All of the basic card plots.

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All of the basic card plots.

Postby Guest » August 16th, 2005, 9:47 am

I have read on several occasions that most new card tricks are variations of classic card plots.

Has there ever been an article in Genii, or any other source which identifies all of the basic card plots?

It would be interesting to have a source which identifies a basic card plot and a few of the preferred variations and its source.

For example:

Card Plot: Triumph (Stars of Magic)
Variations of interest: Guy Hollingworth; John Bannon, etc

Is this a feasible project or are there too many card plots to identify?


Re: All of the basic card plots.

Postby Guest » August 16th, 2005, 9:55 am

I came across this on the 'Net a few years ago. I can't vouch for it's completeness or accuracy (or spelling/grammar), but I found it interesting and informative:

"Zenneth's Card Plots

Many times I have seen card magicians perform variations of same plot again and again instead of performing different plots in one performance, check out the following plots, and at least learn one effect of all these plots, instead of learning the variations of 1 plot. Then you will have very enough materials to perform:

1. Twisting
This is the card trick which lead me into card magic.

2. Twisted Collector
Allan Ackerman/ J.C Wagner/ Paul Harris 's version in AOA, not very technically demanding, but very commercial.

3. Triumph
Slop Shuffle Version fools laymen, trust me.

4. Collector
Card Cannibles

5. Searcher(Progressive Sandiwch)/Sandwich
Ed Marlo, Larry Jennings has lot of works on it
Aaron Fisher has a very nice searcher routine.

6. Visitor
Larry Jennings

7. Oil & Water
Too many versions, learn few routines and combine them together.

8. Traveller
Larry Jennings, don't directly go into Ambidesterious Traveller, learn an easier version first.

9. ( Reverse) Ace Assembly
You can't affoard not to learn the infamous MacDonald's Aces
Vernon's Slow Motion Aces

10. Ace Cutting
Magician/Spectator cuts to 4 Aces or 4 of a Kind

11. Ace Revelation
There are countless version, make up your own if you wish.

12. Progressive Aces
This plot is more or less a cardician's plot, forget it if you are a beginner.

13. Card to Any Number
There are some easier methods than second deal.
Kind of cardician's plot

14. Card to Impossible Location
Card to mouth, Card Under the drink, learn the misdirection!

15. Card Across
Check Out Paul Harris' Las Vegas Leaper

16. Interchange
Magician VS Gambler
The climax in the end of the routine is very surprising!

17. Re-Set
Visual Card Magic at it's best!

18. All Backs
Not the cup of tea for me, but you might interested in it.

19. Ambitious Card
Get Daryl's Ambitious Card Video, you will learn Almost everything about Ambitious Card. This is a worker, I don't suggest you to perform it at the very beginning of your performance, because sometimes we will suddenly run out of materials, and our brain will malfunction, pull out Ambitious Card to save yourself.

20. Wild Card
Too many versions,
Learn Bro.John Hammon's version or pick up the one in Card College

21. Torn & Restored Card
J.C. Wagner's version is strong enough, if you want a piece by piece restortion, Ripped and Restored is a visual and easy to do version (relatively)

22. Card Warp
Combine Larry Jennings' Close up Illusion with Roy Walton's Card Warp, you will probably get the best reaction that you ever have.

23. Card Penetration
Card Thru Table
Somehow my classmates consider this effect as the strongest card effect that I can do.

24. The Homing Card

25. Out Of this World
Paul Curry's original version, no sleight of hand, unbelievable astonishing, this is the best card trick ever devised!

26. Open Prediction

27. Monte
Daryl's 3 Card Monte Video.
OK, if you don't want to go into the real 3 card monte, perform Dr. Daley's Last Trick or the now well known" 2 card monte" would be just fine.

28. Multiple Card Revelation
Paul Cummings and Doc Eason

29. Poker Deal

30. Colour Changing Deck
Paul Harris Double deck..easy to do

Red Hot MaMa/Chicago Opener is great, although not a colour changing deck.

31. Linking Card
Paul Harris has lots of works on it

32. Card Repeat
Fred Kaps' I am in Debt

33. Spelling
Unfortunately, not too good for Chinese spectators.

34. Fusion
Doc Eason's Anniversay Waltz

35. Sucker effect
Dunbury Aces
That's it ...I love this effect! Eddie Fecther ...genius!


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Re: All of the basic card plots.

Postby jimmycards » August 16th, 2005, 11:39 am

In the Card Expert Entertains, by Dariel Fitzkee, he has a chapter that also lists plots.
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Re: All of the basic card plots.

Postby Jonathan Townsend » August 16th, 2005, 11:44 am

Originally posted by pierredan:
...Has there ever been an article in Genii, or any other source which identifies all of the basic card plots? ...
John Cornelius did an act that pretty much covered the list. Did he publish the thing?
Mundus vult decipi -per Caleb Carr's story Killing Time

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Re: All of the basic card plots.

Postby Sam Kesler » August 16th, 2005, 12:13 pm

here's a great link! Kudos to Denis Behr. Enjoy! ... ?url=10,46


Re: All of the basic card plots.

Postby Guest » August 16th, 2005, 11:15 pm

John Cornelius did publish.

"The Award-Winning Magic of John Cornelius" by Lance Pierce. Copyright 2001 by L&L Publishing. It's called "The F.I.S.M Act." It also has a sub-title that is right on topic.

The link above this post is pretty darn good, too.

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