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Behind the Back Location
by Unnamed Magician

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(4 reviews, 6 customer ratings) ★★★★

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Behind the Back Location by Unnamed Magician


The magician introduces a deck of cards; he spreads it face up to show that all the cards are different. Next, he places the deck on the table in front of a spectator. He says: "In a moment I am going to turn my back to you, and while I am turned away, I want you to make a free selection of any card. Simply cut off any amount of cards and look at the bottom card of the cut-off portion. Then, bury the cut-off portion somewhere into the middle of the remaining cards in order to lose your selected card. Once that is done, invite me to turn back around to face you."

So the magician turns away from the spectator and they carry out the aforementioned instructions, after which they invite the magician to turn back around to face them. The magician turns back around and recaps what happened. He emphasizes the fact that they could have selected any card from the deck and that the card is now lost somewhere in the deck. He then invites them to thoroughly shuffle the deck in any way of their choosing in order to further lose the selected card. They do that.

After the shuffling, the magician takes the deck from the spectator (the first time that he's touching any of the cards since the beginning) and he immediately - without looking at the faces or the backs of any of the cards - takes the deck behind his back. He tells the spectator that he's going to locate their selected card under challenge conditions: without being able to see anything.

The magician then, from behind his back, brings forward the deck in a face-down position with one card sticking out of it. He hands that card to the spectator, asks them to name their selected card for the first time, and then invites them to flip the card over ... and it is none other than their selected card. (The rest of the cards could be examined if desired.)

Some important conditions of note:

  • The spectator has a completely free choice of any card in the deck; so they can cut the deck anywhere they want to. They aren't forced to cut to some particular card via any crimped cards or long / short cards.
  • The magician only touches the deck for the first time (since the beginning) after the spectator is finished shuffling it. And after touching the deck, he immediately takes it behind his back.
  • At the end of the effect, if the spectator wants, they can thoroughly examine the deck. In fact, they can even keep the deck.

1st edition 2023, PDF 9 pages.
word count: 2836 which is equivalent to 11 standard pages of text

Reviewed by Barrie Segal (confirmed purchase)
★★★★   Date Added: Wednesday 21 February, 2024

Incredibly complicated from my point of view.

Reviewed by Tommaso Guglielmi
★★★★★   Date Added: Thursday 30 November, 2023

I was sent a review copy of this not too long ago. It’s an excellent card location effect. It isn’t one for the strolling magician, but for those one-on-one situations where you really want to fry a sharp spectator or stump a magician buddy, this is perfect. Choose your venue wisely and this will be a knock-out as a closer. The effect is just as clean as the advert describes it to be, which is a breath of fresh air among today’s adverts.

Reviewed by Michael Cook (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Thursday 30 November, 2023

This isn’t a bad trick at all. For the price it’s a steal. I just wish that in the description it would state that a certain something is needed because not everyone has this. I’ve been into card magic for over 25 years and I’ve never owned what’s needed to perform this. A little disappointed but otherwise a great trick. I just wish creators would specify what’s needed to perform certain effects because it sucks to download a trick then after getting it realize you can’t perform it.

Reviewed by brian draven (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Sunday 19 November, 2023

I purchased this today and it’s exactly as advertised, nothing amiss. It’s exactly as one might visualize it to be. Without giving too much away, I can say that you will definitely be fooling both lay folks and your magic pals with this. I’m surprised a secret this good is being sold for only $5. This is worth a lot more than that. There are 2 very different principles in the mix here that make this mystery possible.

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