ACAAN Project by Dani DaOrtiz Chapter 09

The Movement Card At Number
In Lesson 9 of the ACCAN Project, Dani introduces you to his broader concepts of naturality that go beyond just the moves. You’ll learn the philosophy that makes Dani’s magic so disarming, as well as a Card At Number that is deeply fooling. The deck is divided into packets and handed out for the audience members to shuffle. A spectator thinks of any number they want. A second spectator looks at any card they would like in their packet. The deck is reassembled. The spectator thinking of a card cuts the deck at a point they like, and then the thought of a number is revealed. The deck is placed on the table and that number is fairly counted down to reveal the thought of card.

This lesson, just about an hour in length, is a deep dive into natural movement, structure, and action. Key takeaways for the student are:

Natural Structure
When most magicians talk about naturalness they are referring only to the physical movements of magicians. Dani expands naturalness to the way the effect is perceived in the spectator’s mind. Breaking down an effect into its core components and structuring them so that the effect flows in a manner that is logical to the spectator will increase the power of the effect. Dani walks you through the principles of Natural Structure.

Start Before The Start
Catching your audience off guard is a strong tool for any magician. Beginning the trick before the audience realizes a trick is happening is a great way to get light years ahead of your spectators. Dani will teach the student how to use the Start Before The Start principle to keep the audience engaged and entertained while the performer gets the effect set up right under everyone’s nose.

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