Shuffle-Bored variation

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Postby Guest » 06/21/07 04:18 PM

Where can I find a description/instructions for the great variation on Shuffle-Bored where the performer gradually unfolds a document showing that he has correctly predicted the results every step of the way?

thanks....I think it was actually printed in the "other" magazine....don't remember exactly...

Postby Guest » 06/21/07 04:54 PM

Simon's routine, Random Sample Shuffle-Bored can be found in MAGIC August 2003

Its a great routine


Postby Guest » 06/21/07 07:08 PM

It also appears on volume 2 of Aronson's Sessions with Simon dvds...

Postby Guest » 06/21/07 11:54 PM

Ali Bongo had such a version in his lecture notes. I've also seen Lennart Green do a version. Ali Bongo's version is pre-printed. Lennart Green's is handwritten just before the performance and in view of the audience.

Postby Guest » 06/22/07 01:19 AM

And...Harry Lorayne's effect in TrendSetters. (Equaliser??)
Paul Gordon

Postby Guest » 06/22/07 02:12 AM

There's a version on Paul Green's "In the Trenches", and Simon Aronson actually has it up on his site, too.

Postby Guest » 06/22/07 06:20 AM

I think Aldo Columbini had a version as well. Was Ali Bongo the first to apply the unfolding paper revelation?

Postby Guest » 06/22/07 09:40 AM

Aldo Colombini has a version and it is called "Pre-Deckability"

Postby Guest » 06/22/07 04:53 PM

This is a great trick that I have done several times. I used a greeting card program to make up the booklet so that I didn't have to cut up or try to copy the template from the magazine. You might be able to make one in MS Word using Word Art. I haven't tried. But this is a wonderful effect.

Postby Guest » 07/02/07 10:45 AM

A good friend in magic recently pointed me to Lennart Green's Rain Man routine from his Green Lite DVD. Check it out for a nice version as well as other easy to-do card routines.

Postby Jeff Eline » 07/02/07 11:30 AM

If you're going to fold your predections for Shuffle-bored, the website has a great little way to fold a 8x10 sheet of paper to make a booklet.
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Postby Guest » 07/03/07 01:04 AM

Another take on this is "Comedy Card Babies" by Dave Devin,


Have spectator select card and shuffle into the deck. Magician states that before he came to the show, he made a prediction which he placed inside of the envelope marked with a question mark.

Magician asks spectator if they have any idea what was predicted into the envelope. Spectator answers "NO", at which time magician pulls prediction from the envelope with "NO" side facing audience.

Magician states, "You're absolutely correct, in fact, you were "right ON". When you say "right ON", then turn the prediction card end for end changing the world "NO" to "ON". This also puts you in position for your next prediction using the babies.

Magician now states that he has a prediction on the "other side" of the "ON" card. Ask a spectator to name a very famous person. Someone everyone will recognize. When the spectator names person, turn "ON" card over revealing Baby #1 picture, stating that "here he/she is at 6 months old."

Next, the magician states, "I know what you're thinking, what if I would have said Oprah Winfrey?" Open the prediction from top to bottom with prediction in this position (full size baby #2 facing audience). The 4 of hearts now faces magician. This puts the final prediction in correct position for final reveal!

Postby Guest » 07/03/07 06:06 AM

Simons routine is, I think, a big step forward with both the effect Shuffle-Bored and progressive predictions.

The reason is that it attempts to make the unfolding prediction INTO SOMETHING REAL: in this case a marketing research booklet on probabilities. I just came back from a resort casino, and they pass out just this kind of booklet for guests: Basic Odds of Blackjack or What you need to know to gamble here type of thing. We printed Simons page to look like this kind of booklet.

And as Jeff points out, the paper doesnt increase in size each time, but rather functions like a booklet with pages. Then, at the end, you unfold the booklet to reveal the last prediction.

We all lament how many great tricks slip by in all the magazines, seemingly unread and unused. But a few tricks- -for one reason or other- - catch on. This one caught on. Everywhere I go, people show me THEIR handlings of Random Sample Shuffle-bored, or show me a beat-up booklet theyve been using for months and months (a digital file for the booklet exists and is passed around a lot so you can print your own booklets...unofficial I believe). It is most gratifying to see people use this great trick. I know Simon is pleased about it, too.

Josh Jay

Postby Guest » 07/03/07 08:50 AM

Simon Aronson, as usual, takes a neat principle (parity) to exalted levels and his enhancements are worth examining and doing.

For the record, I published a version (based on Ali Bongo's capital idea of the folded prediction) in M.O. about the time this approach was passing through the underground circuits. It was titled LOLLIPODOOZA PREDICTION. This, plus Bongo's notes, probably inspired Aldo to nicely package and market a version...which help popularize it.

For my money, John Bannon's "Wait Under Dark" is another great avenue to take. See p. 165 in DEAR MR. FANTASY (2004). Spectators INTERPRET the effect differently. While sight-less the performer seems to be able to see what cannot be seen. There is only one socko prediction, which comes at the end and is a complete surprise.

Check it out and then reread your Aronson.


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