Fluke by Wayne Dobson

Written by John Teo

A.C.A.A.N. or “any card at any number” has become so popular that there are myriad versions of it. “Fluke!!” by Wayne Dobson is another version of A.C.A.A.N. – but this time, the “A” in A.C.A.A.N. means “a (card)” instead of “any (card)”.

In effect, a red deck and a blue deck are shown. A spectator chooses one of the them, say, the blue deck. The performer gives the blue deck to the spectator for safe keeping.

The performer asks the spectator to call out any number from 1 to 52. Assume the spectator says “17”.

The performer takes out the cards from
his red card case, spreads them face upwards to show that there is a face-down card in the deck. This card is turned over face up to show that it is the ten of hearts. The performer says he has taken a ten of hearts and turned it over face downwards in his red deck before the performance.

The spectator takes out the cards from her blue card case. She deals to the 17th card in her deck. It turns out to be the ten of hearts!

You receive several gimmicked cards and an instructional DVD. You have to supply your own red and blue decks with bicycle backs because the gimmicked cards are in red and blue bicycle back designs.

The spectator has a free choice of any number from “1” to “52”. As with all Wayne Dobson’s effects, this one is very easy to do. The method depends on subtlety than on sleight-of-hand. There are no performing angles to worry about. Those moments you have to do “something” to make the trick works are well covered by the misdirections provided with the routine.

This is one of the easiest and most straight-forward A.C.A.A.N. done with 2 decks that I have come across. (Rated 5/5 stars)