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Crossroads by Ben Harris- Book
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A spectator is handed a cased deck with the promise that the performer will not touch it!
Steve Shufton has cunningly applied the "Crossroads" concept to the "Any Card At Any Number" plot and come up with one of the most perfect handlings ever. A card is named, a number is named. The chosen card appears at the nominated number and the performer NEVER ONCE TOUCHES THE DECK. Only the one eck used, and it's out on the table BEFORE you start.
You receive the gloriously produced 36 page book, bound in full color covers, 8.5" X 11". Use your own cards, no specially printed or produced cards are required.
HERE'S WHAT THEY'RE SAYING:
"I've been exploring versions since the mid-1970s and enjoyed your thinking on this."
- Max Maven
"This is going to FRY a lot of people..."
- Richard Kaufman
"This is so devious - created with an incredibly sharp magic scalpel - that I predict this to become an instant classic."
- Chris Wasshuber (Lybrary.com)
"We've just had the pleasure of previewing a draft of what will be called The Crossroads Deck, by Ben Harris. Thorough crediting supports a pleasing mixture of psychologically innovative applications of time tested themes as well as familiar approaches that both captivate and entertain. Well written and easy to understand, Mr. Harris' basic method and impossible vanish and reappearance routine are magnified by the fact that the deck is not touched by the performer!
"A second effect by Steve Shufton logically extends the possibilities. Properly done, a thoughtful, capable performer will be remembered as having demonstrated an Any Card At Any Number, again, where the untouched deck is handled only by the Participant in a very simple, straightforward way without any prior preparation.
"This is potentially a very strong impression to leave with any audience. The "Crossroads Technique" alone, which we really like, will be seen as food for thought by many. As mentalists, our variation would be to use no deck at all. Just a single, thought-of card in the pocket. The solution will dawn on you after reading the text."
- Richard Busch & Larry Becker
"There are two main features here; a named card vanishes from a sealed deck that you never touch, and the card is found at an impossible location of your choice. Causing any card to vanish from a deck under such impossible conditions is not an easy problem to solve. However, Ben has hit on an elegant solution, and what's more; the whole thing is technically self-working. If you're looking for a direct and powerful card effect, you'll love this. And, if you enjoy experimenting and exploring the ins and outs of a trick, you'll love this even more because the possibilities seem endless..."
- Peter Duffie (from the foreword)
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 5th, 2011
A wonderful book worth every penny. The Crossroads deck is total genious, and is a wonderful baffler. The bonus in the back of the book is called CRACAAN ( Crossroad Any card At Any Number.
I went looking for the Holy Grail of Acaan for a long time, well folks! If your looking for the Holy Grail of Acaan, look no further I have found it in CRACAAN. Created from the fertile minds of Ben Harris and Steve Suffton , this is the cleanest Acaan I have ever performed.
This book should be in every performer's library and the effects should be in your show right now! These a reputation mkaers, beleive me! 5 stars rating A must have!
Have a great day...and pick a card...any card.!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 24th, 2012
I really like this. At first I was not sure because I thought, how am I going to sneak their chosen card out of the deck once they name it? No need for that. The setup enables you to VANISH a seemingly freely selected card and have it reapear wherever you wish! It is so incredibly simple you will be doing this within five minutes after reading the book. So easy to do. I was also thrown off by the selection method, but most magicians use this any way and if you word it correctly, the laypeaople will have no idea what is going on.
The Card At Any Number is AMAZIG! Probably the best version I have seen in a long time. Very convincing and you can have the deck on the table before hand and you NEVER touch it which is everything I have been looking for.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 18th, 2015
I really love this effect and think that the crossroad deck provides the means to perform a fabulous effect, so for that reason alone this is worth the money. My issue is that the CRACAAN effect is not literally correct, while the spectator may come away from it thinking that it was is another thing. If we're going to say that close is close enough then fine but we all have spent too much money on tricks that could not deliver what they promised and we usually (at least I do) suck it up and put those tricks in our drawers. I'm very happy with this purchase, It just brings to mind all the times I've been let down by what was promised and what was delivered
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 20th, 2012
very nice i like this looks like real magic as soon as i read the book couldnt wait to try it had some huge reaction just like any other magic u like its as good as u make it.
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