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Nick Conticello

#1 [Italian (italiano)] author

(1955 - 19. February 2020)

Chess master, teacher, organizer, and author. Also author of books on card magic.

Started magic at age 7. At age 16 had two effects accepted for the seventh volume of the Tarbell Course in Magic and also learned the moves of chess. Abandoned magic for chess by age 17. Joined Marshall Chess Club as assistant manager in 1984. Board of Governors 1988-1994. US Master title 1989. Joined Manhattan Chess Club as assistant manager 1989. Named Chief Tournament Director 1994. Manhattan Chess Club Board of Directors 1994-2002. Named USCF Organizer of the Year (jointly with Manhattan Chess Club) 1996.

Published numerous articles in the magazine Chess Life 1997-2002. Won two Chess Journalists of America awards for historical piece on Manhattan Chess Club in 2003. Returned to magic by joining IBM Ring 26 in 2004. Also resumed chess tournament career. Best results: (all U-2200 sections) 2nd, National Congress 2004, 3rd, Foxwoods 2005 and 2007. Retired from tournament chess in 2007.

Assistant Manager (again!) at Marshall Chess Club 2005-2008. With IM Yury Lapshun, wrote two chess books for Everyman Press 2008-2009. Joined SAM Parent Assembly in 2012.

[Photo shows Barbara Greenfader, daughter of Lenny Greenfader with Nick Conticello. Carrington (Ace) Greenfader took the photo.]

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Routine Mentale Impromptu (Italian) by Nick ConticelloIl collaboratore del Tarbell Course Nick Conticello segue il suo debutto "Il posizionamento fantasma" con altri tre nuovi effetti sensazionali che richiedono solo un normale mazzo di 52 carte per esibirsi. È necessario un piccolo maneggio; includiamo The Widdershins Cut, un falso taglio efficace e semplice. I contenuti includono:

1. THOUGHT CAUGHT: un mazzo non preparato viene mischiato dall'esecutore e tagliato dallo spettatore. Vengono distribuite due pile di carte. Lo spettatore pensa a una carta in una delle pile e disperde lui stesso la selezione nel mazzo. L'esecutore scorre rapidamente...

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Tri-Unison (Italian) by Nick Conticello3 predizioni, 2 metodi, 1 effetto sensazionale!

Effetto: l'esecutore rimuove tre carte da un mazzo mescolato e le lascia in una pila a faccia in giù sul tavolo. Spiega che queste carte sono gemelle di carte che saranno selezionate da due spettatori e da lui stesso. I due spettatori scelgono i numeri liberamente e le carte in quelle posizioni vengono messe in una pila separata sul tavolo. Il mago offre al pubblico una scelta di due numeri diversi per le sue carte. Qualunque sia la scelta, l'esecutore conta fino a quella carta e la mette in cima alle prime due selezioni. Uno spettatore...

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Il Principio Generale by Nick ConticelloIl Principio Generale consente di posizionare segretamente una selezione libera in una posizione qualsiasi nel mazzo. Lo fa con l'aiuto di due carte chiave. La vera forza e novità di questo principio è che nei momenti cruciali lo spettatore è libero di tagliare il mazzo, il che rende impossibile che la selezione finisca in una posizione predeterminata - ma lo fa.

Forse il miglior uso di questo principio è per gli effetti di tipo ACAAN, come dimostra lo stesso Nick Conticello nel suo effetto SODACAAN. Con questo principio è possibile posizionare una selezione sconosciuta in una posizione...

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TOCATON (Italian) by Nick ConticelloCos'è un TOCATON?

TOCATON, la parola, è un acronimo per "thought-of-card at thought-of-number". La parola fu coniata da Nick Conticello per descrivere il suo nuovo approccio all'effetto classico di David Berglas (ACAAN, Any Card At Any Number). Nick crede che la parola descriva al meglio il suo effetto, perché egli limita la scelta delle carte e dei numeri. Ma i suoi approcci hanno il virtuosismo della velocità di presentazione e della mancanza di set-up e preparazioni del mazzo. Come molti dei suoi lavori, anche TOCATON può essere eseguito impromptu.

TOCATON, l'e-book, contiene 4...

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The ACAAN Experience (Italian) by Nick ConticelloL'autore e collezionista Doug Edwards dopo aver visto la performance ha detto: "Questo è il miglior ACAAN impromptu che abbia mai visto!"

Se avete sempre voluto eseguire una versione impromptu della versione classica di David Berglas, ma non avete mai trovato una soluzione, gioite! In questo eBook, Nick Conticello vi offre la sua collezione di ACAAN Impromptu.

Ogni versione dell'effetto di Nick (CAAN-Fluence) inizia da una medesima premessa ma utilizza tecniche diverse ogni volta per piazzare una carta scelta a una posizione qualunque del mazzo. Tutto scelto dallo spettatore, in un mazzo...

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Il Posizionamento Fantasma by Nick ConticelloQui imparerai diverse straordinarie routine di carte senza abilità di mano che si basano su un principio che, sebbene non nuovo, viene portato alla ribalta da Nick Conticello. Usando questa idea ha creato straordinarie routine di carte che non richiedono "sleight of hand". Tuttavia, qualche falso taglio occasionale o falsi miscugli possono migliorare notevolmente questi effetti. Nick insegna un efficace falso taglio, il Widdershins Cut. All'interno troverete:
  • La 23a carta
  • La 28a carta
  • The Shadow Divination
  • The Widdershins Cut
  • Le tre previsioni
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Posizionamenti Automatici by Nick ConticelloIl collaboratore del Tarbell Course, Nick Conticello, è tornato con il suo libro più grande e migliore di sempre, una serie di nuove e rinfrescanti interpretazioni di quel venerabile principio di magia matematica delle carte, il Posizionamento automatico. Nick introduce nuove varianti del principio con il posizionamento invertito e il posizionamento simmetrico. Nessun gioco di prestigio è richiesto per QUALUNQUE di questi effetti! I contenuti includono:

ABC / 123: Alex Elmsley's Spell by the Numbers senza il faro shuffle.

ORACOLO CIECO: senza vedere la faccia di una singola carta, l'esecutore...

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The Cerebral Approach: Book Six: Lucky Locator by Nick ConticelloNick Conticello wraps up his latest series with an effect which will amaze laypeople and fracture magicians!

Working with a shuffled, borrowed deck, the performer looks through it to find a "lucky locator card." After some shuffling a volunteer cuts the pack, counts off ten cards and thinks of one, then buries the counted cards in the deck and cuts it. The performer runs through the deck and takes out the lucky locator. He begins describing the locator to the person who selected the card. Sometimes he's lucky and the locator card is the selection. Sometimes he's not, so he spells out a phrase...

2019 / 2 / 5
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Sleightly Cerebral 1 by Nick ConticelloNick Conticello is proud to celebrate the fourth anniversary of his debut here at Lybrary.com with the release of the first ebook of a new series, Sleightly Cerebral. This first book is devoted to a rethinking of the classic Do-As-I-Do card effect.

From the Foreword:

Welcome to the first episode of a new series, Sleightly Cerebral. As you might surmise from the crude humor of the title, these books will explain effects that employ sleight-of-hand, while continuing the vision of the material in The Cerebral Approach. Generally each volume will explore one or two simple but under-utilized sleights while frequently...

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The Cerebral Approach: Book Five: Twin Killing by Nick ConticelloProblem: To divine or locate two cards that are merely thought of by two persons.

This effect has intrigued me for many years. I've published several approaches in the past ("Think Stop" in Automatic Placements, "Talons of the Hawk" and "Talons of the Bat" in Potpourri 2, to cite a few) but these tricks smack openly of mathematics. They lack the directness of selection and revelation I would deem ideal.

Two classic but widely divergent approaches are Ed Marlo's "Double Thought, Single Deck" and Simon Aronson's "Simon-Eyes." Recently, I combined Marlo's basic premise with a concept of Aronson's and a hitherto unpublished key card...

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The Cerebral Approach: Book Four by Nick ConticelloTwo locations based on a unique method.

No Mean Card Trick

Effect: From an unprepared pack he has just shuffled and cut, a spectator counts out ten cards and thinks of one. He buries the packet in the deck himself. The performer cuts the pack and deals out a 5x4 face-up array. He asks the spectator to think "yes" if his card is in the array. The performer confirms the card is on the table. Next the performer asks the spectator to concentrate on which horizontal row his card is in. After some effort, the performer discards the other three rows correctly. Finally, the spectator is asked...

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Nick Conticello

The Cerebral Approach: Book Three by Nick ConticelloNew Century Pairs Re-Paired
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: A Bit of History
  • Chapter 2: Judah's Mutus Nomen (S.J. Mutus Dedit Trick)
  • Chapter 3: Thoughts on the Classical Effect
  • Chapter 4: Third Person Singular: 30 cards in play, 3 selections. After the Judah shuffle, top ten cards are put aside and the rest laid out. Performer reveals the third card without seeing any of the faces.
  • Chapter 5: There Are No Words: The basic effect with no code words, just a modified shuffle and a few simple arithmetical rules.
  • Chapter 6: Poker Four-ay: 20 cards, 4 selections by four different people. All four indicate...
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Nick Conticello

The Cerebral Approach: Book Two by Nick ConticelloNovel Concepts with Key Cards. No sleight-of-hand is needed for any of these effects. Ideal for both magicians and mentalists.

Imagine taking a borrowed, shuffled, incomplete deck, mixing it a bit yourself, and offering it to a volunteer for a cut. The volunteer then cuts each half separately, chooses a card from one half, and buries it in the pack himself. Yet despite these difficult conditions, you are able to locate the selected card with absolute certainty. That is the premise of this ebook.

The Straddle Key concept is a breakthrough in key card theory. I have tested this material...

2017 / 6 / 25
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The Cerebral Approach: Book One by Nick ConticelloNotes on the 18 Card Trick.

Nick Conticello starts a new series of ebooks on sleightless magic with a new take on the venerable 27 Card Trick. A card merely thought of by a volunteer is revealed at a position the volunteer requests at the start. This method uses just 18 cards and needs no complex formulas or tables, just a few simple rules. Besides the basic effect, Nick adds a presentation that elevates this item from a mere puzzle to a great card effect.

1st edition 2017, 11 pages.

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Potpourri Bundle by Nick Conticello
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Australian Aces by Nick ConticelloThis e-book offers three similar effects all based on a singular premise.

1. Australian Aces: The performer casually shuffles a pack of cards, then hands it to a volunteer. The performer need not touch the cards for the duration of this feat. The volunteer cuts off roughly a quarter of the pack. The volunteer names any Ace freely. He spells its name and gives the packet an Australian Shuffle. The last card he holds is the Ace he named! The volunteer now spells the word 'Ace' and the Ace matching the color of the named Ace turns up. Finally the volunteer spells the suit of the named Ace and...

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Potpourri 3 by Nick ConticelloA Further Collection of Impromptu, Sleightless, Mathematical Tricks

Nick Conticello is proud to present the third and final installment of the Potpourri series. Herewith is another collection of impromptu, sleightless, mathematical effects with cards. Each book has a theme, and this one is no exception. The entire ebook is devoted to what Nick calls the Australian Shuffle. (You may refer to it as the Down/Under Deal.)

The present work is concerned with three placement concepts. George Sands devised one in the mid-Twentieth Century. Nick published the second in Tarbell 7, and he is releasing...

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Potpourri 2: More Impromptu, Sleightless, Mathematical Tricks by Nick ConticelloAfter seeing several effects from this ebook, author and collector Doug Edwards said:
"The stuff you do with a shuffled deck and one or two key cards borders on the miraculous!"
1. TEN-IS MATCH: The performer removes ten matching pairs from the deck. These are mixed by both the performer and spectator and divided about in half by the spectator. Yet somehow all the pairs line up. Based on ideas of Howard Adams and Gene Finnell.

2. TALONS OF THE HAWK: Two volunteers each think of a card from a group of ten. The packets are lost in the deck by the volunteers themselves. The performer...

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Potpourri: A Collection of Impromptu Sleightless Mathematical Tricks by Nick ConticelloAuthor and collector Doug Edwards said:
"I know a good trick when I see one, and KNOW-ALL NEALE is a good trick! It's impromptu and direct. And I like A COUNT, A BILL as well. The divination of the three digits comes as a complete surprise. Two real winners."

Tarbell Course contributor Nick Conticello returns with a new selection of close-up magic designed to be performed for small groups of friends or acquaintances.

1. Know-All Neale: 3 coin divination with fourth coin kicker

2. A Count, A Bill: Based on "It's the Principle " (Bob Longe, Sept. 2001 Linking Ring) with bill used...

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TOCATON by Nick ConticelloWhat is TOCATON?

TOCATON, the word, is an acronym for "thought-of card at thought-of number." It's pronounced "talk-a-ton." The word was coined by Nick Conticello to describe his new approach to the classic David Berglas effect "Any Card at Any Number." Nick feels the word is more descriptive of his effects because he does limit the choice of numbers and the choice of cards. But his approach has the virtues of speed of presentation and lack of preparation. Like most of his published work, TOCATON can be performed impromptu, with any reasonably complete pack of cards.

TOCATON, the e-book, contains four...

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