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.
- 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)
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