But a masterclass in audience management.
It turns out that the secret here is not rocket
science. But the power of the effect is in Dani's capacity to create an ILLUSION of spontaneity,
even chaos, with maximum hands-on spectator involvement, while maintaining all the control of the
cards he needs to achieve the outcome. Indeed, it is the spectators who set up everything, with
Dani's deft guidance, and it is done so casually, almost frenetically, that they don't even realize
that they are setting up the outcome, though it looks and feels like they are contributing
randomness and disorder. Given the sweeping performance lessons to be learned here, you get more
than your money's worth.
There are few caveats for complete neophyte. First, despite the
name, the performer does handle the cards a bit, and for very specific and crucial reasons--indeed,
this is shown in the trailer. Dani's teaching goes over how to do so deftly and purposefully while
maintaining the illusion that the spectators do all the handling.
Second, like in most of
his videos Dani assumes his viewers have some basic card handling aptitude and knowledge, and he
glosses over some principles that are common knowledge to almost all of us but may be foreign if
this is the first trick you've ever downloaded. But don't despair--the trick is still self-contained
and you can still pick up everything you need by reviewing closely where he seems to rush.
Third, the borrowed deck version requires a rather bold move and, at least to me, does not seem
nearly as straightforward or baffling. The gimmicked version (which is really very simple and can be
quickly reset if you need to) stands on its own.
Fourth, you really need several
spectator-assistants to create the pseudo-chaos and maximize the mystery. Dani doesn't discuss an
approach with just one or two spectators, and I hope someone raises this and has some ideas in the
Finally, Dani has a heavy accent and at times moves quickly. I speak Spanish
and am used to Spaniards speaking English, and even I had to double back in places to clarify what
he was saying. But fear not--Dani's English is excellent, despite his accent, and listening closely
and reviewing will be rewarded.
Overall, Dani DaOrtiz is a master cardician and you never
go wrong investing in his work. This effect is no exception. It is especially a must-have for
3 of 3 magicians found this helpful.
This is PRECISELY what you see in the video. The thought behind it and the technique is sheer
brilliance. The proper presentation relies on Dani's [loose and chaotic] style. I will need to
practice and evaluate how I can adjust to match my style. But that does not reduce my adoration for
the technique/process he has developed.
Of course, it requires a bit of practice. This is
primarily in order to carry out the process in a relaxed manner; so as not to throw suspicion on the
operation. A little bit of mental energy is required, too; merely a bit of simple math in your
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
Don't get me wrong, this is a,*fantastic* trick; but if you watch the first video, you'll see that
the sentence, "I never touch the deck" means something very different to Dani than it does to us
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
Don't get me wrong - this is a good effect and can definitely work well in the right environment. As
we know, Dani is Dani and the way he performs is unique to him and its through his performance that
he is able to carefully manage the crowd and misdirect when he needs to. If you copy Dani exactly,
then you'll be fine but most of us shouldn't or won't. So, you need to think carefully around your
presentation and how you can ensure that the effect "works' so that it appears you are doing
nothing. The download is clear although I would strongly recommend you watch it through and then
again more slowly and then again with cards in hand.
Clever and effective, a lot of psychology and audience management tips, love Dani !
Absolutely and totally magical. Highly recommend this effect. So easy to do.
It's by Dani DaOrtiz, what more do I need to say. If you like ACAAN, then this is one version that
you don't want to pass up. I highly recommend it.
Another great effect by Dani. This is the second one I purchased. Really top notch. Not necessarily
for a beginner but excellent ACAAN effect. Highly recommended. Can be done with a borrowed deck. For
$20 this is one you could perform forever.