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Here is the latest from Mark Mason:
http://www.mjmmagic.com/store/-p-23572.html

Effect: A deck of blank cards sits on top of a black envelope. Inside the regular black envelope there is a postcard. The postcard could be from ANYWHERE in the world. The envelope NEVER leaves the spectators view.

You explain your friend went on vacation and sent you the postcard. Any spectator is asked to guess which month your friend went on vacation. Lets assume they say MARCH. Next they guess which day in March. Lets assume they say the 14TH.

ABSOLUTELY NO FORCE, THEY CAN NAME ANY MONTH ANY DAY.

The deck of blanks are removed from their card box. EVERY CARD has a city written on one side. MARCH is the 3rd month. One at a time, 3 cards are dealt FACE UP. Then 14 cards are dealt ONCE again FACE UP. They can see different cities on all the cards.

The card that lands on MARCH the 14TH is placed onto the spectators hand. The envelope is opened and the postcard is slid out. Its from the beautiful city of ROME. The spectator turns over the card they are holding. IT SAYS ROME.

Works in any language
Instant reset
Only one deck
No memory work
Always deal the deck the same way
Only one envelope
No switching the card.
No adding anything
Learn and perform this miracle in 10 minutes.

If you love our best selling effect X-ACT, you will love Where In The World.
Using Mike Kirby's X-act principle, Mark has created a knockout piece of mentalism.

Link: http://www.mjmmagic.com/store/-p-23572.html
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Love the sound of this one,for sure Smile
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Too expensive for what it is.
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Had it for a while and then sold it. Nothing particularly wrong with it, in fact I like X-act quite a bit. But in the end this version just didn't grab me the way I anticipated it would.
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This may be based off of X Act but X Act was a blatant steal from Eduardo Kozuch's Impossible 1 to 52. Love Mark Mason but this was uncredited thievery of a very distinctive gimmick. http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......orum=109
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Cheap, quality stock photos are very easy to find, so why does that post card look so bad?

Platt- has Mark ever addressed the Kozuch thing? Are they really that similar?
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On Jan 5, 2017, Calvin826 wrote:

Platt- has Mark ever addressed the Kozuch thing? Are they really that similar?



I had many conversions with Kozuch way back when he put this out and of course spent many years performing Impossible 1 to 52. X Act (aptly named) is the exact same concept and nearly an identical gimmick. Mark Mason being a man deep in the weeds when it comes to card effects and gimmicks surely knew of it. I raised a bit of hell for Kirby and Mason to at least credit Kozuch when X Act came out which never happened. Now he's profiting off him again. This kind of thing happens. Mark, you're following this thread do the right thing and give credit where it's due.
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So, which one do you prefer? X act(where in the world) or Impossible 1 to 52? As I owned X act and the deck cannot be handled by the spectator. But according to the description of Imposssible 1 to 52, the magician never touches the deck. It seems that where in the world is a step backward comparing to it.
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So, which one do you prefer? X act(where in the world) or Impossible 1 to 52? As I owned X act and the deck cannot be handled by the spectator. But according to the description of Imposssible 1 to 52, the magician never touches the deck. It seems that where in the world is a step backward comparing to it.


I don't actually find either attractive. I'm not sure Kozuch's gimmick is even still being made. But the result is the same for both. Anyone who's performed Grail by Mike Rose knows gimmicks are really unnecessary for a CAAN effect. Even the gaffed prediction card in Grail is unnecessary. But I guess everyone needs something to sell.
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Cheap, quality stock photos are very easy to find, so why does that post card look so bad?

I though the same thing. Considering the price, are far better and more realistic postcard should have been included.
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Just got my copy of "Where in the World" at my local Brick & Mortar, the Magic Emporium, and yes, it is X-Act with a different presentation. My understanding is that Mike Kirby based his method off Mike Rose's Grail, with permission. Both are pretty fair ACAAN's as I use each. Going back to "Where in the World" is the custombility of it because of them being handwritten cards (yes, you have to write them yourself, which takes 10mins, but can be in your own language and can use any cities, countries, or states). Sure, the postcard may lack a little quality, but easy enough to replace yourself if you'd like. Due to this being exactly X-Act (see what I did there?), it's easy to set-up and easy to do. Minimal reset. Another worker. 9/10!!!
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Yes, we all get that you can easily replace the postcard with another,
but the fact of the matter is we shouldn't have to. Not with the price being charged.
In fact, it would've been nice if there had been a few options.
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Is this "The Grail" by Rose with cities instead of cards??
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On Jan 5, 2017, Platt wrote:
This may be based off of X Act but X Act was a blatant steal from Eduardo Kozuch's Impossible 1 to 52. Love Mark Mason but this was uncredited thievery of a very distinctive gimmick. http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......orum=109


Totally untrue I have Eduardos , I have X act and I have where in the world which has been out nearly one year by the way and the latter 2 are a far far Improvement from Eduardos his was a for runner but completely un workable in the real world imo so you are wrong with this statement sir . Trust me I love your stuff I bought Sugar Rush and it's awesome Tarik 😊
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Where in the world I believe is better than x act due to it being seen as more organic and a non card trick and this is preferable to me and gets stronger reactions 😊
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Where in the world I believe is better than x act due to it being seen as more organic and a non card trick and this is preferable to me and gets stronger reactions 😊


Yes.

I would suggest a slight variation in the method to the 'Where In The World' effect. Those who have both,'Where In The World' and 'X-Act' will be able to understand my variation (though a bit cryptic).

Lets take the case of predicting the city. The prediction card can have a prediction in the envelope. Now do the trick as normal. On completion of the trick allow the spectator to handle both, the selected card (lying on the table) as well as the prediction envelope. On turning over the selected card and then pulling out the prediction card from the envelope - both match exactly (almost) i.e. - Either the CITY or the COUNTRY will match. With this slight modification all can be examined by the spectator i.e. - the Selected Card, the prediction card and casually the deck as well.

Enjoy! Smile

Just my thoughts! Smile

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P.S. The above idea is based on part-2 of X-Act. Those who have X-Act will understand.
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On Jan 5, 2017, Platt wrote:
This may be based off of X Act but X Act was a blatant steal from Eduardo Kozuch's Impossible 1 to 52. Love Mark Mason but this was uncredited thievery of a very distinctive gimmick. http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......orum=109


Totally untrue I have Eduardos , I have X act and I have where in the world which has been out nearly one year by the way and the latter 2 are a far far Improvement from Eduardos his was a for runner but completely un workable in the real world imo so you are wrong with this statement sir . Trust me I love your stuff I bought Sugar Rush and it's awesome Tarik 😊


I own Impossible 1 in 52 and have spent time with X Act. So I have seen them back to back as well. X Act admittedly works better but my point was that they're the same far off the beaten path workings. So no doubt that credit is due. I received a nice note from Mike Kirby and he really does sound like a nice guy who was unaware of Kozuch's effect. So I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. But Mason, who essentially bought the rights, should do the right thing and give a simple shout out to Eduardo Kozuch as he's now using the same principle for two of his effects. Thanks for the kind words on sugar rush. I'll have some new releases for 2017!
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Ok Brian understood but I actually bought 1 to 52.from Mark Masons brick and mortar shop in Blackpool many years ago on its first release ie at JB magic so I would be surprised if either Mike or Mark was totally unaware of it . However it's a big improvement and I look forward to your new effects this year as they are always great and also thanks to Ustaad for the very good suggestion he mentions above Tarik 😊
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Still I don't see the difference between this one and "the grail"..... I think I skip it since could be done with the same method of the grail just replacing poker cards with blank cards.
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Completely different method than the grail that I do know 😊
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