Why pay 15 dollars for one Miraskil variation? Here is why, according to Peter Duffie:
"I grinned widely as I read your elegant solution. Far from adding any complications, you have managed to simplify and actually improve an established classic card trick. I am sure Stewart James would have loved this as much as I do."
I believe Peter constitutes someone who has read, (read: contributed) to the The James File :). By the way, this is the first, and hopefully not last, time I corresponded with Peter.
I'm not going to get all defensive about the posts. I just feel bad that until today I couldn't get on the forum, other than to lurk, after the seismic shift in membership qualifications.
El has been left dangling in the breeze, trying to respond without saying too much to folks who haven't even read the ebook. If they had, they would know I'd researched and sited all the works referenced in this thread. They would also be in a much better position to speak on whether Mirabill brings anything new to the table.
It seems to me that some may have commented about the accuracy of the ad without reading the full text!
The original Miraskil requires stealing, palming and an add on. To many of us, these count as sleights :). I ran into this problem with someone else where it turned out the writer had only read the version in Scarne On Card Tricks. Scarne offers a version sans sleights but not at all hands off.
I am very confident about the originality and contributions of my derivation! If any Genii member buys a copy and doesn't think it was worth 15 dollars, I'll gladly refund your money.