You can do this trick without a full deck! You can do this trick with an alphabet deck or an animal
deck or an old maid deck or a with a Briscola deck! (You just need to know in advance how many cards
As with most self working card tricks there's counting to be done. It helps to
have an easy going, Rick Laxian personality but there's enough bits of business given in the
presentation even someone such as me can hold the audience.
As a heads up, the
presentation shown by Penguin isn't the actual presentation. There's a round of counting, done by
the spectator, where the magi needs to be clearly (and really) not looking. You can turn your head
or step away but you need to convince people that you are not seeing that part. I only mention this
because it adds a bit of necessary dead air to the presentation. However, that will be long
forgotten when you finally get to the denouement, a word which here and just about every place else
means ending. Also, just before the spectator does their counting they get to shuffle the deck so
that's a plus.
Also, there is one "move" that really isn't a move (if you can hold cards
then you have it down pat) and it will sail by any spectators that don't already know the effect.
Finally, there are enough things (cards, card boxes, bits of paper with numbers on them)
floating around that a performing surface is almost a necessity.
Bottom line is the
effect is bulletproof (with sober/cooperative spectators), is provided with a great presentation,
and produces a good deal of impact.
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I love the presentation Rick came up with for this effect. There are a lot of acaan type effects out
there, but not a lot of variety. This one stands out from the rest. I appreciate the minimal handlng
and the audience involvemet that he brings. You will want to practice this a lot, not because it is
difficult, but because you will surprise yourself every time. This trick requires no setup, all you
need is a deck, paper, and something to write with. The cards can be shuffled, there are no stacks
to memorize or complicated math. The handling is very simple. The problem woth many acaan effects is
that the counting can be very boring, but with this presentation, the anticipation builds until they
reach their number, and they can’t believe that their card is there. If you like the effect you aee
in the trailer, buy now. You will not be disappointed.
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This is one of my favorite effects Rick Lax has put out. It uses a principle I was already familiar
with, but this is the best use for it that I’ve ever seen. It is incredibly clean. You move a
selection from a known position to a named position without ever touching the deck. It’s wonderful.
The bit of psychology Rick has added makes this feel truly impossible. This is a trick I’ll be using
again and again. Don’t miss this self working effect; your spectators will remember for a long time.
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This is definitely
one of the most practical killer methods
of ACAAN to date !!!
you are a ardent student of the art
Whom has amassed countless versions of ACAAN in all it's
diverse forms ,then you will truly appreciate what Rick has
decided to share with the circle!!!
The most important aspect in all of Rick's instructionals is Clarity in presentation as far
as method of procedure -( dictionary definition)"A procedure is a set of written or Spoken
directions telling us how to apply a method to a particular sample, including information on
obtaining samples, handling interferents, and validating results. A method may have several
procedures ") he's straight to the point of what needs to be done with out drifting & ramblings
which a lot of mediocre presentations out on the market suffer from!apart from the effect the
hypnotic ethereal sound track was perfect !!!As a whole the production quality is just as important
as the effect it self congratulations Rick & Penguin !!!
Iam breaking open a bottle of Blended
Wisky to celebrate the occasion !!!
Get this & everything project Rick has out on the Market
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This goes directly into my show.
1.) It's impromptu. You do not have to carry another
pre-stacked deck with you. You even can do this with a borrowed deck. But... how often do you
encounter people with an own Poker deck in their pockets?!?
2.) It's entertaining and
funny. You can do great stuff with very tittle showmanship.
3.) It's simple. No fancy
moves, no fishy things, easy to do.
4.) It's repeatable! You can (although you should
not...) repeat this trick to the same audience. As a "table hopper magician" thats very important to
me, sometimes people will follow you to the next table or watch you from the distance what you did
to fool them. They will not know what you did, if you do the secret in the right way.
really like Rick Lax. His tricks are stunning, although most often the secret and the moves are
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This does exactly what it says it'll do! I've performed this for a few people and it's best if there
is more than one person there BUT don't let that stop you from performing for one person. You just
have to be clear and concise with what you say and do. Hence one star removed because if you aren't
clear it could be a tad confusing. IF you want a thought of card to appear at a named number this is
a good choice for you. It can be done with a borrowed shuffled deck. No stacks, no special decks,
and no weird moves. Rick's teaching is great.
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Probably the greatest effect you have put together.
This is an amazing variation of
Thanks for releasing it.
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This is a quality release! I absolutely LOVE Where it Has to Go. I'm not good at math, and
fortunately you don't have to be to learn or to perform this effect. But it works on a mathematical
principle that you don't have to understand to use.
What the spectators experience: Use a
borrowed deck. No stack. Spectator genuinely shuffles the deck before you start. One person names
a number. A second person thinks of a card. The thought of card appears at the location in the deck
the first person named. There's a little bit more to it than that of course, but nothing difficult
and no sleights.
Very well done Rick!
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I've found this effect to be a real fooler. I've performed it a few times already, and it has been
quite successful. I agree with some of the posts I've seen elsewhere, that it's really for an
informal setting, like a gathering of friends, or even a house party.
A lot has been
written about Rick Lax and the mathematical methods he uses in some of his releases. While there is
certainly a mathematical element to this, it's not the focus, nor does it take anything away from
This effect reminds me a lot of Bob Hummer's Fantastrik - but that used way
more mental calculations - and did not have the added benefit of the participant naming the number.
This trick is easy to perform, is baffling, and I believe entertaining. Rick's touches with
the invisible card bit is the kind of detail that really elevates this trick to more than simply a
math-based card trick.
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excelet trick I love thanks you rick
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