ACAAN (Holy Grail) – The Berglas Effect



“That was the best mental effect I’ve seen.” (Erisson Correia – Professional magician)

This is the closest I could get to the Holy Grail. My favorite ACAAN in terms of criteria. This is a personal variation, not a creation. It’s ONE of the many solutions to achive a “holy grail” performance. I tested it over and over again. The method is solid and works 100% of the time, with different numbers/cards each performance. There are at least 6 more advantages that are not mentioned in the criteria. There’s one compromisse and one disadvantage however.

This is much more on the mentalism side… no sleight of hand is required. That’s a PERSONAL holy grail for a PERSONAL criteria. The approach was inspired by Docc Hilford and Derren Brown.

PS: I forgot to mention that the deck can be examined… but I’m sure thats clear in the video anyway. Also, I took the measures to protect the method, but the criteria for the effect is 100% accurate.

CRITERIA:

-NO SLEIGHT OF HAND REQUIRED
-NO FORCE (FREE CHOICE OF CARD AND NUMBER)
-NO PEEK / NO READ / NOTHING IS WRITTEN DOWN EVER
-NO STOOGE / NO PRE-SHOW / NO ASSISTANCE
-NO MULTIPLE OUT
-NORMAL DECK OF CARDS (NO OTHER OBJECT IS INVOLVED)
-DECK CAN BE IN FULL VIEW ALL THE TIME
-AFTER CARD AND NUMBER ARE NAMED, THE DECK IS NOT
TOUCHED BY THE PERFORMER
-WORKS 100% OF THE TIME
-NO KIDDING

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4 comments

  1. I don't believe you that you hit all thw criteria. I don't even believe Berglass hit all those criteria. His list is considerably shorter and more plausible. I have the rough outlines of a version that works half the time with slight multiple outs variations where not every criteria is hit each time and for the other half, you would need a more significant alternate out. But my idea was definitely not used here.

    Here I'm guessing you either had stooges or it doesn't work every time. The odds are actually 1/52, not 1/52^2. Still too low for live performances, but enough that you could get a lucky hit if you film a reasonable number of performances.

    Tge advantage or relying totally on luck, by the way, you can use a borrowed deck. I wouldn't rely totally on luck, but it isn't as bad a strategy as it sounds.

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