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Marty,


I really like the Santa/Satan business! Your patter is very funny. And here's an odd thing. This is one of the few times when I've read someone's patter and felt that I could just use it without change. It's my style of joking, though more clever than what I usually come up with.


I love to make up my own stories to go with tricks. I learned Nick Trost's sub-trunk mystery, in which the magician's assistant is sandwiched between two jacks but then she escapes and the magician ends up trapped instead. I do the trick pretty much as Trost described it (it's also similar to Lorayne's one-eyed jacks but not quite the same). I changed the story – it's about a feisty, fourteen-year-old girl who's on a journey, takes a wrong turn, and finds herself at an evil wizard's castle. He throws her in the dungeon, but she recites a magic spell (after an amusing -- I hope -- interlude in which her genii reminds her of the spell) and escapes, leaving the wizard trapped in her cell. It took me forever to learn the HaLo cut, but it felt great once I got it.


About the color change: is it your own? I'm looking for a nice color change that works with small packets. I like the ones that make no sound -- more mysterious-feeling that way. Maybe I'm not ready for color changes; not sure. I've been trying the Houdini/Erdnase change (with a full deck) off and on. At my best I can at least do the moves, but I can't seem to get the timing right to create the illusion of one card turning into another. It strikes me as a sort of retention of vision effect. Anyway, I'd be interested to hear about your color change and how you use it in the four-card trick -- if you care to share it, of course.


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I really like the Santa/Satan business! Your patter is very funny. And here's an odd thing. This is one of the few times when I've read someone's patter and felt that I could just use it without change. It's my style of joking, though more clever than what I usually come up with.


I'm glad you like this presentation. You're welcome to use the patter if you think it suits your style. I've PM'd you about the change.

Marty
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Thanks, Marty.

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Thank you for the additional video & info Marty. Enjoy your weekend.
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Marty, I wanted to thank you again for suggesting that I go back to the inventor to learn the Elmsley Count. I've started to work on it. One thing I love is that he counts from the left hand to the right -- exactly the way a right-handed person *would* count bills, etc. I'm not sure I've seen anyone else do that, even my hero Roberto Giobbi. And the instructions are very clear.
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UltiMonte is another great packet trick for beginner
http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/468
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Thanks, Gismo. I'll look into it.
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While we're on the subject of packet tricks, does anyone know where I might find a marketed effect, "Close Quarters," by Aldo Colombini. I haven't been able to find it, except accompanied by "sold out." The effect goes something like this: Four cards are shown, each with a picture of a U. S. quarter. The cards are shown a second time, and three are blank while the fourth has all four quarters -- they've migrated to the one card! Then a real dollar coin drops out from among the cards. The four cards are shown one last time, and they're all blank, as if the pictures had "come to life" as real money.



I'm starting to learn false counts; I hope that eventually I'll be able to figure out my own handling for this. But it would be nice to have the Colombini effect, or something similar to it, as a model.



Thanks,



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Bob,

Have you played around with Strasbourg Waltz from Card College 1? It will give you great practice with the Elmsley count and small packet multiple lifts. Plus, it's a great little trick.

Kevin
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Thanks, Kevin -- I really appreciate your putting me on to this trick. I haven't looked at it yet, and I'm surprised it's in volume 1, since Giobbi doesn't address false counts until vol. 1 or 2. Anyway, I'm looking forward to investigating this.


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Gismo,


Thanks for the lead. I tried ordering Close Quarters from the website you suggested, and couldn't successfully check out. I've sent them two emails and haven't heard back. So I'm assuming they're not an option. So, the search continues...!


Bob
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P. S. to Kevin: any packet trick with multiple lifts is my cup of tea! I've more or less got Color Monte down, and am looking forward to trying it on my wife and friends. Smile
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Bob...you're correct. It's in Vol 2.
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Wrong again. Vol 3.

I better not play any blackjack today.
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Ha ha! Thanks, Kevin. You can play blackjack with me -- you'll cream me regardless.
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Regardless, I started playing with it last night. I like it alot...a Twisting the Aces with a twist. The lifts need work to become consistent , though.
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Also, Bob, in the same Vol 3 there is another good one - The Palindrome Cards.
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Another thanks, Kevin. I looked at both tricks and like them both. Both are a bit above my level, but eventually they'll be a good opportunity to learn some sleights I haven't practiced yet. I'm just starting to learn the EC.



The palindrome trick made me laugh -- the whole thing is based on a joke, because of course A-2-3-4-5 *isn't* a palindrome! I wonder if Giobbi created it -- he didn't give a credit that I noticed.



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I guess he's using that term loosely, ha. Palindrome is significantly easier than Strasbourg, btw.
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