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The Elimination Principle
by TC Tahoe

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(2 reviews, 2 customer ratings) ★★★★★

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The Elimination Principle by TC Tahoe

A hands off Bank Night Routine, and so much more.

The Elimination Principle is the method behind TC Tahoe's "The Color Game", a simple and direct, Bank Night routine.

This manuscript also includes a Safe Smash and Stab type effect. And one of TC's favorite routines for opening a show called, On the House.

Simple, direct magic, that can work for a small group or a thousand. Play for laughs or are a serious mental piece.

1st edition 2016, 14 pages.
word count: 2196 which is equivalent to 8 standard pages of text

Reviewed by J.A. Murphy (confirmed purchase)
★★★★   Date Added: Wednesday 21 November, 2018

Save your money! Buy the Colombini Farewell Lecture instead and get a routine that can actually fool people (Rachel's Elimination) plus 23 other Colombini routines. Tahoe's The Elimination Principle has a glaring problem which, in my mind at least, is extremely likely to discovered, and commented on, by one of the participants. Rachel's routine describes two different ways to avoid the problem. Tahoe's Intro says "The Elimination Principle was inspired by Max Maven’s Kurotsuke" -- I consider that a HIGHLY misleading claim! Kurotsuke is one of my favorite routines, but I would never dare try it using the method in this book. I kept thinking that I MUST have missed something, and I've gone back and reread the Tahoe method several times -- and I still come away saying "You've got to be kidding!"

Reviewed by Christian Fisanick (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Saturday 03 December, 2016

Ah, TC Tahoe, the working magician's magician. He has some of the best, most practical, and usable stuff around, and once again, he hits a homer for the low price of a ten spot. The Elimination Principle is TC's way of doing a completely ungimmicked version of Bank Night. Now contrary to some, I like Bank Night and can execute it nicely about a half-dozen different ways. TC's version uses a simplification of a ruse developed by Max Maven. When I saw how he used it, I thought, "Absolutely. It will work in a half-dozen different settings. Why didn't I think of it?" Anyway, the ungimmicked version of Bank Night is 100% examinable. One move--and it's easy and not dodgy at all--and you end absolutely clean. If that weren't enough, TC gives you a bunch of those different settings. They are all wonderful ideas.

Alakazam has been selling out of late on Steve Cook's brand new Volition, a commercial version of an ungimmicked Bank Night. Folks are going nuts over it, and I have to admit, it's either the slickest or stupidest thing that I've ever seen. Maybe both simultaneously. But now that I've seen TC's Elimination Principle, I'm not sure you need to buy the much more expensive Volition, which, while clever, uses a knacky procedure. Summary: TC keeps his batting average high. Highly recommended.