What is your favorite trick by Harry Lorayne?

Discuss your favorite close-up tricks and methods.

Postby Harry Lorayne » 05/15/08 05:19 PM

Yes, it's either HaLo Aces or HaLo Again (both are killers). Of course most all items I've written up over the years were favorites at one time or another. Interesting. Just recently I've been doing my Sloppy Card Trick - hadn't performed it for a long while - and it blows people away - including magicians. HL
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 05/15/08 07:23 PM

Harry, is that the one using spittle?
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Postby Harry Lorayne » 05/15/08 11:50 PM

Yes, tis. HL
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Postby Mallakite » 05/16/08 03:34 AM

For me it's, The Best Gosh Darn Impromptu Linking Card Effect You'll Ever See!. From his book Quantum Leaps, and it's, to coin a phrase, worth the price of the book and more!
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Postby Harry Lorayne » 05/16/08 10:25 AM

Good thinking, Mallakite. I sometimes "forget" my own items! HL
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Postby Cugel » 05/16/08 10:47 AM

Stop! from CUCM.
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Postby Harry Lorayne » 05/16/08 01:03 PM

Difficult for me to name my own things, but - do not overlook Guess Quotient in BEST OF FRIENDS, 3. You'll "kill" with it. HL
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Postby Gerald Deutsch » 05/17/08 06:59 AM

I think that ONE of my favorites is MATED - page 175 of "Close Up Card Magic".

(My friend Peter Marshall suggested that when the face up cards are placed on the table they are put in an "11 o'clock - 5 o'clock" position and when the cards are found they are put, one to the right of the 11 o'clock and the other to the left of the 5 o'clock. That way the match will either be horizontal or vertical and it won't matter which card is inserted first.)
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Postby Harry Lorayne » 05/17/08 10:28 AM

Jerry: In a book right after CUCM, I taught exactly that for Mated, or a different "matching" effect. I teach it on page 130 of THE CLASSIC COLLECTION. Best - HARRY L.
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Postby magicbar » 05/25/08 04:23 AM

My favorite is from an old book of his..it sold quite well.. um it's the one on how to develop a super.. you can do it with names and numbers and lists...oh, shoot, I forget!
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Postby Bob Cunningham » 05/25/08 07:36 PM

I regularly perform modified versions of "Lorayne's Poker Deal # 2" and "Estimation Aces" from volume 4 of the "Best Ever Teacher" VHS series.

These both get VERY strong reactions for me.
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Postby DomC » 05/26/08 11:16 AM

I like "Foursome" from CUCM and "Tilt Sandwich" from BOF Volume 1.
BTW, there are way too many to list as favs...
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Postby Harry Lorayne » 05/26/08 11:55 AM

Boy! You guys are reminding me of some routines I've "forgotten"! HARRY LORAYNE.
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Postby Mallakite » 05/26/08 02:30 PM

Any estimation on the release of Classic Collection Volume 2 Mr Lorayne? Thanks.
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Postby Harry Lorayne » 05/26/08 03:52 PM

Just finished posing for all the (469) photos for THE CLASSIC COLLECTION, Vol. 2. I'm hoping for release sometime in the fall, or early winter. If you want to be notified be sure to send me your email address - then you'll receive a copy of the full-page ad, when and if. Send to me at: harrylorayne@earthlink.net. Best - HARRY LORAYNE.
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Postby Mallakite » 05/26/08 04:49 PM

Just a question out of curiosity Mr Lorayne, there were a few omissions in Classic Collection Volume 1, although we got new tricks as well, what are your reasons for leaving out these particular tricks and will there be omissions and new tricks in Classic Collection Volume 2? Thanks.
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Postby Harry Lorayne » 05/26/08 06:46 PM

I took a poll of many magician friends who'd read and used the original books for decades. Since I was pressed for space, the poll was - which effects/routines did you NEVER use? Well, none were NEVER used, but just a couple were rarely used - so I didn't include them. Yes, there will be one or two omitted from Volume 2; same space problem, same reasoning. Or, one or two that just don't work now. For example, there's a wonderful chewing gum routine in the original of AFTERTHOUGHTS, but - sticks of gum are packaged a bit differently now, so it just doesn't "scan" anymore. Yes, there will be many new ideas in the text itself, and in my "Afterthoughts." HL
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 05/26/08 08:40 PM

That chewing gum trick was Tim Wenk's as I remember--and it was very good. Harry: no sticks of gum come in foil wrappers any more?
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Postby DomC » 05/27/08 05:55 AM

DomC wrote:I like "Foursome" from CUCM and "Tilt Sandwich" from BOF Volume 1.
BTW, there are way too many to list as favs...
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I'm sorry (Mr. Lorayne), I inadvertently misnamed the first effect...it should read "Fourtitude" instead of "Foursome". Thank you.
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Postby Harry Lorayne » 05/27/08 10:22 AM

Yes, Richard, it is Tim Wenk's routine with a stick of gum. I checked two or three major brands, and they are packaged differently now. For example, each stick in the package is wrapped in foil but not in the outside paper wrapping of the "good old days." Best - HARRY L.

(Unfortunately, things like this do change. Example: In my book, THE MAGIC BOOK, I teach the straw-through-potato effect. It was one of those things [like Knife Through Coat] where you REALLY do what you say you're doing. And it worked with the drinking straws of that time - PAPER. I used to perform the silly thing often. But now drinking straws are plastic, and - IT NO LONGER WORKS.)
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Postby Kent Gunn » 05/28/08 12:37 AM

Favorite Lorayne trick?

That's easy. Stabbed in the Pack, in DeckSterity, I believe. I have done it hundreds of times.

I developed a gaffed version. I discarded it because the original handling just works!
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Postby Seth Kramer » 05/28/08 02:32 PM

Loryane 10 Card Poker Deal
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Postby Harry Lorayne » 05/28/08 02:36 PM

Last two posts are "right on." HL
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Postby DrDanny » 05/28/08 06:36 PM

I've been doing Stabbed in the Pack for 25 years or more, but had long forgotten where I learned it. I love that trick, thanks a lot!
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Postby Harry Lorayne » 05/28/08 07:16 PM

I thought twice before re-writing/including Stabbed In The Pack for LORAYNE, THE CLASSIC COLLECTION, Vol. 1 (in the Deck-Sterity section). That'w because it isn't an easy thing to do correctly. I see now that many use it - they just keep it to themselves. I'm glad I included it - It's a "killer." hl
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Postby Pepka » 05/29/08 12:27 AM

Earthly Powers from Apocalypse. I do this every night when I'm behind the bar. One of my favorite tricks to do, they NEVER see the kicker coming.
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Postby Paul Gordon » 05/29/08 03:29 AM

Hi Pepka,

Earthly Powers (Richard Vollmer) is great. Check out my "Powerful" from Harry's Best of Friends III. It's a topsy-turvy version of Earthly Powers.

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Postby Pepka » 05/29/08 07:05 AM

Will do Paul, thanks!
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Postby Harry Lorayne » 05/29/08 10:21 AM

And, if your viewers are poker players, check out Unearthly Powers - it's a royal-flush ending. hl
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Postby Harry Lorayne » 06/07/08 10:43 AM

The other day, a magic fan of mine wanted to show me how well he did my Stabbed In The Pack. What he did was the Johnny Benzais estimation version. Johnny had asked my permission to put it in his book (all those years ago). He thought I was using estimation. I WAS, AND AM, NOT. My original version is NOT an estimation effect - the card you toss into the tabled deck is shown to be RIGHT NEXT to the selected or thought-of card. HARRY LORAYNE.
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Postby Paul Mellan » 06/20/08 11:41 PM

"Halo Aces" is one of my favorites, too, Harry. I use the ending you tought me at Tannens once. This is where I "miss" the last ace with an indicator card. This card, a five, finds the last ace five cards down! When the five cards are turned over, they are a royal flush!!! Multiple endings are powerfully effective to an audience! The effect establishes both apparent skill and magic at the same time, which convinces the audience that I am a magician. Another favorite of mine is "The Lazy Man's Card Trick" from the "Unique Card Tricks" section of your "Close-up Card Magic Book." I fooled Steve Dusheck with this effect! If you do any card magic, Harry's "Close-up Card Magic Book" is an absolute must.
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Postby Harry Lorayne » 06/21/08 12:01 AM

Except that LORAYNE: THE CLASSIC COLLECTION is much, much, better and much more of "an absolute must." Because Close-Up Card Magic is re-written and updated - PLUS four others of my early (1960s) books. What a bargain! Working on Vol. 2 as we "speak." Paul, that variation of HaLo Aces is a definite "killer." Best - HARRY L.
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Postby Cugel » 06/21/08 03:27 AM

Still, you can't beat the original Close-Up Card Magic for value. You can get it 2nd hand from a number of places for next to nothing. A huge bargain.
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Postby Richard Hatch » 06/21/08 04:21 AM

It is still in print for just $20 new, a real bargain for a substantial hardback magic book!
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Postby Harry Lorayne » 06/21/08 10:13 AM

Thanks Cugel and Richard - but I'm trying to sell LORAYNE: THE CLASSIC COLLECTION, which is A MUCH BETTER BARGAIN!! So, you're not helping me OR THOSE WHO DON'T HAVE C-UCM. HL
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Postby Paul Mellan » 06/21/08 11:28 AM

Harry, I don't have Classic Collection. Are you selling it and how much is it?
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Postby Chris Aguilar » 06/21/08 01:18 PM

Paul Mellan,

I agree with Cugel and Richard Hatch that Close Up Card Magic is quite the bargain these days.

I know that my copy is well worn from much use over the years. As one of the first "real" card magic books I ever purchased and one that contains material that has influenced some of the best card magicians out there, it's a book I do not hesitate to recommend. (Especially as it can be picked up for a song from dealers like like Hank Lee for only $18.50!)
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Postby Cugel » 06/21/08 06:02 PM

Harry: the thread is asking for opinions.

You're books are always fun and have a large following, so I'm sure you'll move them out the door even if I note that CUCM is one of the best books in my collection.
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Postby Harry Lorayne » 06/21/08 06:06 PM

Paul: email me at my personal email address (harrylorayne@earthlink.net) and I'll reply with all info, plus I'll email you a copy of the full-page ad for the book, if you like.

Thank you ever so much, Chris, and you're absolutely right about C-UCM, but the BEST BARGAIN is still LORAYNE: THE CLASSIC COLLECTION - there is ABSOLUTELY NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT.

Just think about it - a complete re-write, upgrading, updating of not only C-UCM, but also of PERSONAL SECRETS, MY FAVORITE CARD TRICKS, DECK-STERITY, THE EPITOME LOCATION, plus a bonus of 16 all-new impromptu card routines. C'mon, listen to those who KNOW. Working on THE CLASSIC COLLECTION, Vol. 2 as we "speak." Best - HARRY LORAYNE.
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Postby Harry Lorayne » 06/21/08 06:09 PM

Cugel: Just saw your post. You're absolutely right, my books do "move out the door." And, don't misunderstand, C-UCM became a classic for good reasons - and your opinion is valid, BUT - it's not necessarily good advice!! Much better to purchase LORAYNE: THE CLASSIC COLLECTION
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