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Steven Keyl
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A lot of great ideas here. Paul Hallas has an entire book dedicated to this very topic, titled "Mentalism with Cards." If you want to explore a number of different plots, variations and ideas to potentially add to your repertoire, Paul's book is a good one to pick up.
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Option Call by Paul Green. I have carried the predicted card in my wallet for so many years it is almost worn away. Learned it in Syzygy.
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Option Call requires two cards and a himber. I'm guessing you just EqV the last pile.
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On Aug 8, 2017, John C wrote:

Yes I should have thrown that in before you as I am a 7 aficionado.

I would have just had them pick a card and look at a blank piece of paper etc and divine each piece.

I can't remember that last time someone had a deck of cards and I didn't. And they handed me a deck. I am not sure it's ever happened even when I worked professionally for 15 years.


Never happens professionally, obviously. But it does crop up when cards are out in social situations. Like losing really badly at cards as I did last weekend.
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Hi Lucien & BevBevvyBev,
Option Call, or as I titled it, The Odds Against Me does not require a Himber type wallet. I think of this trick as one of my top 5 presentations. It is very strong!
Enjoy the Search!
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For me it's Patrick Redford's "Storm."
Also, Ben Blau's "Ishin Denshin" is phenomenal and baffling.
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Option Call requires two cards and a himber. I'm guessing you just EqV the last pile.


Yes. With Max's touches from Multiplicity, it is even stronger than the original imho.
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On Aug 9, 2017, PaulGreen wrote:
Hi Lucien & BevBevvyBev,
Option Call, or as I titled it, The Odds Against Me does not require a Himber type wallet. I think of this trick as one of my top 5 presentations. It is very strong!
Enjoy the Search!
Respectfully,
Paul Green


Hi Paul! It is probably the most fooling thing I do. If someone hands me any deck, you can go right into it with minimal effort. Genius work, Sir! If done right it blows by magicians and regular spectators. So simple and devious! The presentation/scripting creates these little cognitive black areas that makes it so hard to back track.

^^when I said the original, I mean the version I learned from Lee Earle's video. I have never encountered Paul's original, but now intend to track it down.
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For me it is:
Paul Vigils Diplopia.
Always fun.
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Mirror Mirror from Docc.

Tracker from Looch.
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Eugene Burger's version of OOTW. Performed it today with an unprepared deck. Great reaction.


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On Aug 8, 2017, bevbevvybev wrote:
Someone hands you a deck of cards and asks you to do a magic trick.

'I don't do magic, but I can read thoughts. Let me show you something...'

So, what do you do?


After the runaway success of my first Penguin Live Lecture, I've been invited back for another and you might be interested to learn that I'm exploring the theme of Mentalism with playing cards in my second Penguin Live Lecture next summer. This new lecture will focus on how to present compelling mentalism using playing cards while avoiding the perception that you are a magician - indeed, the effects shown will not require any sleight of hand whatsoever. Just convincing plots and justifiable, natural reasons for introducing playing cards that result in direct mind reading and entertaining revelations.

To answer the question in the near term, however, I'd have to say that The Crusade is my go to piece of anytime, anywhere, convincing mentalism with a borrowed, shuffled deck of cards.

Looch's 'Tracker' is also pretty incredible and I have personally seen it get a LOT of really great reactions when he has performed it.

Best,

Atlas


Forgot about the Crusade somehow! Part of the reason I started this thread was for a memory jog Smile
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JB Bobo - higher_mentality (impostress princess)
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I bought an effect from Unleashyourdreams, years ago, called Skullcrusher. The principle behind the effect is brilliant, and I would love to know the history behind it...the website gives no credit to anybody. I love this effect, and it has always been a favorite of mine. You can play it up as telepathy, or present yourself as a master of human psychology, either way it kills. If anyone has any more info about this one please do share.
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For me its 'Tracker'

Killer reactions and can be done with zero prep with any deck.


Forgotten about this one. Its great. What penguin lecture is it on? 1 or 2?
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The second lecture and in the black project. Smile
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Here's a performance of my new routine "Philter" with an unprepared deck.

https://youtu.be/N9IB9ReX_2M
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I use a a trick called SCAARN which is an impromptu CAAN effect. I've got some great reactions with it.
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Anyone performe the 20 card trick from the Jinx? The only place Ive seen it performed is Osterlinds No camera tricks. It looks great. I usually perform a bussiness card revelation from a f**ce, and recently tracker and Acaanasta from Looch and Pablo Amira
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Have couple

-Tracker by Looch
-Some version of ACAAN, preferably without touching the deck (mostly because I find it fun to perform)
-Kings force by Fraser and Ross
-Getting to know you by Perer Turner
Reader discretion is advised.
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