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"We have used Woody’s "Love Ritual" as a Penn & Teller show closer in Vegas, all over the USA, on Jimmy Fallon, and indeed all over the world. It kills. We're not thrilled about you doing it, but if you wanna, these instructions will tell you all we know and much more. Woody is the best." - Penn & Teller

"Woody Aragon's "Love Ritual" is one of the best routines I did on tour for many years. I closed my show with this quite often which says just how much I love this piece of magic." - Cyril Takayama

"Woody is one of the great thinkers in magic today who has made some significant contributions to the our field." - David Blaine

"Love Ritual is the heart of one of my favorite routines of all times." - Luis de Matos

"This a reputation maker that I've used in my own corporate work for years. If you want an impromptu miracle that you WILL USE and that people WILL remember, then Love Ritual is for you." - Eric Jones

"The Ritual is the greatest audience participation card trick ever created! I can’t tell you how many times after my show people come up to me and say "that was the most amazing card trick they have ever seen". If it's not already in your show get this download and thank me later." - Erick Olson

"What really makes this routine so powerful is that it can be done in Close-Up or Stage. I have seen this on television with the entire audience doing the effect. It blew me away. I love that he not only explains his proven variation but also reveals multiple other variations. And the “secret” is so diabolical that the audience does the dirty work to themselves!!" - Chef Anton

"This is way too good to give to the masses! I’ve been using Love Ritual in my professional work to create pure magic and genuinely connect with the audience. Pure genius!" - Michael Kaminskas

"Woody Aragon's Love Ritual is the perfect trick to actively involve EVERYONE in the audience...I LOVE it!" - Cody S. Fisher

There is a reason this trick is found in the repertoire of many of today’s top working pros, and now for the first time on video Woody will share with you all the secrets to make this practically self-working miracle play huge.

What is The Love Ritual?

The entire audience is given four playing cards that they shuffle. They then tear those cards in half and shuffle some more. They put one of the torn pieces in their pocket and then shuffle the remaining pieces even further. After eliminating cards by throwing them in the air everyone is left with just one piece of torn card. The audience brings back out the piece that they put in their pocket, and it matches. Every person in the whole audience is successful.

Clocking in at over an hour and twenty minutes, Woody goes into all of the fine details and variations that make this a stunner. He even includes the variation that fooled some of the world’s best magicians at the prestigious 4F convention in Batavia New York. Whether you need something that can play for a stadium (the largest version of this was done by 50,000 people at once!) or to cap off an intimate show among friends, every magician should learn The Love Ritual.

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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 14th, 2020
The most important thing here is to understand what you're getting before you pay full price for this. If you haven't seen the basic trick, do a Google search for "fool us found the love" to see the YouTube clip of P&T performing this at the end of an episode of "Fool Us".

It's a self-working trick, and you can probably figure out the full workings yourself in under 10 minutes.

Also know that it's the same trick as "How To Find Your Other Half" from the Woody Aragon Live lecture, and it's also featured (with only a basic explanation - but sufficient) in the Penguin Live Super Sampler.

So if you're buying this trick individually, you're really doing it to get Aragon's alternative handlings and presentations, or perhaps for the detailed explanation if you don't want to take the time to work it out yourself.

With all that in mind, I do love the routine.

What I like best is that it's actually a math trick, with all of the misdirection aimed at making it fun and drawing attention away from anything related to its mathematical nature. That aspect of it is absolutely brilliant. It's a night vs day difference from other self-working "math tricks" (such as Gray Elephant In Denmark). The audience will leave thinking that it was simply a really fun card trick.

Other thoughts... you'll have to sacrifice a full deck for each 13 participants, so make sure you bring plenty of extra cards in case you end up with a larger audience than expected.

And more importantly, think about the clean up. Not the disposing of a gimmick kind, as you have nothing hidden. But if each participant throws away seven card pieces, you're making a mess that will have to be cleaned up before the room can be used for anything else. You need to be aware of what problems that might cause before you plan to perform this routine.

Still, it's a GREAT routine that can be performed even by an absolute beginner, is lots of fun, and the bigger the group, the better.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 13th, 2020
This has to be one of the best packet tricks I have ever bought over the years.I have already found a place for
it in not only my walk around but for stand up show as well.
I knew how it was done before I bought it, but really did not know all the ins and outs of why and what fores.
He really goes into great detail well worth the money.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 29th, 2020
I have been performing this for some time and I can attest to wonderfulness of the trick. Point of this review, however, is to propose a better value proposition for fellow magicians.

If this is a) your introduction to Woody's material and just want to get a feel of his magic, or b) intro price($15) is an ideal budget for you, purchase this download.

However, if you are willing and able to stretch your budget,

I would highly recommend Woody's Penguin Live lecture. He explains Love Ritual, another absolutely wonderful trick Maverick (youtube it), and the concept behind separagon. It's the best value for money for Woody's fan
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 17th, 2020
I have loved this effect since experiencing Luis De Matos perform it in The Illusionists for a theatre full of people. You can use any deck of cards. No advance preparation required. Can be done for one person or a thousand people. Allows for personalisation to your character and performance type. And with some practice can be done not only with cards but with a page from a magazine which really enhances the performance. Suitable for stage, close up or even through video conference. The effect is clearly taught and once you have mastered the basic handling it’s relatively easy to customize to your own style.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 20th, 2020
I have seen this performed live by another of Penguin's stable of magi. I knew immediately that I wanted to learn it because it can involve the entire audience. That depends simply on how many packets of four cards that you want to gather and hand out.
I was ecstatic to see Woody offering it to us all. His explanation and teaching are good although, since Spanish is his first language, I found myself having to figure out what he meant in his explanation of certain steps. That is not a reason for any less than five stars.
This is great, fairly easy to learn, it can be very funny and, will certainly be entertaining. I have seen the impact it has on an audience. It may not be a show closer due to Woody's lighthearted approach, but you'd best do it before an intermission because it may be hard to get control of the audience once they have experienced The Love Ritual. To be honest, I am not crazy with the name of this effect, but your spectator's never need to know that. I waited a long time for this. Although there is some chance of some of the audience failing to be successful, that would be because they did not follow your directions. Most of them will succeed and be delighted. Highly recommended!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 3rd, 2022
It's possible to duplicate a version of this Woody Aragon's trick by studying Youtube videos, but that could take you hours, and you would not have an understanding or respect for Woody Aragon's talents, wisdom, and kindness he's sharing. Plus, you would be stealing. The video is well made, easy to follow, and contains the knowledge and understanding you can only get from someone that has performed the routine a thousand times. Well, worth the small dollar investment. PS-I'm finding my audiences or loving this fooler routine.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 29th, 2022
This is an absolute killer of a routine to use with larger groups of people! Teambuild at your next corporate show!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 12th, 2021
Woody is an incredibly gifted magician and this trick is genius in its execution.Ever since I saw Penn and Teller perform this I wanted to know this miracle. Woodys explanation is quite clear and detailed enough for anyone to accomplish this miracle.Please dont hesitate in purchasing this trick, its worth every penny.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 23rd, 2021
It has become a classic over the years. Learn it here from the source :)
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 30th, 2021
I just wrote a review for another “in the hands” effect and was tempted to copy/paste my thoughts about audience management and time misdirection. Fortunately, those items are well addressed during this effect’s video.

This is an incredible effect that can play for an intimate group or formal situation - I used it at the reception after my sister’s wedding (changing the script from “she loves me” to “we ship them”)!

Take your time an focus on the fact that everyone finishes on “he/she loves me”... then use the additional reveal for a second climax. Spontaneous, no gimmicks, situation customizable, and hard-hitting; what more could you want?? Highly recommended.
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