All Backs Routine

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Postby Sam Kesler » 08/15/05 01:58 PM

What is your favorite All Backs Routine? I really like Ammar's Hoffzinser All Backs on volume 5 of ETMCM using a small packet. Bruce Cervon Ultra Cervon video vol 2 uses whole deck.

Anyone familar with Vernon's All Backs routine in 3rd edition of Expert Card Technique? I only have 2nd edition. :(
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Postby Guest » 08/15/05 02:23 PM

My favorite, and please forgive me for not remembering the name, is from Phil Goldstiens Focus. The turning to backs is done in numerical order, which I like. If I'm thinking right, and usually that is rare, there is a version which I liked in Wesley James' Enchantments...yes there is on in there.
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Postby David Acer » 08/15/05 03:01 PM

Hi Sam,

This won't be of any use to you for another four or five months, but I just finished writing up an excellent small-packet all-backs routine by a very talented young English magician named Andrew Murray. The routine will likely appear in the January 2006 Magicana.

Until then, I agree with Steve V - Phil Goldstein's "Back Ordered" and "Back Gammon" are both uniquely engaging approaches to the All-Backs plot, and can be found in Focus.
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Postby Guest » 08/15/05 03:08 PM

Check out the Complete Works of Derek Dingle
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Postby John Carey » 08/15/05 03:15 PM

Hi there,

Sam, the Hofzinzer all backs handling is not Ammars.

I believe Harry Riser and Johnny Thompson should get the credit for this handling.

By the way, some magicians think greg wilson invented the double lift after he put out his video!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
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Postby Bill Duncan » 08/15/05 03:34 PM

For in print versions, I really like "Jack's Backs" from Modus Operandi.

Assuming, of course, that the reprint of that fine book isn't sold out yet...
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Postby Denis Behr » 08/15/05 03:48 PM

Here are some more routines. They use a full pack if nothing else is noted. All Backs
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Postby Bill Duncan » 08/15/05 04:08 PM

Originally posted by john carey:
By the way, some magicians think greg wilson invented the double lift after he put out his video!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
Sorry John but a minor correction here...

Some PEOPLE believe that Greg Wilson invented the double lift.
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Postby John Carey » 08/15/05 04:35 PM

I stand corrected Bill!

By the way, Larry Jennings all backs from lake tahoe :cool: card magic is a lovely routine
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Postby Kevin Wiese » 08/15/05 07:03 PM

How about "The New Back Off" from Scams and Fantasies by Darwin Ortiz?
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Postby Anthony Brahams » 08/15/05 07:06 PM

The Vernon routine in Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 7 I believe) is clean, very effective and also concisely but sufficiently described wih no filler. I have changed get ready a little.
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Postby John Pezzullo » 08/15/05 09:25 PM

Harry Riser's 'The Practice Deck' - published in "The Feints & Temps of Harry Riser".
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Postby John Pezzullo » 08/15/05 09:52 PM

If your objective is "to crush the souls of other magicians", Derek Dingle's 'Triple Color-Changing All Backs Aces' is the way to go.
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Postby Gerald Deutsch » 08/15/05 11:44 PM

I posted an "All Backs" routine in this Genii forum on January 7, 2004 under the Perverse Magic thread under General.
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Postby Brian Marks » 08/16/05 02:36 AM

Originally posted by Gerald Deutsch:
I posted an "All Backs" routine in this Genii forum on January 7, 2004 under the Perverse Magic thread under General.
I have seen Gerald do this and its worth looking into...and its free!
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Postby Robert McDaniel » 08/16/05 09:37 AM

There's a very interesting full deck all-backs routine on The Daniel Garcia Project Volume One DVD, as well.

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Postby Sam Kesler » 08/16/05 12:46 PM

Wow, you guys are incredible. I wasn't sure if this plot intrigued anyone else. Thanks to everyone for all the references. This will keep me busy for a few days; I have most of these books on my bookshelves. Guess I was too lazy to search myself. ;)

Thank you, David. I look forward to Andrew's routine in January. BTW, excellent job on Magicana. High marks.

High marks to Denis, too. Thank you for reminding us about your great website. I found Frank Garcia's All Backs in Super Subtle Card Miracles onyour list, a book I got recently at the last Castle swap meet.

And thanks to Gerald for his incredible 65-page (on my printer) archive post(s) on Perverse Magic. No wonder this didn't come up on my All Backs search before I posted! If you missed it, check it out. It's great.

Thanks again to all.
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Postby Pete McCabe » 08/16/05 01:27 PM

When I was working on my all backs routine, I came up with the following presentational variation that I feel has real promise. I never finished it, so anyone who likes it is welcome to it.

I started with a deck that was blank on both sides -- because they hadn't been printed yet, etc.. I tried to magically print them, but I could only get backs. So I had a spectator select any card and, with a sharpie, draw the face of a card on it. This was used for an ambitious card routine, which I found extremely effective with an all-blank deck (except for a double-blank card left over from the all blanks section, which comes in very handy when you're doing ambitious card.) For a climax I would print the faces -- the deck switch was covered by the card-to-wallet climax of the ambitious card routine -- leaving me with a regular deck with which I could do whatever other tricks I might want to do.

To me, this structure is more satisfying than the conventional all-backs routines I've seen.
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Postby Andrew Murray » 08/17/05 03:37 AM

Well I am delighted that my All Backs routine is going to be published - finally!! I gave this to RK at least 5 years ago!
David, if you'd like, I have a great addition to this routine which you might like to publish in conjunction with the original which takes the routine a little further!
Please let me know. BTW, great to hang out with you at FFFF this year! :)

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Postby John Carey » 08/17/05 04:02 AM

GO CHAMP GO!!!!! :) :p :D

ALL THE BEST MATE

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Postby David Acer » 08/18/05 07:50 AM

Hi Andrew,

I'll definitely e-mail you regarding the amended handling. Apart from that, when I took over as editor of Magicana last May, Richard Kaufman sent me hundreds of items he had collected and/or were sent to him over the past five or six years, but Magicana was only appearing sporadically, so the backlog became enormous. Not all of the items will be usable for a variety of reasons (some have since been published elsewhere, some just don't fit the direction Magicana is taking), but the vast majority of the contributions are very good to excellent. I haven't even begun to work my way through what I already have on hand, and that's to say nothing of the material Richard is still sitting on. The order in which the items will appear is now dictated mostly by balance-of-content issues, thus it's entirely possible that a trick Richard picked up five years ago (e.g., Andrew's All-Backs) will be published alongside something I just grabbed at Fechter's (e.g., Reed McClintock's Matrix variations).
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Postby Andrew Murray » 08/20/05 06:21 PM

Hi David,

You can email me at: magic@andrewmurray.biz

If you want to send me the write-up you've done (?)I will add the extra bit in where appropriate and you can then edit it as appropriate for your column.

Speak soon.

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 08/20/05 07:35 PM

I had an interesting presentation for Vernon's All Backs in CardWorks called "The Inside Out Deck." It gave some good logic and a fun presentation to what happens.

The Dingle routine is the first one to incorporate a selected card into the precedings. Unfortunately the excellent patter he had for it is not in The Complete Works because he devised it later.

And, don't forget Alex Elmsley's version in the Minch books--cutting to the four Aces is a good way to handle the routine.

The Quick 3-Way routine that's become well known is actually Harry Riser's handling of Marlo's shorter routine which adds the All Backs sequence. Johnny Thompson's name became linked with it when Karl Fulves mistakenly published it under Thompson's name in Epilogue.

Finally, my favorite is still Vernon's original handling which I've tweaked slightly for my own use. Eventually I'll publish it.
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Postby justin » 08/20/05 09:05 PM

Ok, I have seen (like many of you) a ton of all backs routines. But I have to say that the one that I love to death right now is By daniel garcia called satisfaction gauranteed. It is on his new dvds..great stuff.
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Postby Denis Behr » 08/21/05 04:44 AM

Jerry Sadowitz has a good no-gaff routine [also using the cutting the aces idea by Elmsley] in The Crimp no.20, "The Beast With Two Backs".
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Postby Doc Eason » 08/21/05 09:14 PM

I still do the all backs routine out of "Thanks to Pepys" by Bob Read. Never saw a need to learn another...

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Postby Brian Marks » 08/22/05 10:45 AM

Originally posted by doceason:
I still do the all backs routine out of "Thanks to Pepys" by Bob Read. Never saw a need to learn another...

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where is it published? Is it on one of your dvd's?
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Postby Bill Wheeler » 08/22/05 11:52 AM

"Thanks to Pepys" is a collection of tricks by Bob Read. An excellent book; the name of the trick is "All Backs and Additions".
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Postby Vraagaard » 08/23/05 01:35 AM

In the expert card technique, 3rd edition Hugaard and Braue, I can see that Vernons All Bakcs are described. I sthat the original handling or can I find it in other Vernon books like "ultimate card secrets" , the Chronicles etc??

450 A Lesson In Card Handling, by DAI VERNON
450 The De Kolta Change
451 Tips on Changes
453 Multiple Card Control
455 Hand-to-Hand Card Transfer
457 The Perigrinating Pip
459 The All Backs
463 Details of Handling
464 Insertion of the Cards
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Postby Sam Kesler » 08/23/05 11:35 AM

The Vernon routine in Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 7 I believe) is clean, very effective and also concisely but sufficiently described wih no filler. I have changed get ready a little.
As I do not have ECT 3rd edition, I am assuming the routine Anthony refers to above in Hugard's is the same. This may be sacrilegious, but I went back to Cardworks (page 51)and much prefer "The Inside Out Deck." Thank you, Richard!
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Postby Brian Marks » 08/23/05 11:46 AM

Originally posted by Bill Wheeler:
"Thanks to Pepys" is a collection of tricks by Bob Read. An excellent book; the name of the trick is "All Backs and Additions".
I misread the post. Thought that was the name of the trick. Whoops!
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