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dennfox
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I have always enjoyed effects by David Parr. His approach is alway so eclectic--not only does he make a comic book reference, a Monty Python quote, film noir, but also makes a reference to the two states of being with a reference to Schrodinger's cat. David begins his piece with a debate regarding what makes impromptu magic impromptu? His definition remains quite purist in nature. His effect is a great improvement upon Max Maven's Positive/Negative from his Video Mind Series and additional improvements from Mystery School's Bryce Kuhlman. The result of this effect is the coin chosen by the spectator not only is predicted and under the performer's hand but also the coin's orientation of heads/tails is foreseen. I would recommend this 8-page print out to any serious mentalist and at $5.00 a bargain. Go to davidparr.com/store
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This is really nice. I like the combination of principles at play. Brilliant!
Martin Pulman
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This is a very clean version of this plot with one slight, niggly restriction. Otherwise it would almost be the perfect solution.
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I got a copy of this fine work the moment I knew it was avaiable. I will buy anything David Parr will write up and offer as he works are always usable and interesting.
David Parr
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Dennfox, thank you for posting your recommendation of Proof Positive! I'm glad you like it! For those who might be unfamiliar with my version of this effect, Proof Positive is genuinely impromptu -- no preparation necessary. It starts clean and ends clean, and the only item required is an ordinary coin. It's currently available as an ebooklet in PDF format, viewable on any platform. Just follow the link to my hidden web store: http://www.davidparr.com/store/
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This is one great $5 effect. As stated above, it is easy, impromptu and has nothing difficult about it. In my mind, a perfect followup might be Harvey Berg's 'Intercept.

Money well spent, David's thinking cuts thru the chaff to end up with a clean and simple, very do-able iteration. Thanks!
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Does this involve equi as per the usual with this effect?
Martin Pulman
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It's not the done thing to ask for details of methods. Why not spend $5 if you wish to know the techniques involved in the effect?
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On Sep 8, 2014, Martin Pulman wrote:
It's not the done thing to ask for details of methods. Why not spend $5 if you wish to know the techniques involved in the effect?



Because I came up with a Positive Negative routine without equi. Was hoping this one used equi.
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Thanks, everyone! I'm glad folks are enjoying this effect!
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I'm genuinely surprised and delighted at how strongly this has played for me so far. Great work, David-and thanks to Sean Giles for re-igniting interest in the effect.
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Thank you, Martin. I think, as Sean Giles pointed out, the audience response is so strong because the effect is very clear and the conclusion is unambiguous.
Magic.Maddy
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Just had a read through it. Totally different to the one I came up with Smile Woohoo! But still not bad.
dennfox
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It played well for an inner-city Freshman high school class. I was lucky I had other things to follow up with because they wanted me to do it again!
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I bought this on the strength of another thread here.
Having had a few days to play, I have to say I really like it.
I too am pleasantly surprised with the reactions it gets. I can see it becoming my 'go-to' impromptu effect.
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On Sep 8, 2014, Martin Pulman wrote:
I'm genuinely surprised and delighted at how strongly this has played for me so far. Great work, David-and thanks to Sean Giles for re-igniting interest in the effect.


You are very welcome Martin. I'm pleased that others are getting the same good reactions that I get from this effect. I first saw this performed back in 2006 by Joshua Jay on the 'Talk about Tricks' DVD set and loved how clean it looked. I think it's that clarity of the reveal that makes this play so well.

Oh and thanks to David for publishing Proof Positive in magic magazine back in 2005. This is a real bargain and a keeper. I've spent hundreds of dollars on things I don't use and this is only $5.

best,
Sean
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Some similarities to Salt?
David Parr
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Bill, I've never seen that version of the effect. Based on comments posted in Inner Thoughts, I get the impression that there are the similarities that one would expect in two versions of the same effect, but that the "reveal" is different from mine.
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Is this the same as taught by Eugene Burger in his lecture?
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On Sep 10, 2014, rasp wrote:
Is this the same as taught by Eugene Burger in his lecture?


Eugene does not teach Proof Positive in his lectures or writings. He teaches Bryce Kuhlman's Accentuate the Positive and Tomoyuki Takahashi's Fading Coin.
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