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Allan Ackerman

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(Chicago, Illinois: 13th October 1947 - )

Inspired around age 9 seeing a full-evening show. USO shows 1964. Math lecturer at University of Nevada at Las Vegas 1971-present. Proprietor of computer store. Semi-pro close-up and card magic. One of the top card mechanics alive.

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Allan Ackerman
Deceptive Perception by Allan Ackerman

This is an updated handling of a Le Paul effect. A blue and a red backed deck are used. The spectator selects a card from the blue backed deck. This card is mixed into a small packet of red backed cards. Magically the back colors change and suddenly the selected card has a red back and the other cards are now all blue backed.

runtime: 5min 8s

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Ten Card Trick by Allan Ackerman

This is Allan's variation of the famous Eleven Card Trick. That reads like a joke, but it ain't. The spectator counts ten cards and hands them to the performer who double checks counting them aloud. However often he counts, adds and removes cards, they never really are ten cards. (Requires knowledge of Carly's False Count.)

runtime: 6min 40s

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Spectator Cuts the Aces by Allan Ackerman

A deck rests on the table. The spectator is asked to cut it into four roughly equal packets. The top card on each packet turns out to be an ace.

You will need to be familiar with the Veeser Concept to perform this effect.

runtime: 2min 3s

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Ace Assembly Variation by Allan Ackerman

You deal four hands of cards. The first card for each hand is an ace followed by four indifferent cards. However, magically all the aces assembly in the performers packet.

You will need to be familiar with the Veeser Concept to perform this effect.

runtime: 4min 1s

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Variant's Variant by Allan Ackerman

This routine was first published in Allan's book Here is my Card. The four kings are shown. A deuce is placed under the top king of the four king packet. Magically the deuce rises to the top. Then the deuce is placed third from the top but it still manages to rise to the top. Then it is placed fourth and finally fifth but it always rises to the top. In the end the deuce changes to a king and the four kings change to the four deuces.

runtime: 4min 53s

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Devilish Miracle by Allan Ackerman

Two cards are peeked at. Performer selects a few cards from the pack an shows them. One spectator notes that his card is among the ones shown. When the cards are shown again, the spectator card is missing and reappears in the other portion of the deck whereas the other spectator's card has magically appeared face down in the first packet.

This is a plot by Carmen D'Amico and Ed Marlo.

runtime: 6min 27s

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Easy Off Pips by Allan Ackerman

Deck is shuffled and spectator cuts to a card. Performer removes one pip at a time from the card until it is entirely blank and as a final climax the card vanishes completely.

runtime: 3min 11s

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Dunbury Delusion by Allan Ackerman

A card is selected and returned to the deck. The performer cuts to a random position to show an indicator card. The value of the indicator card is used to count to another card which the performer thinks is the chosen card. However, the indicator card was already the spectator chosen card. So it appears as the performer messed up. Nevertheless, everything straightens out magically and the card counted to is the spectator card and the card counted off are the aces.

runtime: 3min 31s

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Cannibal Kings by Allan Ackerman

The four kings are shown and pronounced to be cannibals. A random card is pushed between the four kings and vanishes. The kings have eaten the card. This happens a few more times until the kings ate too much and change to the four Eights.

runtime: 9min 22s

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In-Hand Faro Shuffle by Allan Ackerman

Allan describes in detail how to do an in-the-hand faro shuffle. He explains the difference between an in-faro and out-faro, how to correct if the weave is not perfect, as well as several other fine points and tips to make this difficult move easier to perform and practice.

runtime: 11min 4s

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The Hotel Mystery by Allan Ackerman

A lovely story trick involving two queens, four kings and two hotel rooms. Both the faces and the numbers of cards in two piles magically change.

length 5:29

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Reassembled Finale by Allan Ackerman

Four hands are dealt starting with an Ace for each hand. Another three cards are dealt on top of each ace. One at a time the Aces travel to the magicians hand - your standard Ace assembly. However, in a flash the aces jump back and on top of each pack is an Ace.

There are no difficult moves in this routine, but it is a longer routine with several steps to remember.

runtime: 8min 18s

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Double Dupe Poker Deal by Allan Ackerman

This is an extension of the Martin Gardner poker deal from Royal Road to Card Magic including ideas from Simon Aronson and John Bannon.

This effect starts out with a quick transformation. Two spectators select four cards in total. These four cards visually and instantly change to the four kings. Then Allan demonstrates how a cheat would stack a deck to achieve an advantage. The final climax is a Royal Flush dealt to himself and three kings to one of the spectators.

runtime: 15min 36s

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The Esoterist by Allan Ackerman

This is number two of the Paul Diamond "Gems of Magic Book" series.

Roger Klause writes in his foreword:

Those of you readers who have had the opportunity to study and benefit from Allan's first work, Magic Mafia Effects, and those of you who have had the more fortunate experience of witnessing this young man's remarkable ability with the pasteboards will certainly welcome this treatise with great eagerness.

Should this be your first encounter with Allan's literary efforts please be assured that each and every premise contained herein has been given the acid test before some of the most knowledgeable cardmen...

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Las Vegas Kardma by Allan Ackerman

Allan Ackerman is considered one of the top cardmen in the world. He has an incredibly broad repertoire with cards. In Las Vegas Kardma you'll find over 50 choice Ackerman masterpieces, ranging from completely self working to the knucklebusters that cardmen love to study. Allan's routines are designed with one main goal, totally devastate an audience.

Table of Contents

  1. Gemini Mates and its Variations
    1. My Favorite Gemini
    2. Tell-All Gemini
    3. Gem-Money Mates
    4. Aronson's Gemini
  2. Ace Assemblies
    1. Finally Unassembled
    2. Finally Unassembled-Gaffed
    3. Bag of O'Henrys
    4. Some More Blues
  3. Every Move...
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Advanced Card Control Volume 2: False Deals by Allan Ackerman

False Deals. Allan Ackerman teaches the Second Deal, Bottom Deal and Center Deal, plus a number of variations and methods including effects with these moves. The Side Glide developed by Dai Vernon is a piece of beauty - minimal movement - maximum impact.

We have a special low bundle price for all 8 volumes in this series: Advanced Card Control Series (8 Volumes)

Allan Ackerman is one of the world's foremost experts at sleight-of-hand magic with playing cards. Allan is one of those humble down to earth guys with incredible chops. He executes the moves flawlessly and teaches them in a straight forward easy to grasp manner. On this incredible...

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Advanced Card Control Volume 3: Controls by Allan Ackerman

Controls. Breaks, peeks, glimpses, crimps, jogs, passes, shifts, twists, reversals, replacements, shuffle controls, hofzinser control, convincing control...all the good stuff you need to know to have full control of your deck of cards.

We have a special low bundle price for all 8 volumes in this series: Advanced Card Control Series (8 Volumes)

Sleights & Moves:

  • Little Finger Break
  • Spectator Peek
  • After the Break
  • The Marlo Break
  • Klause Breakout Display
  • Controlling to Top or Bottom
  • Kick Count
  • Maintaining a Fan Break
  • All-Around Square-Up Glimpse
  • Book Break Glimpse
  • Fan Glimpse
  • Draun's Fan Glimpse
  • Kick Count to Crimp ...
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Advanced Card Control Volume 4: Flourishes, Lifts & Changes by Allan Ackerman

We have a special low bundle price for all 8 volumes in this series: Advanced Card Control Series (8 Volumes)

Sleights & Moves:

  • The Thumb Fan
  • Pressure Fans
  • One-Handed Fans
  • One-Handed Overhand Shuffle
  • On-Handed Faro Shuffle
  • Charlier (One-Handed) Cut
  • The Kosy Cut
  • Charlier Cut with a Somersault
  • Erdnase One-Handed Cut
  • The Distinction Between a Change and a Switch
  • The Slap Change
  • The Color Change
  • Hit Double Lift
  • Push-Off Double Lift
  • Outjog Subtlety
  • Another Two-Card Push-Off
  • The Vernon Push-Off
  • A Little Noise
  • Spooky Altman Trap
  • D'Amico Spread
  • Spooky Bro. Altman
  • Multiple Turnovers
  • The Pinky Count
  • The Square-Up...
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Advanced Card Control Volume 5: Shuffle Work by Allan Ackerman

We have a special low bundle price for all 8 volumes in this series: Advanced Card Control Series (8 Volumes)

Sleights & Moves:

  • G.W. Hunter False Shuffle
  • Erdnase False Shuffle
  • Strip-Out False Shuffle
  • Up The Ladder
  • Pull-Through with a Cut
  • The Zarrow Shuffle
  • The Shank Shuffle
  • Slip Shod
  • Vernon's Two-Shuffle Concept
  • The Sideways Shank Shuffle
  • Controlling the Top Stock
  • Controlling the Bottom Stock
  • Ireland's Red/Black Shuffle
  • Downs' Red/Black Shuffle
  • Double Undercut to Top
  • Double Undercut to Bottom
  • Top Block Transfer
  • Bottom Block Transfer
  • Tabled Fake Cut
  • Stover Fake Cut
  • Ose Fake Cut
  • Triple Fake Cut
  • Fake Double...
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Advanced Card Control Volume 6: Faro Shuffle by Allan Ackerman

We have a special low bundle price for all 8 volumes in this series: Advanced Card Control Series (8 Volumes)

Sleights & Moves:

  • In-The-Hands Faro Technique
  • Cutting At 26
  • Adjusting the Cut
  • In-Faros vs. Out-Faros
  • Fine Points of the Faro Shuffle
  • Re-Squaring the Packets
  • In Case of a Miss
  • Rock & Re-Weave
  • The Faro Shuffle as a Real Shuffle
  • Further Fine Faro Points
  • The Fourth Finger Table
  • Key Cards
  • The Tabled Faro
  • The Faro Check
  • Stacking with the Faro Shuffle
  • Combining Faro & Riffle
  • The Ten-Card Poker Stack
  • The Stay Stack
  • Incomplete Faro Control
  • Incomplete Faro with a Jog
  • Automatic Placement Control
  • Si Stebbins ...
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Advanced Card Control Volume 7: False Counts by Allan Ackerman

We have a special low bundle price for all 8 volumes in this series: Advanced Card Control Series (8 Volumes)

Sleights & Moves:

  • The Elmsley Count
  • Counting Terminology
  • The X-Y-Z Count
  • Underground Elmsley Count
  • The OPEC Count
  • The Jordan Count
  • 3-4-3 Count
  • 3-5-4 Count
  • 2-X-2 Count
  • 2-4-4 Count
  • The Olram Subtlety
  • The OPOS Count
  • The Gemini Count
  • Rhythm Count (Jennings)
  • Rhythm Count (Ackerman)
  • Rhythm Count (Carpenter)
  • The Jiminy Cricket Count
  • The Flushtration Count
  • The Rumba Count
  • Elmsley Flushtration Count
  • Ireland's False Count
  • Carlyle's False Count
  • Showing Four Aces as Five
  • The Biddle Count
  • The Veeser Concept ...
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Advanced Card Control Volume 8: Utility Moves by Allan Ackerman

We have a special low bundle price for all 8 volumes in this series: Advanced Card Control Series (8 Volumes)

Sleights & Moves:

  • ATFUS
  • Fine Points of ATFUS
  • Fu-Fu Switch
  • Vernon's ATFUS
  • Hugard/Braue Addition
  • Secret Subtraction
  • Vernon Add-On
  • 1-2-3-4 Switch
  • Quick Three-Way
  • D'Amico Multiple Spread
  • The Drop Switch
  • The Jennings' Add-On
  • Vernon Shuffle Reverse
  • Cervon's Cut Reverse
  • Braue Reversal 1
  • Braue Reversal 2
  • Ackerman's Shuffle Reverse
  • Propelled Lapping
  • Pemper Deck Switch
  • In-the-Pocket Switch
  • Bert Allerton Move
  • On the Up & Up
  • The Ultra Move
  • The Curry Change
  • Tilt & Variations
  • One-Handed Tilt
  • Schwarzman's Tilt Subtlety ...
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Advanced Card Control Volume 1: Palming by Allan Ackerman

Palming. Allan Ackerman takes you through a staggering list of palming techniques including Tenkai Palm, Gambler's Cop, Vernon Top Palm, Slydini Fan Steal, Marlo Bottom Palm, Side Steal to Palm, Bluff Control, and many more.

We have a special low bundle price for all 8 volumes in this series: Advanced Card Control Series (8 Volumes)

Allan Ackerman is one of the world's foremost experts at sleight-of-hand magic with playing cards. Allan is one of those humble down to earth guys with incredible chops. He executes the moves flawlessly and teaches them in a straight forward easy to grasp manner. On this incredible multi-volume series...

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Advanced Card Control Series (8 Volumes) by Allan Ackerman

This is the set of 8 download DVDs at a special low bundle price. It is an encyclopedia of card moves, taught and demonstrated by one of the best card handlers alive - Allan Ackerman. On top of it Ackerman also teaches many wonderful card routines where he applies the moves just taught.

This is not a set of download DVDs you will sit down and watch from start to finish. It is a body of work you will refer to piece by piece. For example, you might be in the process to study an effect that uses a move unfamiliar to you. Then you will turn to this encyclopedia, find the move and learn it from...

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