whatz ur favotire close up trick
edit: it is now the raven
Sorry if I sound picky here, but "The Raven" is not a trick. It's a gimmick. Saying "The Raven" is like answering the question by saying "Flash Paper."
The Raven is a gimmick that can be used to accomplish many different effects. Hazerman15..what's your favorite trick that uses The Raven?
IMHO, The Raven is too much of a "one-trick pony" -- too much of an annoying reset for my tastes. I prefer impromptu magic that is pretty much instantly repeatable.
Right now, one of my favorite tricks is Greg Wilson's "A Questionable Trick." Also, Brother John Hamman's "The Twins." Dai Vernon's "The Trick That Cannot Be Explained" is another. "Double Reverse" from Royal Road to Card Magic...the classic "You Do as I Do"...Paul Harris's "Galaxy" and other handlings of "Out of This World"...Harry Lorayne's "The Best Gosh Darn Impromptu Linking Card Effect You'll Ever See"...lots more I could add.
A more important question, though, is what are your audience's favorite tricks? Which effects that you do get the best reactions? The main reason I'm turning this question in that direction is that, sometimes, our favorite tricks are our favorites because of a niftiness of method or a sense of self-satisfaction that comes from mastering a difficult and necessary sleight. Or maybe we just like the prop. However, these personal favorites may not be audience favorites.
For example, there's a mentalism effect called "Three Predictions" by Theo Anneman which is one of my personal favorite card tricks purely because of the handling and mind-blowing climax. However, I have not found it to be a very good audience-pleaser yet. It involves a bit too much dealing/counting for the spectators and venues I work.