Ambitious Card Ending

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Re: Ambitious Card Ending

Postby Paco Nagata » July 12th, 2019, 6:19 am

I've been all my amateur card magic life hearing about ending the Ambitious Card Routine with the card in an impossible place.
It's curious that, as far as I know, nobody has had the oposite idea, which would be actually the proper way to follow and finish the plot.
I mean, how about putting the ambitious card in an impossible place and yet make it come to the top of the deck? For example, putting it inside a closed safe, and still get the card on the top of the deck... or tear the A. C. apart or burning it... and still it comes to the top!...

Well, I've done an easy version using the rub-a-dub technique:
I do the said move without trick and show with the other hand that the top card of the deck is not the A. C., because it is under my hand (I show it and put it on top of the deck) "Now, let's put something on top of the card not to let it escape" (perform again the rub-a-dub technique keeping the A. C. on top) and put something on top; a book, a hat... right away, without letting the audience think to much, we double turn over as saying "remember, the A. C. is not now on top." Finally we do magical gestures, take our time, and ask the spectator to look under the book, hat... it's gone! why? Let's see the top card...
Presenting it properly it gets good reactions.
I added this idea in my personal amateur book of card magic.
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Re: Ambitious Card Ending

Postby Jack Shalom » July 12th, 2019, 9:06 am

Joe Lyons wrote:
Pete McCabe wrote:
I’ve never seen a routine that combined ambitious card with rising or haunted, but with the presentation you’re using, I think you could make the audience feel that it was all one trick. I would love to see that.


So, at the end of the stated routine I place the cards in a houlette to the side, seemingly discarding them, and the selected card(perverse magic) slowly starts to rise.


FWIW, a few years ago, I posted this video to my blog where I combined an attempted Ambitious Card with the rising card. It might give you some ideas:

https://jackshalom.net/2015/07/25/rising-expectations/

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Re: Ambitious Card Ending

Postby Zig Zagger » July 12th, 2019, 12:26 pm

Paco Nagata wrote:I've been all my amateur card magic life hearing about ending the Ambitious Card Routine with the card in an impossible place.
It's curious that, as far as I know, nobody has had the oposite idea, which would be actually the proper way to follow and finish the plot.
I mean, how about putting the ambitious card in an impossible place and yet make it come to the top of the deck? For example, putting it inside a closed safe, and still get the card on the top of the deck... or tear the A. C. apart or burning it... and still it comes to the top!...

A wonderful idea! I could imagine putting the card (seemingly) into a window envelope where the back remains visible for a minute. Then you either burn it all or, better still, you shake the envelope and the card vanishes in a blink. You hand out the empty envelope and the card reappears on top of the deck. Top!
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Re: Ambitious Card Ending

Postby Richard Kaufman » July 12th, 2019, 12:48 pm

Did I mention Card on Forehead? Saw Derek Dingle do it and that's what I've used ever since.
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Re: Ambitious Card Ending

Postby Jonathan Townsend » July 12th, 2019, 1:25 pm

There's a cute item called the horizontal card rise where are card placed in the pack winds up at the face of the pack. Could be done with the face down pack too. Comes with a glass and a base and glass dome to cover the thing. Cover with a hank and the card is at the face of the pack again.
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Re: Ambitious Card Ending

Postby Richard Kaufman » July 12th, 2019, 2:05 pm

Collector's Workshop used to sell that. Still might.

But it's easier to do with a stemmed wine glass and a twist.
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Re: Ambitious Card Ending

Postby Christopher1979 » July 12th, 2019, 2:47 pm

Also, bending the card and make it pop to the top is always really visual

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Re: Ambitious Card Ending

Postby Q. Kumber » July 12th, 2019, 4:40 pm

Richard Kaufman wrote:Did I mention Card on Forehead? Saw Derek Dingle do it and that's what I've used ever since.


You didn't mention it but now that you have, perhaps you could a little elaborate, please. I don't recall seeing any mention of it in The Complete Works.

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Re: Ambitious Card Ending

Postby Richard Kaufman » July 12th, 2019, 6:06 pm

I cannot remember if it's in there, or somewhere else. You can see photos of Dingle doing it in the Hyla Clark book.
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Re: Ambitious Card Ending

Postby Gerald Deutsch » July 12th, 2019, 6:18 pm

I have suggested a number of endings to The Ambitious Card in the thread of Perverse Magic on this forum including one that is the first item posted on that thread on December 2002 (page 6 of the book Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic")

Basically the magician tries to find a selected card but keeps getting "The Ambitious Card" and so in frustration he says he will do his magic with that card and when he tries to have the Ambitious Card go into his pocket he is confused when it's not The Ambitious Card in his pocket but the selected card.

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Re: Ambitious Card Ending

Postby Paco Nagata » July 12th, 2019, 6:57 pm

Christopher1979 wrote:Also, bending the card and make it pop to the top is always really visual


To me it's not worth to perform an Ambitious Card Routine without including the fantastic Braue pop-up effect. That great effect just seems to be made for that routine.
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Re: Ambitious Card Ending

Postby Skmayhew2 » July 14th, 2019, 2:25 am

Dingle’s card on forehead reference:

https://www.conjuringarchive.com/list/book/102

Side note: is the pop up move Braue’s? Or Vernon’s?

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Re: Ambitious Card Ending

Postby Philippe Billot » July 14th, 2019, 3:16 am

Skmayhew2 wrote:Dingle’s card on forehead reference:


Side note: is the pop up move Braue’s? Or Vernon’s?


It was attributed to Braue because it's described in Expert Card Technique but perhaps Vernon (or Miller) did it before.

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Re: Ambitious Card Ending

Postby Leonard Hevia » July 14th, 2019, 11:26 am

Dingle's Card on Forehead is in the first New York Symposium book.

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Re: Ambitious Card Ending

Postby Paco Nagata » July 14th, 2019, 1:05 pm

Philippe Billot wrote:
Skmayhew2 wrote:Side note: is the pop up move Braue’s? Or Vernon’s?
It was attributed to Braue because it's described in Expert Card Technique but perhaps Vernon (or Miller) did it before.
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I wonder why Hugard and Braue spoke very little about the origen of the techniques, moves, tricks... described in "Expert Card Technique". Maybe because it was assumed that most of them were clearly Vernon's and Miller's? As far as I have heard or read somewhere, Vernon said something like: "I could have written this book".
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Re: Ambitious Card Ending

Postby Paco Nagata » July 14th, 2019, 1:27 pm

My bad!
In the third edition (which is the one I have) Hugard credited most of the sleight to Vernon. Nontheless it's not specified exactly which of them. Hence, the misteries that Philippe Billot is talking about.
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Re: Ambitious Card Ending

Postby Zig Zagger » July 17th, 2019, 5:48 pm

Wouldn't "Card to Ceiling" also qualify as a TOP closer for an ACR?
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Re: Ambitious Card Ending

Postby erdnasephile » July 18th, 2019, 10:56 am

Philippe Billot wrote:
Skmayhew2 wrote:Dingle’s card on forehead reference:


Side note: is the pop up move Braue’s? Or Vernon’s?


It was attributed to Braue because it's described in Expert Card Technique but perhaps Vernon (or Miller) did it before.

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In Carney 2013 (the Touches on Classics episode 1:22 ), John Carney attributes the pop-up move to Bill Simon. I've not read that attribution before--has anyone else come across it?

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Re: Ambitious Card Ending

Postby skmayhew » July 18th, 2019, 2:21 pm

erdnasephile wrote:In Carney 2013 (the Touches on Classics episode 1:22 ), John Carney attributes the pop-up move to Bill Simon. I've not read that attribution before--has anyone else come across it?


Interesting.

I think I got the idea that the move was Vernon's from one of the Carney segments in 'Spirit of Magic', but looking at it again I see that he doesn't actually credit the move to Vernon:

https://youtu.be/OeIBCLw4p8o?t=1561

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Re: Ambitious Card Ending

Postby Paco Nagata » July 18th, 2019, 6:37 pm

Zig Zagger wrote:
Paco Nagata wrote:I've been all my amateur card magic life hearing about ending the Ambitious Card Routine with the card in an impossible place.
It's curious that, as far as I know, nobody has had the oposite idea, which would be actually the proper way to follow and finish the plot.
I mean, how about putting the ambitious card in an impossible place and yet make it come to the top of the deck? For example, putting it inside a closed safe, and still get the card on the top of the deck... or tear the A. C. apart or burning it... and still it comes to the top!...

A wonderful idea! I could imagine putting the card (seemingly) into a window envelope where the back remains visible for a minute. Then you either burn it all or, better still, you shake the envelope and the card vanishes in a blink. You hand out the empty envelope and the card reappears on top of the deck. Top!


Zig Zagger, today I tried your window envelope idea for an Ambitious Card Routine ending during a show for my birthday family party, and it worked! I mean, my people liked it a lot :D
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Re: Ambitious Card Ending

Postby Zig Zagger » July 19th, 2019, 3:10 pm

Paco Nagata wrote:Zig Zagger, today I tried your window envelope idea for an Ambitious Card Routine ending during a show for my birthday family party, and it worked! I mean, my people liked it a lot :D

That's nice to hear, Paco. I already like your family! ;)

Please PM me if you are interested in an exchange of ideas about sneaky window envelopes.
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