Originally posted by Jonathan Townsend:
I'm going to take a different tact here on this one...and recomend it for study and use by those who go out and perform.
What you have is an option to do a few great card effects with a pack of cards. What you get is a kit all set to go and some routines with the work all ready to use. Seems a win/win to me. Anyone with questions about deck switching can easily find options from Paul Gertner and Juan Tamariz among others. Most who do perform are likely to have already learned how to switch decks in routine so they can get into and out of other items like the Devano Deck or Sam the Bellhop.
As to fooling magicians... sorry, not going to happen here, and a sad way of thinking to begin with. Any magician with even half a brain is going to deal the cards face up and bust you for using gaffs. The problem, like with the coin trick, is that when you are done, displaying a result, you are also in a vulnerable position where the props are on display yet not examinable. TADA indeed!
I guess that all depends on your particular performance situation. I am in front of lay audiences twice daily six days a week (I am a tour guide in New Orleans and perform magic regularly for my groups.) My situation usually wont allow me to carry an extra deck (unless I use a hold out!) I think the trick is great and the deck and the thought that has gone into it remarkable-defiantly win/win. I agree with you whole heartedly that it is an excellent study in card magic. It just isnt an effect that I can't logistically see including in my current working repertoire. Also, I am a purist of sorts and like working from a shuffled deck in use. All that aside I am doing the trick for my friends and family and it sure kills. Big Fun for me!
Why is it a sad way of thinking to fool other magicians?
I really like it when I am fooled by a good magic trick. I know other guys who also like to be fooled. Maybe I am missing something. Just wondering.
As far as half-brained magicians, I try and follow instructions when some one is showing me an effect as I do not want it to go badly for the guy doing the trick and like I said I like to be fooled. So I guess if the presentation was done in such a way as to eliminate any wrong dealing it could be a good time for everyone involved. As with any performance audience management is the key to success.
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