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Secret Agenda – March 20 – Double Lift Substitute

March 24, 2011 - 12:05 am

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Secret Agenda – March 20 – Double Lift Substitute Haven’t had a chance to try this for someone, yet.  But I like the thinking and, as part of a longer Ambitious Card routine, this would be a nice, clean sequence.  I’m not completely sold on the idea of lifting the deck up (twice!) so they […]

Secret Agenda – March 19 – A Not So Mathematical Contro

March 24, 2011 - 12:03 am

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Secret Agenda – March 19 – A Not So Mathematical Control I like Roberto’s thinking, especially as an example of the discipline required to spruce up boring (or rather, not too exciting) magic procedures. As for this effect, I’d only perform it on somebody’s birthday.  And even then, I’d be hard pressed to not perform […]

Secret Agenda – March 18 – A Mathematical Control

March 24, 2011 - 12:01 am

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Secret Agenda – March 18 – A Mathematical Control I’m interested to see what Roberto comes up with tomorrow.  As it stands, I’d never do this.  But I’ve seen other people perform it (as a simple location) to mild response.

Secret Agenda – March 17 – Give It a Stab

March 24, 2011 - 12:00 am

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Secret Agenda – March 17 – Give It a Stab I’m getting rid of my cutting boards – this is the card stab routine I’ve been waiting for.  I’ll need to carry a Svengali deck around and I’ll have to practice my two-handed fan, but that’s a small price to pay for this genius routine.  […]

Secret Agenda – March 16 – Cyclic False Shuffle

March 23, 2011 - 11:57 pm

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Secret Agenda – March 16 – Cyclic False Shuffle I’m always on the lookout for a good full deck false shuffle. This one is great.  And it’s the first three words of this entry, “For lay audiences…” that really makes all the difference in the world.  I don’t care much about fooling magicians.  This shuffle […]

Secret Agenda – March 15 – The Goldin Pass

March 23, 2011 - 11:57 pm

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Secret Agenda – March 15 – The Goldin Pass What isn’t made clear in the description of this interesting pass is the direction that the packets are turned over. For example, in one variation, I can turn each packet over right-to-left (like a book).  Specifically, the first packet (top half) is turned over right-to-left (like […]

Secret Agenda – March 14 – Top Fifteen Humorous Quotes

March 23, 2011 - 11:55 pm

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Secret Agenda – March 14 – Top Fifteen Humorous Quotes I actually tried to track down the translation to “In dubio Prosecco” and “Mens sana in campari soda” with no luck.  (Google failed me! Or I failed Google.) If you know what either of these phrases mean, please post it as a comment. I have […]

Secret Agenda – March 13 – An Emotional Out

March 23, 2011 - 11:52 pm

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Secret Agenda – March 13 – An Emotional Out I’m not sure how many of you are actually pulling down books from your shelf and looking up an item when Roberto cites an effect or sleight, but I’m being careful to follow his suggestions (and I’m fortunate to have a large library). I pulled down […]

Secret Agenda – March 12 – Solution for out and Quickie

March 23, 2011 - 11:50 pm

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Secret Agenda – March 12 – Solution for out and Quickie I like Roberto’s solution, but am not too fond of ringing in a duplicate card.  I believe him when he says just that already having it present inside the deck is a safe alternative, but I’d like the option of doing this anytime, anywhere, […]

Secret Agenda – March 11 – Out and Quickie

March 23, 2011 - 11:46 pm

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Secret Agenda – March 11 – Out and Quickie And, like a good teacher should, Roberto has challenged and encouraged us to create a scenario whereby the infrequent challenge can be utilized as a procedural effect.  I should have known this was coming. Better yet, I should have challenged myself without Roberto’s prodding.