Thinking in the Box
Despite the name, “Ambideckstrous” has nothing to do with ambitious card or being ambidextrous Here’s how the excellent card effect plays. Two spectators freely select two different cards. After being lost in the deck, the first card is shown to be on top of the deck and it’s laid facedown onto the table (or on a spectator’s hand). But the card has not only risen to the top of the deck, you show that the card box predicted the chosen card by its picture on the box. The playing card is shown to be printed on the backside of the Bicycle box.
You place the rest of the cards into the card box and when you bring them out, one card is found to be reversed in the middle of the deck. But when the reversed card is shown, it turns out to the first chosen card that has already been revealed. And when the “first” card is turned over, it’s shown to be the second chosen card. But wait, there’s more. The grand finale is when you show the card box and the “prediction card” has changed to the second card.
“Ambideckstrous” is a great effect for table hopping and strolling. Just as a routine, I love the multiple layers of its double-prediction that’s combined with a transposition and the mysterious changing of the box. This one builds to a strong finale.
At the end, the box is clean and my be carefully examined. The deck of cards, on the other hand, look clean but may not be examined. And you will have to accomplish a minor task to make the deck completely normal to be used in another effect. While this is possible, I’m inclined to dedicate a box and deck to the effect.
I immediately knew that this was an effect that I wanted to try out right away. I quickly worked it up along with a simple presentation and went at it at my restaurants for a week. It’s been getting great reactions. After 20 or so performances my routine is getting stronger. While I had a good feeling about this effect after reading about it, I hadn’t realize its ability to foster interaction with multiple spectators. And while the transposition is very strong (and the box acts as great misdirection to cover the transposition as well as a secret move), the change on the box at the end is a stunner. This one clearly exceeded my strong expectations.
”Ambideckstrous” is commercial and powerful and it’s a keeper. And it’s earned a spot in my close-up and strolling toolkit.