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"If someone had told me this was an unpublished Al Baker method, I would have instantly believed it. Smart, strong and streamlined." - Michael Weber

"Lost and Phoned was originally designed for faceless communication over the phone. Max has merged a devilishly deceptive card location with a simple but strong mental presentation. It packs a punch similar to Vernon’s Out of Sight Out of Mind but everything happens out of the mentalist’s hands. He also gives great tips about managing and streamlining the participant’s actions that can be applied in any remote situation, either on video or over a phone call. Principles that date back to the Roman period are at work here, which makes the effect extra fantastic." - Jared Kopf

"This is something I will use; I tried it on my wife – she was shocked as it seems so impossible. The simple principle behind it, just using 10 playing cards, is completely concealed by presentation and acting. At the end it looks like real and sheer unexplainable mind reading. A master lesson in presentation and delivering to be followed instructions." - Jan Forster

In these strange new times, magicians and mentalists are exploring new conditions. Shows are performed from afar, using Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, and other technologies. Creating amazement within often restrictive conditions can be quite a challenge.

Fortunately, you’ve got a guide who has been exploring these strange territories for many years. MAX MAVEN began pioneering interactive magic over forty years ago, and he has put that experience to work for you, by devising powerful routines that connect to audiences through a virtual reality. Start your journey into the virtual space with Lost & Phoned.

Here’s what happens:

The spectator uses his or her own deck of cards. No set-up; it doesn’t even have to be a full deck. And, the performer never has to see the cards! Using a packet of ten random cards, the person selects one. Several cards are now discarded, so that the performer doesn’t even know how many cards are being used! Nevertheless, the spectator starts to deal down into the packet, and suddenly the performer knows that they are holding their selected card—and they are!

Lost & Phoned is apart of the Virtual Visions series, in which you will learn 6 tested, practical routines. There are no elaborate gimmicks. There’s no pre-show, or private conversation with one spectator in order to fool the others. Nothing is mailed ahead. These effects can be performed for a single person, or a large virtual audience. As a special bonus if you buy all six together, you’ll get them for a special price, plus receive an extra video, in which Max Maven recounts the History of Virtual Magic. You’ll be startled by some of this information, which puts so much into perspective. This talk is only available if you order the complete set.

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 17th, 2020
Let me preface by saying I need to to do the trick a few more times before I kick it to the curb. Im sure it was my acting that was the weakness, but I was caught right away. Immediately after I finished the trick I was asked if it was "just a math thing?" I realize now why the whole trick isn't shown in the trailer. Because you will know how ot works right away. I love Max Maven, but wasn't into this trick.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 12th, 2020
In order to understand a trick it is better to see exactly what's being done, that is not the case here. Plus there's too much yada yada yada injected into the explanation! I am sorry I purchased this one!
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Sorry but I fell asleep after 5 min Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 12th, 2020
I am a huge fan of Max but this trick felt boring, procedural and soooooo long. My 2 cents. Is it just me ?
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 11th, 2020
There is a reason why he didn't show the routine in the trailer. Odds are you would figure out how it was done as it is being done.
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Sadly, this is dull. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 17th, 2020
SEVEN minute performance... seven.
Max seems to love the sound of his voice, and not think any participants have a brain.
So many reviews are just on the hype-train. So far this series has been nothing but empty promises.

Max has sat down for a couple of hours one afternoon and churned out some downloads, which are being hailed as something of almost biblical proportions.

Check out any Osterlind downloads if you want some items you will actually use.

Mental magic, maybe. Mentalism? No, unless your view of mentalism is a boring dirge, then yes...
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 10th, 2020
While this zoom/close-up trick is amazing, it takes a long time with no high points except at the end. I will not be doing it.
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A real fooler! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 10th, 2020
I love the subtle tweaks in the handling Max has added to this effect since his MindGames video tape in the 80s. This will play beautifully over Zoom and will delight and fool your spectators. This can be done with a single spectator or with a group. I think this could well become one of the standard pieces of interactive card magic in the current environment (and beyond), right up there with the Nine Card Problem and Love Ritual.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 18th, 2020
After looking and playing with this, it was fun performing it and had a great time showing off to some friends.
It is easy to do but very deceptive, this is what I liked the most about it. The very fact that you can do it over the phone was the icing on the cake. Thank you for sharing this with us.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 10th, 2020
This is a very entertaining piece of Magic and people are indeed surprised because THEY don't know where the card is they picked so there should be no way you should know.

I have used it 3 times and got a great reaction each time.

Ron D. White aka Liberty King and MARCO the MAGICIAN (since 1957)
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Great routine - another ending Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 23rd, 2020
I like this routine but use a different Coronavirus ending that I like to use over Zoom. When the spectator is asked to take each card one by one and hold in their hand while silently thinking of their card, I tell the Spectator that I can read their mind by merely looking at their eyes. I ask them to put on a mask, so I cannot see their mouth. Then hold up each card one by one with the back towards the camera so that only he or she can see the face of the card. After they look at it for a few seconds, I have them discard the card. Then by reading only the pupils of their eyes ("because the pupils will get almost imperceptibly larger when they see their card") I tell them to stop when I know they are looking at their card. It makes it almost believable.
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