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"You'll use this for the rest of your life." -John Bannon

"What can I say...It's from John Bannon, it's quick, it kills, doesn't require any difficult moves, doesn't require a table and it blows the spectator away. Q.E.D." -Patrick Barry

Boy, this is the type of trick pros dream of. One of the greatest tricks in the history of card magic, now using an ordinary, shuffled (even borrowed!) deck. And no surprise, it's from the mind of John Bannon, arguably the cleverest card magic inventor alive today.

"Just got this and I am very happy with it. Fun routine ideas and the first couple performances for my friends got great reactions. I have always been a Bannon fan. The 'utility' move is something we all can use in our card magic" -Mark Schaefer

"A borrowed, shuffled WORKER." -Straight Talk Magic Reviews

"I recommend this, and can attest to its power. I have used this move for a long time in my restaurant work." -Shaun Robison

John Bannon is arguably the cleverest card trick inventor alive today, and this is the perfect example of his brilliance.


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Clever Card Trick! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 23rd, 2016
This card trick is almost self working and it builds itself to a great reaction from the spectators (best if you have at least 2 like in the video). It requires no memorization, you can use a borrowed deck and there is no force - the spectator gets a free choice. The note card that John pulls out of his pocket is the only other prop you need. You can construct your own or use one of the 2 PDF's that you also get with the trick...just print it and you are ready to go. As for the utility move that John teaches, its very cleaver and requires some slight handling/practice and once you get it down, the move can be used in many other card routines. The video is about 24 minutes long and he covers/teaches every detail. You will not be disappointed with this purchase, like I said, it's almost self working and packs a great punch at the end...you will have people going for a state of confusion to amazement in a matter of seconds.
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Better than Fred Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 24th, 2016
I've been doing the Fred trick for a long time, but the downside of that is you are carrying a full deck that can only be used for that one trick. This gives the same impact but you just need to carry an index card, the effect can be done with a borrowed deck.

If you do one of the "Fred" tricks you will be performing this as soon as you make up the card. A note on that, be sure to make it very legible. You don't want the spectator spending a lot of time to trying to figure out what it says, the clearer the names the better.

I highly recommend this for anyone that carries a deck or can be sure there will be a deck that can be borrowed.
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Wonderful trick, super easy Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 22nd, 2016
I first became introduced to this plot many years ago in a Sankey trick, I'm pretty sure it was in Sankey Unleashed. When I first saw it I was enthralled by the idea and I made up the deck only to realize that the trick was inherently flawed and essentially made people want to inspect an uninspectable deck. There were ways to get around it it, but none of them were elegant so I shelved the trick.

Over the years I've came back to the plot a few times, but none of the reincarnations ever made it into the tricks I do regularly.

I don't pretend to know every version of this trick that exists but this is the only version of this plot I can see myself doing. All you need to carry around is an index card, not an entire separate deck which is a huge plus. You can put this into your set at any time as it uses a completely shuffled deck.

It was a nice touch for him to include two PDFs with names on them (although I plan on making my own for several reasons).

It may also be worth exploring the idea of saving it as an image on your phone and texting it to your friend as they shuffle the deck.

The utility move he teaches is a nice one and its well taught. I don't know if that's the peek I'd use, but regardless its a good move and well worth knowing.

This trick is not a knock 'em dead closer, nor is it meant to be. Its meant to be a middle trick, or maybe even an opener, and it serves that purpose well.

Even if the line doesn't fit your personality it may still be worth picking this up and then if you are ever working a table and you get the feel that this is the right trick to do for that table you can just whip it out at any time.
(You can even use this trick as an out if you are doing a trick in which you intend to classic force a card and miss the force.)

I must say, I'm definitely more happy with this than I expected to be. I really particularly love the fact that you don't need to memorize anything. That's very rare for these types of tricks and his solution works really well. Enjoy!
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Bannon Strikes Again!! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 22nd, 2016
Let me start off by saying that I do very much enjoy John Bannon's material, so I was glad to get a chance to see and review this latest work of his. To be clear this is NOT a packet trick, it uses a full deck. And you can use any borrowed and shuffled deck. And, unlike some routines that advertise that, this real does require zero setup. The effect is just as is shown in the video.

There is one move and its not hard and its a great move to have in your repertoire for so many other effects. The card with the names used can be of any size for larger or smaller audiences, and you can make up your own card with your own names, and NO, there is zero memorization involved.

Sound to good to be true? Well it's not.

The secret is in how John layered the routine to make it bigger than the one might expect, or as John says, "It has a high Gain to Pain ratio."

Definitely a great buy! Highly recommended.
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A Fred By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 22nd, 2016
As usual John Bannon has come up with a really nice AND clean version of the name deck trick.
This time it doesn't use a special deck or extra pocket space. It's a normal deck and will garner (almost) the same if not a better response.

When you watch this you will also learn a really cool move to add to your arsenal. I can attest for its power! I have used this move for a long time in my restaurant work.
After toying with this, I have a non deck version for those mentalists out there too.

Almost NO sleights. Really easy to do so you can focus on the presentation.
I recommend this!
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Super Fred Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 22nd, 2016
John Bannon has done it again with an improved version of a classic. This is nifty little trick that is easily learned and can be performed with any deck. The video is well-done and John shows a clear step-by-step process. Another nice feature is no reset is required. As a bonus, I learned another clever sleight that I'll be using in various tricks. This one's a keeper and won't disappoint.
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Awesome Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 22nd, 2016
This is a clever trick. The utility move is perfect and you WILL use it. It's that's good. Super easy trick with great reactions if delivered correctly. Thanks!
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Cool Trick and nice utility move Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 22nd, 2016
I like the "Phil" trick and other similar things, but I rarely/never have the pocket space to carry a deck just for that.

I really like the notion here of having just a single extra sheet to allow the moment of disconnect where you "name there card." I will probably make up one on the back of a business card & carry in my wallet. If so, this can be done with any deck, even a borrowed deck.

I especially like the utility move that is taught. Of course there are many methods to accomplish the same thing, so if learning a new move isn't your thing, you can still do this in other ways that you probably already know. For me, this utility move will be used in a variety of applications and fits well into many "pick a card" routines.

As for the routine, the blocking & process is well thought out, and it takes the effect to a high level. Mr. Bannon even shows what the effect looks like without the intended presentational steps, and the difference is palpable. Depending on your style, you may come up with still another version that suits you.

I like this a lot!
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Another name for Fred is AWESOME! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 22nd, 2016
Q: Who doesn't love John Bannon? A: No one. This trick is a prime example of why Bannon is one of the most popular creators out there today. Watch the promotional video and if you like the trick, buy it. It is a borrowed, shuffled worker.

Fred By Any Other Name is a 24 minute download, expertly produced, that comes with 2 pre-printed PDF name cards. The video shows Bannon performing the trick to different live spectators in a real world setting and it kills! Bannon then teaches the rather simple trick (with a simple move required). This instructional video does what every video should do! It shows the performers POV for the move to enhance quick learning.

The teaching is top notch and if you buy this, you will be instantly using it. It is easy to perform with a basic move. No tough sleight of hand at all.

I am using it tonight!
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Borrowed shuffled deck!? Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 22nd, 2016
At first glance, this trick didn't seem remarkable. Then I read it can be done with a borrowed and shuffled deck, now that's not just more fooling, but also more practical. I also love the idea of offsetting the revelation. It's a lot better than just saying, "it's the three of diamonds." Plus the utility move can be used for countless other effects. It's a great trick, especially for beginners.
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