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Difficulty Level (1 Easy - 5 Hard)

"Fooled me so badly!!! I'd perform this to others just to entertain myself!"
- Zee J. Yan

"I'm on my way to the store to pick up some new jeans because this fooled the pants off me!"
- Richard Sanders

"The perfect trick for those late-night magic jams. A real fooler!"
- Benzi Train

Every once in a while, a magician comes up with a trick so good, they refuse to share it with anyone but themselves. Enter Think Nguyen's masterpiece, The Surprise. After months of our begging and pleading that this needed to be shared with the magic community, Think has finally allowed us to publish his most closely guarded secret.

Using a borrowed and freely shuffled deck, this is the most impossible Card At Any Number we've ever seen. Describing it in ad copy just doesn't do it justice, so we're not even going to try.
Seriously, go watch the trailer.

What you get:

  • No gimmicks
  • No magnets
  • No difficult sleight of hand to learn
  • No arts and crafts
  • No stack or memory work
  • Nothing to add or take away
  • And definitely NO MAGNETS

If you're the type of magician that relies on self-working gimmicks as a crutch, this effect is definitely not for you. Yes, Think reveals all the secrets to performing The Surprise, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.

When you combine Think's methods with traditional sleights, congratulations, you've just discovered the formula for creating genuine magician foolers.

The most hands-off Card At Any Number, this is The Surprise.

"A well-constructed effect with three powerful revelations that will have your volunteers scratching their heads for a long time!"
- Bryan Miles

"The Surprise is a solid effect and provides great techniques that can be applied to many other effects."
- Karl Hein

"Well, after watching this trick, I've come to the conclusion that either Think sold his soul to the devil, or Think IS the devil."
- Harapan Ong

"No way that is possible! This is absolutely gorgeous, so clean and fair that I already watched ten times and I got fooled every single one of them."
- Daniel Prado

''One of the greatest creators/performers of strong modern card magic.''
- Ollie Mealing

"Think is too humble in calling his creations card magic, when really they categorise as card wizardry."
- Timon Krause

Manufacturer Murphy's Magic Supplies, Inc.
Surprised Review by Welly
Difficulty Level (1 Easy - 5 Hard) 60%
Satisfaction 40%
Video shows straight out, would be more realistic if had shown other out.
Video makes as if straight to card every time, then when you purchase is probably 20 to 25% of the time.
Feel video gives false impression of trick.

(Posted on 21/10/2019)

Not as easy as claimed Review by Brian
Difficulty Level (1 Easy - 5 Hard) 100%
Satisfaction 100%
As a beginner I found this very difficult, also when tried I could never get it to work as demonstrated.

(Posted on 15/10/2019)

The surprise Review by Colin
Difficulty Level (1 Easy - 5 Hard) 60%
Satisfaction 80%
This is a stunning trick needs practice and not always guaranteed to work

(Posted on 06/10/2019)

Disappointed Review by Merlin65
Difficulty Level (1 Easy - 5 Hard) 60%
Satisfaction 20%
Did not get what I expected, trailer is missleading! Rather I would not give 1 star either on Satisfaction.

(Posted on 02/10/2019)

Having fun with this Review by Marcus
Difficulty Level (1 Easy - 5 Hard) 40%
Satisfaction 100%
Right from the start you will need to try this out before you judge it. It works and blows people away. You might miss a few times though and there are 'outs' so not for magicians who panic at the thought of brushing an effect aside if it falls flat and moving on. If you are confident performing, you will love this.

(Posted on 01/10/2019)

Kind of what I expected. Review by Keith
Difficulty Level (1 Easy - 5 Hard) 100%
Satisfaction 60%
You need to believe a lot in yourself and appear as natural as you can.
Be prepared for any situation which you must be able to deal with on the spur of the moment.

(Posted on 01/10/2019)

Unhappy Surprise Review by Stanley
Difficulty Level (1 Easy - 5 Hard) 20%
Satisfaction 20%
Too much work.

(Posted on 30/09/2019)

This effect is a lot more difficult than the advertising lets on Review by William
Difficulty Level (1 Easy - 5 Hard) 100%
Satisfaction 40%
If you buy this, be prepared to spend a lot of time with it. it will not come easily or be a go to item in my opinion.

(Posted on 30/09/2019)

Well I was suprised! Review by BrianT
Difficulty Level (1 Easy - 5 Hard) 20%
Satisfaction 20%
Frankly not impressed. Whilst I wasn't expecting some amazing piece of inside information, I also wasn't expecting the reveal that came with this video...that really WAS the suprise! Can't say too much withoout giving it away. but I really can't recommend this to anyone.

(Posted on 29/09/2019)

An exciting trick to perform - not for beginners Review by Jonny
Difficulty Level (1 Easy - 5 Hard) 60%
Satisfaction 80%
I have to say when I started watching the explanation video my reaction was "oh that is a bit of a let-down". The trailer seemed fixed and I felt a bit cheated. BUT the more of the video I watched the more I learned and the more I became interested in performing it. I practiced for 5-10 minutes before going out and then tried it at my usual venue. DAMN I felt like a real wizard. It really worked. I say it like this because it's not a guaranteed success every time. Although there are no difficult moves to perform with the cards, the psychology of the trick is not easy (hence why I gave it a 3 for difficulty and suggested its not for beginners). I can imagine many magicians being a bit scared to perform it. Don't be! There is a lot of content on this explanation that is useful for this trick and general performance concepts. One thing I would have liked to have seen - particularly considering its not 100% guaranteed to work - is more live performances from the creator. I believe him when he says he hits it 99% of the time, but just seeing a bunch of live performances would have added so much more value and strength to the product.

If you're thinking about purchasing, just go for it. It's worth the money and if you can grasp the techniques required, this is a game-changing side to the art of performing magic.

(Posted on 29/09/2019)

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