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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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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 8th, 2010
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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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 15th, 2014
I'm already successfully using one of the Undo Influence tricks and fooling all and sundry with it! This is a book for the intermediate to advanced card man, however. I'm still digesting the rest of the book. Overall, a well-produced book by a brilliant thinker. Recommended!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 2nd, 2021
Yes, it's basically a stacked/memdeck book of information. Many effects only need to rely on the stack to perform and create miracles. (Think Aronson's Shufflebored effect as a mini "stacked" effect, and you'll have insight of this book's content). The effects in this book have a certain amount of sophistication about them. If that's not your cup of tea, well then .............!
Bob W.
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