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When I first discovered this idea in 2006 I knew that it would be something that would always stay in my arsenal of moves, it is something that I have carried with me every day and always shared with friends and meetings with other sleight-of-hand artists. After spending a long time with this move I came to believe that I was the founder.

I never claim, or claim to have invented any move or idea, I only ever claim to have discovered and developed them, uninfluenced on the outside of what we call the ‘magic industry’ during my own private creative sessions. I do my best to make sure that my ideas are researched to the best of my research capabilities, and in this case, I found nothing similar until it’s release here at Ellusionist.

As a creative, I have come to accept that independent discoveries are very common and I do like to think that great minds, do think alike. As a mark of respect and an acknowledgement to Don Alan, the magician who originated / discovered and published the same idea named Big Deal, I have removed the publication from sale.

With respect to those who pointed me in Don’s direction, thank you.

Daniel Madison.

Using nothing more than a Sharpie, something to write on, and a deck of cards Daniel Madison turns his hand to mentalism with his version of the written prediction plot: Overkill.

Overkill is a seemingly simple effect that takes this plot to the next level - the prediction is written down and shown before the card is revealed - and the deck is never touched by the performer.

The thought that Daniel has put into this effect is clear. Every movement has a reason, every outcome is accounted for, and what you’re left with is a foolproof, direct and utterly astonishing effect that you can perform anywhere, at any time.

Format: Download
Difficulty: Beginner
Duration: 18 Minutes

Customer Reviews

  • by Jake Sanders

    Mar 21, 2014

    This really is an awesome trick. It is very easy to learn and is very realistic to perform in the real world. I was nervous that there would be some tricky moves or switches or deals, but it is very basic and easy to learn. Very glad i bought it!

  • by Easy and Brilliant

    Mar 20, 2014

    The first time I watched the preview above, I realized exactly what the trick to this was and immediately purchased the full video. The trick is wonderful for several reasons, primarily because it is completely impromptu and requires extremely little setup, and also because it's a visually convincing trick that beginners can add to their collection of routines that's more than just the usual "pick a card, any card." As someone who's been doing mentalism routines for several years now, I've discovered that this is a great starter to some of my "mind-reading" performances as well. The seemingly innocent performance really grabs the spectator's attention and draws them in for the rest of the routine.