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Which one is the best ACAAN method you know?
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The only one I have any real exposure to is John Born's method, which is published in his book, "Meant to Be", which I think is very good. I know Berglas is supposed to have good work on the plot as well.
Barrie Richardson was doing an ACAAN, (not sure which one) in Colorado, and it was very well done.
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Buy Born's book. (bbb). It contains numerous methods, including his own. It's the best collected resource on the subject that I can think. That way, you can decide for yourself.

I would love to see Born perform his method - I think it'd be as perfect a trick as you can get.

The "best" method will vary depending on who's executing it. I've mostly used a #2, in keeping with some very specific advice that Marlo gives in "Seconds, Centers and Bottoms".
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I use Barrie Richardson's Impromptu Card at any number with great success. It can be done on a moment's notice and is not too difficult. I like the complete impromptu nature of it.
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I was fortunate enough to see John Born perform his routine several times in Miami at the IBM Convention. It is great. You can't ask for much more. As TJO eluded to above, when anybody ever ask's about the "best" anything it is very hard to answer. We all have different tastes and styles. So the best for one is nnot necessarily the best for someone else.
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Yes, I love John Born's ACAAN method which he published in Meant to Be book. One of the best handling of ACAAN plot I ever see.


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John Born's is great. I got to see him perform it and it was completely flawless.

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The only downside of Born's method is that the Performer must handle the cards.

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I showed in the fism my ACAAN effect with giants cards, the magician does not touch the cards, only the spectator, and all the deck is examinable.
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On 2006-10-07 12:14, entity wrote:
The only downside of Born's method is that the Performer must handle the cards.

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Maybe I misread something, but as I recall in his book, the performer dumps the cards out of the deck into the spectator's hands (at least it can be done that way).

As for the best many have said, get John's book, it has several different methods in there, all have their strengths and weaknesses; though the one I use most is Barrie Richardson's Impromptu Any Card at Any Number, which is only available through him, to my understanding.
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In John's method, it is perceived by the spectator that the magician NEVER handled the deck at all. Moreover, three spectators, FREELY, came up with one card. Not only that, a spectator came up with a number of his choosing and was not persuaded in ANY way. So, no force is evident, no pressure, and surely, all seems HANDS OFF. So what you stated is merely a VERY minor thing that has NO bearing on his approach.

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I'm off to buy the Born book... Smile ..
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Hey guys-

I believe you guys are talking about two different approaches that I have developed, both which are offered in Meant To Be. The cards are not "handled" in either version. One approach in which I have had much success is my work on Baker's approach in which the effect happens in a deck sitting across the room and the magician never touches anything. In fact, he does not even come close to the deck. This is my favorite version to perform as it is a perfect example of working smart technically and psychologically, ending in a remarkable piece that is truly baffling. The second, which is presented as the feature system in my book, is with the magician dumping the cards out of the box into the spectator's hands or to the magician's fingertips. In this version, the magician holds the cards in the box, and all is done before the spec. knows that the effect has begun. Both present phenominal conditions, yet are extremely different approaches technically and psychologically.

Hope this helps,

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In addition to John Born's Meant To Be, I think David Forrest has one called Route 1 of ACAAN method using both the blue and red decks. If you like using 2 decks to perform this ACAAN plot, then you have to look into David Forrest's routine.
Of course, you have Barrie Richardson and Kenton Knepper on ACAANs.
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I vote for Bill Nagler's version of ACAAN and so do many others....
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On 2006-10-07 00:11, Chris SD wrote:
I know Berglas is supposed to have good work on the plot as well.

Yes, David Berglas's handling of "The Berglas Effect" is quite good. Superb, in fact. He's done it for me half a dozen times.

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My version is from Mnemonica page 82. Quite easy to perform, as I use it as opener in my actual routine.
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I saw ASi do one in New York that just blew me the F*^& away. Is There any methods or does anyone have one in E-book format?
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A palm and second deal has blown many a family & friends away..
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Lol, why have it palmed? For the deck to be shuffled? or do you mean from a card index? Hmm... Card index and second deal WOULD be pretty nice actually. Or simple a mem deck, pass after you hear card, then second deal after you hear number.

I personally use a pinky count from either top or 26th(break) and a pass as the deck is being handed to the spectator(or a variation on box pass). but I am a magician.

I'd probably use Richardson's 13 deck one with a deck shell or other deck switch if I was going for super duper "impossible".

I dislike the second deal for this routine... not in lack of ability but I'd simply rather be super clean about the cards being dealt fairly(or have the spectator deal) as I think somehow false dealing or switching the card at the XXth position is the method the spectators are most likely to think, so I want any method I use to be both a fair deal and no switch of last card.
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