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Real Magic in the spectator's hands

As magicians, we project an air of mysterious, hidden ability. Our audiences are envious of this power, and their secret is that they wish they could do what we do. Search & Destroy gives them that opportunity - in a fun, entertaining, and completely self-working way. And yet without offering them a single clue as to how it's all done!

The plot is simple: the slow-motion sandwich effect. A card is selected and returned to the pack. Two kings are placed face-up near the top and bottom of the pack - they move in toward the center, one step at a time, until only one card is trapped between them. Of course, that one card turns out to be the selection. But here's the rub: the entire effect happens with the spectator holding the cards! Better yet, this trick is all but self-working. If you can control a playing card, you can perform this miracle.

  • Virtually self working; allows you to concentrate on learning the touches and nuances that turn this trick into a miracle
  • Audience tested thousands of times

  • Widely considered the best sandwich trick of all time

  • Any deck, anytime, anywhere

Practical, powerful technique - lessons that will evolve your magic

Search & Destroy also includes a detailed explanation of the Nowhere Pass - Aaron's acclaimed and well-thought-out approach to the Bluff Pass, long considered the province of only the most advanced sleight-of-hand experts. With the care and attention that has come to define Aaron's teaching, this segment will give you a new tool in your arsenal that you will find uses for in many of your own favorite effects. And that's only the beginning: the lessons you learn here about tension, focus, and design in sleight of hand will improve every card trick you do.

  • Learn the secret of soft, elegant sleight of hand

  • Perform surrounded

  • Any conditions

  • Completely invisible from any angle

  • Control a card to any position in the pack

Running Time Approximately: 1hr 30min

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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 25th, 2012
I'm what you might call a lazy magician in that I love effects that give you big results without spending hours of my life practicing some incredibly hard card control move that might or might not work in the real world under pressure. When I saw the video for "Search and Destroy" I immediately loved the audience participation factor and the way this appeared a "perfect length" card trick. In other words, when someone comes up and says "Show me a trick", you need something that will engage them, be impromptu, allow you to concentrate on presentation more than knuckle-busting, and not go on so long as to bore the spectator. This effect fits the bill perfectly.

In essence, you will have to learn one card control move--and most magicians already have at least one they always fall back on. Just in case you don't, however, Aaron teaches you one that gets the job done. From that point onward, it's all pretty much showmanship as the rest of the magic happens in the spectator's hands. Is it easy to figure out? Well, I wouldn't repeat this one too often because it's sort of a logical effect that can be figured out after a few viewings. That has to be the shortcoming of any "no heavy sleights" card effect (it's not self-working, so I won't call it that). Still, it's perfect for the right situation and crowd.

The only other thing to remember is that you'll need to be a showman to make this fun. You don't have to be as outgoing as Aaron is on the video (he's almost annoying at one point), but you'll need to play up the crowd to make this effect appear bigger than what it is. I highly recommend this one to anyone looking to add some easy sparkle to their act.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 3rd, 2010
If you have Aaron's book The Paper Engine and found it confusing to learn this effect then I highly suggest getting this because he makes it dead simple to figure out everything in it and you'll be performing it in no time at all. The DVD menu is easy to navigate and the actual effect is dead simple and gets some amazing reactions.
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