December 14th, 2007 2:51pm
If you've read some of my other reviews, you may know that I'm a fan of the Any Card at Any Number (ACAN) plot. With the number of ACAN methods hitting the market, I'm apparently not the only one that likes the idea.
I have to say that this is certainly the most unique version I've found. The effect goes somewhat like this:
Someone from the audience names any card in the deck. This is written down for later verification. The performer then pulls out some Random Number Generators (RNGs), which are basically business cards with the numbers 1 through 52 printed on the back in a random order. One of the cards is handed to someone with a sharpie. They're asked to put both behind their back and “dot” the card. The number closest to their mark is counted to and the named-card is found.
This routine uses several deceptive techniques to accomplish the effect. I won't go into details on most of them. However, you should know that a “memorized” deck is used. However, the author has gone to great lengths to make this easy for everyone. He provides “cheat sheets” which can be printed and stuck on the side of the card box. He also provides some tips on when and how to use the cheat sheet.
Personally, I think if you're going to do this, you might as well put in the effort to learn a real memorized deck system. Plenty of excellent ones have been published. I prefer the Tamariz stack, along with all of the memorization techniques taught in his book Mnemonica.
All of the graphics are available as a PDF download from the author's site. This is a wonderful idea!
The author bills this as a “workers” version of ACAN. I couldn't agree more. Not only is there no reset, but the effect bringing your business cards into play. The card with their mark on it is an obvious giveaway item.
Product info for Autobahn
Author: David ForrestAverage Rating: (1)Retail Price: $20.00
What if you could perform the classic ACAN effect while you were STROLLING or HOPPING TABLES and succeed every single time without fail? What if the method was simple, surefire and took up no more pocket space than a single deck of cards? What if this powerhouse effect could be performed with NO MEMORY WORK, NO MATHS and NO SLEIGHT OF HAND? What if the spectator could genuinely name ANY CARD and they, themselves could deal the cards FACE UP to the randomly selected number? What if the deck was completely un-gimmicked - just fifty two regular playing cards - nothing more? What if the reset was instant and the effect could be repeated table after table, group after group? What if the entire effect took no more than a few minutes from start to finish and each performance left the group with TWO of your own business cards, altered in such a way as to ensure they'll be kept?
Sound like a pipe dream? This is no pipe dream! This is David Forrest's AUTOBAHN!
Included in this PDF is the complete routine from start to finish as well as the special artwork required to create the AUTOBAHN props. There's no craft or handy-work required, you won't have to 'make a gimmick' - simply print out the special AUTOBAHN artwork and attach it to your existing business cards. You won't believe how simple it is and you are provided with a lifetimes supply!
AUTOBAHN is a practical and workable solution to one of magic's greatest plots that will finally allow close up magicians to consistently and reliably unleash the awesome power of the ACAN effect on their unsuspecting audiences! Don't putter around in the side streets any longer. Take the next exit for the AUTOBAHN and STEP ON IT!
"An excellent solution to the ACAN plot. It's good to see a method that gets away from memorisation and estimation." - Peter Duffie