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The Trick That Cannot Be Explained Review

Official Review

April 1st, 2010 5:57am
Reviewed by David Parr
When will magicians stop inventing card tricks? Seriously. There's enough misery in the world. This trick was originally published in 1960, which means that if "The Professor" had used his energies more productively we could have had flying cars and underwater cities by now. Instead, here's "The Trick That Cannot Be Explained."

Oh -- and if the trick can't be explained, then why are you explaining it, Professor Snape? And what makes everyone else so reluctant to talk about it? Is it based on forbidden magicks from the restricted section of the Castle library?

Actually, I think I know why the trick can't be explained. Here's how it looks when performed exactly as described in the instructions:

First, I wrote a prediction on a cigarette packet. (Did you know that cigarettes cost almost $8 a pack? I didn't, because I don’t smoke. But I bought them for this trick.) Then I asked someone to shuffle a deck of cards. Then I asked him to turn over the top card. Incredibly, his freely selected card and my prediction didn't match.

WTF? And get this: when I finish reading the rest of the instructions, I find out that the author admitted that the trick might not ever work again! Wait, do I need the special x-ray specs to see the real instructions? What kind of scam are these people running?

If you bought this trick, it's too late to get your money back. But it's not a total loss. I saw a post on the Magic Café where a guy invented a much better version that's 100% surefire every time. I can't explain it all here, but it involves someone named Stebbins, an electronic sex toy, and a pair of binoculars. Do a search there for "The Trick That Shouldn't Be Explained" -- and you're on your way to a happy April Fools Day from the folks here at!

Product info for The Trick That Cannot Be Explained

Author: The Professor
Publisher: Lewis Ganson
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $27.50
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Manufacturer's Description:

Picture it! It's 1960, you're hanging out at Lewis Ganson's house and Al Koran stops by and says, "Show me a card trick!". What do you do? If you're The Professor, you'd do The Trick That Cannot Be Explained.

A stunning feat of mentalism performed with borrowed deck of playing cards. There are no wires, no hidden assistants. A reputation maker that can be done surrounded. This was a complete sell-out at The Hollywood Cavalcade of Magic!

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