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X-Act By Mike Kirby The hit of FISM 2012. An astonishing effect, and easy as pushing a button. NOW SHIPPING. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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"When Mike sent me his idea for A card at any number I was shocked at the creative, super clean handling he had created." - Mark Mason
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 6th, 2012
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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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 22nd, 2012
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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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 6th, 2012
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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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 9th, 2012
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.
As 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 good.
When this comes back in stock, I'll be purchasing another immediately!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 21st, 2012
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 $60 in unsolicited tips over the first two hours. You can't say no, if someone offers, right?
I'm just slightly better than homeless but strong stree magic keeps me fed, clothed, & sheltered. This trick will get used. Be sure to request your color preference. I got blue & would have rather had red. You know red subconsciously means stop (& watch this).
If you want a trick know one can figure out, but isn't fully examinable, this is it.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 29th, 2012
Cleanest CAAN on the market. Mike Rose's Grail was my favourite for a long time, but now X-Act has claimed the throne.
Unfortunately you need to provide something of your own for the second handling. Mike Kirby, Mark Mason, you should have released it for 5$ more and add the necessary items.
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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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 26th, 2012
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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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 26th, 2013
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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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 26th, 2014
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 !
I HIGHLY 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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