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The Card That Matters by Rick Lax

The most anticipated card trick of the year. One card is face-up in a poker hand, and your spectator guesses it correctly. No sleight-of-hand. LIMITED SUPPLY.
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Rick Lax set himself a challenge to do the impossible: To let a spectator name any card, and have it be the only one face up in a poker hand that fits inside a tiny envelope. The result is a monumental breakthrough, The Card That Matters.

Here’s what it looks like:

1. You hold a tiny envelope with a poker hand inside it (5 cards).

2. You tell your spectator there is one card face-up in this poker hand, and you invite them to guess what it is.

3. When you spread the cards out, they are 100% correct.

4. Not only that, the face-up card has a different colored back than the rest of the cards!

These cards are overflowing with clever secrets that make this miracle possible.

One of the best magic teachers in the world, Rick teaches every step in great detail so you feel confident and ready for anything!

The Card That Matters is amazing and easy to do thanks to the special cards you’ll receive. Rick worked with a designer to collapse what would normally take an entire gimmicked deck into a packet so small it could fit in your wallet. This is more than just a packet trick. It's a miracle that will leave your audiences stunned.

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 13th, 2020
I hate deceptive advertising. In the trailer Rick clearly says:

"When someone names a card, that card they named will be in the poker hand ..."

THIS IS NOT TRUE. It is one outcome (not even the most likely outcome).

What he described would be a miracle. It's not in the written description perhaps because he hopes we will forget what he promised in the trailer.

I am not saying this is a bad trick. I actually may have even purchased it if correctly described.

I just feel he doesn't need to outright lie about what the effect is.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 15th, 2020
I respect Rick Lax as a creator and took a chance on this due to his creativity. This is a great idea, but in application, just an average effect. The special something on the cards was weak and needed fixed by me upon opening. This is a decision based effect and awkward in the handling. Not sure how this could be improved, but for my money, the BrainWave by Max Maven is only way to go. Nice attempt at a newer “brainwave” type effect by Mr. Lax, but this is not practical for me and fell short.
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Rick’s best trick ever! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 16th, 2019
It’s difficult to say much about this trick without giving away part of the secret, but suffice it to say, these cards are gaffed in an absolutely incredible way. The spectator really can name any card in the deck and it’s the only face up card in a hand of poker and it has a different colored back!

I don’t usually do “packet tricks”, but I WILL perform this one! I’ve always thought it was strange to pull a few cards out of a cheap plastic wallet and do a trick with them. I just feel like that puts a lot of heat on the cards.

But with The Only Card that Matters, it’s presented as a prediction trick and it makes perfect sense to have a prediction isolated in a simple, clean white envelope.

It’s important to note, the spectators can not examine the cards. But if someone asks me to see the rest of the cards, I’ll hold them to my chest and say, “You obviously don’t play poker much. Any good player knows not to tip his hand.” And then I’d slip the cards back into the envelope as I remind them that they had a free choice of any card in the deck, but I correctly predicted exactly which card they would choose.

Rick is one of this generation’s best creators of magic and he really lived up to that title with this elegant creation. Thank you, Rick, for the countless hours that you obviously put into this effect! What a marvelous payoff!
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The Card That Matters Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 24th, 2020
Hello Rick,

You definitely have a winner here. The "higher by one"
out is brilliant!
My only drawback is that several of the cards sent do
not adhere face-to-face properly.
I have sent an e-mail to Acar asking for help.

Thank you for your effort in behalf of us all.

Bill King
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 20th, 2020
There is a major trapdoor to this presentation that is not mentioned or hinted at in the video which makes this trick unsatisfying. An Invisible Deck would give you the same effect without this needlessly crutchy-looking crutch that gets whipped out at the end of the trick half the time. I am a big fan of Mr. Lax and have purchased many of his tricks. The use of the phrase "any" in this video is not untrue but is highly misleading when it comes to the overall effectiveness of the trick.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 14th, 2020
Holy-moly …

This is totally amazing! Rick is very well known for his very unique and ingenious magic, now add some help from Justin Flom into the mix creating this outstanding minor miracle. This effect incorporates a number of different principles from a few well know tricks intertwined with each other. You will receive everything you need to perform this seemingly impossible card prediction - ready to go once you receive it … with some practice of course.

There is no force and other than mentioned in the trailer, the spectator can pick any card they want except for the Ace - ‘cuz that one is way to obvious'. As usual, Rick does an incredible job of teaching you this trick as well as discussing all the scripting and nuances you will need to perfect the presentation.

Very well though out and clever, you will love it. This is going into my wallet ASAP so I will be ready to start performing it everywhere I go. Totally recommended.
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Clever for what it is Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 16th, 2020
I honestly think this has advanced the method with the cards included. Why I like it: it's compact, what you see is what you get, fairly straightforward.
Why I don't: The plot has holes in it with having a poker hand be any part of it.
3.5 stars. If you like what you see in the trailer, for sure get it.
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A really great packet trick but... Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 9th, 2020
This is a great packet trick especially for someone like me who does not do packet tricks. The routine is very easy to learn, the gaffs make it even easier and takes away a ton of the mental work that would be involved in tricks with the same kind of method like ID, and the envelope with the extra out is a simple but huge improvement on the faux-leather wallets. The poker-hand concept is a great justification and very interesting for patter. BUT I do wish it was examinable, if only the face up card and, as far as, the R&S, I'm not sure if it's just the one I got, a problem overall, or if I just haven't handled an ID in a long time, but the R&S isn't very reliable. You might be flashing another card too often for you to be comfortable performing it.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 14th, 2021
I rarely write reviews as in my opinion by their very nature, a review is simply an opinion and others may have differing views. I was disappointed with this trick. As others have mentioned, the “something” on the cards is not adequate and needed to be strengthened. The thickness of the packet is also a dead giveaway as to the method. Sorry, but not something I’ll be using.
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Great trick - cheap envelope! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 16th, 2020
I just want to write this quick review to say the effect is wonderful. However, a big part of this trick is pulling the cards out of the envelope. Penguin Magic for some reason decided to give us a super cheap envelope with a big line of envelope sticky that will stick with the slightest moisture. Bad form, Penguin Magic.

If an envelope is described in the store page for an effect, don't cheap out. You should have given us a GOOD quality envelope, without all the sticky junk.
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