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Topic: Cris Angel Card Trick 2006 ...
Message: Posted by: Magic Mike Japan (Nov 14, 2009 06:00AM)
I just saw a trick that Cris Angel performed on Mind Freak 2006. He used two participants. He had Guy #1 hold a pack of playing cards then asked him to pick a card in his mind and say it. Then he asked Guy #2 to say a number from one to 52. Then Cris Angel dealt that many cards (let's say 22), and the 23rd card was the chosen card of Guy #1. I didn't notice any sleights, double lifts, but I could be wrong. Any help here guys on the origin of this trick?
Message: Posted by: Matze (Nov 14, 2009 06:33AM)
Its called "any card at any number" or short "ACAAN"
that "perfect" version is often called the "berglas effect"

there are hundred of handlings/variations on it

but I don't know about the CA version,it might have been setup,like a lot of his stuff,but who knows ;-)
Message: Posted by: Rennie (Nov 14, 2009 11:49AM)
It would have been more effective if Criss Angel had NOT done the counting. As Matze states, there are many versions of it.
Message: Posted by: Magic Mike Japan (Nov 14, 2009 11:05PM)
So, basically it's a "commercial" effect that can be found by buying a DVD, or magic publication? I thought it was a pretty good trick, maybe a set-up deck. Thanks guys. I'll get busy looking for ACAAN.
Message: Posted by: MickeyPainless (Nov 15, 2009 11:44AM)

There's been several discussions on ACAAN right here at the Café over the years, so start with the search here and see where it takes you!
Message: Posted by: magicwanabe (Nov 16, 2009 07:03PM)
Hey Mike! This is a great effect, and although there are many versions out there, one of the most direct and almost totally self-working is by Barrie Richardson; he actually has two versions, but the one that I would recommend his is totally impromptu version. Without revealing the secret, it has a couple of "in your face" moves but some very strong misdirection as a perfect cover. I have used this version and it ALWAYS plays very well. Micky Painless offers great advice -- there are plenty of threads on this one here at the Café...GL!
Message: Posted by: Oyama (Nov 25, 2009 12:05AM)
A favorite of mine. It can be done as Angel did without camera tricks. No stooges either. You must not think like a magician to achieve it though.
Message: Posted by: goldeneye007 (Dec 3, 2009 08:19AM)
I was told that CA uses E. Kozuch's version called "Impossible 1 to 52". I have it and it's quite clever but not very practical in my opinion. But of course you can let the spec deal himself, unlike B. Richardson's version.

I prefer B. Richardson's version though. Completely impromtu and no gimmick so nothing to find.
Message: Posted by: goldeneye007 (Dec 3, 2009 08:21AM)
Oh and btw... I would describe E. Kozuch's as self-working; although there is not a lot to do it's a bit tricky.
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Jan 1, 2010 05:23PM)
If Angel did it on tv, you can bet it can't be done in real life.
Sincerely, magicfish
Message: Posted by: Jv (Jan 1, 2010 05:29PM)
@magicfish Haha, so true... ;)

But the 'ACAAN' is probably one of my 'top-performed' effects.

Message: Posted by: Failed Magician (Jan 3, 2010 07:31AM)
I've read some versions of it and I'm not yet qualified to perform this as it will take continuous counting in your head and you have to have a good tracking memory hehehe..

The latest trick in the market, I believe is the Holy Grail 2.0 by Alakazam, but CMIIW.
Message: Posted by: Oyama (Jan 10, 2010 03:49AM)
Failed magician

Their are other methods to accomplish the ACAAN effect that does not require what you explain.