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The 52 to 1 Deck (Gimmicks and Online Instructions) by Wayne Fox and David Penn

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The 52 to 1 Deck has been hailed by leading performers, creators, and scholars in the magic community as the cleanest thought-of card routine EVER!

At Magic Live 2017, the word was out! It was all people were talking about, from those who got to see this miracle for themselves. Leading mentalists such as Ran Pink, Chris Funk, and Bobby Motta could not believe what they were seeing!

Many effects are possible with the custom-made 52 to 1 Deck including:

  • You spread the deck clearly, showing that every card is completely different. A spectator thinks of a card. They never tell you their card and yet they cut the deck themselves, right at their chosen card!
  • After showing that the cards are clearly all different, two spectators are invited to each think of a card. Without them ever telling you their cards, you simply remove two cards from the deck and place them on their outstretched palms. You nail their selections every single time!
  • In a cabaret or stage routine, spectators are invited to look at multiple cards in a ribbon spread. Even though all the cards are completely different, every single one of the thought-of cards is identified by the performer. No elastic bands! No restrictive handling. This is a version of the tossed-out deck that you will use!
  • Use The 52 to 1 Deck to prove that you can memorize a deck of cards within seconds! After someone names a card, you will instantly be able to tell them the exact position in the deck and dead cut to it perfectly. This is also instantly repeatable.
We are proud to say that this custom-made deck has been printed on Bicycle Stock with Rider Backs! (We don't know how we managed that either!)

This is what leading professional performers are saying about The 52 to 1 Deck:

"That is F@$%&ing amazing!"
- Criss Angel

"One of my favorite effects to perform. The reactions are insane!"

"If you are looking for a miracle that fits in your pocket, this is it!"
- Will Tsai

"This fooled me three times in a row. Please don't buy this. I want them all to myself."
- Bobby Motta

"The cleanest 'Thought of Card' routine I have ever seen!"
- Mark Chandaue

"So Direct and incredibly powerful!"
- Nicholas Einhorn

"I hate card tricks... but not any more. I now have one that I will carry with me. BRAVO BOYS! You fooled me and converted me in one cut of the deck!!"
- Gerry McCambridge

"Simple to perform and guaranteed to get you a great reaction."
- Laura London

"You've created a monster."
- BGT Winner Richard Jones

"The fact that I can perform a totally hands off version of the tossed-out deck really excites me. Awesome!"
- Chris Funk

"One of the best card effects I have EVER seen! Man, this is good!"
- Adam Wilber

"Wow! This is very smart thinking!"
- Joe Monti

"The best effect I saw at Magic Live!"
- Alex Pandrea

"Wow. What? I was completely fooled by 52 to 1. It made my jaw drop!"
- Ran Pink

"The cleanest think a card routine I have EVER seen! That is sensational!"
- Steve Valentine

"This is a killer thought-of card routine. So simple and so direct!"
- Oz Pearlman

"52 to 1! It should 52 shades of brilliant!"
- Wayne Dobson

"It was fun watching every magician's jaw drop, including my own."
- Diamond Jim Tyler

"This is smart. Really smart. A fooler that anyone can perform straight out of the box! I've had it for a week and it's already becoming a 'go-to" for me."
- Jonathan Levitt

"52 to 1 is KILLER! Thank you for this banger of a trick, It's now permanently in my pocket at my gigs!!"
- Brandon David

"This is absolutely wonderful!"
- Justin Flom

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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 19th, 2017
The idea is great and the concept amazing. You get everything you need, including great teaching.


As it has been stated already - one major thing has been left out of the trailer. A certain question you need to ask the audience without you couldn't perform this trick. That's why i think the trailer is misleading and that's why i don't give 5 stars. I am also pretty sure they left it out of the trailer on purpose simply to create even more hype around it.
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Amazing reactions, when it hits Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 7th, 2017
The good:
The gimmick deck stands up very well to scrutiny. I did this to some spectators 4 times and they still couldn't spot any problems.
The reactions really are over the top when you hit their card and even more so when they cut to it themselves.

The deck will wear out eventually and I suspect that it will get harder to perform over time. You should be able to get hundreds, maybe thousands of performances out of this before that happens however.

The problems:
There is a step left out of the video. You can perform it as the video shows it however. You just need to know how to handle your outs if you miss. In order to hit 100% you either need to re-cut or you need to have them cut instead or you have to get them to answer your questions honestly. People like to try and lie to the magician.

I suspect the best solution lies in patter and presentation. I'm not convinced the currently presented patter is the best available because I've had very mixed results using it. This is the only reason I took away 1 star.

I dislike using gimmicked decks. It's just a personal preference. This trick is super fun to perform though! You'll completely fry audience and magician alike when using this if you hit their card.

There is a completely alternative routine the creators have come up with that can be performed for an audience with this deck. It's fantastic. Unfortunately I'm almost never performing for more than 6 people at a time.

I believe that magicians will come up with future presentations that will effectively utilize this deck in other ways and they will b similarly devastating.

This deck is very creative and deceptive. 4/5 stars for routine and patter. Not sure how to incorporate it into a routine yet since it may require a deck change. I love it. I love the reactions. Needs some fine tuning to be perfection. Great job Wayne and David!
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Goodbye Invisible Deck!!! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 22nd, 2017
This is not only mine, but many many magicians #1 choice of gimmicked deck to use if you could choose one trick to do. I wrote a review more in detail and dont know if it was posted however I wanted to write an update as i was having some difficulty before getting the cards to cut every time it was always a struggle for a month having this 50 % of the time.

However; after talking with some people in the magic communities on Facebook, we all thought of an AMAZINGLY - EASY - EFFORTLESSLY way to do AS YOU SEE in the trailer, 100% of the time, ALWAYS cutting to their card.

I am a huge skeptic with force things like this, though that wasn't my concern as i did perform it once and the reaction was insane nothing like i thought - and i add my own haunted bizarre patter into the 52-1 as personally it is not enough patter, too fast for something so magical, and I love haunted themes, story telling etc. So I incorporated a great routine with this.

Cutting to the card has never been easier and you ALWAYS hit it, there is no more worries about reviews, people saying you don't always hit it and I was one of those people actually trying to comment on others reviews to seek support ; though facebook came in strong. If you are having trouble and you DO own this, having trouble with cutting to the card every time because of the "method" and maybe it is 50/50 or most of the time and sometimes it doesn't pick up right - feel free to shoot me an email at with a screen shot of your Penguin Magic order proof of purchase and I would be happy to share the resolution to the method (which doesn't change the method) just adds a tiny tiny step that you can do in seconds and never have to do it again until you get rid of the cards from worn out use like any deck. I know what its's like to have something for so long and have the unpredictability, now I am having spectators cut their own card like you see in the tailer is what you get.

Some people have zero problems and that is because they are probably very experienced with the method and know how to alter the secret though It is very self explanatory, and with my little adjustment you'll be amazed at how small of a touch up can make this effortless forever.

I can't picture myself taking my invisible deck around with me everywhere anymore. It is of course one of the greats but this is just much far superior and you can do it walking by someone in the store, on the street in a flourish it doesn't have to be on a table.. + my haunted routine included I made personally freaks the hell out of people. It's all about presentation :)

Hopes this helps! Buy / Pre order today! This will keep selling out. It is that good and I personally hate gimmicked decks to carry around, but if you carry an invisible deck , i think you'll be keeping that one in your case at home while the new 52-1 is now in your pocket ready to rock!

Stay Magical,
= Andrew

P.S. If you are interested in touching up the solution to picking up the cut or the spectator doing it 100% of the time effortlessly, pure magic and do reach out to me - I will likely send you a video clip of what to do and how this idea came about - also so you can make extra cards at home to have on you if you truly wanted to though it isn't necessary as this will last a good long time :) A.A
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Does not work for spectator Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 23rd, 2018
This does not a 100% accuracy when it comes to the spectator cutting, there is actually a decent chance it will miss and if does there is no outs or nothing you can do. This is not stated in the ad copy as, as by the ad it creates the impression that when the spectator cuts, it will work 100%, when in reality it's more like 60%. I'm very disappointed in this product.
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So so good Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 3rd, 2017
This trick is the best mentalism trick using cards out there without a shadow of a doubt. What you see in the video is literally what you get. You really notice how proud Wayne is to have created this product himself because it really is truely ingenious. As well as the deck they give you a few other routines that if performed correctly are just as good as the original if not better? Overall good explanation, great product and amazing reactions! Highly recommended
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 21st, 2017
This is from a 75 year-old serious amateur who has been practicing our skills for 40 years. This trick may be good but the tutorial video was produced by 3rd graders. More time is spent focusing on the banter between the two magicians than focusing on how to perform the trick. This is one of the worst training videos I have seen from Penguin and am very disappointed in their representation of this trick. Penguin, I have been a fan of yours for years but why, why oh why, did you let this one slip through. Perhaps you don’t care about you more senior fans.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 12th, 2017
the product looks great but i ordered in from here almost 2 months now an every time the shipping day comes they forward it, am i the only one having this issue ?
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Strong Mix of Methods Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 21st, 2018
Looks mostly like the video...but will require audience management if you choose to have an audience member cut to their thought of card. Results can be high...but I doubt perfect. A wrong cut is not just a miss...but would compromise the method as well.

In your sensitive hands...all should be fine. It is a one hit wonder...gimmick run entire you must consider your routine.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 8th, 2018
There's been many positive reviews and mine is as well, despite my 3-star rating. My reservations are in its promotion and historical content provided in the tutorial. It is a 5-star effect and will amaze and worth the cost as many of the reviews have alluded to. My issue (and the 3-star reason) is the slight deception in the demo video and the historical aspect of the '52 to 1' deck. Without giving anything away, there's more involved in what's shown and there is a question you must ask the spectator if you want to be 100% sure of where you should cut. Personally, I don't use the methods they teach & came up with my own, but that's me. I know tons of card handling. Their routine is sound and certainly not difficult and well within the reach of even beginners, so it's a great deck for any age or skill level to purchase. The historical information they provide isn't accurate because the person they mention as the forefather of this idea isn't. In fact his infamous trick was a variation of a much older one. I could say what and where to find it but I don't want to provide any hints which could tip off the method. It's a great, well-made deck, but with some slight dishonesty in its promotion. If I say John Kennedy and you know what I'm referring to, skip this purchase because you already have a deck who's method is very similar to this. If not, get this when it's available again, which I'm sure it will. Sales are too good for it not to be.
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Late arrival, no instructions Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 22nd, 2017
I just got mine yesterday (12/21) and the deck looks great but came with NO instructions on how to perform the trick. There is also NO link to learn the trick online and it isn't listed under "My Downloads". Not much I can do with it and was hoping to perform it for some family and friends during Christmas celebrations. Very disappointed in the management of this deck release so far.
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