[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]Christian Knudsen’s “Photographic Memory” is an A.C.A.A.N effect with a deck of cards.
In effect, here is what happens. The performer shows the faces and the backs of a deck of cards freely. The deck is then mixed and spread face downwards. A spectator simply points to any card in the spread. The performer out-jogs this card and turns the entire deck face towards this spectator. She sees her out-jogged card and is told to remember its identity. Let us assume it is the six of hearts. This card is placed back into the deck and the deck mixed up so that nobody knows the location of the six of hearts.
The performer approaches another spectator and asks if he has a photographic memory. Regardless of his answer, the performer spreads the deck face up and asks this spectator to take a mental photograph of the entire deck. The deck is gathered up face downwards.
The performer asks the first spectator for the name of her selected card. She says “six of hearts”. The performer turns to the second spectator and asks him if he can recall from his memory at which position in the deck is the six of hearts. He will say “no”, but is encouraged to name a number between 1 and 52. Let us assume he names “16”.
The performer deals from the top of the deck the first 15 cards face upwards. Everybody can see they are all different cards. The 16th card is out-jogged face downwards. The remainder of the deck is spread face upwards. Again, the audience gets to see that they are all different cards. The first spectator names her card again. The performer turns over the out-jogged card and it is indeed the six of hearts. The second spectator does possess photographic memory!
This is as clean as ACAAN gets. The only drawback, if you can call it that, is that the first spectator does not get to name any card of her own free will. In fact, she touches the back of a card in the deck. Properly presented, she is getting a free choice of any card in the deck.
All is made possible with the special deck that you receive. It is a Phoenix deck. You also receive an 8-page booklet of nicely printed instructions. You can search in the internet for a you-tube performance of Photographic Memory by Christian Knudsen.
The effect is easy to perform, does not require any sleight-of-hand or memory. It can be performed surrounded and is instantly reset.
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This makes the effect even better!
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