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Free by Think Nguyen (CAAN) (Instant Download)

They freely choose ANY card and ANY number. You grab the SHUFFLED BORROWED DECK, count down and THERE IT IS. USE ANY DECK. NO SETUP. INSTANT RESET. A WORKER'S DREAM.
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If you're a pro, listen up.

1) Whatever you think the secret is, you're wrong.

2) Free ACAAN is a worker's dream. Any deck. No setup. Instant reset. A genuinely free choice of both the card and the number. The deck is really shuffled by THE SPECTATOR, and when you count down, it's genuinely there.

As a bonus, Think Nguyen also happens to be an excellent teacher! He teaches everything clearly, his technique is excellent, and he's clearly performed this a lot because he shares a ton of insight.

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 24th, 2019
ACAANs always intrigue me. I’m always on the lookout for the ultimate one that truly melts any magician’s mind. Free by Think Nguyen brings that task another step closer toward that lofty goal.

I’ll tell you what blew my mind... in the demo, you see the spectator shuffle half the deck and then the other. The handling seemed to be very free. I was like “how the heck — ?!!” So I had to get this.

I’m so glad I did. As usual, the solution is stupid easy. It looks great. More importantly, it looks EXTREMELY fair. Guess what else... no prep is needed AT ALL.

Unfortunately, this isn’t perfect or the ultimate yet. But dang it, this is good and I’m happy.

I’ll answer some questions you may have now:
1. Do you need to be a sleight of hand master?
No. You will want to practice this a bit to make sure you can do the moves cleanly without anything looking awkward.
2. Do I have to practice a lot?
Not necessarily. See #1.
3. Any arts and crafts?
Nope!
4. Any prep?
Nope!
5. Do you end clean?
Yup! But let’s expound on this... if your spectator is Penn, Teller, or any very experienced magician who doesn’t want to be fooled, they might be able to figure it out if they examine your deck. But for the laymen, let them look all they want! (Unless they are crazy detail oriented)
6. Can you use a spectator’s deck?
I always thought this was a funny question, picturing random people who just happen to have their own deck of cards in their pockets. But yes, you really can... but I would chance it on anything but a brand new deck.
7. Is this good for walk-around?
This is the biggest (and only real) downside to the trick. Once you perform the trick, you’ll want to either use a fresh deck or you’ll have to ditch the previous card picked. You could give it away, but review question #5 and be selective. Unless you add something to the routine that gives you permission to do a little damage to the card first, such as a t & r of some kind... even better, one that is a corner type t & r. For most cases, this is a one-off... perfect for the “you’re a magician? Show me one trick!” scenario. You really shouldn’t repeat this with the same deck. I can think of a way you could get perhaps one extra performance out of it, but you’d still be taking a chance. Also keep in mind that the deck you use will not be in perfect condition when you’re done with this trick. (One card anyway).
8. How is the teaching?
Think does a nice job. Honestly, the sound is a little quiet and I do wish there was at least one more camera used for angles. But this is simple and to the point.

I hope I didn’t give away too much info. Just tying to give you a fair review. Part of a defined act, this is great... especially if you can do a deck switch and continue with other tricks... or use this at the end, though I feel personally like this is more of an opener.

If you’re looking for a really fair ACAAN, so far, imho, this is as good as it gets.

4 stars for Mr. Nguyen!

By the way, I always try to be honest and straightforward in my reviews, while being respectful to the magician. If you appreciate my reviews, can you please click the "Yes" button below beside the question, "Did this review help you?" It's not like I actually benefit in any way by your clicking it... but it would be nice to see if my reviews are helpful or not. I hope they are. If you ever have suggestions or comments or questions about my reviews, please feel free to leave me a constructive comment. I'm just trying to be helpful. I love the Penguin community and hope that I can someday contribute my own product. :-) Thanks for reading and for any (hopefully positive, but either way, at least kind) feedback.
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A nice ACAAN with no setup Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 6th, 2019
I was fooled by this trick. I’ve been studying the ACAAN plot for awhile and this one got me. Many of these types of tricks require immense preparation, multiple decks, difficult sleight of hand, mental calculations while trying to act normal, trick decks, etc... This one is actually within the capability of most magicians and can be done with a normal shuffled deck. There are a few moves that you need to have down, but if you work with cards there’s a good chance you already do. Another thing I really like about it is how fair this seems. The spectator gets to shuffle and cut the deck. You can’t say that for a lot of ACAANs. I do have a version I like to do with a stacked deck, but I will have to learn this one as another method when I want to perform with an unprepared deck.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 6th, 2019
This is a simplified version of a classic effect. Card at any number is one of the great mental effects. Performing it can be extremely complex depending on what version you use. Think Nguyen has come up with a method that eliminates a lot of complexities. However this method will take a lot of practice. But it is well worth it. He has come up with a great effect that is devastating to a lay audience. His tutorial is excellent. He lays out step by step how to perform the effect, and he addresses the complexities clearly. This is a good effect.
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My new favorite ACAAN! Dang it! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 6th, 2019
I love the ACAAN plot. I’ve tried a slew of them Over the years and have a few favorites (SCASN is one of them). But, shoot! This might be my new favorite. The method is SO clever. I definitely wouldn’t have ever thought of it myself, yet it’s direct and relatively easy.

Think goes through a lot of variables in this download to cover almost any contingency. He teaches a few basic moves to straighten things out and make their number hit their card every time.

I have to say, I was fooled badly when I watched the trailer. And I was delighted when Think explained the method. To me, the fact that the spectator shuffles all of the cards really makes this a complete fooler.

I don’t know if I’d say a beginner will find this easy to do, but I do think this is the kind of thinking that can elevate any magician’s repertoire and it’s well worth whatever effort they need to put in to make this trick their own.

If I was just starting out and I wanted to learn one card trick, I would take the time to master FreeCAAN.
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Excellent effect! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 6th, 2019
Borrow a deck and perform this anywhere with no forces or gimmicks - and the spectator can count the cards at the end! What more could you want?

This is actually a 20-minute master class on card control that you do right in front of the spectators without them seeing a thing. Think Nguyen does a great job teaching several card control techniques (one of which I had never seen before). The sleights used are pretty simple and can be mastered with just a little practice.

Highly recommended!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 6th, 2019
I have met Think at a lecture in Melbourne. And this mans work is brilliant and he is a fantastic guy too.
I watched this and was fooled. I had some ideas going though my head but I was wrong.
CAAN is a brilliant plot that a great many excellent magicians have done good work with, what Think has done is one of the best streamed lined versions I know of.
There are a few bits of work to do but nothing too knuckle busting and easy methods to get around the main secret.
The video is well explained with a good break down of the different parts to the effect.
This definitely going into my working set.
This is worth the $$$$
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Very clean, very smooth, very effective and impromptu Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 6th, 2019
I have seen and performed many Card At Any Number routines and this one of the best ones with a regular deck of cards. No gimmicks, not set up, nothing to make add or prepare, use any deck yours or borrowed and you are ready to go anything, anywhere. The process is very simple, no sophisticated moves or slights to learn. If you can count, do a simple overhand shuffle and a very minor move, you can do this effect … and your spectator does most of the shuffling. Sound interesting?

The thing I really like about this one is that no card is forced, totally the spectators choice, the spectator chooses whatever number they want, no influence and there is nothing difficult to learn. Nguyen does a great job of breaking the 20 minute tutorial into easy to learn and follow segments. There is something very special Nguyen will teach you that you can incorporate into other card effects you do. A very nice, practical and amazing add on to your repertoire.
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Great take on any card at any number Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 6th, 2019
When I watched the performance video of the effect, I thought to myself "oh, I know how this is done" - and then when I saw the explanation, I was way off. I love it when a method surprises me, and this effect probably doesn't work the way you think it does. One thing I really think gets overlooked in the explanation is that it's possible to let the spectator count out the cards themselves for even greater effect, which is something I'm not able to do in any of the other CAAN variants I know. Think's method will take some practice to learn and execute seamlessly, but it's worth it for the flexibility it offers you, and Think does a very good job covering all the angles (so to speak) in his instructional video. This is my first effect from him and I look forward to seeing more!
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This is very clever Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 7th, 2019
The method behind this CAAN is both clever and practical. I can understand why it has received numerous five-star reviews. However, there are a couple of things you should be aware of that could make a difference to some. First, the methodology necessitates that you do something that will require practice and a fair amount of audience management in order not to draw attention to it. Not hard to do, but maybe hard to make it look above suspicion. Second, and this is likely more important to ACAAN aficionados, the demo is a bit misleading at a critical point. It's hard to say more without giving away the secret -- and the end effect is exactly as shown -- but getting there is not portrayed with 100% accuracy. All things considered, I think this is a solid effect at a fair price if you're okay with the necessary concessions. I plan to use it.
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WONDERFUL CAAN Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 31st, 2019
I LOVE a great card at any number routine and this one is so good. And nothing seem out of place. Everything goes together.
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