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Meant To Be by John Born (Book)

An entire book devoted to the "Any Card at Any Number" plot! NOW SHIPPING. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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"What a brilliant collection of methods and ideas for ACAAN" -Banachek

"This shows what can be done when one takes their time and digs deeply. His excellent treatise has now swung open the doors (of perception) widely...This subject-plot has yet to be completely mined. I highly recommend checking this one out. The bar has been raised." -Jon Racherbaumer

"Probably the book of the year! How's that for a prediction?!! It's INCREDIBLY good and worth every penny." -Tony Miller

"John Born's Card at Any Number effect that he performed at the 2006 FFFF convention was almost TOO CLEAN TO BE BELIEVED!!!" -David Regal

"A must have for sure! I saw John perform one of his fantastic versions at the Motor City Close up Convention last year and he killed everyone. Get it or be fooled!" -Nathan Kranzo

The “Any Card at Any Number” plot is one of the premier and most complex plots in all of card magic. Every aspect of this plot intrigues John Born. He was naturally drawn to it, much like he was drawn to the “Barehanded Matrix” plot.

Both are simple in concept, intricate in method, and absolutely astonishing in performance. Inside of these pages you will find what John believes to be the most amazing presentations and methods to the “Any card at any number” plot ever offered to the magic community.

Not only will you enjoy John's original methods, but also the best methods from some of magic’s most influential minds. And this is only the beginning… John begin this journey with a thirty three page essay on creativity, in which he offers a systematic approach to creativity and the expression of one’s self through the magical arts. John then exemplifies this approach as he offer full descriptions of his most guarded solutions to the “Any Card at Any Number” plot, as well as contributed methods that have had a major impact on this plot (some famous and some never-before-published). These solutions include every possible venue and skill level…from impromptu and close-up with a borrowed deck to much more intricate and prepared stage presentations where the performer never even touches the cards!


  • Dr. Ken Krenzel

  • Allan Ackerman

  • Barrie Richardson

  • Banachek and Luke Jermay

  • Martin Joyal

  • Joshua Jay

  • Tony Miller

  • Paul Cummins

  • Mike Powers

  • Jason Dean

At the end of the book you will find over 40 other sources cited to serve as a reference point for anyone interested in the “Any Card At Any Number” or “Card At Any Number” plots. As you page through this work, you will soon find that John has included many other systems, techniques, and routines that do not deal with the “Any card at any number” plot.

If you are looking for a compilation of “sleighty” routines and moves, this is not the book for you. However, if you are interested in routines and systems that look like real magic…constructed with clever principles designed to fool and entertain the layperson and the fellow magi alike, welcome.

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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 31st, 2013
I met John Born during his lecture here in Belgium. I bought this book directly from him. When I came back home, I read the first page and then, I left the book next to others. This was more than 4 years ago, I was 18 and I did not speak English very well.

Last month, I decided to try again, and I read it from the beginning to the end. I must admit it, this book is a gem! His version of ACAAN is, for me, the best on the market!

Of course, you can find other versions of ACAAN on Penguin, but most of them use a heavily gimmicked deck or are not really "ANY card at ANY number".

I must be honest, you will have to work hard to master his version of ACAAN, but think about this: the deck is NOT gimmicked, any card and any number can be selected.

To conclude, I would advise this book to every experienced magician that wants to perform a version of ACAAN. Beginners, you should try something else.

Keep up the good work, John!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 8th, 2014
This is great book that has many methods on the a,c,a,a,n, effect. I have a adapted my a.c.a.a.n. based on a few methods found in this book. I don't use John's method exactly but this book will open you're eyes to alot of different ways to accomplish the a.c.a.a.n. effect. This is a must read to anyone who is interested in the effect. I removed one star because John's method is not going to work for everyone.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 13th, 2014
i bought this straight from John Born in this year Monterrey's magic convention.. This is an amazing book full of ideas and routines. His method for meant to be is killer. I still have to work on my memorized deck. This is not for every hobbyist but i do recomend it if you enjoy spending time practicing.
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