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Brad Ballew
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Hi all!

Entropy A.C.A.A.N. will be available this Monday through Murphy's Magic dealers as a video download for $9.95 USD.

Here are the details:

Entropy A.C.A.A.N. is an easy to perform miracle that is completely hands off. A blue and red deck are placed in front of the spectator and never again touched by the performer until the routine is over.

The performer reveals that the blue deck has had its entropy reversed and is travelling through time backwards. He is going to demonstrate how this time bending deck works but first the spectator needs to choose a random card and number between 1 and 52.

The spectator cuts, shuffles, and then selects four cards at random from the red deck. They choose one of the four cards as their selection and then add the values of all four cards to arrive at a random number between 1 and 52.

The performer explains that later after the show, he will place their chosen card at their chosen number in the blue deck and that change will travel backwards in time to this very moment. The spectator immediately counts down their chosen number in the blue deck to reveal their chosen card.

- Easy to do
- No math, deck memorization, or difficult sleights
- Completely hands off
- Works 100% of the time.

Here is an overview of the trick with a FAQ at the end to answer some lingering questions: https://youtu.be/Z4s3Bv7LYQk
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Video download?? I thought the red deck was gimmicked….
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Video download?? I thought the red deck was gimmicked….


It can't be examined after the trick but there are no gaffed cards in it. You can use whatever brand of cards you want and also control what cards they can get.
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The Red deck is not gimmicked at all it’s 52 regular cards. However the Red deck cannot be examined but the Blue deck can be.
If a deck was included it would put the price up and a lot of magicians would all ready have what they need to make this Red deck up anyway.
Ps there no arts and crafts at all involved and Brad kindly sent me a review copy today so I will post a review once I have fully run through everything Gaz 😊
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Brad must of been typing his answer as I was sending mine Gaz 😊
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Brad must of been typing his answer as I was sending mine Gaz 😊


Ha! Good point about no arts and crafts though.

I've also gotten some feedback on some alternative handlings that aren't ACAAN but more prediction plots. So you could customize this for some different types of routines with a bit of creativity. Smile
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Gaz said it correctly when he said most magicians will already have what is needed to make up the deck. This is a very good use of something you will already have or can be easily made up. It is extremely easy to do and everything is covered to get you by with every outcome possible. Again some pretty good thinking has gone into this. And I agree if the deck would be included it would cost a lot more and you would not have ready access to the instructions right away.

Good magic to all,


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Looks like a good effect but I’d have to find another way to perform it, wouldn’t be comfortable with talking about the deck traveling through time, I think I’d get some sideways glances.
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Looks like a good effect but I’d have to find another way to perform it, wouldn’t be comfortable with talking about the deck traveling through time, I think I’d get some sideways glances.


Ha! Yeah the sci fi angle sure won't fit everyone. However, it has a good bit of flexibility. I've received feedback from guys who have tweaked it for other types of tricks, changing what cards the specs can get and even how many they deal out. I think there's a poker divination somewhere in there too. Smile
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I received a free copy in exchange for a fair review. I love ACAANs; I don’t know every method, but I’ve seen a lot and I like this one for certain performing conditions.

Brad’s stated criteria:
Easy to perform - yes
Hands off – yes
Fair selection process, not confusing – there is a process, but I don’t think it’s confusing and seems completely fair.

Another plus: quick, easy reset – yes

Considerations: as you can see in the demo, two decks are needed for this – one is regular, the other is not (but can be easily constructed). A small bit of addition is required by the spectator but it is not difficult at all.

As mentioned by another user above, I agree that it is technically more of a CAAN because a card is not named but rather selected. And the same for the number (so maybe it's Card At Calculated Number). Although it appears that it could be any card and any number from the spectator's perspective because the spectator is given a lot of freedom to make choices and select a card.

The subtleties Brad explains are quite good and, as mentioned, the principles could be used for a different sort of effect entirely (I was also thinking of a poker premise). It’s a very clever blending of different principles to produce quite a good completely hands-off effect. I look forward to trying it with a different presentation; the hands-off aspect and apparent freedom of the spectator to select a card and number is excellent in my opinion. And I think there is fertile ground here to explore the concepts in other effects.

There are a few adjustments needed that you don’t see in the demo. The effect won’t always play out EXACLTY as shown in the demo (Brad mentions this in the Q&A), but the differences are minor. The performer has some choices for how he wants the presentation to go– eg. if you want to make the outcome cleaner, you can add a step earlier in the routine, far before the actual selection is done. It’s another subtlety based on the performer’s preferences. The demo also doesn’t show one thing necessary if you want to allow the spectator to riffle shuffle, but even that step can be done casually by the spectator without suspicion (Brad covers this in the explanation). I don’t think these are big drawbacks and would pass by most spectators.

Small technicality – and I mean really small, but based on the process, the spectator would have a choice of a number between 2 and 52 because technically the number 1 is not possible. The demo even mentions this. It makes no difference to the effect, and the process is clearly described and comes across as completely fair, and it isn’t complicated to understand.


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On the video trailer you say the cards can be shuffled, whereby he cuts the cards, but then does a riffle shuffle. From my experience majority of "lay people" do the overhand shuffle or some other obscure shuffle (badly!!!!). Can that red deck really be shuffled in anyway or do they need the skill to do a perfect riffle?
I'm liking this effect, but having the red deck shuffled in any way would clinch the deal and my order is in!
Thanks.
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On the video trailer you say the cards can be shuffled, whereby he cuts the cards, but then does a riffle shuffle. From my experience majority of "lay people" do the overhand shuffle or some other obscure shuffle (badly!!!!). Can that red deck really be shuffled in anyway or do they need the skill to do a perfect riffle?
I'm liking this effect, but having the red deck shuffled in any way would clinch the deal and my order is in!
Thanks.


I know what you mean. It is nice when you get a card player in the group that you know won't drop your cards all over the floor. Smile

An overhand shuffle wouldn't work here. However, for inexperienced card handlers, the Rosetta shuffle is easy and works great! It also has the benefit of looking a bit more chaotic. ;-)
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Thanks for clarity... still gonna get this it looks clean
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Entropy is now available!
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Yes I agree the Rosetta shuffle is great to use for this Gaz 👍😊
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Picked this up because I have an addiction to effects the use the principle that is used here. It's pretty much what I thought it was, and I like Brad's thinking and his low key, clear explanation. For those who get this, I don't have an issue with the first method Brad describes in terms of the outcome. It's cleaner than the alt handling he suggests. But also, to increase the odds of nailing this - you could change the cards so that one is more psychologically appealing than the others. For example, instead of the Queen of Clubs, you could change it to the Queen of Hearts.
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I mentioned this to Brad I think the QH is too obvious, I would change it for the 7H personally
Gaz 😊
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Entropy is now available!


From where?
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Full review is forthcoming. For now, here are a few introductory thoughts.

First, for those of us to whom ACAAN is something we’re learning or planning to learn, Entropy A.C.A.A.N. is an excellent starting point. It is a version you can easily learn and perform while working on more demanding methods. And don’t forget to keep your morale up while you persistently demonstrate to yourself how easy methods based on non-examinable decks can seem to laypeople identical to exotic sleight-intensive virtuoso procedures. (Yeah...Sigh...Why do we even bother? Anyway...)

If you purchased Identical Impossibility from Tannen’s back in the late 70s, or if you’ve got Angelo Carbone’s The Gift sitting around somewhere, you already own the cards needed for this effect. A few two way forcing decks will do as well. If any of this applies to you and your less-used magic drawer, pick up a download of Entropy ACAAN just as soon as you’re able. Your old, little-used decks will suddenly become very valuable to you.

Forthcoming in a day or two: More Thoughts on Entropy ACAAN from someone who has just memorized the full Mnemonica Deck.
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