Originally posted by Joe Schmoo:
How does Last Man Standing compare to Steve Beam's Simple Shuffled (from Semi-Automatic Card Tricks vol 3). I believe both use the Goodwin-Jennings Display. There's a lot of gold in the Semi-Automatic series.
Yes but I still prefer the little nuances in LMS to the Beam version or the version in Destroyers by Troy Hoosier... the Beam and Hoosier versions for me are not as clean to get into the Tenkai Optical Turnover, the Beam version requires you to start dirty with no mention of how you get there (although a Braue Reversal/Half Pass would do I guess before the effect starts). Also with the Beam version the selection process is done face up which IMHO is a lot weaker to supposedly you never knowing what the card is till the climax.
Also both the Beam and Hoosier versions go into the Optical Revolve with the deck face up, which makes it more of a discrepancy, with Johns latest version you do the Optical Revolve from a face down deck.
The Goodwin/Jennings Display sequence is obviously pretty much the same for all the routines, then you have a choice of cleanup, I know of about five different clean-ups, and am currently using one credited by John to Simon Aronson which is simply genius, both in method and thinking! You will kick yourself when you see it... I hope it makes it to the book! Or you can do John's original cleanup, the Beam cleanup which he credits to Paul Swinford, the LJ display which is basically I think what Troy's version is? Or Paul Gordon's cleanup.
As for John's new book, put me down for a copy! I think Simon Aronson's Try the Impossible may have been self-published as there is no publisher that I can see so John may be going that way. I got a chance to see John do his Bullet Train assembly and can predict that this will be one of the highlights, for me at least!, of the book and as they say 'worth the price of admission'...
Release date, John said maybe around Christmas time, but I know Simon who is editing it I believe, wanted it out sooner...