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Hands Off (Any card at any number) by Patrick Redford (DVD) The holy grail: Someone names a card, someone names a number and YOU make it happen. Easy to learn, with NO complicated memory work. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. NOW SHIPPING.
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Using his original effect Auspicious Coincidence as a jumping off point (Mendacity, 2005), Redford has taken his Any Card at Any Number to a whole new level.

Someone names (really) any card, another (really) any number. The performer asks if it would be impressive if that card were found at that number in the deck of cards he's been holding with a death grip. The audience of course agrees, but the performer admits it wouldn't be very impressive as he's been holding onto the deck the entire time and could have done something sneaky. What would be more impressive is if that card was found at that named position in a deck of cards that the performer's gone no where near. Better yet, its been in full view since before the effect began.

The closed box is tossed to an audience member who opens the box, removes the cards, and counts them one at a time face-up to find the named card at the exact named position.

  • No Memorized Stack
  • No Crib Sheets
  • No Complicated Math
  • No Force
  • 100% Accurate
  • Deck Examinable
  • Virtually Moveless
  • Ends Clean
  • Quick Reset
  • Easy to Do
There are three variations included in this special release:
  • Close-Up Hands Off - The main effect
  • Hands Off Stage - A variation suitable for stage performances
  • Fantasie Impromptu - An impromptu card at named number with an interesting plot hook.


Running Time Approximately: 1hr 5min

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9 of 12 magicians found the following review helpful:
Great effect but misleading information Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 11th, 2011
In general it's a trick with strong effect. If you perform well, audiences could never know how you do that.

However, the promotion information is misleading.

It said it's nearly moveless. The promotion video was edited a lot. In fact a part of routine was never shown in the video. When the performer does this part of routine, there is no mis-direction. You have to move a lot. All the audiences are looking at what you are doing.

It said No Memorized Stack, No Complicated Math. In fact, in the main effect, Patrick Redford offers three choices of stack. The easiest one is not a memorized stack. It requires no Math. However, when you use this stack during the part of the routine, it's a little bit odd. Spectator may question you. The second stack is less odd but requires complicated Math. The third one is memorized stack, and it was never taught in the DVD.

For me, I choose the easiest stack. Although it's a little odd during the performance, the spectator will never know how you do the effect in a deck which was never touched for the entire time. The red deck and red box could be fully examined by the spectators after the performance.

If the promotion information was not so misleading, I'll give this trick 5 stars. I deduct two stars because of the misleading information and video.
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6 of 7 magicians found the following review helpful:
Great effect, but lots of initial set-up Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 12th, 2011
I love this routine, its easy, but does require some pre-"arts and crafts" - which I don't like to do. Effect is easy to perform, and one of the better ACAAN routines I work with.
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2 of 3 magicians found the following review helpful:
Awesome Trick and gimmick Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 16th, 2011
I really found this video very informative. Much of the video has very good explanations. Some are abit lacking and hurried. Overall you will take more away than the price you paid.
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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
A Little Disappointing Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 10th, 2013
I took the time to make the gimmick, memorize the stacks, and learn the routine but didn't like the effect that much. I only performed this a handful of times and ever time, the spectators had a look on their faces like "something just happened". They were still surprised when the card was found at their selected number but there was still a sense of "something was fishy about that". I guess it just didn't work for me - a waste of $30...I do applaud those of you who loved the effect and made it work for you.
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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 30th, 2011
I prefer his "shell deck version" over the other gaffed deck
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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
Good but not for everyone Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 8th, 2011
This effect is fairly good based on the reactions I have had performing it about a dozen times. However, it isn't for everyone. You do have to be comfortable making the gimmick and using it as well. You should have intermediate card handling skills/knowledge to do the walk-around impromptu version, and of course you really need to be comfortable performing for real people. It's not for the beginner nor for those who have limited comfort/experience doing performances with strangers. If you aren't too cool with gimmicks, you may not like this. If you are, then this one is worth the price.
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Do not recommend Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 3rd, 2014
Do not recommend, you need to destroy a deck of cards + Buy a gimmick that costs $10.
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Pretty Good Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 31st, 2013
This trick was very good however there are some bad things about it

Pro's
- no sleeves
-don't need to memorize stack
-very clean
-they can do the end dealing
-overall pretty practical

Con's
-Lots of setup
-angles are very good but can't have people behind you, but overall good angles

rounding everything up, if you are a paid magician doing a close up walk around or parlor gig, this is a great one but it just requires lots of setup
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 23rd, 2011
Coming from a person who has performed ACAAN for years, I would like to comment on the advantages of this effect.

- the spectator counts the cards
- the cards have not been handled by the magician at any time
- no cards are left in the box
- the deck is examinable
- no funny moves: the trick requires very little 'work'

In the end, its all about creating a memory. The spectator will remember the following: I thought of a card. I thought of a number. The card I thought of was at a random number in a deck of cards he didnt touch.

BAM. The End. And there is a small amount of gimmickry. Well worth it for the end effect.
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1 of 3 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 10th, 2011
I've been trying to get a *hand on* something like *"hands off"* for quiet some time now.

Ever since I performed at the Magic Castle last year with Asi Wind, when I saw him doing his Any Card At Any Number, I fell in love with the idea of super clean, force free, spectator handled Any Card At Any Number effect.

This is the only version that is easy to do, doesn't need a memorized stack, and is completely spectator handled.

The method is pure genius. Patrick is a gentleman and a gentle teacher and the DVD is very detailed.

For the ones who are intimidated by some crafts work: I've been doing everything from gluing things to my shoe, through putting non sterile stuff up my mouth for good magic. I can't believe you're letting 10 minutes of simple crafting divide you and from this lovely piece of magic.
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