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JamesinLA
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Today, the power of an effect earned double tips for me.

I only did one circle show today. It was a day for close up shows. I did an effect for the first time that I have been dreaming about for about a year or more. That is Tommy Wonder's Ambitious card to ring box. Do you know the routine? A playful ambitous card routine climaxes with the appearance of the signed card, folded into 8ths (not quarters!) inside a tiny little wooden box. The hold up for me has been the box. It has to be specially made for the routine. After 3 failed attempts, I finally built the thing. Just as well it took so long so I could practice the card fold and shuttle pass.

Anyway, I guess the point is that after getting tips from the small close up crowd, I told them I had one more trick for them. I pulled out the little box and went to town. You can tell when you blow people away. They were so impressed that a few of them opened the wallets again.

So, the magical effect itself was so powerful, it earned the money. Not my personality.

Jim

I gave the "lucky card" to the kid who signed the card. As he and his father walked away, I heard him say, "But, dad, how did it get in the box?"
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Yes James, I've seen the Tommy Wonder handling on DVD, though I don't recall it exactly.

BUT, The card in the Ring-box, which is the climax, is -and somehow I assume you know the history of it, others might not. It is the invention of a good old friend, fellow German, Bruno Hennig from Oldenburg/Germany, better known to ppl as *Joro*..

He unfortunately, doesn't speak or read English.

He is also well know as the inventor of the "floating and dancing cork". Both effects, the ring-box and the floating cork, were originally made popular by Fred Kaps, who got both ideas from Joro..
IIRC, has Tommy Wonder improved the handling/box a bit more and his box doesn't have a hinged lid, like most other versions have..as well as he handles the revelation of the folded card in a great and unique way.

I've simply to see the Tommy Wonder DVD again re this but there aren't enough hours in a day to catch up Smile
Anyway, no doubt the effect is very strong. Actually I have a video showing Fred Kaps doing it, a video done at Philippe Fialho's house in France, where Fred does the routine for Brother John Hammon.
He does use the "mock-pass" for controlling the card and his handling of the mock-pass is the best I ever saw. If you don't know he does it -use that method-, you don't see it.

Oh, and before I forget. Congrats to the reactions you got when doing your show using that routine as a finish. Smile
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Card in ring box...a sure fire killer. Have started using it again in my close up work. With a jacket on its even better as the card in question is sleeved and hands shown empty prior to a mercury and a shuttle...Plain, simple, and wow.Or so the audience tells me...
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JamesinLA,
you did report re your happy experiences with the Tommy Wonder *Card in ring-box*-finish to the *Ambitious card*.
In the meantime, I had a renewed look at his handling and I now must admit, I did recall wrongly re the lid of his box wasn't hinged..it is, and he does use this in a *new* way, nobody else earlier did..and..it is very very deceptive..the handling is even better then the one Fred K. used!
Catching the card between the lid and the box is outstandingly intelligent and a great addition to the original handling!!!
Tommy Wonder is a great thinker and everything he does-this also goes for the entire ambitious card routine- is exceptionally well thought out!

I don't wonder, you had GREAT success with this handling..it is outstanding!!

One thing though I wondered when rewatching the DVD, that routine..
Tommy Wonder and neither Max Maven/Phil Goldstein did know the real origin of the boxmove/handling..

As I mentioned earlier, it was developed by Bruno Hennig-Joro, who gave it to Fred K.

The guy they (TW and MM) mentioned was *Braco* and that is a German guy who mainly excells in floating effects and as they said, he also denied it was him who invented that thing..
100%, it was Bruno..I of all should know Smile
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Hey, nice to make a few extra pelts... I might be at Castle Thursday night... you gotta see John Stetson.
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Jon is the best! One of the fastest and funniest guys I've ever met. Not to mention one hell of a magician!

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JamesinLA
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Pete,
I will try to make it and bring the little box I made! Thanks. Don't know John Stenson, Pete/Dan. What room is he going to be in?
Frank,
When are you going to drive down here again?

Werner,
Yes, the Tommy Wonder handling is beautiful. He guided me in the box construction by answering a few emails I sent him. I feel an obligation to do it very well because it's his creation and it's such a thing of magical beauty.

You should email Mr. Wonder and Max Maven about your knowledge of the originator!

Jim
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On 2004-08-11 17:48, JamesinLA wrote:
Werner,
You should email Mr. Wonder and Max Maven about your knowledge of the originator!
Jim

Well, I don't have their email adresses, but knowing that both TW and MM are VERY knowledgable, I can't imagine they didn't get that to know - after they finished these DVDs.
Actually, the name of the originater is well known re this handling in the States too, just ask Scotty York.
Also, it is mentioned in his book :
Scotty York presents. (published 1993!)
FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
at page 35 Smile
I just looked it up, as I thought I recalled having seen it mentioned there too, can't recall if Scotty mentioned it on his tapes too.
In any case -being a personal friend of Bruno H. for many, many years, he -by phone- last time we chatted told me the story of when he first meet Marc de Sousa, that guy fell down to his knees and thanked him for developping that fine principle. Bruno, not speaking english, had to get translated what this strange guys behaviour was all about. Smile

Posted: Aug 12, 2004 3:23am

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BTW..Bruno has a website (in english too) done by his grandchild and there all this is mentioned too.
http://www.weser-ems-markt.de/joro/english.html
Pls. look it up.
Bruno is now 76 years of age, Fred would be 78 if he still was with us.
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( Words of wisdom from Albert Goshman ...it paid off for him - it might
as well for YOU!!!- My own magic is styled after that motto... Smile )
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