This effect is probably the strongest, easiest to perform CAAN effect I've ever seen. I didn't buy
from Penguin because I don't think it was available here yet when I got it -- although I'll be
asking Penguin if I can get it in my preferred Red bicycle deck. Anyway, this is like the Grail
without the "move". It's totally straightforward to the spectator and will fool most magicians. I
will be performing this tonight as part of a holiday dinner show for about 40 people and expect this
to slay them. It's just as described, in the primary handling, you place an envelope on the table
and bring out the cards in their case, the spectator picks ANY number between 1 and 52, you open the
card box, count down to the number they chose with NO funny handling, show the card at that
position, then slide a card out of the otherwise-empty envelope and that card matches. EVERY time,
no fuss. Totally worth every penny.
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This effect is similar to The Grail, both being CAAN tricks. Both are clever, and both require
pre-setting a deck. Without revealing the method, all I'll say is that both use deceptive but
distinctly different methods to get the cards ready to be counted. The Grail requires a relatively
simple 'move' and a bit more silent calculation. By comparison, X-Act is pretty much self-working.
That's an advantage of course, but it requires the use of an ultra-gimmicky deck, and in general the
spectator cannot handle the cards. In the Grail, the spectator can handle and count the cards freely
herself. I have used the Grail several times in performance and it kills. From the spectator's point
of view, it is more deceptive than X-Act, I believe. But X-Act is easier on the performer, and it's
one of the most clever solutions to CAAN I've ever seen.
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This is the best Mark Mason release ever,I love it !
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I'm always worried spending more than 20$ on a trick because I'm not sure if its something I can
actually use. This trick is by far the best money I've ever spent with penguin. you literally count
down to their card and it works Everytime.
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Firstly, I probably know about a dozen CAAN effects.
My favourite up to now has been The Grail
by Mike Rose / Alakazam.
I was sceptical to think anything could be as clean as this.
soon as I watched the DVD of x-act, i knew that this was a game-changer.
It's so incredibly
simple to do, so that you can concentrate 100% on your performance.
I received this on Thursday
and put it straight into my act for a couple of performances on Friday and Saturday night. The
results were excellent.
I personally have decided to perform version 2, but both are equally as
When this comes back in stock, I'll be purchasing another immediately!
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I just got this but it was easy enough to figure out to be out performing it right away. I showed my
magician buddy & he couldn't believe it.
This trick plays really good with crowds & drunk
people. Since this trick is gimmicked & thus not really examinable I find this one great for a bar
or social enviroment. After the crowd has examined your real deck during your slight of hand
routines. When there all crapping themselves from the last trick I do a quick deck switch & stun
them with this as a closer. X-Act delivers.
I busted out my new xmas tricks in Union Square
in SF. I wanted to do some shows for free (I usually hit people up) & practice these new tricks and
give away magic to lighten the holiday spirits. Anyhow this trick & another, along with my usual
routine, scored me about $60 in unsolicited tips over the first two hours. You can't say no, if
someone offers, right?
I'm just slightly better than homeless but strong stree magic keeps
me fed, clothed, & sheltered. This trick will get used. Be sure to request your color preference. I
got blue & would have rather had red. You know red subconsciously means stop (& watch this).
If you want a trick know one can figure out, but isn't fully examinable, this is it.
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Cleanest CAAN on the market. Mike Rose's Grail was my favourite for a long time, but now X-Act has
claimed the throne.
Unfortunately you need to provide something of your own for the second
handling. Mike Kirby, Mark Mason, you should have released it for 5$ more and add the necessary
Buyers: If want to perform the 2nd handling, you might possibly have to place another
order to get the necessary items.
Would have been 5 stars, but because you didn't provide
everything that's necessary for handling two: 4 stars.
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perform it more like grail and it works. [edited to protect secret] I also let the spectator hold
the cards and deal them down to their chosen number. People like hands on tricks!
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GARBAGE! The deck is so gimmicked it's rediculous. You can't handle it freely. They can not handle
it at all. Sure the cards that are dealt are more or less clean, but if they don't name the right
number they can not look in the box. They can't look at the back of the box.
DO YOURSELF A
FAVOR. GET INSANE BY ANDY NYMAN. Same trick, cleaner, and THEY handle the deck the entire time and
it is examinable. DO NOT BUY THIS WHEN YOU CAN HAVE A MUCH BETTER TRICK THAT IS CLEANER!!!!!!!!!!
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ITS GREAT !!!! Buy this trick !! Buy TWO .
I would like to say I am a Big Mark Mason Fan. This
trick requires no slight of hand and it is EXACTLY WHAT YOU SEE ON THE PROMO. I Killed when I showed
this trick Several Times.
Pro # 1 - Well shot DVD, Mark Mason is extremely articulate in
his teaching ( he is not native to the USA) and easy to follow.
# 2 - You get all the props
( except a deck of cards), for the first effect. ( I don't think the 2nd effect is really worth the
extra stuff, 1st effect is awesome)
# 3 - No slight of hand , No leading the spectator, free
# 4 - Resets instantly
Con # 1 - Very Gimmicked deck
Con # 2 - Small amount of math (don't let this scare you..the math is easier than the Invis.
Deck), If you cant do this math you shouldn't be walking around on the planet !
RECOMEND THIS EFFECT !!
NOTE: to all the Card guys ....It is a gimmick deck you can not do
any other effects when it is set up. YOU SHOULD NEVER DO TWO CARD TRICKS IN A ROW WHEN DOING WALK
AROUND MAGIC ....you should follow with a Coin trick, Ring on string or some other effect and than
IF YOU MUST do a card trick SWITCH THE DECK. Also this trick is strong enough to be a closer.
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