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I suspect that Brandon used the Miracle Gimmick on the radio as you could use it by phone (but I too would like to know more if that's not the way you used it, Brandon!)

Anyway, not only Miracle Gimmick is a worker but a lot of similar routines can be done applying that principle (think, for example, HORSE SENSE by Max Maven) or another commercial effect (the name which escapes me at the moment) in which you use drawings and symbols in place of playing cards.

It's a very versatile gimmick.
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That's exactly the way I use it--and while it is somewhat involved...it has a huge payload, esp. w/ local dignitaries, media, etc.

A great reaction with such a simple device. Lovely.

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On 2003-12-19 13:46, Brandon wrote:
That's exactly the way I use it--and while it is somewhat involved...it has a huge payload, esp. w/ local dignitaries, media, etc.

A great reaction with such a simple device. Lovely.

Brandon


And of course, Brandon, sometimes it's even better if some people don't like it and throw it in a drawer... better for the rest of us, I mean! *WINK*
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If you look in Gary Kurtz Mentalism book you can see a card effect a lot like this. However, it is a lot better then the miracle gimmick and you don't need the cards after the spectator looks at them.

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You can't use this effect any more.
all the calling of the cards etc.
Very un-convincing.
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On 2003-12-13 18:18, truthteller wrote:
Danny Archer has a handling of this effect which does away with the gimmick. The gimmick is a memory aid. With work you can eliminate it entirely.


It does away with the gimmick but it requires a second deck. So you have to decide which you'd rather do without, I suppose. I watched Danny do this in his lecture and thought it went over very well.

In fact, his lecture brought to my attention how useful it is to be able to do a stand-up show. At the time I just did cards and a wee bit of coins.

Very enlightening.
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The Koran version (called Princess Plus) also uses a second deck, but the audience is only aware of one. I wonder if it is the same as Archer's?

I've moved from this to, depending on circumstances:

1. A Becker/Banachek amalgamation in which a deck is divided among numerous participants, shuffled, reassembled, and placed back into its box, which is then handed to a participant. The participant deals ten cards and pockets the rest of the deck; the performer turns his back; and only then does the participant concentrate on individual cards in his hand while the performer proceeds to read his mind. The deck is kept by the participant as a souvenir (no switching).

2. Osterlind's Radar Deck.

Both of these options involve a lot of people while playing faster (and resetting more easily) than the Fox or Koran versions.
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On 2004-01-06 13:22, Neal Roter wrote:
You can't use this effect any more.
all the calling of the cards etc.
Very un-convincing.


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If you think about it, this effect is actually "The 21 Card Trick" in disguise.

I realized it when Archer was sharing the method.
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One of the best uses of this principal is Ray Gismer’s “Foxiest”. It uses no gimmick and only one deck of cards.

Ray’s version can be done for small groups it really plays strong for a large audience. In effect you read the minds of from five to 20 people who have “mentally” chosen cards. It takes less than five minutes and all you need is a deck of cards and an audience. Once the principle is understood and practiced it is easily modified to make the pacing of the trick even faster than Ray performs it.

Archer and others used Ray’s thinking to develop their own subtle nuances to the trick. Gismer is one of the unsung geniuses of magic. There are many people who use his stuff without crediting him at all.

I have used the Paul Fox gimmick similar to Brandon. I performed on a live call-in show. I had five people on the line at the same time. It garnered me some nice publicity and a sold out house! And that over 20 years ago!
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On 2004-01-07 19:11, Frank Starsini wrote:
If you think about it, this effect is actually "The 21 Card Trick" in disguise.

I realized it when Archer was sharing the method.


That's more than I wanted to reveal here.... but you're right. If you know the one, you know the other. The Bicycle "cheat sheet" is what you're paying for.
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Tip: yo can do this routine impromptu!
Allan Ackermans routine: "Impromptu Paul Fox" is an extra ordinary routine with a ordinary deck of cards without any gimmick. The routine uses 4 spectators.
You can find it in one of his videos made by A-1 Magical Media. [a1magicalmedia.com]
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I know that I am late in the game here, so I will nly say one thing: this effect is the kind of thing that I perform for magicians, because I really like to see them struggle with the answers to their unasked questions! After all, when a group of magicians watch you perform, they don't care about the "what", they are only concerned with the "how"...and the Paul Fox gimmick really screws them over! <grin>

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Ted Lesley has a new version of this coming out very soon. It uses one deck and no "cheat sheet." The ending is quite powerful. One spectator's card is missed. When asked to identify it, the mentalist reveals that a jumbo card of the same suit and value is taped beneath his seat.

It is called "Half-a-Princess."

It will be released very soon.
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Holy smoke! I had no idea the PFMG was still made or available. I purchasd one years and years ago from Tannen's probably back in the seventies.

Never used it much, though. So can't really make a judgement call on it's usefullness or practicality. Although, I would suspect there are better ways to accomplish the effect.
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This seems like a killer effect
Lots of recommendations but few specifics
There are so many versions of the efffect that it would cost a lot of money to investigate them all
Can anybody help by telling us:
Are the impromptu versions as powerful as the gimmick ones?
Which is the 'easiest' impromptu version?
Is (my) Theatre of the mind version a good one?
Please
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Impromptu Paul Fox
I think this is the strongest routine on Allan Ackermans DVD.
Four spectators gets a packet of cards and remember one card and mixes the cards up.
All packets is mixed up together.
The magician finds all cards with almost real magic.
The routine is very streamlined, no gaffs, no sneaky question, nothing strange just a very direct approach to a minor miracle. You only need to do Perfect faro Shuffle 2 times. I recommend this routine very much. This is not an routine you do on the street but on a formal setting it will work excellent.
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Also late in the game. Another close-up/parlor effect (impromptu) based on similar/same principle is John Mendoza's Routined Poker Mental. If you don’t have the “Book of John” or “..Verse Two..” then you can also find it on Doc Eason’s Tapes/DVDs.
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On 2004-01-07 20:01, Harry Murphy wrote:
One of the best uses of this principal is Ray Gismer’s “Foxiest”. It uses no gimmick and only one deck of cards.

Ray’s version can be done for small groups it really plays strong for a large audience. In effect you read the minds of from five to 20 people who have “mentally” chosen cards. It takes less than five minutes and all you need is a deck of cards and an audience. Once the principle is understood and practiced it is easily modified to make the pacing of the trick even faster than Ray performs it.

Archer and others used Ray’s thinking to develop their own subtle nuances to the trick. Gismer is one of the unsung geniuses of magic. There are many people who use his stuff without crediting him at all.

I have used the Paul Fox gimmick similar to Brandon. I performed on a live call-in show. I had five people on the line at the same time. It garnered me some nice publicity and a sold out house! And that over 20 years ago!


Harry,
any more info on this effect, like where is it published?

Jeff
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"Foxiest" was sold by Ray Grismer as a single-trick manuscript/booklet at his lectures. He had 4 or 5 such booklets, all one trick each with a single-name title. Last time I saw Ray he was selling all these booklets together - I can't remember if he had combined them into one book. Either way, I recommend them all! Busby might have them....

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