THE POWER OF POKER from John Bannon's book Dear Mr. Fantasy

What The Audience Sees:

"Okay, this week was nuts. Jamie showed me ten cards (face down) and told me I was going to pick a hand of poker for myself. Jamie would show me a couple of cards and I would pick one. This went on until we both had five cards. At the end I had a Full House. But get this, he had a Straight Flush! And I made every single decision. It was crazy!"

How It Went:

Wow, talk about a great effect. It also helps that I'm such a huge fan of poker. Self-working, easy magic at it's finest. John credits Dave Solomon as the creator of the effect and Dave came up with a killer. And the Magic Friday crowd ate it up. The only problems arose when someone had no idea of poker hands, but I think that only happened once, and even then, I was able to explain it before the finale.

Best Lines:

'Ohhhhhhhh. That I like. I like that. I like that a lot.' -I think he liked it.

'No,no,no,no,no. I made those choices. I want the Straight.' -well, you can't always get what you want, right?

Angry Bob Rating:

I have a co-worker (Bob) whose uncle was a magician and thereby has a good working knowledge of how magic works. He's pretty grumpy but likes Magic Friday's because he can tell me how he figured out how the effect is done... A high rating means he'll never figure it out.

'... ... ...That was pretty %$^$&&$ sweet.'- yeah, I know.

My Rating:

Going on my previous rating system of the highest marks going to standing walk around effects, I may have to unbelievably dock a point here. I suppose you could do it in someone's hands and, now that I'm writing it, I'm surprised I didn't try it. The only other problem is what I mentioned earlier of running across someone that doesn't know poker. But man, I love this effect! Let's say 8.75/10. I might even go higher but we'll leave it there for now. To be honest, Dear Mr. Fantasy, as a whole, is a 10/10 anyways.

The JDG Tip:

I think John has nicer spectators than I do, because whenever I let the person choose the last card face up, a couple tried to mess with me intentionally. In the end, I would turn the last two cards face up, ask the spectator to turn all of their cards face up, and say, "I'll even let you have the last card that best helps you". Thereby making the decision together.

Closing Thoughts:

You'll still be seeing me pop in and out of the Café from time to time. Even though SM is taking up a large part of my life, I'll always be grateful to Steve Brooks, and all my friends here, so you should still be seeing Magic Friday at least once a month. Take Care and...


Jamie D. Grant
Vancouver Magician

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