Chapter One Picking the Best Method

A quick survey of Internet magic boards will show that a large percentage of posters are seeking the "best" version of a particular trick. ("Is the Balducci levitation better than Zero Gravity?" "Can somebody recommend the best Card to Wallet?" "Which torn and restored card is better: the Reformation, The Restoration, The Reparation, The Renovation, or the Regurgitation?")

We live at a time when there is a glut of methods, versions, and "improvements" for every magic plot. Consequently, it's more important than ever to ask, not just which version is best, but how do we determine which version is best? (Life is simply too short to audience-test every possibility.) Before offering my own answer, I want to consider some of the most commonly used criteria.

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