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What's the Difference - Part 8

Posted on March 19, 2009 by chris ballinger There have been 13 comment(s)

We've been adding tons of new magic every week and some of the stuff is a little similar. So I wanted to take a second and take a look at some of the new "Stop Anywhere" effects. In these tricks cards are dealt out to a point where a spectator desires and the card at that position matches a prediction.

Future Zone by Mark Mason
This is an excellent version of the effect. The spectator really can stop you anywhere and the method is simple yet clever. The only downside is that the prediction must be kept in an envelope within a wallet, which some spectators might find suspicious. But for a no-sleight stop anywhere effect, this is pretty close to perfect; and it resets instantly.


Intuition by Hondo and David Leon:
This is probably the closest you will get to the real thing. The spectator decides on a random number, counts to that number in the deck and it matches the prediction. The prediction can be anywhere: dangling from the ceiling, taped to a wall, tattooed to your arm (now there's some commitment.) At first I was concerned about the fact that the entire deck must be counted out (which can cause a lull in your show) but if it’s done right, it can add some suspense to the reveal. Also the reset is quite a process and it is not explained anywhere on the DVD. That being said, it does look like a real miracle and if you have time between performances to reset the trick, it will get a huge response from your audience.


Perfect by Mark Mason:
Some magicians don't give up on an idea until they've explored all possibilities. You'll notice that Mark Mason has put out two very similar effects, but both have a very different method. Perfect doesn't have a prediction on display, instead it uses the fact that every card in the deck has a mate (a card of the same denomination and color.) This gives the routine a bit more of an off-the-cuff look to it and diminishes the suspicion of gimmicks. So there is a toss-up there: no dramatic envelope unsealing for a cleaner and innocent handling.


Just like with any other magic trick, the important thing is to see what will fit your style the best. If you need a high impact prediction with no limitations on reset times, Intuition might be your best bet. If you are table-hopping and need a quick reset, Future Zone might be just the ticket. Either way, the "Stop Anywhere" effect has been sought after and refined for decades because it is a powerful effect that ensures big reactions from anyone watching.

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13 Responses to What's the Difference - Part 8

  • David
    David says:

    Hey chris nice 2 talk 2 u. I have a few Q's for you. I am planning on doing a magic show at my school and I need some tricks at a low price that can help out my show and make it awesome. Thnxs

    Posted on March 19, 2009 at 10:26 am

  • Chris of Magic Geek
    Chris of Magic Geek says:

    Hi David- this is a good question to post on the forum because you'll get the input of lots of people who have done stage shows. I would deffinately recommend the Instant Download 'Fraid Knot. It's a full routine that I've used on stage quite a few times. You should also check out the Appering 8' Pole, Change Bag with Mismade Flag, Hoppin Spots, No Tear, and the new Comedy Glass in Paper Cone.

    Posted on March 20, 2009 at 12:35 am

  • bill
    bill says:

    hi chris i had a quistion that involves fraid not why such a good trick at a great price???? please right back bill

    Posted on March 28, 2009 at 12:23 am

  • Chris Ballinger

    Hi Bill: 'Fraid Knot is a routine that is available in instant download form. When you order it, a video file is sent to you teaching you how to build and use the trick. That is how we are able to keep the cost down; and there's no shipping cost for you either.

    Posted on March 28, 2009 at 5:48 am

  • henry
    henry says:

    hi chris i was reading about the instant downloads in bills quistion and they really help!!!!!! what would really help is adding how to do card manipulation and how to make flesh colored cards in the instant downloads section please tell me if you will henry

    Posted on March 29, 2009 at 1:52 am

  • Brian
    Brian says:

    Hi Chris, I noticed how you went professional at age 8. Did you have a lot of tricks at that age or you just knew tons of card tricks. I dont have tons of tricks. So how did you do it?

    Posted on March 29, 2009 at 9:49 am

  • Chase Repass
    Chase Repass says:

    Hey Chris, I Love magic geek and wont buy from anywhere else but I just made a order and it hasent come in and its been about two weeks. I was just wandering what I should do

    Posted on April 1, 2009 at 5:43 am

  • Chris Ballinger

    Hi Chase: Usually, orders arrive WAY sooner than that. Please call our customer service line 888-624-4243 and let them know what the problem is. We'll track the package down and figure out what the hold-up is. Thanks for your patience and we look forward to hearing from you.

    Posted on April 1, 2009 at 2:20 pm

  • John
    John says:

    hey everyone! i have a little question about shows...... well first off our school, has a homeroom like most, and i brought soem magic with me, as i do everyday, adn showed some kids in homeroom some magic. usually i keep away from teachers, cause they might take the cards or props and find secret, or just keep it.... but our homerooom guy thto it was cool and nwo he wants me to do a show on wednesday.... in 2 days and i need reply soon cause tomorrow morning b4 i get up my mom goes to work and she needs computer cause she needs to get it fixed cause fan broke.... i need to type this quik that why so many typos ..... so i need some good tricks routines, i have rising card, invisible deck, stripper, svengali, but i dont like it too much its kinda faulty.... sponge balls, and a ton of impromptu magic, the reveals on barcode with black tiger deck, election, (soem tricks arent from here) lots of pk effects..... any tips? about 10 mins will be good of showtime...

    Posted on April 6, 2009 at 8:56 am

  • will
    will says:

    hey brian,what book would you say is best for learning card fluorishes?

    Posted on April 17, 2009 at 9:06 am

  • Carl Hochmuth
    Carl Hochmuth says:

    Hello all--

    I started in magic by doing childrens birthday parties when I was about 11 years old. The money I made went back into more magic. Eventually, I became a member of I.B.M. and was classified as a semi-professional magician. I have done shows all over- New York, Chicago, London, etc ( just while traveling). I received personal education from "Slidini" and I am still loving close-up magic. Don't give up!! I am 72 and still going strong!!

    Posted on April 20, 2009 at 1:07 am

  • austin
    austin says:

    I am 13 and I love magic and I just wanted to say one thing...NEVER STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING!!!!!!!!!! go magic geek!!!

    Posted on May 3, 2009 at 5:21 pm

  • HI
    HI says:

    ok ppl i got a broken tarantula an magic geek is sending me a new one! i have an apprentice and i tell him never to go to penguin!

    Posted on July 7, 2009 at 3:37 am