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    Pathetic Cards

    In addition to practising sleights with the old, crusty decks you should also research sleightless tricks - these can be some of the most potent magical effects with a deck of playing cards, as there really is nothing to hide. Ed Marlo's "unexpected prediction", numerous tricks by Paul...
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    Packet Order Control

    Check out the youtube demo for "Malone Meets Marlo" - he does exactly what you're looking for. The effect in question is "leipzig would have loved this" I think and it can be found in print in "Marlo without Tears". You might also consider just going for some cuts and pencil dotting the card...
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    One card to double lift sleights

    *snort* no finesse in it! The KM move is an absolute classic! Kids nowadays...
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    One card to double lift sleights

    Windmill change should do the trick - going back to basics there's also the KM move of course. I would point out that usually, having to turn a single into a double is a sign of structure that could be improved. Going back to the drawing board on your effect and elminating the need for a...
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    Single card control

    If you want something simple and angle-proof, then one of the best solutions is a technique that switches the card out before apparantly losing it in the deck. I'm going to make a DVD recommendation: John Guastaferro's "Brainstorm" DVDs, volumes 1 and 2. Not only is there an awful lot of...
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    Biddle Trick

    Well, I've checked card college and it is indeed the same handling. Must have been knocking around in my subconscious when I was putting the thing together, similar things have happened from time to time! Thanks for the heads up. As regards my comment on presentation, I would submit that...
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    Biddle Trick

    Haha really? Did I just re-invent something I read in card college? Off to check the books straight after this! I remember Giobbi's invisible card presentation for it, but didn't remember how he got in to it. We will also have to beg to differ on the premise/presentation being the "easy...
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    Negativity towards The Pinky count.

    To name one person who can do the pinky count and doesn't use the pinky count: Greg Wilson. No one can say Greg is a beginner, or lazy, or the kind of magician who would discount something because its a bit of effort to learn. On his DVDs he explains his choice and makes a very good case...
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    Getting a forced card.

    Start with the card on the bottom. Do your trick first trick then you're in position straight away. If you had to cull the card there to start with, you have your first trick as time misdirection, so everyone's happy.
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    Biddle Trick

    I did some work on this problem a few years ago as part of my work on the Biddle trick. The solution I came up with was as follows: Force the card using the riffle force, setting the top half of the deck into another spectator's hands. Have the spectator memorise their card (force card)...
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    Let's talk about controls

    At the end of the day, the choice of control should be dictated by the trick that you're doing - the one that best suits the effect you are trying to achieve. For instance, take a very basic sandwich effect. You might remove the kings, and have a card selected, then load it from the top of the...
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    Beginner Card DVD

    There is no hard and fast "best" for anything. I got started on Greg Wilson's "Double Take" DVD and it was fantastic as it not only covered many important basics, but also had performance footage in front of a live audience from a real working professional. The tricks covered on the DVD ranged...
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    Coffee Shop Magic?

    My first public performance was at a coffee shop; my girlfriend worked there before she was my wife. I did it for the experience, for free and it was a lot of fun. I made sure people knew I was there - posters in the windows the week before - and it went very well for a first performance...
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    Wrong Magician... Right Party.

    Adapt - as any professional should be able to. I restrict my perspective to that of a professional entertainer because, as has been pointed out earlier in the thread, an amateur who doesn't HAVE to perform, should probably not if they are that far out of their comfort zone (unless they're real...
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    Alternative to the "Pinky Count"?

    1. Bring right hand over the deck 2. Contact back of deck with right thumb 3. Tilt the deck back toward yourself (hiding the action) as your right thumb secures however many cards are necessary 4. Wait a beat or two, then do your lift Easy, reliable and it works in front of audiences -...
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    "Move Monkey"? I think not.

    The idea that you use the perfect move for the context of the trick is absolutely correct and sound magical thinking. However, I'm not necessarily sure that I agree that this means you must practise moves "in case you need them". I would rather take the more efficient approach of discovering a...
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    New Website - Now Finished

    Looking nice and professional in many respects, and many props for being a regular performer at the Magic Castle - very impressive! The only thing I would really want to change is the bit about the "laughable" steriotype of magic; whilst you are certainly allowed to feel that way, its not...
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    CDC a different way.

    Hi Cedric - not to worry, my post was not aimed specifically at you; you're not the only one chiming in with common misconceptions about the colour changing deck! This really does seem to be one of those tricks where magicians can't help thinking like magicians. In our efforts to be...
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    CDC a different way.

    Don't listen to all the folks telling you you need more "convincers" for the colour of the deck; its a red herring. Taking a red deck out of a red box is all that is necessary for a lay audience to believe the deck is as it looks. There are many examples of brilliant CCD routines where only...
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    Jerry's Nugget Cards

    IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT R.E. JERRY'S NUGGET PLAYING CARDS: . . . . ....wait for it.... . . . . . ....here it comes.... . . . . . They are JUST playing cards people! . . ..."the finish is just brewing"....oh, dear. Cheers, David.
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