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Stealth Aces by John Carey (Instant Download) On your command, all the aces teleport to one pile in front of you, with a borrowed, shuffled deck. The "ace assembly" you should be doing. START LEARNING INSTANTLY.
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Stealth Aces is John Carey's favorite four ace trick, and it's soon to be yours!

Imagine this: you're sat at the card table with three friends, you deal everyone a hand, openly showing the fronts and backs of every card.

You cleanly place a single ace on top of each player's pile and without any moves (except for perhaps a playful snap of the fingers) the four aces instantly transport themselves to your pile!

This is a classic effect in magic that has been twisted on it's head with a fantastic new method from the card maestro himself; John Carey.

You'll learn the secret in minutes, you'll be blowing minds with it that very night and your legend will outlive you as that guy (or girl) who could create incredible moments of magic with a borrowed deck of cards at a moment's notice.

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Nice Quality Teaching Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 13th, 2018
John does a fantastic job of teaching an EXTREMELY fair, ungimmicked 4 aces routine. Yes, any deck. The only prep is figuring out how you'd like to produce the 4 aces to start your routine.

Though this isn't the "visual stunner" that I tend to gravitate toward, I'll tell you... this trick is a must have for any beginner. The trick itself is easy, as long as you practice. Always practice, young 'uns! But what I personally feel makes this trick what it is is the fact that John does a great job of teaching it. To me, that's more important than the trick itself. I felt like he was strengthening my foundation skills in magic.

I will say that the patter is, to me, not my favorite. The presentation is a little dry. But to each his own. The fact is that you can easily make the trick your own. It's mostly self-working and, once you've gotten all your cards laid down on the table, you're basically done and can focus on presentation. I love tricks like that because it can take the pressure off and you can stretch it out if you've got the personality for it.

My only other constructive point I'd like to bring out is that, for the important move, it would have been nice to have a second close-up camera view. The good news is that he performs the move at least three times, and it was on the third time that I got what he was doing.

Should you get this trick? Yes! The trick itself, honestly, I think is a little on the high side as far as pricing goes... I think this is a nice $5.95 trick. However, John does an excellent job teaching, which justifies the higher price.

A solid 4 stars to John.

(By the way, I always try to be honest and straightforward in my reviews, while being respectful to the magician. If you appreciate my reviews, can you please click the "Yes" button below beside the question, "Did this review help you?" It's not like I actually benefit in any way by your clicking it... but it would be nice to see if my reviews are helpful or not. I hope they are. If you ever have suggestions or comments or questions about my reviews, please feel free to leave me a constructive comment. I'm just trying to be helpful. I love the Penguin community and hope that I can someday contribute my own product. :-) Thanks for reading and for any (hopefully positive, but either way, at least kind) feedback!)
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 17th, 2018
I'm honest here and I love John's work, normally. This one is not a keeper. It is long, involved, and unnatural looking. There is a huge discrepancy with the aces packet where it should be FACE UP (watch the video) and it is NOT when you get to the final packet that should be aces. IF you could do this for real, you'd SHOW the aces going down. Ultimately this is useless for me. I hate packets, especially 4 of them. There's no reason to do it. The audience is just confused and even the marks in the video show confusion not wonder. There is much better out there and this is just too far afield from anything "magical" to me. Sorry to break with the pack that seems to love this effect but count me out.
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This will obliterate them! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 12th, 2018
A four ace assembly with a borrowed and spectator shuffled deck … impossible? Not! Yes, this amazing trick is possible with a regular deck of cards, nothing to add, take away, no gaffs or anything extra to buy, just one simple move and I mean simple … and it's not even a sleight. Even if you are just starting to learn card magic, you WILL be able to perform this in a very short time. If you are a card person, this is a no-brainer to start performing. I was doing this minutes after I received the download. John does an excellent job of teaching this effect. This is a killer trick and you don't want to pass this one up. I am definitely adding this to my routine now. If you do any four ace trick and they are already out, you are ready to go! You won't be disappointed with his purchase.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 16th, 2018
As others have said, this is a classic plot of which there are many versions. For me, this one is not distinctive enough to replace the best of the existing bunch.
John teaches it well but I agree with other reviewers that the plot is not very clear from the outset so that when the aces appear, the magic moment is not as striking as it might be. Some clearer signposts in scripting would help a lot I think.
The moves are not at all difficult so no worries there.
$10 as the starting price for a single downloaded card trick is on the high side for me unless it is absolutely brilliant!
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Short, sweet and easy to do Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 12th, 2018
You will want to watch the last 5 minutes of John Carey's Stealth Aces video a couple of times. Through simple misdirection and without difficult moves, you can create a pile of Aces from a freely borrowed deck and after a spectator freely shuffles a dozen cards chosen from the deck. It really works. I learned a long time ago that the best magic is simple with the quality of the effect dependent on the patter and presentation. Stealth Aces clearly falls in this category. It is easy to pickup and can be done impromptu with any un-gaffed deck.
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too easy... Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 17th, 2018
John Carey is a great cartomane but, he produced a version of the more simplistic of the ACE leader. The presentation is kept to a minimum and the weak climax. Better work versions calling for more manipulations to achieve the same result with a lot more impact on the public. Trying to make it too simple to avoid for beginners too difficult maneuvers, we lose his soul. Keep John Carey, Mr. Carey and do you not compromise in routines too commercial to please the most lazy
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 13th, 2018
This trick really reminds me of McDonald's Ace's but without gimmicked cards.

The main difference to me, in effect, is the Aces are placed down last in this version and the changes aren't as visual.

What you do pick up is the ability to use a borrowed deck and at the end everything is examinable.

For my paid gigs, I'll still use McDonald Ace's... My audience reactions are better and I've built an entire routine around it.

For impromptu work, I'm really glad to have learned this. I'm hoping with more performance experience I'll dial in my presentation because the workings for this are done before the audience is even aware the trick has begun. At that point they are so far behind it's just fun.

The necessary move(s) are taught well and this is a solid 4 star trick.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 12th, 2018
John Carey is a well established teacher of magic. I highly recommend this trick both to beginners and also top cardmen. He has built on the work of John Bannon’s bullet train aces in Dear Mr Fantasy to excellent effect. This is now the version that John Bannon uses and teaches in is own lectures.

After a performance of the routine John Carey teaches this effect in under 8-9 minutes. However the teaching is clear and concise, nothing is left to chance. You will then be able to perform a very clean looking four ace assembly using one simple move to perform the necessary action to astound a lay audience and maybe fool a few magicians at the same time.

This is a great impromptu magic trick to perform socially or even professionally when some one hands you a deck of cards. No gaffs or gimmicks used and it is easy to understand the effect in a clear and understanding way. Just add your own presentation and you will have an impromptu worker in your arsenal. Highly recommend, five stars!
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Another wonderful routine by the great John Carey! Report this review
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Another wonderful routine by the great John Carey! And as is always the case, John finds a way to create some stunning magic with the least amount of moves. He keeps it simple and streamlined which, for me, makes it all the more magical.

The video includes a live performance demonstration as well as John teaching the routine. It’s very simple and straightforward to perform and is almost sleight free. There is one very simple move involved and John teaches two different ways to accomplish what’s needed.

I think there’s a lot of great presentation possibilities for this. So, if you like outlooks on the trailer, Get it!
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A borrowed/shuffled deck winner!! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 12th, 2018
Another fun one here from Mr.Carey, and this beauty is truly a borrowed/shuffled deck miracle (or so it appears).

No gimmicks. No arts/crafts. No duplicates. No double backers.

The core here is a simple move that is big fooler, even when you are looking for it. It is so stunningly simple and clean that the instruction vid is only 11 minutes, and that includes a performance.

Thanks, John - this is wonderful!
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