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Deckless Divination
by Unknown Mentalist


(2 reviews, 6 customer ratings) ★★★★

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Deckless Divination by Unknown Mentalist

These are physical products that will be shipped to you. You get two beautifully produced plastic cards which are approximately the size of a bank credit/debit card. These should last you a lifetime with reasonable care. The accompanying PDF can be downloaded instantly from your digital shelf.

This routine can be performed both close up and also over a video call or in a virtual show. Using a single double blank business card, you can divine a freely thought of playing card. The participant does not say anything and she does not write anything down. She thinks of a playing card mentally and silently. There are no peeks, sleights or anagrams involved. The method is self working. You can end up by leaving your business card as a souvenir (in case you are doing close up).

You can do this as a divination effect or a prediction effect. Several alternative ideas, an additional kicker phase, and a cool bonus routine are included. No equivoque, no dual reality, no pre show, no stooges or instant stooges, no electronics, no apps. Just you, the participant, the card and the impact.

An innovative path breaking combination of classic principles. This is really a 100$ idea being released as a 3$ surprise, given the present global situation.

[Note: The PDF has a non-white background.]

1st edition 2020, PDF 16 pages.

Reviewed by Karsten Meyerhoff (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Thursday 09 July, 2020

First of all, it needs to be said that all the claims made (no stooges, no peeks, ...) are true. Well, the playing card is not entirely freely thought of, but that doesn't take away too much. Other than that, the effect really plays out the way it is described, it is self-working and at 6$ - and even more at 3$, which is the special intro price I paid - you can't go wrong. You get an effect that requires nothing but a double-blank card - business card or otherwise - and you get an effect that should play very well.

There is one thing, though, that I think needs to be mentioned: The way the effect is described, it only works in the English language. If you want to adapt it to another language - German in my case - that is certainly possible, but needs some tweaking, tweaking that some crossword-solving-help-websites (if that is a name at all ...) can help you with. And while you are at it, fiddling around with words, you discover that there are a lot of other possibilities for word-play - so, that may even be an advantage ...

Reviewed by Craig Daniel (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Wednesday 08 July, 2020

Simple, straightforward, easy to do with a nice effect on the spectator. Well worth it. Also, a possible use for the new Tyvek Himber Envelope if you choose to head that route.