christian magician, it was one of the most touching tricks I have learned over the years...
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