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Random Odds by Derek Ostovani (Instant Download)

No bill switch! No setup! A BORROWED bill, borrowed phone, and borrowed deck. A polished reputation-maker with layers upon layers of deception. START LEARNING INSTANTLY.
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"This is one of those ‘event’ effects. Done well, nothing can follow it. Just walk off and become a local legend." - David Regal

"Derek took individuals methods that are incredibly strong and combined them into a single serving of awesomeness" - Ryan Shlutz

"Derek has combined a number of principles in order to coordinate an elaborate, but deceptive string of magical coincidences. It’s virtually an act in itself!" - John Bannon

"Borrow any deck, any bill, and any phone! Random Odds is a hard-hitting mentalism piece that you carry around in other people's pockets!" - Cody S. Fisher

Borrowed objects. Random numbers. Impossible coincidence. Random Odds by Derek Ostovani. is a multilayered mental mystery that will blow your audience away.

Here’s what happens: A bill is borrowed from the spectator who signs it to make sure that everything is above board. The bill is left out in plain view while the spectators cell phone is borrowed. The audience tells the magician random numbers to multiply together in the phone’s calculator. Their birth year, the first three digits of their phone number, any digits that come to mind. The audience can even enter the numbers into the phone themselves. A deck of cards is shuffled in an extremely fair manner to select a generous handful of cards which are further shuffled. The spectators read out the number on the calculator as the cards are turned over, and they order of the selected cards matches the numbers multiplied by the audience. Just when your audience thinks the trick is over we remember the bill. Not only do the cards match the generated number, but they match the serial number on the bill that was borrowed at the very beginning.

Derek has worked hard to mix methods so that this is not just deceptive, but also packs a huge punch when the final climax is revealed. This isn’t just a closer, it's a show stopper for the close up and parlor performer. This is Random Odds.

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 8th, 2020
… and so will you. Random Odds is new, refreshing, fun and will be reputation making. This is a multi layered, multi reveal and multi climax effect, nothing like I have ever seen before. It’s all so random and yet the finale packs a phenomenal punch. It utilizes a phone, a bill, some playing cards and a great presentation to totally blow everyone away. Know here that it’s their phone, their bill and your spectators provide all the random numbers used in this minor miracle. You can even borrow the deck if someone happens to have one available.

There are no real sleighs to learn just a very basic and simple move. There is a little work to do but it is done all in front of your spectator, no big deal. There is a lot going on for the spectator but once the reveals are established, they won’t believe what they have seen. At each phase of this effect, your spectator/s (use one or more to involve in supplying you with the numbers you use) are controlling the randomness of all the numbers used and what order the cards are dealt down to accomplish the end result.

It is well worth the price for the small amount of time that you will spend learning it. Wait until you see their faces and hear their gasps. It is a miracle and you will certainly be remembers for it. Try it, you will like it.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 8th, 2020
This is a cool trick that will leave spectators wondering how such a random occurrence could happen. It has several layers to it that continue to baffle people with each reveal. The video is well done and gives a complete presentation method that is easy to follow. I also like how references are given to help learn the simple moves in case you want to go deeper.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 8th, 2020
My initial reaction to this illusion was that it was very complex. It is not, but I suggest watching the tutorial very carefully a couple of times through. I had to let what he was doing soak in, my ADD kicks in and I need repetition. Once you have the routine down it's a stunning trick. The kicker at the end of this trick with the dollar bill is incredible. Derek said this is his first tutorial with Penguin, I hope to see more. This one is worth learning, just make sure somebody has an I Phone before you start.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 8th, 2020
I’ve been doing a variation of this trick for several years and it always blows people’s minds! But Derek Ostovani has taken it to the NEXT LEVEL!

It’s important to note that everything really can be borrowed, but, there are options if you aren’t comfortable with some of the process. I’ll be blending this kicker ending into my own variation of this trick since I’m already comfortable with my method, but believe me, if you don’t already do a mentalism or high-stakes-coincidence effect like this, I think RANDOM ODDS would be a great place to start. You could close with this!

Nothing makes your audience feel more involved than to be TOTALLY CONVINCED that their own personal information, that nobody else could possibly know, was a hinging point for a piece of mentalism to even work at all. If even one detail had been different, the outcome would have missed by a mile. RANDOM ODDS accomplished that hair-raiising outcome and then takes it way over the top! It’s almost TOO good!

I can’t wait to see more lessons from Derek, real soon!
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There is a lot of moves and slights taught here, that are worth learning on their own 👍 put together this does genuinely seem like “ Random Odds”
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 8th, 2020
This is the kind of thing that you do at the end of the night when you have extra time or in a sort of impromptu situation. It is a little long for walk-around or table work, but if you need to do some extra time for the head table or in a small stand-up situation, this could be a killer. It goes so far beyond what almost any spectator could follow (even if they know about the mathematics) that it's the kind of thing you could use to start a new religion.
If you have time and a group that are willing to listen and watch carefully, this is a miracle that needs no props (as long as someone has a deck). Very strong and well worth learning.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 8th, 2020
This is a beautiful routine! The method feels a bit all over the place at first, but once you get it down, it's really quite easy.

While we are taught how to do this with borrowed items, I will be doing a b*ll sw***h and using my own deck. This will make it flow much smoother for me, and probably quite a few other performers as well.
There's nothing wrong with the impromptu version whatsoever, I just need that extra reassurance that comes with being prepared.

Another great thing about the method behind this routine is that it can be customized to your liking. Some routines just don't offer that option, but this one does.

I am very much looking forward to Derek's next release.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 8th, 2020
This is really so good. It takes several concepts that I'm familiar with and links them together into a fantastic presentation. EVERYTHING is borrowed and seems so random, yet the result is completely impossible. You will learn this quickly and it will blow people away. Highly recommended
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 8th, 2020
The skill set of this trick can be done by all with a little practice. I was totally expecting a little more difficult explanation based on what you see in the trailer, But after watching Derek walk you through the instruction, this devious effect will slay your crowd. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in killing the odds. You can't go wrong! This is an absolute head scratcher.
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I was already familiar with all the principals that make this routine work, but I wouldn't have thought to use them in this way. It's a great routine that you can do impromptu with borrowed objects, even the cards can be borrowed. The kicker ending really sends this effect over the edge. The only setup takes place in front of them and they’ll never suspect it, you are so far ahead of them.
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