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Contact him personally, tell him Greydon recommended you do so;)He is here on the forum.
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Past present future combined with a cold reading in the manner described in Absolute Magic by DB can be a true killer. To those who have both books the relevance will appear obvious.
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Hi Philippos! I'll have to look at that cold reading in DB's book again. You know I love performing PPF as well and looking for more to add to it. Thanks for letting us know about that!
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Most folks have mentioned Aronson effects that are stack-independent. Which is cool. I happened to memorize Mnemonica, but most of my favourite memdeck magic is Aronson.

I am surprised that no one has mentioned Topsy Turvy from Simply Simon. The card choices are completely free, the deck is shuffled to death, the whole thing looks hopelessly messed up, yet the performer determines the selections well in advance of the revelations--basically, the trick is done before the magic starts. The method is not mathematical (though one must know the stack cold), and I am finding one can vary it a bit if one wants to do the revelations differently. I also think it's a stunner for a single spectator, as he is given free choice all along and shuffles the lot himself. I really think it is a gem that bears to be done and discussed more.

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On Apr 22, 2010, Turk wrote:


Just recently, I discovered Past, Present and Future (in Simply Simon). Virtually hands-off handling of the deck by the performer. Three cards are freely selected by a single spectator and the sections of the deck are repeatedly shuffled--sometimes before the selection, sometimes after. I love the interesting pseudo fortune-telling plot and having the spectator picking cards to reflect her Past, Present and Future. All calculations are a slam-dunk, are "keyed off of" a single card and are easy to calculate, remember and perform.



Though the routine as written suggests a wallet index for the "future" revelation, I think it's awesome to do an ID revelation (using patter about having a dream the night before about doing this effect and flipping the dreamt of selection in another deck). Do it ungimmicked with Mike Close's ID routine, and the spectator gets to find the reversed card himself, compare it with the "future" card he put in his pocket at the beginning, and have his head explode Smile

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My vote also for Twice as Hard.

Although that may change soon with Art Decko sitting on my desk waiting to be read.
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Most of Simon's location effects are very, very good, but technically I really prefer the structure of Histed Heisted. Recently I got into the possession of Louis S. Histed book, so I read about the origins of this impossible to backtrack trick.
I do the trick with other things than playing cards to make it more interesting for the lay audience, which of course means I had to learn another stack (now 7 stacks in my head...., meaning I have to rehearse on a daily basis, even on the absence of paid jobs)
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Most of Simon's location effects are very, very good, but technically I really prefer the structure of Histed Heisted. Recently I got into the possession of Louis S. Histed book, so I read about the origins of this impossible to backtrack trick.


You might also want to check out "Tesseract" by Mike Powers for his work on "Heisting Histed Heisted 3.0"
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Histed Heisted and Everybody’s Lazy are both great and stack independent..
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On Apr 22, 2010, Turk wrote:


Just recently, I discovered Past, Present and Future (in Simply Simon). Virtually hands-off handling of the deck by the performer. Three cards are freely selected by a single spectator and the sections of the deck are repeatedly shuffled--sometimes before the selection, sometimes after. I love the interesting pseudo fortune-telling plot and having the spectator picking cards to reflect her Past, Present and Future. All calculations are a slam-dunk, are "keyed off of" a single card and are easy to calculate, remember and perform.





Though the routine as written suggests a wallet index for the "future" revelation, I think it's awesome to do an ID revelation (using patter about having a dream the night before about doing this effect and flipping the dreamt of selection in another deck). Do it ungimmicked with Mike Close's ID routine, and the spectator gets to find the reversed card himself, compare it with the "future" card he put in his pocket at the beginning, and have his head explode Smile

Les


Since the theme of Aronson's patter is "fortune-telling," I do a cold-reading of the spec that just happens to coincide with the pocketed card's fortune-telling meaning. E.g. "I get the feeling you're going to be very rich one day. And that it's going to be in conjunction with someone, a close partnership. In cartomancy--that's fortune telling with cards-- wealth is symbolized by diamonds and a partnership by two, so if your future card turns out to be the two of diamonds that would be confirmation of my feeling. Of course we all know that fortune-telling isn't true. Or is it?" And then they take the card out of their pocket...

Here's a quick list of usable card meanings:
https://exemplore.com/fortune-divination......-Spreads
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