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Impossible Three by Joshua Jay (Instant Download) This impossible card trick will fool even the most knowledgeable MAGICIANS... imagine what it'll do to your spectators!
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A spectator cuts a borrowed, shuffled deck into three piles. She looks at the face card of one pile. Your back is turned throughout the process. In merely assembling the deck, you’ll ascertain the identity of the chosen card.

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Please note: Impossible Three is great on its own, but it's also part of a set of six Instant Downloads from Joshua Jay called "A Different Side of Me", which is available for $ 29.95 (a savings of over $ 30).

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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 5th, 2010
Joshua Jay is a real up and coming star in magic. Of all his downloads, this is probably my favorite. Very easy to do, with pretty much no sleight of hand needed. Gets great reactions. A good impromptu magic trick is worth it's weight in gold, and this is no exception. Add to cart, guaranteed to please.
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Breath Taking!!! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
Joshua Jay really out did himself on this one. Under seemingly impossible conditions he pulls ahead! Kept me guessing over and over I just couldnt figure out how the heck he did it. And the solution is so easy to learn! Great for any skill level. Must have buy now !!!!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
This is easily among my favorite of the Joshua Jay downloads. You can perform this with a borrowed, shuffled deck, it requires no sleights, and unlike other effects that meet these criteria, the method isn't the least bit transaparent.

I wouldn't necessarily include this as part of a performance set... but for casual, impromptu settings, I think it works very well, and is incredibly easy to do.
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Simple and Amazing Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
While mostly a magician fooler, this effect still hits laymen hard. Takes some practice but you'll get it down in a day if you practice productively. Show this while hanging out with your magician friends, then go out and amaze laymen.
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Wow!!!!Nice trick Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 1st, 2008
This is a must buy .....i never would have guessed how it was done...add to cart right now. it is not hard to master.
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Impromptu trick Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 14th, 2007
Awsome trick. You can add your own personality into the trick which is great. I love it.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 17th, 2007
WOW! This is more involved than it looks---but it's pretty simple to do once you understand the workings. Please know that I'm a basic klutz so the magic I pick and review is really for people who like to do great tricks but NEED for them to be somewhat easy to perform. This is such a trick. Very good and very easy to perform and yet very hard for the spectators to figure out. GREAT!!!!!!!
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Amazing impromptu effect performed with a borrowed and shuffled deck Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 20th, 2017
OVERVIEW: Impossible Three is a powerful and simple impromptu card trick that was released as part of a package of six effects by Joshua Jay for Penguin Magic under the title "A Different Side of Me".

EFFECT: You start with a borrowed shuffled deck, cut by the spectator into three piles. They memorize one of the cards they cut to, and you reassemble the deck and reveal which is their card. It's best performed as a demonstration of mentalism, although other presentations are also possible.

VIDEO: The entire video is just over 12 minutes long, of which the first two minutes have a performance, and the remaining 10 minutes are the explanation. The video recording features Josh sitting on a couch and running through the effect, so it's an intimate style close-up magic setting, and there are a few close-ups of the cards here and there. Even though it's not a high res video, it's all clear and straight forward.

ORIGIN: In the explanation, Joshua credits Bob Hummer's "Mathematical Monte", which was originally published in Hummer's booklet Mathematical Three-Card Monte (1951), as the background for this trick. The original effect from Hummer is already quite strong and has been known to baffle magicians. But Joshua's version takes the original premise and brings it to a deck of 52 shuffled cards, making the overall impact much stronger still. So he's applied some creative thinking to a proven concept, and developed it into a routine that makes it even more baffling. Some magicians consider Joshua Jay's version of Hummer's effect to be one of the best applications of the principle, and I have to agree.

DIFFICULTY: This is not a difficult trick to perform, and is well within the ability of intermediate magicians - and even relative beginners if you're willing to put in some time to practice the basic move required. There's only minimal sleight of hand required, and Joshua Jay also goes through the moves needed for a subtle glimpse that is required at one point. He also teaches some good subtleties that strengthen the overall effect. This is definitely a trick that you can learn and be ready to perform in 15 minutes or so, although you will want to master one particular move (which is quite easy) so that you can do it smoothly and unnoticed. On a difficulty scale, Impossible Three would have to be considered as relatively "Easy".

TEACHING: Joshua Jay is a good teacher, and in the 10 minutes of teaching he does a good job of explaining everything you need to know in order to learn and perform this effect. He explains the method and handling carefully and completely, and his instructions are easy to follow. He also gives some ideas for patter. He wraps things up towards the end by going through the explanation again. Finally, he closes with some comments about the psychology, with some ideas to increase your odds so that you can pull this off in an even more miraculous and impossible manner without some of the "work" needed to divine the selected card.

CONCLUSIONS: Is this trick really as good as it looks in the demonstration video? Absolutely. There are no hidden moves or edits, and what you see in the video is genuinely how the trick works; no workings are left out of the demo performance. Impossible Three is something you can perform completely impromptu, with a borrowed deck that is completely and thoroughly shuffled by your spectator. So what you see is what you get - and it's really quite straight forward to learn.

RECOMMENDATION: If you like the look of the performance video, I highly recommend Impossible Three as a great impromptu trick that is easy to learn and can be very powerful. - BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame
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A very good impromtu trick Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 28th, 2013
I love impromptu tricks and this is a very good one. Even though the workings are very simple it still must be practiced and only performed when you can do it without "getting caught".

I would definitely recommend this.
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good, simple, effective. Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 20th, 2011
this is a good trick that can be performed using a borrowed deck, i think the simplicity of the trick is what is winning myself and most others over..... plus the reaction you get from it are pretty good also!!

worth a try for the price
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