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Proximo
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So, when I look at the sticky topic on top of this forum and when I search through the Quicksearch or when I use Google, I always find topics like 'what is the easiest/your favorite self-working/...' trick. I've got a different kind of question since I cannot find a topic that's covering my question.

Yesterday I was reading in Paul Curry's Worlds Beyond, and I was looking at his 'Do as I Do' trick.
The sheer simplicity of this effect is beautiful. It looks like asbolutely nothing happened yet the result is amazing (at least, in my opinion).
So, I've read a long time ago in another topic about the "magic fix" we're always searching for.
That, and the fact that we (at least: I) are constantly practicing great tricks which do require some sleights or memory work (like 'the first Elmsley count is a normal one, but remember to put the last card on the bottom with the second Elmsley count) raises my question: other people here who are sometimes "struck" with these very basic effects?

Does this sound familiar? So basically I am going through my "simple list" for the moment, "quickies" if you will, think that I cannot overlook these gems. (I realise presentation is an important part, but still...).
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As an amateur I've started to really focus on the simple effects. I've discovered that I've been repeating a pattern of learning new tricks, getting pretty good at them, then forgetting them after enough time passes. If I don't regularly practice an effect that has more than a couple of sleights it will get fogging in my head and I wont want to perform it. The good news is that there are a number of good simple tricks out there but finding them certainly takes a bit of effort.
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If you're asking for 'simple' tricks that are astonishing, Fulves' Quick as a Wink and (any) Out Of This World are two classics I keep in the repertoire [the latter requires a lot of setting up, however].
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Not impromptu versions like Lorayne’s.
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Sorry, I should have been more explicit about that - I meant you would have the OoTW deck already set up with r*d and bl*ck c*rds m****ing - a beginner certainly wouldn't be able to sort them on the fly in front of an audience while making patter as well.. .. how do I know this? Because I can't .. .. and I'm a beginner!
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Please check out Harry Lorayne's Impromptu Out of This World in his My Favourite Card Tricks.
You do not need to set up the reds and blacks on the fly. If you read it you'll see what I mean.

Best, Motte
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Thanks MothMan, I'm new to magic so I'm trying to pick my sources very carefully. A lot of people have recommended 'The Magic Book' by Harry Lorayne as it was originally written with the general public in mind, so out of respect for that idea I'm starting with Issue #1 of Apocalypse and working my way forward - I'll let you know when I come across it!
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Good for you,The Magic Book by Harry Lorayne is a superbly written introduction to card magic and also other forms of magic ( coins, mentalism etc ).There are other great entry level books of course, but I would seriously recommend The Magic Book to anyone starting out. Whenever I get stale and need some inspiration, I open a Lorayne book. Works every time.

Best, Motte
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My absolute favorite card trick is Pop Haydn’s Chicago Surprise. Because it can go two ways, there’s a bit of practice needed to be smooth. I highly recommend his video on this trick. It does include a pdf of the instructions, but the video has a wonderful explanation of the why behind the how. That discussion is well worth having.

If you want general tricks that work well, I like Card Through Handkerchief and a simple control with a surprise revelation (see Patrick Page’s video Reveal a Card).

Patrick
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