Jamie D. Grant is now a regular contributor to iTricks Raves with an enhanced version of his reviews from

What The Audience Sees:

skitched-20090928-001123.jpg”Today was MY day, man! I’m thinking of starting my own mind reading business! Jamie comes in and busts out a deck of cards and tells us that today is going to be good. He asks me to think of a card, any one I like, and then remove it from the deck. Them HE selects a card, and we’re all laughing because we’re pretty sure he’ll be able to find that one later. Anyways, once our cards are back into the deck he tells me to “’read his mind’! Yeah, like right. But he insists. He tells me to concentrate and pull his card out of the deck, but to not show him. So I just pull out some whatever card, you know what I’m sayin, and he has me put it into my pocket. So I’ve selected a card, he’s selected a card, I’ve ‘found’ his, and now he says he’ll find mine. Well, he does! Which is whack because I have no idea how he does this voodoo crazy mojodojo. But then it gets really %^^##%d up. Because, wait for it,… he tells everyone the name of the card that he had picked for himself…and that’s the card I pull out of my pocket!!!! It was Mingo!! People were freakin’ out asking me how I knew what his card was and I didn’t know what to say! When you’re good, you’re good. Booya!”

How It Went:

What can I tell you? When Paul showed me this at MINDvention, it just blew my mind. It’s not just the effect which is so awesome, but the completeness of it all. The plot, routining, involvement, and method are as good as it gets. And it’s all accomplished with a deck of cards and nothing else. Fantastic.
And, I’m very happy to say, that it played as well as I hoped. Sometimes I’ll absolutely love something only to have the Magic Friday Crowd collectively go, “meh” but this wasn’t the case on Friday. Every group loved it. Period. And it’s just a surprise to have the person pull your card out of their pocket. There’s a certain sort of legitimate real-world magic to the scenario. I’m even happier to say that I also was 100%. I was worried that I might crack under pressure and mess things up but I managed to really rise to the occasion. Which is funny, because I was jamming with my magic gang a couple of days before and I was having some difficulties with some very basic life skills. But, hey, that’s what practice is for.
On that note, I’d also like to mention that practice actually works. That might be a strange thing to say but I think it needs to be said. For me anyways, I know that I might be going through something and think that I’ll never get it down but if I keep at it, I always get it. And from that point on, I always seem to not have a problem. The mind is a wonderful thing.


The Difficulty:

No forcing & no knuckle busting sleights. This trick requires some thought, though, and isn’t something you’ll be busting out in 5 minutes. I think the practice required is nothing compared to the end result. Oh, and it’s not a memdeck either.

Best Lines:

”How the %^#^ did you do that?! Wait a minute, how the %#^#%^ did I do that?!?!!”
~They’ll never know…

~That’s what she said when she pulled my card out, lol.

Angry Bob Rating:

For those of you reading this article for the first time, Angry Bob is a co-worker who has an understanding of some magic because his uncle was a magician. Angry Bob knows that TT’s exist, for example, but he has no desire to become a magician himself. He also has an anger management problem that can be experienced first hand if he can’t figure out how a trick is done. A high rating means he has no idea.

Angry Bob was decimated on Friday. He had such a smug look on his face when I showed him his card, and I knew he was going to say something. But when I started to tell him the card that was in his pocket? He was crushed. Remember, I never see this card as he just pulls it right out of the deck and sticks it in his pocket. No controls or anything. Brilliant.

”Wha?! Well, &^#^%&**, I guess this shows that I’m better than you. You &#^&.”


My Rating:

Magic Friday Approved!

And happily so! There was some concern with my magic gang that I was A) going to take too long to do the trick, and B) that someone might catch on to what was happening. Both concerns were completely unwarranted. The trick is really engaging and the method is something that a layman would never figure out. And what the magic gang thought that people would think was happening never crossed a mind either. Diplopia is simply one of my favourite card tricks to date. No kidding.

The JDG Tip:

Watch it here! That’s right, we now have video!!!

The iTricks Idea:

There’s one phase that you must ensure is understood. Paul outlines it wonderfully but it’s something I must have glossed over during my practice sessions. Luckily I caught it before Friday. It’s the one “hint” that they get. Make sure you, and the spec, are in unison.

Closing Thoughts:

I’m super excited about having video reviews now and would love to hear your thoughts on it. It took me hours, lol. Thanks for reading (and watching!)

Have a Great Week Everyone!

Jamie D. Grant

  • Aslan

    Hey Jamie! Loved the video feature! It was really cool to see that. I loved the whole review, as usual!

  • John Booker

    Thanks for this post – exactly what I was looking for

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