A Can Of Mysteries - New Edition - by Gerard Zitta - Ebook
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“ACAAN WITH A MENTAL SHAKE”
Gerard likes the ACAAN plot. Whether it is impromptu or formal, close up or on stage - it always has a strong impact. There have been a huge amount of methods since Mr BERGLAS presented this effect in the mid 70's. For this manuscript, Gerard wanted a 100% hands off solution; direct, practical, with NO sleight of hands and doable on stage or close up and, if possible without knowing the card nor the number. The result is not a card trick but more of a mentalism approach to it.
What you get: Four presentations are described in the manual, but there are more possibilities.
In all of them, the performer places a boxed deck of cards in full view and won't touch them again.
Example 1: The performer explains that there are many ways to select a card and a number; they can be selected completely at random without looking, they can be simply thought of, or it can be a mixture of the two. For instance, the card can be selected and the number can be thought of, or vice versa. Whatever option they choose, a CARD and a NUMBER (between 1 and 52) will be either chosen or thought. The 'Prediction Deck' is opened by a spectator who counts to the number. They turn over the card they arrive at, and amazingly, it is their chosen (or thought of) card.
Example 2: The participant thinks of a card. They remove it from a deck of cards and show it to the audience. They then visualize a number between 1 and 52 (there is no restriction and the chosen number can be kept a secret). They then take the deck and count to their secret number: incredibly, it is their card.
Example 3: The participant eliminates 51 cards from an immaterial deck of cards (no force or equivoque are used). Next, they visualize the numbers between 1 and 52 in their mind until one number is clearly seen. They now pick up the prediction deck and counts to their secret number: it is the card.
Example 4: A set of business cards with cards written on their face are handed out for close examination. They're then shuffled by a member of the audience and spread face down on the table. The participant selects a card without looking at the face, signs it and keeps it safe with her signature in full view.
52 business cards, now with a number between 1 and 52 written on them, are then given to another participant for close examination. These are also shuffled and spread again, face down on the table. The participant selects a card without looking at the face, signs it and keeps it safe as well with the signature in full view. Nobody knows what the card is, nor the number.
The card and the number are revealed and shown to everybody with signatures on the back. A spectator now takes the prediction deck and counts to the number: it is the card.
- The performer never touches the prediction deck.
- The card and the number can be freely selected or thought by the participant
- No sleight of hand.
- Normal cards, not marked.
- The deck is examinable.
- Different card and number every time.
- Easy reset but needs to be done in a quiet place.
- Very versatile and devious methods! Lots of possibilities.