Prediction: Impossible by Raphael Czaja

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Postby Tom Frame » 09/27/12 02:05 PM

Prediction: Impossible (Trick) by Raphael Czaja $8.00
11 pages, 3 photographs
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Raphael Czaja released this effect earlier this year. Im only now getting my clammy hands on it.

The author writes pretty well and does a good job of teaching the material. He includes his appealing performance script. He duly cites his inspirational sources. Unfortunately, the text is riddled with numerous annoying typographical errors.

The photographs are clear and helpful.

Prediction: Impossible #1: The performer shuffles the deck and displays its random order. From an envelope, he removes five cards that have been torn into quarters, stacked and secured with rubber bands. He refers to these as his failed predictions.

The performer selects a banded card, slides it to the center of the table and dispenses with the other torn cards.

A participant freely names a number between 10 and 50, say 23. The performer deals 23 cards into a face-down pile. The participant turns the top card of the pile face-up and remembers the suit of the card, say a Heart. She turns the card face-down and replaces it on the pile.

The performer states that he will add together the two digits of the participants number to select another card that will signify a value. From the remainder of the deck, he deals two cards into a face-down pile and then he deals three more cards on top of them.

The participant turns the top card of this small pile face and remembers the value of the card, say a Jack. She turns the card face-down and replaces it on the pile.

The performer turns the remainder of the deck face-up and deals it into a pile, displaying the other potential combinations of suits and values. He turns that pile face-down, drops it onto the five card pile and places the combined packet on top of the remaining pile to complete the deck.

The participant takes the deck, turns it face-up and spreads through it, looking for her newly created card, the Jack of Hearts. She turns it face-down among the face-up cards, squares the deck and tables it face-up.

The performer removes the rubber band from the torn card prediction. He reassembles the card and across its face is written, Your card is the Jack of Hearts.

The participant spreads the deck face-up and turns her face-down selection face-up in its original position in the spread. It is the Jack of Hearts.

Mr. Czajas method for this effect and the effect that follows involves a full deck stack and a common card gaff. Ive never seen this gaff used in this manner. Its a clever idea.

Ive never cared much for the well known selection procedure that the author employs. The two step method with its limited selection range is a rather contrived procedure for selecting one card.

However, Mr. Czaja has made the procedure easier to swallow by extending the selection range and by using the first step to select a suit and the second step to select a value.

The authors presentation of keeping his failed predictions is novel and appealing in a masochistic kind of way.

The participants actions of turning her card face-down in the face-up deck, then turning it face-up and putting it back in the same position are done to reset the deck.

I would omit that sequence because it creates a circuitous route to the final revelation. I would have her find her newly created card and table it face-down, period. Reset the deck later. It takes only a moment because youre simply replacing the selection at a known position in the deck.

Mr. Czaja includes a variation by Stephen Tucker which is, eh, okay.

I like it.

PREDICTION: IMPOSSIBLE #2: The performer tables a card that has been torn into quarters, stacked and secured with a rubber band. He also tables a penny, a dollar coin, a Euro coin and the deck.

The participant selects, say the dollar coin. The performer gets rid of the two other coins.

The performer turns his back and instructs the participant to cut a small packet of cards off the top of the deck. She silently counts the cards, remembers the number and places the packet on the bottom of the deck.

The performer turns around, picks up the deck and deals a hefty pile of cards face-down onto the table. He hands the pile to the participant and turns his back.

The participant counts to the card that falls on her secret number and tables it face-down without looking at it. She places the dollar coin on top of the card.

The performer turns around, removes the rubber band from the torn card and assembles the pieces to form the Ten of Diamonds. On the face of the card is written, You will put the dollar onto this card. The participant turns her card face-up and discovers that it is the Ten of Diamonds.

Mr. Czaja includes a variation in which the performer also predicts whether the coin is tail side up or head side up. This is my favorite version of the effect.

If youre not repelled by the notion of using a stacked deck and a card gaff to predict one card in an offbeat manner, I think youll enjoy Prediction: Impossible.

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