Josh Zandman
THE BLACKJACK ROOM
$40

THE BLURB:
Impromptu. No Gimmicks. No Sleight of Hand. No Markings.

With contributions from:
Greg Arce, Neil Tobin and Richard Osterlind

The Prediction:

A prediction is sealed in an envelope and held by an
audience member the entire presentation. No switches.

The Game:

On stage: a table, 5 chairs and a deck of cards. 5 players
(spectators) come up to play a hand of blackjack. Cards are
shuffled by a random player and re-cased to avoid any
tampering by the performer as he explains about blackjack.
No false shuffles. No Sleights.  One player deals a
face-down card to each player followed by a face-up card.

The Kicker:

All players are given the option to switch seats.

The Climax:

The performer tells about a vision he had that morning of a
person playing blackjack and receiving the same hand, over
and over again from the dealer. He then names out loud that
exact envisioned blackjack hand; total and card names and
states that he also wrote down a description of this person
in a sealed envelope that an audience member now holds.

For the first time, the players are instructed to look at
their face-down card. One player has that exact hand.

The audience member holding the envelope, now opens it and
reads it aloud only to reveal a detailed description of the
player with the exact hand the performer had envisioned,
earlier that morning!

Additional Effect: Back to the Future 2.

What some are saying:

“If you read an effect description of "Blackjack Room" it is
simply an impossible feat. You will say: "Can't be! Where is
the deception in the description?" There is none. The effect
is as it reads, seemingly impossible. It uses a devious
method that was completely new to me. It is a masterful
invention with many uses.”
-Chris Wasshuber, Lybrary.com

“This is great stuff. Josh shared this effect with me awhile
ago and I told him to keep it to himself and those who know
the method, because it’s too good. I use this and it kills!
Please guard this one.”
-Nick Belleas, PEA Member

"Once again we have a simple idea that will pack a punch.
This is a routine that will allow the performer to squeeze a
lot of mystery out of it and yet is not at all difficult to
do."
-Greg Arce

“This is great! Really a killer effect with a great visual
impact.”
-Tony Razzano, Past President, PEA

“This is a beautiful, straightforward blackjack presentation
and perfect for those who like doing this type of routine.
A deck is shuffled and dealt out just like that with just a
tiny bit of very logical time disconnect business. Not only
that but the deck can be handled completely by the
participants...Without question, this e-book is
recommended.”
-Jheff, Marketplace of the Mind

"Don't bypass the second feature, Back to the Future 2. It
uses my favorite method: chutzpah."
-Gran’pa Chet

 


MY COMMENTS:
This is a beautiful, straightforward blackjack presentation
and perfect for those who like doing this type of routine.
A deck is shuffled and dealt out just like that with just a
tiny bit of very logical time disconnect business.  Not only
that but the deck can be handled completely by the
participants.

The only considerations are that you need five others (you
can use less, but it's not as impressive, though) and a
table. Richard Osterlind, Greg Arce, and Neil Tobin also
contribute ideas to this routine.  I will mention that,
though I think highly of this routine, it has obviously not
been performed as much as I think it should have before it
was released and may need some presentational handling and
tweaking to fit your style. Also, Josh throws in a bonus
called Back to the Future 2, which I'm fairly certain is not
new and certainly not an additional reason to get this.

Without question, this 15 page downloadable e-book is
recommended.

[Note: Josh shared his booklet with me before he released
it, which is why you'll see a few lines from my comments in
ads elswehere on the Internet.

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