I like this effect alot! Tons of magic and I love ACR routines when the magic happens in the
spectators hands that's incredible I just don't think it's worth 20 dollars with a single gimmick
card most people will have like me! But again to each it's own the teaching is done well as it is
with Dan harlan again I would deffinetly get this.
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I just purchased this trick through the Cool Box deal and viewed the "Learn" section. Having
reviewed that and rereading the reviews of this trick, I sense that there exists some confusion in
these reviews. One reviewer states his disappointment that this cannot be done with a "signed" card.
And one complains that as a beginner he cannot do the sleights for this trick. I'm assuming that the
reviewer is speaking about the gimmicked version. Let's be clear. If you are doing a "signed"
version of Ambitious Card you have enough in your repertoire to do the sleights for this trick.
Additionally, Dan Harlan teaches an ungimmicked ambitious card version of this trick that, in my
opinion, can be done with a signed card. As to the beginners, if you're an absolute beginner the few
sleights required for this trick are common and you might as well use this trick to learn them. Keep
in mind I said "absolute." Any beginner, who has taken up card magic, will have come across these
sleights at the start. In other words, the sleights are basic and not knuckle busters or knacky. Oh,
an aside, the 4 stars and not 5 stars is because Harlan's over 46 minutes of instruction doesn't
teach every one of these basic sleights which would have made his otherwise comprehensive
instructions even longer.
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I gave it 4 stars because it's not 100% perfect , about 1.5% it could fail , you need to avoid
hecklers or audience that examining everything,
It's good and it's practical that will great
reactions, just choose the right spectator & you're good to go .
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I’m really kicking myself for pulling the trigger too soon on this one. I got caught up in
the hype that this would be a great closer for your ambitious card routine. I guess the whole idea
of ACR to me IS THE SIGNED CARD. That’s the whole point. That’s what makes it cool. That’s what
sells it to the spectator that there are no duplicates. In this one Dan says that spectators will
always think that there are duplicates in this deck, and then he goes into various convincers and
methods for displaying the “dirty” cards and cleaning up the gimmick. The beauty of the signed card
is gone, and I’m feeling kinda hosed because I thought this trick was going to make use of a signed
I did indeed waste my money on this one, and I just don’t want
others to make the same mistake I did.
I admire Dan, and I think that he’s a good teacher, but
they beg us for reviews, and if I’m honest, this one for me is a big miss. I’m bummed I bought it. I
was really hoping for something I could use in my existing ACR.
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I’m not putting my name on this because I love Dan and he’s a phenomenal performer who knows way
more about magic than most people on the inside. That said, I was a bit disappointed with this. I
expected an elaborate gimmick with sticky stuff or flaps or even a double face card. What I
discovered made me slap myself in the face. I’ve worked with gimmicks like this before but it fooled
me BADLY!! I suppose I’m more disappointed in myself that I was so fooled by something I knew so
well. Why am I giving this three stars? It’s good. But as another reviewer put it, the card can not
be signed. That is a major selling point of Ambitious Card. Also, there is a chance the gimmick will
be found. A bit risky. All in all the routine is solid and Dan of course is a great teacher. Just
would be nice to have the card signed.
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It's a great looking effect, but I would never try it. I perform several days a week, either on
stage on at events. I am good at audience management, but one thing I know is this... someone will
look for that card in their hand. Not going to give away the secret, but I know people and if you
want them to just lightly spread the cards, you're in for a rude awakening. Because I perform so
often, my rule is simple. If it doesn't work 100% of the time, I don't do it. I'm not talking about
if I screw something up like flash, or drop something, I mean if the gimmick gives me away. If it
isn't 100%, I cannot afford to do it because I love repeat business.
Fun illusion and Company to a great job at filming and describing.
This is going into my gigs
once I master it.
this is a fantastic version of ambitious card,i have done many versions over the years but this
takes the cake. do yourselves a favour and get this.errol