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Alan Munro
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I have to agree with Poof-Daddy. It's easier to use a regular deck. If you're looking for something that isn't technically difficult, you'd be better off with some books by Karl Fulves, in his self-working series, available from most book stores. There are some real gems there, including the classic Gemini Twins, among others.
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I think solving the method without knowing the desired effect is a bad trap for beginner magicians.

The gaffed decks are a method to achieve an effect. Without knowing the desired effect, how can anyone recommend any method?

Essentially, what you are asking is what can I buy that doesn't require any skill that will make me look like I could perform miracles. But you don't care what miracle, and you do not want to put any effort into your presentation.

Instead, watch other magicians perform. Try to adopt a style. Create a character. Think of effects that complement your character. Then, determine what methods work best for you. Write out a script. Practice it. Edit your script. Practice it.

don't buy props because it does something cool. Buy props that fit your routine.
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On May 28, 2022, TomB wrote:
I think solving the method without knowing the desired effect is a bad trap for beginner magicians.

The gaffed decks are a method to achieve an effect. Without knowing the desired effect, how can anyone recommend any method?

Essentially, what you are asking is what can I buy that doesn't require any skill that will make me look like I could perform miracles. But you don't care what miracle, and you do not want to put any effort into your presentation.

Instead, watch other magicians perform. Try to adopt a style. Create a character. Think of effects that complement your character. Then, determine what methods work best for you. Write out a script. Practice it. Edit your script. Practice it.

don't buy props because it does something cool. Buy props that fit your routine.


Some really good points here. Lots of "bottom drawers" are filled with cool stuff that once bought wasn't so cool after all.

50 years ago I was a budding magician and gimmicks held great fascination for me. I received, as a gift, a "marked and stripped" Enardoe deck. At the time I thought it was the greatest thing ever. And that's OK! Beginners should have some fun and gaffs can be interesting and entertaining. But there comes a time when you realize that the props aren't the magic.
It's never crowded on the extra mile....
Dougini
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On Apr 26, 2021, Chessmann wrote:
..."Up the Ante" is fantastic, and STARTS with the spec shuffling and cutting the deck!


Incredible routine! I still don't see how it's possible. But it freakin' WORKS!

Doug
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But for a bit over $100 we have WAKEN By Bond Lee. Gaffed deck? Yes! Self contained. Almost automatic. Concentrate on presentation. Here is a review:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbFD-OYZ1w0

Doug
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