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Ultra-Monte Review

Official Review

July 22nd, 2005 9:08pm
Reviewed by Bryce Kuhlman
I've been a long-time fan of Eugene Burger's presentation of 3-card monte. To me, it's not so much about the trick as it is the story. Most people (at least in the US) are familiar with the street con. They have a preconceived notion of how it looks and is supposed to work. I think deviating too far from that is likely to be a waste of time.

However, I have to be honest in saying that I was completely fooled when I saw Bill Malone do Michael Skinner's Ultimate 3 Card Monte. It was simply a stunning effect, regardless of the story. I think this has some merit.

I'm not here to debate whether Skinner's version is better than Daryl's (or vice versa, as the case may be). But I can say that Daryl's version is extremely clean, deceptive, and easy to learn.

I'll personally always side with the more "traditional" versions, but if you want a simple, stunning 3-card monte routine, Daryl's is certainly worth the price.

Product info for Ultra-Monte

Author: Daryl
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $14.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

A simplified version of Michael Skinner's "Ultimate 3 Card Monte" using the two red aces for the losing cards and the ace of spades as the "money card." In addition to using the more standard Monte cards (as opposed to an ace, two, and a three), the ace of hearts acts as a 'pointer' card so you will always know which ends have the faked corners on the remaining two cards. This prevents any possible embarrassment from spreading the wrong ends too far and exposing the gimmicks.

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