ACAAN by Stephen Tucker
Any Card At Any Number – You table a cased deck, then…
Any Card At Any Number – You table a cased deck, then remove a small, thin note-pad from your shirt pocket and ask one person to name any card. Let’s assume he says, “The Queen of Spades.” You record this on the pad. You next ask a second person to name any number from 1 to 52. Let’s assume this person says, “22”. You record this too, then pick up the cased deck. You remove the cards and show that they are all different. You hand the deck to one of them, and ask that he deals down to the 22nd card… it’s the Queen of Spades!
If you would like to inject a little comedy, once the card and number have been named, you can explain that you have a giant playing card in your pocket (or an envelope) and ask if everyone would be impressed if the named card was on its face, and the named number was on its back? When they reply you remove the card and … all 52 card faces are printed on its face and all the numbers from 1 to 52 are printed on its back. You now allow at least five minutes for the laughter to subside.
Do not confuse ACAAN with inferior ‘A card at Any Number’ routines, where either you name the card or they select one. The presentations in ACAAN are nothing like that!
1st edition 2006; 9 pages.