Hello Magicians After reading so many new magicians talk about their “patter” and seeing things typed like: “I put this here... it happens because I wave it...the cards are detectives” – I wanted to blow my brains out, because I don’t believe this kind of rational is congruent to enjoyable magic performances at ANY level, I thought we could do something as a group to try to progress. I have always had a difficult time in telling magicians how they can present magic better, without seeing what they do and hearing what they say – however, this exercise may allow for consistency, growth and understanding by new magicians – as we will all be looking at and discussing the same effect. So, I propose we take an effect I know we ALL are familiar with – as I hear so many of you talk about your ACR routine. Let’s take the AMBITIOUS CARD – ONE PHASE – and really sell that idea...why does the card come to the top? If we can sell this one phase, than all the multi-phase effects become easier to present – so again – the focus in A SELECTED SIGNED CARD GOES INTO THE MIDDLE AND ARRIVES ON TOP OF THE DECK – WHY? How would you present this and sell it if a gig depended on it? We will evaluate as a group the logic of all ideas, so don’t take it as trashing and please no trashing – as this is a safe thread to help learn how we can improve other routines by dissecting this one. Let’s get creative!