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Review King
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Anyone see David Regal demo/review this on Reel Magic issue 9? Very cool!

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"For over a hundred years," you tell your participants, "fingerprints have been a reliable method for making a 100% accurate identification. Now they're called 'biometrics' and are used to cash checks, open doors, and even to protect data on cell phones and personal computers."

As you riffle through a shuffled deck, a participant is asked say "Stop" at any time. When he does, the deck is broken at that point and the upper half lifted so only he can see the card on the face of the upper block of cards.

"Give me a thumbs up hand gesture, please," you request, "and place your thumb directly on the index at a corner of the card where both the value and the suit can be covered by your thumb. Now we need a way to see and process fingerprints. That's where technology lends a hand."

You displays small piece of electronic gear, about half the size of a deck of cards and not quite as thick, with a computer USB connecter extending from one side. You continue, "Absent a desktop computer, we'll use this in stand-alone mode, it scans and examines fingerprints."

With a push of a button the device turns on, displaying a small illuminated scanning surface where a finger or thumb can be placed to input it's biometric image. You instruct the participant, "Please use the same thumb with which you marked the card to register your thumbprint on the device." He complies and notices the printscan on the small screen.

As your participant holds ScanTastic, parts of his fingerprint seem to fade. Within fifteen seconds the only bits of the thumbprint that remain form a number and a letter - perfectly identifying the selected card.

The effect can immediately be repeated with a different selected card - again and again and again if you wish. Get two or three people each to take a card at the same time, then get them to pass ScanTastic to one another to register first their thumbprints and then their surprise when each card is precisely identified!

ScanTastic is completely self-contained and comes ready to amaze. Featuring a built-in rechareable Li-Ion battery, a standard USB connector allows it to be plugged into any computer to recharge. The unit will run for up to four hours per charge. Attach it to your keychain so you are ready to perform any time.

The detailed, illustrated instructions make ScanTastic a snap to perform. ScanTastic is ideal for table-hopping because there's no setup involved and if the folks at adjacent tables compare notes, they'll discover they all chose different cards!

Candidly, this amazing revelation does require that the card(s) be forced (how else?) so we include several different and easy methods - even though you probably already know them - so you can get started right away.

BONUS: ScanTastic also has the capability to display an X-ray of the card held between a person's hands - two for the price of one!
"Of all words of tongue and pen,
the saddest are, "It might have been"

..........John Greenleaf Whittier
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Does anyone know how many different cards the device is capable of revealing? I know the card has to be forced to match what the scan will turn up next, but I would be interested in knowing how many different cards the device can cycle through before there are repeats.
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52 cards.
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I really like the capabilities of this little gadget. However, I have yet to come up with a satisfactory "scientific explanation" for how the chosen card is revealed. The suggested presentation, does not hold water on a logical level. The percieved effect is somewhat murky to the spectator. Has anyone come up with a viable presentation they like, and wouldn't mind sharing?
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I thought Becker and Earle split up ?
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"The detailed, illustrated instructions make ScanTastic a snap to perform." I just received mine,and the instructions were not illustrated. I had to send mine back because I could not get it to work after it was charged. It looks like a great little effect. Especially if any one has a police officer in the family. I am looking forward to getting my replacement.
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Still curious as to how people are presenting this. The included routine seems to suggest that the fingerprint is being scanned for an impression of the chosen card. This is directly opposed to the common logic of scanning the CARD for the spectator's fingerprint.
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Anyone using this?
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Zombie magic, I love the fact you are bringing back old posts from past effects. Sometimes between all those dust covered effects (as a result of the releasing storm ) we can find gems.

While I do not own this effect I believe that for sure is something very very beautiful to use.
in case you have not found it , here there is a review as well as a full showing on how it looks like
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oYqjtcnWhU

if you can beat the price, you may consider of getting this

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Harrismatic, thank you for your post. I've brought back some posts elsewhere and a grouch will appear and complain that the thread was old and questioned why I did such a thing. lol.

Thanks for the Youtube link!

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This came up on my radar again, but I can't find a shop that has it ( a shop I'd actually use ).
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