You will not be able to perform the effect as shown in the demonstration and neither can Jan. As a
clue, look for where there are cuts in the video and that's where the performer needs to do
something cagey (not difficult but possibly revealing) and another where you need to direct a
spectator to do something specific and a bit awkward. The result is something that is a bit more
cumbersome than what was advertised.
Either of those might raise questions. Both increase
the odds of somebody thinking you are doing something that isn't as fantastic as what we saw in the
I guess some would say removing the missing steps from the presentation wasn't
that big a deal. A reasonable response would be to ask why they were removed? If this was demo'ed in
one of those old time magic stores I wouldn't expect the shop owner to ask everyone to close their
eyes for 10 seconds while he does something that if they saw it there's less of a chance they would
buy the effect.
Otherwise, it is a reasonable presentation (though not as clean as shown)
for an old method. Don't get me wrong, if you are the type of performer that draws people in with
the sound of your voice (and who doesn't miss Eugene) then it can still be extremely effective.
Beyond that, the explanation is a bit... plodding. You can save yourself a bit of time by
starting 14 minutes into the explanation and a bit of money by not getting it at all.
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I knew immediately the principle involved here from Bob Hummer, Patrick Redford, and Green Neck.
What I couldn't figure out was how exactly Jan was accounting for something that you need to know.
Now I know--editing. LOL
OK, the video isn't fair, but I loved the presentation. I've
never used this plot before because I didn't like all the unexplained procedure. Jan has that all
figured out so that it makes sense. And while his approach to that other "thing" is bold and cheeky
or requires p******, I find that it's much easier to remember what you have to do. You have to
focus--and practice--but Jan's way is much easier.
I understand the dilemma here. If
Penguin didn't edit the video at a crucial point, then folks like me with an understanding of the
underlying principle would be replaying it and figuring it out. I get it. Even though I knew how
this went, I still think that for the small price, Jan's excellent presentation and subtleties are
worth it. And if you don't know the classic method, this is a must if you are into impromptu
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Much too complicated for the response we receive. There are many other methods that achieve the
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First, this is easy, but the explanation is not great - which is why I only gave it 4 stars. The
information he gives is good but not well organized.
While you watch the video, write down
the steps in order and you can figure it out. he will provide a lot of information while giving the
actual steps. Ignore it until you understand how it works. Once you understand how it works, the
rest of the instructions fall in place.
I have watched this and I love it! Jan is an incredible performer and an amazing teacher. I love
just about everything jan puts out! well thought out and real world material! I will use this!
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I enjoyed Jan's take on this effect.
I learned the basic principle 20 years ago from a
friend who'd independently reinvented it, and I remember how hard I struggled with learning it.
Jan's teaching is better than I had then, although I think a slightly different approach might help
some learners (the more analytical ones).
I've taught an effect with this principal for 15+
years, and I realized quickly: the instructions you give are absolutely critical ... more so than
for any other effect I do. For me, since I recognized the technique, my purchase was motivated by
a hope that I'd learn from a professional how to handle problems. (Indeed, watching one of the
demos, you can see a point where a major problem *almost* occurred.). But, it lacks that. Sure, I
have outs for a lot of effects. But I haven't put the time into thinking about a good one for this
effect (and, the out would vary from when you use the technique for playing cards vs. words), so I
was disappointed not to find one here.
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Nice effect. Can be easily modified to do with just one person. Need to do it more than once in a
setting or else they will think it was just blind luck.
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