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Up The Ante by Martyn Smith and The Merchant of Magic - Book
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What would you do when faced with a bet so unbelievably good that you simply couldn't lose? How far would you go? What are your limits? Before you meet UP THE ANTE then you'd better have an idea.....
-Dominic Reyes (Don't believe a word of it)
"This routine isn't for the table hopper or strolling magician, you need table space as this routine is a 'layout' type effect. If you do gambling type routines or you perform magic at parties, on the streets, parlor, down the pub or at work etc (or this could be a feature routine for that intimate cabaret type gig) then this would be very hard to top. Martyn is an airline pilot and a very clever thinker, what really stands out for me is the 'hands off' bit, once you hand out the deck you never need touch it again. Each prediction/proposition bet gets more outrageous and finishes with an impossible and logical climax.
I'm getting more and more bookings these days for private house parties and this is the type of routine you can do when they say 'I wouldn't like to play cards with you.' In Martyn's own words....'If you did not possess a reputation as a card-sharp before this routine, you certainly will at the end! Remember that you did not shuffle or indeed even handle the cards!'
Included with this are some really nice touches and presentational tips , ideas and scripts, also there are additional handling's for the more esoteric type of performer."
Pages: 12 - Softbound
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Phenomenal Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 29th, 2014
Incredible creation by Martyn Smith. The spectator cuts and shuffles the cards , lays all 52 down in several piles and the magician places bets on what kind of cards are in each--and wins every time. This took some thinking. The result is pure amazement.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 8th, 2011
This is easily one of the BEST card effects I have ever purchased. It is 100%% self working, and it works 100% of the time.
The gambling plot is a heck of a lot of fun, and the sheer impossibility of the various bets and outcomes makes for a sensational and rollicking good time for all!
Many pros throughout the world are using "Up The Ante" as a weapon in their magical arsenal.
If you are looking not to fool but to literally STUN your audience, this is this E Ticket folks. A winner all the way!!! I used this last week at a charity benefit in front of an audience of 80 people and "Up The Ante" helped me raise over 0 for a very worthy charity. People in the audience talked about this for hours after...
TRULY amazing. Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 12th, 2010
This was a strange routine; a terrible demo video that did not show much coupled with a description that only detailed parts of the routine... No reviews anywhere online, and not super cheap for a small, 10 page manuscript.
Well, I decided that I would go for it.
And I am GLAD I did.
This booklet is a GREAT routine; it is logical, everything is justified, and EVEN though your spectators have to deal out the WHOLE deck, it is all spaced out so evenly that it remains very entertaining throughout the whole routine.
The best part is that when they say "the magician NEVER touches the cards", they speak the truth. You REALLY never do for ALL of this routine. They cut, they shuffle (legitimately shuffle!) and yet you still end up with AMAZING climaxes.
I really can not say enough about this routine. If gambling demos interest you, this is a really original, creative use of a few old principals with a wonderful, interactive and fun presentation. NOT to mention this trick is self-working.
Great purchase and I WILL be doing this routine.
This is not a trick. ITS A MIRACLE Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 19th, 2016
Don't let the demo and the whole marketing of this trick fool you.
THIS IS A KILLER!!!
The only "problem" with this trick is that you can only use it as a closer because I don't think you can find anything to follow it!
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