If you had to do one trick; which one would it be

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Postby walkinoats » 10/05/01 11:14 AM

If you were in a situation where you could only perform one trick, which one would it be? and why?
I would peform signed card on ceiling, because the card remains on the ceiling for a long time and it always keeps them talking

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Postby Bill Duncan » 10/05/01 09:46 PM

Dingle's Card For Head trick or a spelling trick that I think was originated by Larry Grey where the concept of spelling to a card is illustrated by spelling an to a "random" card as an example after which the pack is handed to the spectator so they can find their own card.
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Postby Jeffrey Cowan » 10/05/01 11:51 PM

This is a thread that desparately needs refinement. The question fails to ask this: in what context is the one trick to be performed? During a restaurant or bar gig? During a meeting in which you're pitching a corporate event? On a date in which you're after much more than a mere gig? Or during a business meeting in which the effect is intended merely to solidify or enhance an already existing business relationship. Finally, is there a performing surface available or is this an "in the hands" situation? The answer likely will differ depending on the context.
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Postby Sean Macfarlane » 10/06/01 12:38 PM

21 card trick, it kills.
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Postby walkinoats » 10/07/01 07:26 PM

Lets make it a Walk around situation. And you only could do one trick, which one would you peform and why?
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Postby Paul Green » 10/08/01 10:06 PM

Personally, I use a two card tranpsosition from my first set of lecture notes. I consider it to be one of the top five cards tricks I do in most strolling situations.

The trick appears to happen in the hands of two spectators. It is a killer!!! It is also on my Classic Force Video tape.

Called the "Odds Against Me"

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Postby Guest » 10/12/01 09:36 AM

I can confirm the power of "odds aginst me" as my Mate Matt consistently murders people with it.
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Postby Gordolini » 10/12/01 11:37 AM

Without sounding as if I'm constantly plugging this trick, I'd have to say "Paradigm Shift". The double kicker ending blows them away.
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Postby Guest » 10/21/01 10:59 AM

It would have to be an old classic - and the best one to my mind is 'Out of this World' - done in the mind-reading type format so you don't have to set it up
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Postby walkinoats » 10/21/01 10:30 PM

can you explain the effect in the "Paradigm Shift"?
thanks ,

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Postby Guest » 10/22/01 04:16 AM

Good choice Philip !!!

Under most circumstances I perform "Out Of This World".
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Postby El Mystico » 10/22/01 10:21 AM

I'll always start with a colour change ROUTINE. I see so few people doing colour changes - even though there are loads of methods for colour changes, like there are loads of methods for Ambitious Card. But for both tricks, you need to spend time with the different options available, work out which elements go together - for pace, for build, for 'cancelling out theories" etc. Then spend time with it. The old timers set a lot of store by the colour change. There is a good reason for it.
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Postby Bill Duncan » 10/22/01 10:38 PM

Originally posted by Dom:
I'll always start with a colour change ROUTINE.

Didn't Vernon once (or more than once) say that a color change was the strongest effect you could do for a lay audience?

Back when I was trying to impress the local boys... I used to do a face-up Ambitious Card routine which was basically passes and color changes. Very visual, but lacking in any emotional context or humor.

( ...but I'm feeling much better now )

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Postby Gordolini » 10/23/01 12:43 PM

Chris,

Paradigm Shift is a packet trick. You produce a plastic wallet and from one side pull out a pack of cards. Show them all to be the same - i.e. 4 Ace of Hearts - and then place them on the table. You produce another pack of cards from the wallet and show them all to be 4 A of H. Then taking a card from the deck on the table, the cards are shown to continually be either face up or face down. After each round you lay a card down on the table until you have two packs - one face up, the other face down. You then take the face down cards and show that they have all turned into Jokers. However, you then wave a card over the face up pack and show they can turn back again if you wish. You finish off by saying that, unfortunately, it can get a bit expensive as you have to buy six decks of cards just to get 6 blue backed A of H...or do you? You then turn over the cards to show they are in fact all completely different backs, concluding that any deck can be used! :eek:

Just read through the description and it seems to lose something in the translation, but believe me it is a killer. I have yet to meet anyone who has seen it and doesn't like it.
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Postby Guest » 08/06/02 11:53 PM

My all time favorite effect has been the Cavorting Aces combined with Slapping the Ace by Nate Leipzig. To this day I still perform it as a stand alone miracle. It has everything; it is visualy stunning magic.
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Postby Guest » 08/07/02 07:31 AM

Since it appears that the thread is more "If you had one card trick to perform...", mine would be to have someone think of a card, then I would have one single card in my hand, then ask them to name the card they thought of and then turn over the card in my hand which is the one they name. (No riffle force, etc., just "think of a card"). That keeps them talking for a very long time.

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Postby Pete Biro » 08/07/02 08:22 AM

Cards Schmards... I would do the Edward Victor Bat Trick... It blows any card tricks right out the drain. (Handling taught to me by Alan Alan)!
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Postby Pete Biro » 08/07/02 08:26 AM

OK, you are at a gathering of friends. YOU HAVE NO PROPS, AND FOR SURE NO CARDS WITH YOU...

What would you do.

I'll give you some slack and let you pick from one to three effects.

My Choices (since I have done this set many times) are:

1: Napkins or bread rolls over the head.

2: Vanish of glass or salt shaker (covered with napkin--you all know this one)

3: Impromptu cups(s) and balls with tea cups and rolled napkin balls--final loads whatever you can find (last time I did this in a chinese restaurant and used tea cups and final loads were lemons I found in the kitchen).

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Postby Jim Morton » 08/07/02 10:02 AM

If it's my deck, I usually do a stranger card routine of my own creation (perhaps RK will publish it at a later date ;) ). It leaves them with a souvenir, which is always a good thing. If someone hands me a deck I do David Regal's Clean Cut, which always leaves people astounded.

If I have no cards (ha! fat chance!), I might do the one where two straws are wrapped around each other and them come apart. Sorry, I honestly don't know what this is called. I learned it from Jay Sankey. The arm-twisting effect that appears in Magic for Dummies is a good one for a room full of people, especially if there is a mix of ages. I've also used Daryl's Cross of India routine with quarters and a Gallo Pitch finale. Cross of India doesn't seem like it should fool anyone, but it does.

Lately, I've been playing around with the Bermuda Triangle trick from Jim Steinmeyer's Impuzzabilities, using Walgreens sugar-free chocolate mints. :D I love these things, and the empty tins are useful for other effects as well.

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Postby mike cookman » 08/07/02 12:46 PM

I would do Twisting the Aces, the original. In my opinion, this one is still the best. Thank you and goodnight. :D
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Postby Guest » 08/07/02 02:01 PM

Mike Cookman is correct.
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Postby Guest » 08/07/02 02:41 PM

my ambitious card routine
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Postby Guest » 08/07/02 07:53 PM

For my money Shipwrecked by Daryl/Malone. Just brilliant :D .

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Postby Pete McCabe » 08/07/02 11:28 PM

Speaking of no props...

I was in a hot tub with some friends, naked, and someone asked me to do a trick.

I did a trick called "Full Circle", a two-phase routine where my ring turns invisible when I take it off my finger, and turns visible when I put it back on. It's basically Chad Long's Circle O'gold with an old thimble vanish stuck in front of it.

It's in the May One-Man parade of the Linking Ring. The only setup is that you be wearing your wedding ring.
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Postby Guest » 08/08/02 05:52 AM

OK Pete,
I'll bite. No props around. Hmmm, If there was a piece of paper and a pencil I might be tempted to do a centre tear "type" effect (I say type as I don't use an actual centre tear, just that type of effect).

I might also do "PK Time" if there was a watch to borrow. For sure, I would do "In search of the Unknown Force" which is a killer and requires NOTHING but a piece of paper and a pen.

With nothing at all, I would do "PK Touches".

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Postby walkinoats » 08/08/02 06:24 AM

Hi Paul,

Is "In search of the Unknown Force" in print?

thanks,
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Postby Robert Kane » 08/08/02 08:14 AM

I guess I am a small props-oriented kinda guy...

Without doubt I would perform my Color Changing Knife routine with a Minar Knife finish.

My set of Tamariz Knives are always in my pocket wherever I go...even on nature hikes.

My routine is based on the routines of Gerry Griffen (inventor of Paradigm Shift), Juan Tamariz and Michael Skinner. I have to admit that I enjoy using the Ascanio Explosion move to blow away my magical brothers and sisters. :)
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Postby Guest » 08/08/02 04:54 PM

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Postby Guest » 08/10/02 12:56 PM

My house and card keys are on my Ringer key ring so I usually do the borrowed finger ring to key ring trick. I'm always asked to do it again and I can. The instant repeat plays even stronger. If gimmicks are not allowed I do my borrowed torn and restored dollar bill with the visible restoration. I always carry business cards so I'm always prepared to do a good business card trick too.
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Postby Guest » 08/10/02 07:01 PM

If I had no props I would perfom the twisting arm
illusion. It's simple clean and you know when you see their jaw drops that they will remember you for a long time.

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Postby Guest » 08/11/02 05:24 PM

With Meir Yedid's finger Fantasies, you always have a miracle on hand...or should I say at your fingers (yes, pun intended)
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Postby Guest » 08/21/02 06:07 AM

For years the only prop I ever carry me it's
Two silks for doing Slydini knotty silks.
Answering to Jefrey Cowan it's apt for all situations.
Good for children, adult, its free angle, can't be done standing, can be done to one person or in stage, it's visual magic ,very diferent to the run of the mill.
You can do two phases or more (I do five). It's very entertaining, makes people laugh. But above all it's VERY STRONG, and looks like impromptu.
It's not too much used for its difficulty
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Postby Pete Biro » 08/21/02 08:15 AM

Robert... you keep your color changing knives in your pocket wherever you go? Even on airplanes? :D :confused: :D
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Postby Robert Kane » 08/21/02 08:39 AM

You have got me there Pete. When I get on a plane the knives go into my suitcase. :)
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Postby Lisa Cousins » 08/21/02 09:01 AM

Originally posted by Robert Kane:
When I get on a plane the knives go into my suitcase. :)
My favorite airport security joke:

A little old lady was going through airport security, and the screener discovered a pair of knitting needles and told her that he would have to confiscate them. The little old lady assured him that she had just wanted to do some knitting on the flight, and that she would never harm anyone. The screener replied "I'm sorry, ma'am, but we can't take that chance. You might knit an Afghan."
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Postby Thomas Van Aken » 08/21/02 09:17 AM

Hi,
A little bit strange that nobody mention any version of the three balls routine. This kind of routine has everything: apparition,disparition and transmutation. Also a question for peoples doing card tricks using specific cards (like aces) in a truly impromptu situation: did you have the aces already ready to be produced when you take your deck out or do you have to run thru the pack for removing them before starting your effect (wich in my opinion do not look very good).
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Postby mike cookman » 08/22/02 05:43 PM

I took this notion to mean that you are with some people who ask you to do a trick, and somebody offers you a deck of cards. I said I'd do the original Twisting the Aces, but I would first produce them in a magical way. So, technically that's two tricks, isnt it?
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Postby Lance Pierce » 09/25/02 05:30 PM

Originally posted by walkinoats:
If you were in a situation where you could only perform one trick, which one would it be? and why?
Chris
I wouldn't do a trick. I'd show them how the diagonal palm shift works and impress them that way...not that they'd be impressed with how it's done, but with the fact that I would study it for years like a flipping idiot.

And after all that time, I'm showing it to SOMEBODY.

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Postby Guest » 11/02/02 12:50 AM

Now im the first to admit that im not a fan of mental magic. In saying that , however, i believe that in the situation proposed (ie only having the chance of performing one trick) i would perform Paul Harris' "The Anything Deck". It is a fantastic and extremely strong routine that i think is frequently overlooked. I have found that although some table space is required it is well worth the strong impact on the spectator .... =)

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