“Wild Card” recommendations

Brett Hurley

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Been a while!

So it’s only taken this long for me to start taking card Magic seriously—still all about props, but I’m starting to float card and packet tricks lot more. Like a lot more. I like being mobile and having as much space as possible is the key!

And Tenyo is releasing a “Wild Card” effect this year (“Wild Shock”). And it’s my first time seeing this sort of effect.

I’m out and about, and I’ll take a look at Mark Wilson’s Complete Course when I get home and see if there’s a Wild Card effect in there.

But would anyone have any recommendations for good “Wild Card” effects?
And in typical me fashion, if there are any unusual presentations or handlings—bonus points.
 
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I like Eric decamps "jokers are wild" routine. It's set up in a blackjack type presentation where 6 jokers laid out like 3 black jack hands (3 face up, 3 face down) one at a time turn into a "selected card". There's a million wild card routines though. This one makes sense to me so it's the one I do. It's on Eric Decamps stars of magic tape (which is 5 stars and worth getting)
 
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RealityOne

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The version I use comes from Simon Lovell's Packet Killer (which I believe is close to Garcia's original). Jim Tyler's Mirrors has a neat premise using "mirrored" cards. The seminal work on the effect is Frank Garcia's Wild Card Miracles book. @Gabriel Z.'s list from Genii is a good starting point. If you want to go more in depth: https://www.conjuringarchive.com/list/category/1294

**You may have inspired me to put together a performing history of the effect, doing the various versions that led up to Garcia's effect and some that followed. :cool:
 
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