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Gaz Lawrence
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Hi Rowland sorry for the confusion , I didnít say a K.r..n d.c. is cleaner I said without the special something on them Marks effect with just the minimal r.pe.ts is far cleaner than a K.r..n d.c. and therefore doesnít need the special something on it as it doesnít work well at on bent cards if at all imho .
A spectator never sees anything untoward as they are so far apart in the deck . You can block push if you were worried about this too .
Anyway back on topic on Richards great effect , I agree Pegasus about the untreated Aces thatís a master stroke by Richard 👍👍 .
Best wishes Gaz 🙂
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This is a great effect, I really enjoyed it.

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Gaz Lawrence
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I agree if you want to do one card effect that really slays this is very very strong Gaz 🙂
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Probably the best single trick deck I ever purchased. I canít remember the last time I carried a trick deck around as if it was a regular deck! Well done Richard. I have always loved the predator wallet and now its built into my deck of cards! Trick of the year for sure! Genius thinking. Tommy Wonder would be proud.
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The aces are all regular, ungimmicked cards. I worked extra hard to find a solution where this was possible.
This way you can freely give the aces to the spectator so that they can experience the thought of card revelation in their own hands.
I have found this to be especially powerful for very small groups or one on one, etc.
For larger groups I prefer to show the revelation as it is easier for everyone to see.
The beautiful part is that the aces and the revelation cards are totally examinable.
I hate effects where the main focus point of an effect needs to be handled with extra care and put away quickly.
With Any Card the impossible revelation is right there in their own hands.

If the aces ever get soiled or dirty, etc you can simply replace them with aces from any Bicycle deck

BTW, Thank you so much for all the amazing reviews of Any Card.
BEST EFFECT OF 2019...WOW!!!

It is SOOOOO appreciated Smile

Have a great week!

Rich
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To be honest, I may be wrong but this doesn't excite me too much because a) You have to carry around an extra deck and b) This effect is pretty obvious to most of us here. On the positive side, some would consider it an improvement over the ID. As a test I did both to my wife (who generally doesn't like card effects). She liked Any Card more because it's written on the cards and looks more impossible. You could construct this using the variety of stuff which is mentioned in this thread. Vanishing's s***k works. Essentially, you are paying for Richard's thoughts/presentation and his special formula. How well that special formula holds and under what conditions (hot vs colder countries, etc) I don't know. $40 is a bit pricey for hobbyists imho but for working magicians, probably ok as the special formula may be better than other stuff used in similar effects.
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Sophocles, you are paying for the effect, the method, the custom deck and the 10+ years of work and trial and error that went into the effect Smile

Your wife said that "Any Card was stronger than the invisible deck."
That's the strongest endorsement I could ever ask for!

Rich
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ID still gets the nod as the reset is instant and the plot is more straightforward. (Honestly, ID is one of the 5 best card tricks and probably will never be surpassed). But Any Card is a fantastic alternative. I really enjoy performing it and it honestly kills. Well worth the price.
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IMO, the thing that gives Any Card the nod over ID is that it seems to make sense to bring another deck into play when performing Any Card. By that I mean that you can be performing with a regular red backed deck and after your through with whatever you are performing with that deck, you can simply say "actually this is not a full deck, I removed 4 of the cards and placed them into this deck", as you bring out the AC deck.

At that point, you could even put the AC deck away and bring your original red deck back out again and continue on using it and although it really doesn't make sense, for some reason people do not question why you are using 2 decks. Perhaps because you have written on some of the cards they just psychologically accept that you cannot use that deck for anything else.

Of course, in theory, you can do the same with ID but IMO people are more likely to wonder why you needed a second deck. Why couldn't you show my selected card reversed in same deck you had been using? Actually, I'm not really sure why but there just seems to be more heat on the gaffed deck.

The other thing is that ID has been such a popular classic for so many decades that you much more likely to find someone who is familiar with it or may have even owned one years ago, or at least had seen the effect before.

Add to that, other aspects such as there is no way AC could have been done with sleight of hand (which some specs occasionally suspect with ID.) Plus, the writing on the cards is just so unexpected and catches people so off guard that they can't help but just get a huge grin on their face.

Granted, ID does have the edge when it comes to reset. Although, with enough practice and repetition resetting AC can be done extremely fast while paying very little any attention to it.

So as great as ID is, my vote now goes to Any Card.
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Why do you need two decks to perform ID? The whole point is you have no deck at all (that's the "I" bit of ID isn't it?) until the reveal. At least that's how I've always performed it, in one shape or another.
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Sorry, I probably didnít make myself very clear. Obviously you donít need 2 decks for ID. But I rarely do ID as a single stand alone trick. I prefer to do it as a closing effect after Iíve done a couple quick effects using a regular deck. So in that case I feel you need to do a deck switch, and not just introduce a second deck. Which isnít all that difficult to do but it does require some forethought and planning.

But with AC, I feel just bringing out another deck works fine and doesnít create any suspicion, and just simplifies things. And I prefer things to be simple.
Again, this is all my opinion and you may feel differently.
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Wow, Videoman I have to say I really like your approach to this!

Personally, I've been playing around with switching the AC deck for a normal blue one minus four aces (because you replaced them with the red ones that are now out in play) once the effect is over.

But actually, your approach not only makes for a good way of routining in AC at the end of a set with a sort of running mystery (where are the red aces that should be in this deck), but also if you think about it, when it comes to examinability, because you've structured it so that the red aces havent actualy come from the blue deck, they're "originally from the red deck", it not only makes sense to then place them back in the red deck...but also, all the heat, if any, is now all redirected to the red deck! lol

I love it! nice idea! Smile
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On Sep 16, 2019, videoman wrote:
Sorry, I probably didnít make myself very clear. Obviously you donít need 2 decks for ID. But I rarely do ID as a single stand alone trick. I prefer to do it as a closing effect after Iíve done a couple quick effects using a regular deck. So in that case I feel you need to do a deck switch, and not just introduce a second deck. Which isnít all that difficult to do but it does require some forethought and planning.

But with AC, I feel just bringing out another deck works fine and doesnít create any suspicion, and just simplifies things. And I prefer things to be simple.
Again, this is all my opinion and you may feel differently.

Ah ok that makes perfect sense!
Personally I do both and love both, and in neither effect do I use a second deck. It's always a thought of card so I'm always bringing the reveal deck into play. But you're right, AC offers great justification for why you're putting the reveal deck back out of play again afterwards, without needing to surreptitiously switch a regular deck back in.
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I like the trick a lot well done Rich.
I have used any card with a second red deck in a pr..m stack You then know their card before it comes out of the box and you can put the aces down first as my prediction.
You can then use the red deck to follow on with other tricks so it works well and looks natural when you pocket the blue deck. just gives me an option of using one deck as a stand alone for a quick trick or two decks
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I think you are worrying too much . The AC deck is a different coloured deck with the reveal written on the backs .
Itís easily justified as to why you are using with it hundreds of logical reasons .
The same goes for ID as well imo particularly if you use different coloured backs from your regular deck Gaz 🙂
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I agree with Gaz, there are many reasons to have another deck in play.
For me, Any Card is a Special Prediction that I made. When I bring out the deck it's justified.
Or I sometimes say that I had a strange dream last week involving a deck of cards and a person.
This is the deck in my dream and you look a lot like the person (said tounge in cheek).
They never question the deck.

I feel like Gaz does in that this is a another case where, as magicians, we are running when no one is chasing us.
Why does Any Card or ID have to match your deck?
We are playing the part of magicians who perform extraordinary things with lots of different items.
We are not playing the part of a card sharp.

One more note that might be worth mentioning:
I tend to use Any Card as a closer.
In other words, I perform a bunch of effects (with or without cards) and then to end it all I bring out a special prediction (aka Any Card)
The closer is a Special Last effect and no one ever questions the other deck of cards.

I also like to use Any Card as a ONE OFF card effect.
In other words, when I only want to present one card effect, Any Card is my go to.

I hope that helps.

Again, thanks to everyone for sharing your thoughts and ideas here.
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I couldnít agree more with you Richard , infact I donít even try to justify the deck .
It may sound arrogant but I am not one to dwell on what they may or may not think later that night or the next day regarding method .
I am there solely to create a magical moment in their minds at the time I am with them .
I am not performing for people hell bent on finding out the methods , I am performing for ordinary lay people not magicians and if the odd person desperately wants to find out the method thatís not my concern .
Sorry but I donít see the point of worrying about things that are so unlikely to happen and as a result I end up missing a trick .
Best wishes Gaz 🙂
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On Sep 17, 2019, Gaz Lawrence wrote:
I think you are worrying too much . The AC deck is a different coloured deck with the reveal written on the backs .
Itís easily justified as to why you are using with it hundreds of logical reasons .



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On Sep 17, 2019, Richard Sanders wrote:
I agree with Gaz, there are many reasons to have another deck in play.
For me, Any Card is a Special Prediction that I made. When I bring out the deck it's justified.
Or I sometimes say that I had a strange dream last week involving a deck of cards and a person.
This is the deck in my dream and you look a lot like the person (said tounge in cheek).
They never question the deck.

I feel like Gaz does in that this is a another case where, as magicians, we are running when no one is chasing us.
Why does Any Card or ID have to match your deck?


A bit confused here because I agree with Richard and Gaz too. I was attempting to make essentially the same point. Maybe I'm missing something here but I'm not seeing where anyone said anything to the contrary. If my post came off that way then that is not how I meant it.
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I wasn't referring to your post Bill .
I was just saying people are making something out of nothing .
That problem doesnít and certainly doesnít need to exist through a plethora of logical reasons .
Your post tells them a great example of what to do if they have any worries or problems .
Best wishes Gaz 🙂
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Videoman, I should have mentioned you as well.
Sometimes I am in a rush and I have limited time to browse all the commants.
You made some great points about Any Card.
In fact most of what you said was so bang on that it made me believe that you might live in my head!
:)
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