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Simplest ACAAN

by Gerard Zitta
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Simplest ACAAN by Gerard Zitta

Although it does not meet all the criteria of a 'perfect ACAAN', this method still has many advantages:

  • 100% impromptu and examinable
  • deck is normal - it can be borrowed and shuffled by the participant
  • ideal for close up and table hopping
  • Very direct
  • Very practical in live performance
  • Strong impact on the audience
  • Very simple to perform (from beginner to advanced but requires sleight-of-hand)
  • Can be done with different sleights for the card control and for the counting. This allows you to repeat the effect.
Drawbacks:
  • it is actually an 'Any Selected Card At Any Number', or what is sometimes called a 'stop trick'
  • not hands off (one hands off method is explained though, that requires no sleight of hands, but you'll need a surface to spread the cards)
Effect:

The spectator examines and shuffles a deck of cards. Any card is selected (free choice) and lost in the deck. The deck is shuffled by the performer. The participant names any number between 1 and 52 (free choice). The performer counts to this number: it is the selected card.

1st edition 2013, 13 pages.
word count: 3929 which is equivalent to 15 standard pages of text


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