Brain Drain

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Brain Drain

Postby philipsw » Jun 10th, '08, 18:36

The Effect

They say:

A card is merely thought of and proves to be the only card in the entire deck with a different colored back!

This really is as clean as it gets, no face to face or back to back cards and all 52 cards are shown completely freely, no cards are stuck together!

Easy to do - complete with detailed instructions that make this fun to learn.

£24.99 at

(1=easy to do, 2=No sleights, but not so easy, 3=Some sleights used,
4=Advanced sleights used, 5=Suitable for experienced magicians only)



If you read the effect, this sounds rather similar to the normal Brainwave routine, but it is actually a clever (in my mind) improvement resulting in a slightly different trick.

The reason I think this is slightly stronger in performance is that the spectator removes the card themselves - there's no fumbling around or anything (which can be the case with a badly performed Brainwave/ID).

Secondly, the mechanics of the trick require a one-handed fan (I haven't counted this as a sleight because it is pretty straightforward and doesn't need to be 'perfect') - and even if (and perhaps especially if) it is a bit sloppy, this adds to the 'causalness' of the presentation - and so it all looks very innocent.

The other real positive for me is that (in addition to a couple of alternative handlings) there is a bonus chapter in which Martin Sanderson performs and explains his Ambitious Card routine (from the Corporate Close Up DVD - see review here) - which I think is an excellent routine.


A good trick - strong effect and easy to do. Possibly slightly pricey, and so for this reason 8/10

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Postby DrTodd » Jun 10th, '08, 19:32

Agreed. Very clever indeed.

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