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Uli Weigel
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I have quite a bit of performing experience with two spelling effects and can attest to their effectiveness. Number one is "Gray's Spelling Trick" from Royal Road to Card Magic. As simple as it is, I have found it to be a mystifying laymen pleaser. Don't forget to include the demo-phase! Number two is Annemann's brilliant "Miracle Speller" from Ted Annemann's Full Deck of Impromptu Card Tricks. Miracle Speller is very strong magic for laypeople (and fools many magicians along the way). You don't even spell cards: the trick is about people, people's names and the magical power of your own name.
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You can do a very cool spelling trick with Marc Paul's 'The Miracle Pack' using a 'thought of' card. A spectator thinks of a card and you spell to it. Very direct and very strong.

I got this a while ago without the DVD, so have no idea if the spelling effect is included on the DVD.

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Laurent van Trigt
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On 2010-12-06 06:37, Furniture wrote:
I think that Michael Vincent' Intuition Speller, inspired by Harry Lorayne's, is a good example of this, as the construction and misdirection creates a real mystery. Having said that, my girlfriend was not very shocked when she saw Michael performing it because, for some reason, she noticed when he peek occurred Smile.


I would be interested in knowing in what context your girlfriend saw the routine. Was it after multiple viewing on an online video, or in a one off live performance? Has she seen a lot of magic before and does she know more than the average layperson? Also, how did you respond when she told you she had spotted the ‘secret’. While I am not a big fan of spelling effects in general, the construction of Michael’s routine is solid. Everything happens at the right time and even though there is only one effect, there are multiple methods in play.
Doc Dixon
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Not sure if it's been mentioned in this thread, but the optical speller from Hay's Amateur Magician's Handbook is a fooler.

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Phil Pearce
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Can anyone help me with this trick? It's called "The World Famous [spectator's name] Trick", and I read it in one of my books, but now I've forgotten which one. Wish I had transcribed it. It's a pretty nice spell to spec's name effect, but for the life of me I can't remember how to do it or in which of my books I saw it.
Anyone?
Thanks.

Phil
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I always present the spelling effect as the best card trick ever invented by anyone from Rumford, Maine. Sometimes I do the spoonge bunnies, but with wilted cabbage leaves.
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On 2010-12-06 11:26, DomKabala wrote:
"Impossible" - Larry Jennings...beautiful!

Cardamagically,
Dom Smile Smile


A big second for this one! You're not spelling out the aces for a change! The set up is a simple crimp, and after that it's almost self working! very strong! Check out the audience reaction on Ammar's tape!
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Great thread. I'd like to suggest a trick from an unlikely source--Gibeciere. The Winter 2010 issue carried "Dr. Elliot's Three-Card Speller" by Bill Kalush. The method is quite clever.
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I like Alex Elmsley's Collinspell aces. It's a nice little routine with four aces vanishing one at a time from small packets of cards, then they end up back in the deck in position to spell to each ace in turn from the top of the deck. It's very impressive to laymen, and only moderately difficult to do.

I liked the idea of spelling to each ace enough that I sat and figured out a really quick way to set up the deck in position to spell to each ace with only two quick shuffles. Using a milk build shuffle followed by an out faro.
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Harry Lorayne
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Way back in March of 1964(!) my One-Man Parade in Linking Ring Magazine consisted of about 19 spelling-the-aces routines. Over the years I published some of those in different books of mine. Hl.
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I like Simon Aronson's speller it is fairly easy to do and plays fairly big with ability to repeat without the spectators catching onto the method. sean.
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2nd vote for Bannon's Dead Reckoning!!
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Bannon's Dead Reckoning is excellent.

A few years ago I included a simple spelling effect on my DVD Thirteen called 'Under My Spell'. This was a routine that I have been using for years. To a layperson, the effect looks totally impossible and the real beauty of it is that it can be performed anytime, anywhere with any borrowed shuffled deck.

Spelling tricks ARE usually a bore but occasionally, in the right setting at the right time, they can be killer!
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On 2010-12-13 04:09, murrari wrote:
Spelling tricks ARE usually a bore but occasionally, in the right setting at the right time, they can be killer!


When's the right time for a spelling trick? I assume you mean a time and setting that makes a spelling trick the best possible choice of material to perform. And what time is that? Because I find that it's at 7:32am. And the best place to do it is on a glass-bottomed boat that has recently sprung a leak as a result of an ornery manatee pushing too hard against it while trying to copulate with a confused and scared deep-sea pearl diver.

I'm just curious if your experiences have been different.
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On 2010-12-13 05:09, Ben Train wrote:
When's the right time for a spelling trick? I assume you mean a time and setting that makes a spelling trick the best possible choice of material to perform. And what time is that? Because I find that it's at 7:32am. And the best place to do it is on a glass-bottomed boat that has recently sprung a leak as a result of an ornery manatee pushing too hard against it while trying to copulate with a confused and scared deep-sea pearl diver.


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Harry Lorayne
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As is most often the case, it is not the trick (whatever kind it is) that's a bore - it's the person perfor... - no - doing it.
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Jonathan C
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Jerry Sadowitz performed a couple of awesome spelling effects on the BBC tv show 'Stuff The White Rabbit'... It's well worth a watch if you haven't seen it.
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Ben

It's uncanny - 7.32am is the right time for me too. However I prefer to be suspended upside down from a trapeze above a pride of hungry lions...
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murrari
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HL - true - usually the person 'doing'
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I used to do ACAAN a long time ago now; I preferred to do it quickly to ensure impact and apparent nonchalance. Eventually I came to the conclusion that a spectator choosing any card from a 'shuffled' deck and the magician cleanly spelling to the card had much the same impact- for less movement and work. I don't know of anyone else who has a clean system for doing this with any card and full spellings for all but five cards. I am sure someone else must have been mad enough to do this. I don't generally bother to spell the top cards. Simply turning the card on top is a stronger revelation should it be mentioned. It's not always the most exciting effect to some audiences, although it often takes folks by surprise and gets gasps; done a couple of times on your way to other effects is good. I mentioned some of my method a few years ago in another thread on the Café somewhere.
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