A beautiful effect and easy to perform. Some brilliant moves and choreography
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What a lovely piece of magic, superbly executed by a real professional. With one caveat, I have
nothing but praise. My concern? There is one very important moment. It’s a moment, really early on,
where everything can turn to dust in an instant - unless it is well managed. We’re talking audience
managment. Some simple instructions have to be followed precisely otherwise the trick is blown. So
you’d think that these instructions would be pretty precise, right? Wrong. They are almost thrown
away, lost in a bunch of other inconsequential instructions that are shared out amongst other
Make no mistake, this casualness ultimately leads to the strength of the
trick - a crucial instruction buried amongst a broader set of cod instructions, leaving the
impression of utter casualness. Nothing could be better and it’s a moment that is handled with such
deftness that nobody will later be able to reverse engineer it. But the risk…. The risk of putting
over this instruction with a casualness that could be open to misinterpretation - and therefore a
disastrous outcome - is simply immense. What’s more, so casual is the instruction that the trick
runs the risk of being blown twice! Once, right at the start of the performance , and once, when the
card is named. And that risk - that double jeopardy - left me very puzzled. I simply don’t believe
that, in real life, this instruction - the lack of any emphasis and the deliberate muddling of it
with other instructions - could be left to that degree of chance.
So what’s going on? I’m
not suggesting there was any collusion, however, this is episode eight, so I’m guessing that
everybody around the table knows each other, are very likely friends and some may be fellow
magicians and many may even be familiar with the trick. All of which is fine, however, it does mean
that Dani is amounts friends and may well have hand-picked the person he needs to give this crucial
instruction to, knowing that he can then underplay it to the point of casualness that he would never
risk with a stranger.
So a great trick and I’m very glad I made the purchase, but it is a
trick with a conundrum, because if you do emphasise the instruction, (just enough to avoid
disaster), then you also risk opening a door on the trick’s method.
Would I perform it? I
would need to see some more performances to judge how this pivotal moment is handled in real life
situations. And then I might. Because - make no mistake - it is a corker!
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First things first, wow what a routine! Why only 4 stars? Simply because I don't think I'd ever be
able to perform this, at least not in any way resembling what Dani does. I've run into this before
with Dani's stuff where while brilliant, a lot of it is dependent on Dani's laid back personality.
It makes him an absolute joy to watch but it doesn't fit the performing style of a lot of people. I
still think it's a worthy purchase and recommend it if for no other reason than to hear Dani's
thought process in the make-up of this trick. Once learning the method and going back to watch the
performance my mind was blown watching this routine being carried out by a master.
things to note, there are limitations with this trick, namely that it would need to be performed on
a table and for a group of at least 5 or 6 people. Although the system that's taught could be
adapted in a number of ways to be used under different conditions which is something we should
strive for when buying an effect anyway.
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This version of ACAAN, the Nº8 will fool many magicians. I follow Dany DaOrtiz and I took almost the
anterior 7 ACAAN...
This one looks more impossible than the others. What you really should learn
is not ONLY the trick, but the principles that Dany uses. He teaches very thourougly because this is
important. To do it natural, like he does. Looks, efortless and simple, but there is a preparation
and ideas behind. Not only a good trick for me.
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If you like ACAAN don’t pass ACAAN Chapter 8, up. I have many versions of ACAAN, but this is the one
for me when several spectators can participate in the shuffling process.
ACAAN Chapter 6,
is my go to ACAAN for a smaller crowd. I highly recommend both.
Both ACAAN Chapter 6, and
Chapter 8, are within everyone ability so don’t shy away from either one. You’re going to learn very
Thanks Dani for releasing this. I have purchased several of your downloads
and love everyone.
If Dani DaOrtiz were medical, ACAAN Project #8 would no doubt win for him the Nobel Prize for
medicine. The genius behind the method is clever on steroids.
Excellent teaching and with that
wonderfully engaging style of English, with which, only Mr DaOrtiz could charm the native English
Although there is little to no sleight of hand involved, I'm preparing for a lengthy
amount of practice before taking this one out on the road. That is because there are quite a few
subtleties which, I feel, need to become assimilated, in order to achieve maximum impact.
Finally, the ideal setting consists of a group of people sitting around a table, so bear this in
mind when deciding to buy. Of course you will buy this effect anyway, because it is a must have. I
haven't seen a better ACAAN than this one.
Dani is excellent: Likable and his personality perfectly fits the seemingly random mechanics he's
using. But, given Dani's accent, it is extremely difficult to follow what he is trying to teach.
The effect is outstanding but never something that I could sell. Just as Slydini's accent was
crucial to his performance so too is Dani's. This is an excellent trick, but never one I could
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Dani is a passionate teacher and the trick is very clever and good. But Dani tends to give his
explanations too extensive and repetitive. I would like more specific instructions, especially his
tiring debauchery about naturality can be annoying. All in all, however, a recommendable effect.
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