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Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks IV

The Hype:
The best selling Ultimate Self Working Card Trick series is the gold standard for sleight-free card tricks... magic that slays audiences and yet requires NO moves to accomplish. The emphasis here is on providing you with KILLER tricks that you just need to concentrate on presenting!

In the five years since Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks Volume 3 hit the streets we have been relentlessly scouring the world of sleight free card tricks, hunting for the holy grail - routines that are absolutely fooling, hugely entertaining, yet just so happen to require no sleight of hand. And this time we have truly hit the mother lode - ten routines that are world class, can be accomplished with no moves and wouldn't be out of place in a professionals repertoire. From Bannon's diabolical prediction routine that sees the spectator shuffle and cut, to Stephen Tucker's outrageous four Ace location, to Jack Tighe's scorching Lucky Card gambit. You are gonna LOVE these tricks.

And remember - literally NO sleight of hand needed. Get ready to rock!

Karmatic by John Bannon - Bannon brings an impossible prediction to the party. Regular deck? Shuffled and cut by a spectator? No problem. They still end up at the ONE card you've predicted in advance!

Coincidence by Bill Simon - A staggering two-phase coincidence routine where your spectator keeps stopping you at the only cards in the deck that match. A perfect demonstration of synchronicity.

Five Nine King by Martin Gardner - Imagine a spectator having a FREE choice of card, and then finding the three mates of their selection, with the deck in their own hands... and with no moves or sleights. This plays BIG!

Company of Three by Roy Walton - Three chosen cards are fairly lost in the pack and produced in increasingly impossible ways, in this multiple selection routine that shows Roy's genius construction.

Sorta Swiped by Jack Tighe - Jack's 'Mystery Card' plot is simple, quick and direct. A signed card is genuinely lost in the centre of the pack, and found by inserting a 'lucky card'. The kicker will knock them OUT!

Miracle Aces by Stephen Tucker - A spectator guides themselves to all four Aces from a deck they cut and shuffled. A clever combination of several subtle principles make this a keeper!

Baker Street by Liam Montier - The ultimate Poker player card trick - two hands of poker are dealt, shuffled, and cards merely thought of from the packets. With no questions, you locate one, and then simply name the other!

Third Attribute by Michael Breggar - Michael's quirky presentation for this classic method will fool EVERYONE - even magicians! There's so many red herrings, they'll never catch you out!

Swindle Coincidence by Peter Kane - From two shuffled, regular decks, your spectators freely choose two random cards, and reverse them in their decks. When you spread them out, they don't match... but instead, reveal an incredible coincidence that seems beyond ALL control!

Card U Reka by U.F Grant - A new presentation breathes life into this vintage effect. You give a spectator a 'reading' on three genuinely freely chosen cards, representing their past, present and future; and then show that you knew what would happen all along...

My Take:
Big Blind seems to have pulled out all the stops on this one and included tricks by some very well known magicians. John Bannon, Martin Gardner, U.F. Grant, Peter Kane, Roy Walton, Bill Simon and, of course, Liam Montier.

Big Blind has done a great job just describing the effects so instead of trodding a pre-traveled road, I will get directly into letting you know how each one is.

Karmatic - John Bannon. Regular readers will know that I am a huge Bannon fan and love all his stuff. This trick has a touch of the Trick That Cannot Be Explained. Easy to do. You will have to develop a short list of words on your own. Would have been nice to have all the words provided but it will be no big task to do this and you can customize it to your style.

Coincidence - Bill Simon. This is a strong piece that requires very little work. A stack is used but the stack shown in the explanation, I feel, could be a little obvious. A stack is shown that is a lot more deceptive but I did notice a way to make it totally deceptive. Looks like you can use any seven different cards for your stack. The stack suggested requires knowing a memorized deck stack whereas using seven random cards puts it well within anyone's range.

Five Nine King - Martin Gardner. I would say that there are very few of you who are not familiar with Martin Gardner, who besides publishing a wonderful book of impromptu magic wrote a legendary series of columns on recreational math for Scientific American. I personally have had a copy of "Mathematics, Magic and Mystery" on my shelf for years. This trick is quite reminiscent of an Ace trick you are probably familiar with but the stack Martin uses adds a lot of power to the routine. Unbelievably, the boys at Big Blind found a flaw in the original writeup of the trick and explain it and the correction.

Company of Three- Roy Walton. Big Blind must be quite honored to be able to offer an effect from a true legend of card magic. (If you have ever seen Card Warp, you will known exactly what I mean.) A slight adjustment has been added to Roy's original trick that I feel adds to the deception. Requires a short prep that can be done very quickly. An easy move is used in this but to keep it totally self working, a second method is given.

Sorta Swiped - Jack Tighe. Anyone who is a regular viewer of Big Blind videos will be familiar with Jack. He has appeared in a few of their releases. This is a nice piece that is very easy to do. Once again, requires a little setup. This trick has a nice kick and will leave your spectator with a nice little souvenir to take home. And the best part is, the souvenir does not affect your deck. You will still have a complete deck at the end. Jack finishes this up with some additional ideas including a force he uses and a very nice deceptive display that you will use.

Miracle Aces - Steven Tucker. Very nice Ace revelation that is so easy to do. The thing that really makes this is the deceptive display of the Aces. You are given two ways to do the display, both good but I prefer the first.

Baker Street - Liam Montier. Not sure where the name came from. Sherlock Holmes is not mentioned but curiously, he is mentioned in the next trick. Requires a very small set up but is a real fooler.

Third Attribute - Michael Breggar. Lots going on here but it makes it that much more deceptive. Nice piece you can do right away.

Swindle Coincidence - Peter Kane. The late Peter Kane is legendary among card magicians. Who of us has not done a version of Wild Card, either the original or Gypsy Curse. There is a reason he attained this status and this is a trick that shows off his clever thinking. It blends several techniques to give you a routine that will even fool magicians.

Card U Reka - U.F. Grant. Here is another man that has gone down in history. Although he once worked for Abbott's he later formed his own company which is still running today under the name of MAK Magic. If you perform this for folks into horoscopes or Tarot, you will have a reputation maker. What can really sell this effect is a basic knowledge of the meanings of different cards. It is not absolutely necessary but it definitely adds. Also, the ability to spin a good tale. If you can do this, it could even be stretched out into a showpiece.

Conclusion. Big Blind has made a reputation with DVD's in this series. This is as good as the others but what makes it special for me is the use of routines by some of the legends, some of which are no longer with us. Hopefully the effects taught here might inspire you to research other effects by them. If I had to choose a couple that I will add it would be "Swindle Coincidence" by Peter Kane and "Sorta Swiped" by Jack Tighe. The Tighe contribution will be the first though. It has a simple plot plus the fact that your spectator goes home with a signed souvenir is always a nice touch. Buy this DVD, pull out a deck (sometimes two), crank up your player and just back and enjoy.
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I have been carrying Sorta Swiped with me and usually get a NFW response.
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Thankyou both for the kind words about the project in general and my thing in particular. Glad you're getting some use out of it!

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