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Magic KL
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It reminds me of Rick Lax's Winning Hands.

https://www.penguinmagic.com/p/13168

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The Power of Poker is a great new poker routine you will love. You give the spectator a completely free choice during every step of the routine and yet you win the game. To top it off, you show a prediction which forecasts EXACTLY who will get each hand! No, this is NOT the 10 card Poker Deal (which is a great effect by the way), but an entirely different principle. Best of all, it is self-working and you do it with ordinary cards. You can learn the routine in minutes and you can’t go wrong. I love the clever psychological touches that make it so convincing. I rarely add a new routine in my performances, but this one I will certainly use in close-up, intimate situations!” - Richard Osterlind

"Bannon’s Power of Poker is a neo-classic. It has and will stand the test of time. Even for those who don’t do gambling routines this is a bullet-proof, must-have in your arsenal." - Raj Madhok

"John Bannon's Power of Poker will make you look like a psychological card expert; and you'll have the written prediction to prove it!" - Cody Fisher

Imagine a ten-card poker deal with no false moves where the audience makes all the decisions. With everything out in the open and as fair as possible not only does the performer end up with the winning hand, but that winning hand was predicted from the very beginning.

In Power of Poker there really are no false moves and no gimmicks required. A very clever script and routine created by John Bannon appears to give the audience all of the control. But you win and match a prediction every time. This isn’t your average ten-card poker deal. This is Power of Poker.
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Show the prediction first imo
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Power of Poker was definitely a highlight of his book ‘Dear Mr. Fantasy’ (2004). Dead easy with no sleight of hand, no equivoque, no extra cards. Performer always gets either a straight flush or a royal flush. Very easy to cover only two possible outs with the prediction.

Absolutely worth $5, but that book has a ton of great stuff. Get that instead if you can find it still.
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Definitely worth $5.
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This trick is credited to David Solomon (and possibly Alex Elmsley) in Bannon’s book. I don’t have the book in front of me. It started with Elmsley’s ‘Power Poker’, Solomon eliminated the need for false deals and called it ‘Revised Mexican Poker’, Bannon eliminated the need for any equivoque and called it ‘Power of Poker’. I think that is the proper history.

It is essentially a one phase 10-card poker deal without a Jonah card. There is already quite a long 2010 thread about this trick in the “The Workers” section already. Check that if you want to read about all the variations by other people. I never bothered, Bannon's version is pretty perfect IMO.
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Bought it. worth the money
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Love Bannon's stuff so I bought this. In my opinion there is an inherent weakness in the method, and sure enough the girl in the demo(unedited version) calls him on it. Maybe you can tweak the presentation a bit to make things seem a bit fairer? If I recall correctly, this was also used for the 2nd phase of Casino Con by Steve Gore.
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On Mar 5, 2020, Calvin826 wrote:
In my opinion there is an inherent weakness in the method, and sure enough the girl in the demo(unedited version) calls him on it.


I’m curious what you are referring to here?
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On Mar 5, 2020, Calvin826 wrote:
In my opinion there is an inherent weakness in the method, and sure enough the girl in the demo(unedited version) calls him on it.


I’m curious what you are referring to here?


Yes as well.
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On Mar 5, 2020, Calvin826 wrote:
Love Bannon's stuff so I bought this. In my opinion there is an inherent weakness in the method, and sure enough the girl in the demo(unedited version) calls him on it. Maybe you can tweak the presentation a bit to make things seem a bit fairer? If I recall correctly, this was also used for the 2nd phase of Casino Con by Steve Gore.


There’s always an inherent weakness in effects that cost 5 Bucks.
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The part where after the card is chosen for the spec, she assumes the other card is for her, and he has to say no.

I went back and watched it again, and I think it was just a matter of (in this particular demo) the girl was not listening very closely to his instruction, and the change in procedure from the first round.

Regardless, I still like the routine.
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I’ve never been called out on what happens to the unchosen card after some of the selections. Treat it casually; give the cards a quick (false) mix beforehand. The great thing about this trick is how much you can stress that they made all the choices, no ambiguity.
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Does the video go much beyond what's in DMF? Or is it just a video version of what's in the book?
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If you don't have Dear Mr. Fantasy, do yourselves a favor.

https://www.bannonmagic.com/dear-mr-fantasy

As cheap as $25.00 for the e-book.
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Is this any different then what I read in his book, Dear Mr. Fantasy or in High Caliber?
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It's also on his Bullets After Dark dvd set...
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler." (Einstein)...
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Bloody hell. Anywhere else?
We’ve all got a copy somewhere then no doubt. Smile
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Complaining that something already exists in a different format is like seeing a movie on Amazon Prime and calling them up to complain that you already have it on VHS.

Dear Mr Fantasy came out in 2005. There is a whole generation of people who have been born, hit their mid teens and gotten into magic since then. They like video instruction. No point in arguing that, if it wasn't what the current marketplace wanted it wouldn't exist.

There's no big conspiracy going on to try to make you buy tricks you already have. If you have the trick already, great - the download isn't for you. It's for the people who don't already have it, at an affordable price, in their preferred format.

Case in point - Blackpool 2020. I was demming a routine of mine that featured in a newly released multi trick, multi creator DVD. The response to the routine in online reviews has been overwhelmingly positive. When demming it live, a lot of people asked to purchase the trick, but here's the kicker....many of them lost interest when they found out it was part of a collection. They wanted to buy the thing they liked, and that thing only.

That's how it is now. Get used to it.
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Who’s complaining?

NM
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Who’s complaining?

NM


He’s wasting his time if he thinks it’s me.

‘Get used to it’ - Get used to what? You being a boring @@@@?
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