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Xcath1
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I read and enjoyed Jamie's review. As he said on a previous episode he is not so much reviewing as recommending tricks anddoes not present tricks that he does not like. I think this is fine. I also saw this in a local B&M magic shop where I was fooled. As most people have pointed out this is an ingenious method and a magician fooler. It is a hard to resist purchase. However I agree with Jamie (although perhaps quoting out of context) that this trick is flawless rather than awesome. I think there is stronger magic that can be presented to lay people and without another 1 trick deck and gimmick to misplace. Also I think the limitations would make a repeat presentation (some people from the last group hanging around) problematic. It is an excellent puzzler for the Angry Bob's. I admit this opinion is formed without owning the trick and observing its effect on an audience.
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On 2012-12-08 17:52, pegasus wrote:
I agree that X-act is expensive. Still ordered it though.


I think Xact is priced well. I would love to purchase tricks at $15 and $20 and have very strong magic. However, just remember that everyone out there will have the same tricks. In my opinion, the more the trick the less people that will have it. I have seen a razor blade swallow on Hocus-Pocus for like $700 or so. I am sure there are a limited amount of people out there that have this trick. Just my thoughts...
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Yes, it is totally reasonably priced. Period.
The Mati Envelope
A brandnew peek device for the working mentalist!

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I received mine yesterday and all I can say
is WOW...I just love it.Im not much of a card
man but wanted something to add to my closeup
show.I perform with coins most of the time.
This is the perfect for my show.very powerful
hits hard and resets instantly.I practiced with
it over 50 times at the house and it works perfect
everytime.
Todd
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This is something that just fries people. I didn't really enjoy the reactions until a few days after the effect when someone I did it to kept saying "come on man... how did you know" and yaddah yaddah yaddha.

It's something just sits inside people and they try and try to figure it out. I just tell them the odds and before it starts I just say "I know for a fact this prediction will be on but I want it to surprise you." They give a small reaction and days later the effect just grows in them.
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This is pure genius, I can't even imagine how they
came up with this gimmick.
this is the best effect I have bought for a long time
(and I buy a lot...really, ask my wife).
bowers
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I tested this today at a festival show I had.
And got some amazing reactions with it.
Todd
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I've just ordered this. I've got the original Grail gathering dust somewhere and I've got the Matt Mello DVD and Think so I think I've got a pretty good idea of what I'm going to get with X-act.

I'm wondering about the repeatability of this effect. How do people handle it when inevitably your audience asks you to do it again for another person in the same group? Do you have to decline or can you do a false shuffle and straightaway pull it off with a different number - albeit it might be the same card in the envelope!
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You would be best to decline to show it again to the same group. You would lose the impact with the prediction card in the envelope.

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Can you show the card box empty afterwards cleanly or is it just a quick show of it empty?
Mike Kirby
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On 2013-05-03 14:20, Daren wrote:
Can you show the card box empty afterwards cleanly or is it just a quick show of it empty?


Sometimes you can show them and sometimes you can not.
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I've just rebuilt my deck so that I can use it with Wayne Dobsons S.N.A.K.E.S wallet (aka WOW wallet). I've written the predictions on business cards so that the spectator gets my details to take away with them.
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How
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On Apr 20, 2013, bowers wrote:
I tested this today at a festival show I had.
And got some amazing reactions with it.
Todd


I need to get my hands on one. I have heard nothing but good things about it!
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On Sep 4, 2014, Phil J. wrote:
I've just rebuilt my deck so that I can use it with Wayne Dobsons S.N.A.K.E.S wallet (aka WOW wallet). I've written the predictions on business cards so that the spectator gets my details to take away with them.

I've been playing around with the deck again and have changed it to use with the iForce app. Now I've got 8 different prediction cards and only one duplicate.
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I recently saw someone post this in the for sale section for about half off. I researched the trick, saw how well it was reviewed and subsequently purchased it. I have been very pleased with this effect. I don't think X-act is perfect, but a simple exchange of the envelope makes this effect pretty darn close. As someone mentioned in an earlier thread about X-act, putting the counted to card in the spectators left hand and then being able to drop a single face down card out of the prediction envelope into their right hand for a dramatic double turnover reveal/match is a thing of beauty. Or if you prefer to finish in magician highlight position, you could turn both cards face up in your own hands and frame your face to finish. Just replace the envelope and prediction card and you are good to go. It is not necessary but IMHO improves the final reveal.

The gimmick works as it's supposed to. The card box is a non issue. A simple look and little shake of the box is all the proof needed. That there is no fumbling or dodgy moves to worry about (at precisely the wrong time, hello grail) is empowering. I don't see the spectator counting the cards as any kind of big issue as the counting is done face up and is done fairly. There are a couple small things that keep this from being perfect. Carefully count and place those first cards lest the betray you. You can lose the button, though with some thought this can be minimized or eliminated. And you will only use the deck for this one trick.

That being said, I see how this was almost trick of the year. It is most excellent and is a joy to perform.
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I saw Mark himself perform this today at the 2014 Kutztown Convention. Brillant. Simply brillant.
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I too saw Mark do this at the Kutztown convention yesterday. I just worked on it today and it seems like it will be a real addition to my performance material.
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I was impressed with the thinking on this. It is far more convoluted than I ever thought. I'm surprised he tipped it in the lecture. Yes, I know that no one will bother making it yourself....but it just seems like something that should have been kept a complete secret if you aren't buying it.
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This looks like the grail.... any differences???
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No comparison at all.
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