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Remote Close Up 2
by Renzo Grosso

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Remote Close Up 2 by Renzo Grosso

Due to the "fault" of the lockdown, I began to collect effects to present on the phone to my friends, using their deck of cards or the objects at their disposal, without any possibility for me to intervene, except by carefully checking the game instructions. Many are the mathematical principles used, some "old" of a few centuries, others revised over time, others, contemporary, just as original. I tried, for each of them, to invent a story, a suitable setting, which was unique and original, fantasy, and which was consistent with the operations that performer and spectator were going to perform, in order to create a strong final climax, truly magical.

In this booklet you will find:

REMOTE SUGGESTIONS: Do you know "The trick that fooled Einstein"? "A splendid game with coins", to be attributed to Luca Pacioli (1445-1517); according to a recent legend - it was performed by the mentalist Al Koran (1914-1972) in front of Einstein who was struck by it (cit. The magic of numbers). It is an impromptu effect, close up, with coins; I wanted to create an effect to propose to my friends on the phone. The challenge was to invent a forcing, to be performed on the phone and disguising it logically within the description: in the end, I did it: "Remote Suggestions" was born.

THE MAGIC OF MUSIC: An effect on the phone can only be presented as a mentalism performance: it is the story that builds the success of the number, more than the method used. Also in this case I was confronted with a classic close-up card magic, which I wanted to "dress" with a new and original presentation, trying to motivate the revelation of the card conceived through the spectator's autonomous choices, guided by the sensations he experienced in that specific moment: all to give a little "mystery" to the preparation and a little "amazement" to the final magical revelation.

SEVEN NOTES: Still in the musical field another automatic effect (of which, frankly, I could not determine the authorship; I saw it done many years ago, by Aldo Colombini, but then Tamariz, Woody Aragon and other greats added similar versions, equally effective. I did nothing but add, as I love to do, a story that somehow justified the manipulation of the cards. Have fun.

1st edition 2021, PDF 14 pages.
word count: 2880 which is equivalent to 11 standard pages of text