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Try the Impossible by Simon Aronson In Simon Aronson`s latest book, he invites you to Try The Impossible.A spectator freely names any card. A second spectator freely touches any card - and it matches the named card! The performer never even looks through the deck! Control two freely selected and replaced cards to virtually any two positions you desire - without any sleight-of-hand!Imagine dealing five strong poker hands, each better than the previous one, with the dealer receiving a Royal Flush in spades - and being able to instantly repeat it again and again with no resetting!Two freely selected cards magically appear at two freely named numbers!The deck itself correctly reads a spectator`s mind, four times, to reveal her selected card - and discovers the matching four-of-a-kind as well!One spectator freely chooses and pockets two cards, whose identities remain unknown. From a second, shuffled deck another spectator freely touches two cards - and both cards match the first chosen pair!Aces assemble one-at-a-time, and then all appear under the spectator`s hand-with no extra cards and no palming!Predict the exact location of two freely cut and replaced cards! Try The Impossible also contains an all-new, in-depth look at the Aronson Stack, with over 25 new effects that don`t require memorization of the stack and leave the entire deck intact!And there`s so much more..mind-boggling locations, spelling effects, a gambling scam, the Head Over Heels move, the UnDo Influence control and even a rap Ace production! Extensive comments offer variations, theories, presentations, lead-in and follow-up routines and in-depth insights that will keep you thinking. Try The Impossible presents a wealth of new, baffling and entertaining card magic that doesn`t depend on difficult sleight-of-hand. Hardbound, Over 275 Large (8 1/2" x 11") Pages and Beautifully Illustrated With Over 120 Photos
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I can't recommend this highly enough. In fact, anything written by Aronson is a must-buy. His card thinking is so original and creative, it's a joy to read and discover. In this book, there are nearly 300 pages worth of card effects that are consistently well-designed, well-explained, and well-illustrated.
There is a wide variety of material as well... some self-working effects, some that rely on stacks, some that utilize some sleights... but nothing extraordinarily difficult. Aronson's work is based on subtlety and psychology, not knuckle-busting showmanship.
If I had to nitpick, I'd say that I could do without the "spelling" effects. Some people like these, some hate them... I'm in the latter camp. But you're never going to find a book of this size where you love everything.
I also think the 90+ pages devoted to a single technique, "Undue Influence", might be overkill. It IS a really nice, deceptive technique that can even fool the performer, but I don't know if it was necessary to cover so many variations of effects that use it. It's not as if you'd ever want to do more than one in a single routine, and it does make for repetitive reading.
But like I said, these are nitpicks. There is so much useful material in here, any card worker would benefit greatly from owning this.
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