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I am wondering what effect you recommend for a beginner. I am not exactly interested in cards, but I would like to have some kind of card effect. Thanks Philip
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I could have sworn I saw this exact post, by you with 10 replies yesterday.... hmmm... Anyway to the original question, I think that the infamous ELEVATOR CARD (double lift) Smile is the BEST beginner trick.

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Daleys last trick is simple and very nice
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Try the "Haunted Pack" by Al Baker, its simple and yet very effective.

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If you are not into cards or card sleights but want to have an easy card trick up your sleeve. Try "Missing the Mark" by Kirk Kokinos from somewhere like the Magic Warehouse. This can be successfully performed within minutes after receiving. It only gets better as you practice and hone your presentation.
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Hands down - Mark Wilson's Complete Course In Magic.

It should be your text book your first day at Magic School. It's issued with your first deck of cards, magic wand and your first dove named, "Steve."

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I could not agree more. I picked up a copy of Mark Wilsons book of adult magic and it really has helped me a lot. Very well illustrated in step by step form. got me hooked.
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It may be a good idea to buy Royal Road to Card Magic by Hugard & Braue, even if you're not especially interested in card magic. The book costs only a few bucks and it teaches you all the basics of card magic. And of course, there are many excellent tricks in it. For example, try "Do as I do" and see for yourself how powerful this nearly self-working trick is.

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You could try one of Karl Fulves books from the "Self-Working" series - at least with these, you only need to concentrate on the presentation, and not the technical stuff.
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My suggestion is Colour Monte for a couple of reasons.

Firstly - it's pretty easy to do/learn, but does require practice before performing it for spectators, and gives you the opportunity to learn a relatively basic card move, which will become very important if you develop your interest further

Secondly- it's a good solid effect, and may interest you because you mentioned that 'traditional card tricks' may not be your thing. it doesn't use normal 'suited' cards, but coloured shapes instead.

Hope this helps
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Card to pocket is a easy but effective trick.
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As a beginer myself, I really like the Michael Ammar videos. Each contains a few great effects and I find the teaching method effective.
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I like the Machael Ammar videos a whole lot too--really the best I've seen so far--but some of the most juicy tricks assume you already know how to do things like a double lift or the Hindu shuffle. There's still some great stuff on there if you're a total beginner, but I don't know if the Ammar videos would be a great "first" video (I suppose it would depend on the definition of "beginner").
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Yes the Ammar videos are a great selection for beginners, I started out with these videos myself

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I'd strongly recommend the first card section in Harry Lorayne's The Magic Book. Also his advice to learn one good card control, palm, and double lift.
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I agree with Alan.
The only problem with the Ammar videos for someone starting out, is that THEY ARE VIDEOS. My opinion is that its hard to get into the books, after growing up on videos. However, to stick to the topic, why are most folks pointing out the easy stuff for someone starting out? There used to be a magician who had no interest in the easy stuff, and if a book said something was hard, THAT appealed to him. Who was he again? Hmmm....Oh yeah, a fellow by the name of Dai Vernon. Smile
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Nick Trost's 8 Card Brainwave. It uses the Olram subtlety. This can be found on the first video of Michael Ammar's Easy To Master Card Miracle series. Smile
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A few days ago Mark suggested Karl Fulves book on self-working card magic. That is by far the best suggestion. Not only will you be able to focus on presentation, but you will observe/learn how you handle cards. You will get better at handling them normally. Once you get comfortable go out and get "Royal Road to Card Magic" or "Card College". From there you can start to explore other fields. Coins? Bobo's book on Coin Magic. Close-up? Lewis Ganson's two volume set on Close-up. You can grow from there.
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Try the "invisible deck" trick. It's not so difficult. With a little practice you can do it. Smile
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I have to second the last suggestion. The invisible deck is something that you will do rapidly, and though a beginner level trick, you will need to build a strong presentation (and original also?).

Even if it is the first trick you learn with cards, you will do it for the rest of your life.

I'll also second the suggestions regarding the Mark Wilson book. An incredible buy. And another one that I recommend is the book Close-Up Illusions by Gary Ouellet, my late teacher. You just cannot go wrong with it.

Hope that helps...

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