“PYXIS” is the name of a small and faint constellation in the southern sky.  It is an abbreviation of “pyxis nautica”, which is Latin for a mariner’s compass.

It is the revelation of a selected card on a card box.  In effect, it looks like this:

The performer brings out a deck of bicycle cards.  He takes the cards out of the card box and proceeds to shuffle the cards.

The cards are placed face upwards in front of a spectator.  The spectator is told to deal one card at a time face up on the table and stop at any card she likes.  Before she does that, the performer states that he has predicted what card the spectator will stop at in the card box.  The card box is then left on the table in full view of the audience.

The spectator proceeds to deal cards face up from the deck.  As she deals the cards, everyone can see that the cards are all different.

The spectator stops at any card.  The performer grants the spectator, if she wishes, to deal a few more cards, or to take away a few more cards from the dealt pile.  Finally, the spectator arrives at a card of her choosing.  Let us say the spectator stops at the two of hearts. 

The performer reminded everybody that he said the spectator’s card will be predicted on the card box.  The performer directs the attention of the audience to the front design of the card box.  The lady in the centre of the design is depicted holding a playing card in her left hand – it is the two of hearts!  The performer can spread the reminder of the undealt cards and everyone can see that all the cards are different from one another.

You receive only the specially printed and flattened out card box and a link to a 14 minutes video tutorial.  When you place your order, please state whether you want to special card box in red or blue back bicycle cards.  You will only receive one of these 2 card boxes.

In the video tutorial, Nicholas Basbous teaches you how to fix up the card box – it is very simple and it takes less than 1 minute to do it. 

As you would have expected it, this is a multiple outs card box.  There are altogether 10 outs built in the card box.  The outs are cleverly and strategically placed on various segments of the box such that there is no one segment where you can find 2 predictions of the same type together. 

The possible down side is that since the predictions are specially printed on the box, this implies that this is a specially printed magician’s box and not an ordinary card box.

In the tutorial, Nicholas Basbous shows you how the spectator can end up in one of these 10 possibilities.  Even if this bank of “forced” cards is bypassed, Nicholas teaches you how to salvage the situation.  (Rated 4.5/5 stars)