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Another vote for Stand Up Monte and Dr. Daley Last trick. Smile
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Hi. How different is Ace from NFW? Seems to be pretty much the same thing
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On Nov 7, 2014, regimbeaup wrote:
Hi. How different is Ace from NFW? Seems to be pretty much the same thing

it's basically the same except that ACE happens in the spectator's hands.

you can think of it as a different handling of NFW.

personally, I like ACE better than NFW... but both are great
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1. Twisting the Aces
2. Masque
3. Spin doctor
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This is a really great thread because every once in a while, something really good comes out. There are classics that will always be good, but there is some good relatively new stuff too.

There are packet tricks that require some sort of special cards, and then there are packet tricks from an ordinary deck. Here are my ordinary deck picks:

1. Oil and Water. See Reel Magic Issue 26 - David Solomon.
2. Twisting the Aces. See The Secrets of Packet Tricks (World's Greatest Magic) Bill Malone.
3. Dr Daley's Last Trick. See World's Greatest The Last Trick of Dr. Jacob Daley by L&L Publishing

As for packet tricks with special cards, I really like those are reliable after many performances and don't require expensive refills. So, I avoid DB tape, rough/smooth, etc. Here are my picks:

1. Nothing but the Truth by Cameron Francis: Great opener. You will have to re-buy when it wears out, but you can perform this routine with worn out cards.
2. Your Card Is by Grant Maidment: You can purchase a few commonly available decks and you have a lifetime supply of refills. I created a totally different routine with these cards.
3. Counterfeit by Daniel Meadows: Once you learn the principle, you could make your own refills and write in your own favorite movie titles. I think hand written cards are stronger.
4. 3 Card Routine by Steve Valentine: One of the best closers, and it ends clean. If you skip the little part of them feeling the cards, you can make your own refills.

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Was inspired looking at all these comments again.. a trick I have done for a long time and so David Roth

Sanvert Aces out of Carneycopia.. it has served me so well over the years..

you might also go to Graveyard Aces /Asher Twist stuff too

am excited again over New Back Off by Darwin Ortiz

lots of power in these

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Not sure if it counts as these are packet tricks, they come from a regular deck.

"Reset" by Paul Harris it has never gotten a bad response for me.
"Too Many Cards" by Derek Dingle
"Phych-out Poker" This is a great variaton of the classic "Jonah" card premise.

The fact that you only need a regular deck to them is a big plus!
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Speaking of 'Bigfoot' That is a great packet trick by Nick Trost.Very good if there are children around.
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1. Poker test
2. ACE
3. Rhythm twins

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3 by Steve Valentine

Capitulating Queens by James Swain

Eraser by Rick Lax

Honorable Mention
Twisting the Aces by Dai Vernon/Daley's Last Trick by Jacob Daley
Spin Doctor by Jon Bannon
Poker Test 2.0 by Erik Casey
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These are three that pop into my head straight a way because I use them all the time.
They are packet effects but are made from a regular deck. This has the advantage of not needing to carry any extra stuff plus they are strong magic.

Too Many Cards...D. Dingle
Reset...P. Harris
Limo Service...P. Harris

Though all three are strong Reset has gotten me more "What the F---s" than the other two especially at the last change back. I am sure anyone who does it knows exactly what I am saying.
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1. Spin Doctors - Bannon

2. Duplicity - Bannon - (Here I am performing it at one of my restaurants- )

3. Equilibrium - Whipple

Also, I know I've mentioned this before in another thread around here, but if you want to carry some packet tricks with you while you're strolling, get one of those aluminum wallets! It's like a freaking rolodex of packet tricks and gaffs. The one I use is here:

I've only ever had to buy one and it's lasted me easily 5-6 years so far. Just make sure you buy the extra large or it won't be wide enough to hold playing cards. It will still fit comfortably into your pocket. Honestly, for the longest time I've been thinking about buying up a bunch of these, decoupaging them with playing cards or old magic ads, and then selling them to magicians at a 300% mark-up Smile Smile Smile Smile
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1. Eye Exam
2. Odd Quad
3. Color Monte
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Hey Matty thanks a bunch for the tip/link for the case. Great ideas and find. Routine video was pretty nice too thanks for sharing.

As far as packets go my votes are:

Color monte
Stand up monte
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Color double bounty pin ka-bob
Iso lateral push/pull pass thingy ma do
Paper crane vulcan death grip bang
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1. Alan Wong Diamond Twist
2. BWave
3. 8 Card Brainwave
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SO FAR we have:
Diamond Twist - Alan Wong
B Wave *******
8 Card Brainwave *
Color Double Bounty Pin Ka-bob
Iso Lateral Push/pull Pass Thingy Ma Do

Paper crane vulcan death grip bang
Color Monte ********
Duplicity - Bannon **
Spin Doctors - Bannon **
Equilibrium - Bannon

Stand Up Monte - Garrett Thomas************
Eye Exam *
Odd Quad
Too Many Cards - Dingle **
Reset - P Harris *

Limo Service - P Harris
3 - Steve Valentine
Capitulating Queens - James Swain
Eraser - Rick Lax
Poker Test ***

ACE - Richard Sanders *
Rhythm Twins
Psych-out Poker
Sanvert Aces - Carneycopia
Graveyard Aces - Asher Twist

New Back Off - Darwin Ortiz
Nothing but the Truth - Camern Fracis
Your Card is - Grant Maidmant
Counterfeit - Daniel Meadows
3 Card Routine - Steve Valentine *

Twisting the Aces *****
Spin Doctor
Dr. Daley’s Last Trick *******
Virginia City Shuffle **

3 Card Monte - Jon Armstrong
NFW *****
Wild Card
Ultimate Three Card Monte
Rhine’s Revenge

Four Wild - Sanders
Shock Twist
Oil and Water
Factory Misprints - J C Wagner
Night Out with the Ladies

Double Back ****
Back Off - Darwin Ortiz *
Outside/Inside - Gary Kurtz
Waving the Aces - Guy Hollingworth *
Aces to Jacks - Steve Dobson

Ultimate Three Card Monte -Skinner *
Two Card Monte - David Blaine
Two Card Trick
Bizarre Twist

Twister - Chris Kenner
Oil and Water Rides Again - Mike Skinner
Stickmen 4 - Sanders **
The Web
Corner of Piccadilly - Gordon

Flipped Out - Emerson and West
Twisted Sisters - John Bannon **
Three Card Monte *
Entourage *
Razzle Dazzle - Nick Trost

My Drink Trick - Oliver McKenzie
Marked - John Cornelius
Tamed Card - Tommy Wonder
Pack Flat Monte
Kickback Kicker

I Hate David Copperfield
Printing - Duvivier
Visible Monte - Gaeton Bloom
Famous Five Card Trick (Kaps Homing Card)
Back Again

Billiard Hall Bandit - Michael Baker
Bicycle Built for Four
Daleys Aces
All Backs - Daktari
The Twins

Think of a Card
Braniac - John Bannon
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The runaway winner is Stand Up Monte with 13 votes.

Color Monte is second with 9.

Third is a tie at 8 between B Wave and Dr. Daley's last trick.
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My own "selections" (I put it in quotes because these are all I know. I am a beginner.):

Three Card Monte (with gaffed cards)
8 Card Brainwave
Two Card Monte (gaffed)
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After reading all this again I wonder how many "performing" magicians actually use all 3 they mentioned during a gig where the 3 require an extra set of cards. I'll bet very few... to none.

I doubt many magicians walk around with 3 extra packets of tricks for the 3 packet tricks they voted on.

Seems more like armchair quarterback stuff to me. Hand Crafted Magic
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