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The Trick That CAN Be Explained! by Mark Elsdon
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The performer introduces a small envelope and says that there is a playing card inside. He places the envelope on the table and never touches it again.

A participant takes the deck out of the box and shuffles it. Then they cut the deck and the top card is immediately turned over. It is, for example, the 7 of Spades. The deck is turned face-up and clearly spread to show that there are no duplicates.

The participant opens the envelope and removes the card inside. It is a perfect match - the 7 of Spades.

AND THERE ARE NO OTHER OUTS - the card in the envelope is ALWAYS the card they choose!

NO sleight-of-hand required. This literally is as easy as it gets!

Alternative endings: You can have a photo of the card posted on your Twitter feed, Instagram or other social media. Or you can WhatsApp or message them at the start and they check the message at the end.

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Disappointing and I gave up Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 11th, 2019
This is the first effect I've ordered from Penguin Magic that is Truly a disappointment. Because the trick is from Mark Elsdon, I never even looked at the number of reviews it had received. One of the reason I order so much from Penguin is because of the reviews and the fact that all the rating stars are posted.

In the nutshell:
Cards received are not prepared properly
After numerous attempts, I found that the deck could not be mixed with an overhand shuffle.
For a trick that doesn't work, the price is outrageous


To be honest, even had I noticed that it only had one review, I'd probably still order it ... because it was from Mr. Elsdon. I would never consider posting such a negative review without putting an excessive amount of time into getting the trick to do what is supposed to do.

My assumption is that the "prepared" cards are not made properly. I want to be clear in that there are no gaff cards per sey, but six of the cards are prepared, which are provided to you. I even tried two different sets of cards and the result is the same ... the trick just doesn't work as shown in the video.

I now know why there might only be 2 reviews (including mine) for a trick that seems like it would be strong enough to be a closer. The risk factor for failure is huge and not worth taking the chance on it not working.

Most notable is the outrageous price. I have no problem paying for a trick that appears to be as strong as this. I understand the process involved with creating such a strong effect... but that's only if it works. This one does not!

I am going to play with improving the prepared cards and if I had success, I was going to share my thoughts in the discussion section of purchased tricks, on the Penguin website, but, I guess, that since there is no dvd provided, the trick is not listed in the My Penguin section on the website.

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Very Disappointed Card Trick! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 15th, 2019
Too Expensive for beginners, No Instructions Video, you have to read his book. It's an easy trick, it's very straight forward trick. I Performed this to my wife and TeenSon, they wasn't impressed. It took couples cuts to get to the gimmick card! Sorry, not for me. Can't perform this trick for close up!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 21st, 2019
So good! Audience management is key. Bob King is where I learned this from back in 1993 from a $10 booklet. Well worth the $30. Taken a breather now.
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