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Topic: Sean Taylor's "Anchors Ahoy"
Message: Posted by: Richard Webster (Oct 1, 2011 09:23PM)
I posted this short review on another board, and a couple of people suggested it might be of interest to people here as well. So, here it is:

Sean Taylorís ANCHORS AHOY

When I first read Sean Taylorís version of David Hoyís Tossed Out Deck in his book, MindStorms, I was impressed, but thought it was too much work for something I used as a quick opening effect. Last week, Sean proved me completely wrong. At a magic lecture I attended, he fooled everyone with this effect, and then explained it in full detail. The following evening, I saw him perform this effect for a lay audience who were completely blown away by it. Sean has turned the tossed out deck into a major feature item that has no explanation.
Here is what the audience sees. Sean tosses a deck of cards to someone in the audience, and asks him to shuffle them thoroughly. After doing this, this person places a couple of rubber bands around the cards and tosses them back. Sean asks the audience to raise their hands, as heís going to turn his back on them, and will then toss the deck out into the audience. He explains that the deck is heavy, and if people are not prepared, they might get hurt. Once they have their hands in the air, Sean turns his back and tosses the deck into the audience. The person who catches it, peeks at a card, and tosses it to someone else. After four people have peeked at a card, the deck is tossed back to Sean. He asks the people who peeked at a card to stand. He says that he usually does this effect with five people, so the deck is again tossed to someone who peeks at a card, returns the deck, and stands up. After some jokes and byplay, Sean writes the names of five cards on a pad, and holds it up. He asks the people standing to sit down if heís listed their card. Four people sit down. Sean tells the fifth person that he found it hard to get her card, but he felt he was close. The person agrees that this is correct. Sean thinks for a moment, and changes the card from, say the six of diamonds, to the seven of diamonds. The person sits down, and Sean receives a round of applause. That is the basic effect. There is much more to it than that, and I loved the subtleties Sean has invented that make the effect even more convincing.
I was fortunate enough to see Sean perform and explain this effect in his lecture, and even more fortunate to see how powerful it is for a lay audience. At the lecture I was delighted to learn that Sean has released a 50-minute DVD called Sean Taylorís Anchors Away: The Working Professionalís Tossed Out Deck that explains every detail and nuance of this effect. This high quality, professionally produced DVD starts with Sean performing this effect in a show. He and his friend Richard Paddon then discuss and explain all the details, convincers and subtleties that Sean has developed over the last ten years.
If you currently perform any version of the tossed out deck, youíll find Seanís take on this effect invaluable. If youíve never performed it, Seanís DVD will convince you to add it to your act. Highly recommended.
Message: Posted by: brehaut (Oct 2, 2011 05:52AM)
Anyone else have this? Thoughts?
Message: Posted by: Richard Paddon (Oct 2, 2011 06:05AM)
Hi brehaut,

Sean's Anchors Ahoy DVD has only just been released and will be covered & available at the PsycheFX lecture at the Denny & Lee Magic Studio
( see here for details: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=435375&forum=31&0 )
It is right out of his professional act.

We will also be at MINDvention.

Cheers,
Richard
Message: Posted by: brehaut (Oct 2, 2011 07:28AM)
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On 2011-10-02 07:05, Richard Paddon wrote:
Hi brehaut,

Sean's Anchors Ahoy DVD has only just been released and will be covered & available at the PsycheFX lecture at the Denny & Lee Magic Studio
( see here for details: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=435375&forum=31&0 )
It is right out of his professional act.

We will also be at MINDvention.

Cheers,
Richard
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Great--thank you for the information
Message: Posted by: SeanTaylor (Oct 7, 2011 10:25PM)
I'm always the last one to hear about my own stuff! How is that? Sounds great though......!

Yes, its true. Catch us (The knight of all Knights Tours - Richard Paddon, Electronics guru Dave Everett and I) at Denny and Lees in Baltimore and Denny and Lees in Las Vegas, Tannens in NYC or at Mindvention (should be in the dealers room but probably in the bar). The shortest ever US tour....!

Sean
Message: Posted by: CarlZen (Oct 7, 2011 10:48PM)
I am extremely excited about all this I am a big fan of yours Sean.
Message: Posted by: Sideshow Rod (Jul 2, 2020 09:09AM)
Is this available in the UK?
Any ideas where I can get a copy?
cheers
SSR
Message: Posted by: takeachance (Jul 7, 2020 06:06AM)
Here you go

https://www.lybrary.com/anchors-ahoy-p-716289.html