Magic download (video) by Christian Grace (14.36 - normally $17.95)
The effect is the stuff of legends: a GENUINELY free choice of any card is hopelessly lost in the deck. The magician then cascades the cards to the table and "plucks" just two cards from the cascade...but neither are the selection. Instead, the plucked cards form a number--a Two and a Six, 26--and the selected card is found at that position in the pack! The spectator can deal the cards and the two cards plucked from the middle really are caught from a cascading spread. No breaks or special cards are required.
- No gimmicks
- Easy to do
- Perform remotely
Christian Grace has developed a concept that is part subtlety, part basic sleight-of-hand, and part mathematical, and the combination is a perfect blend. This effect takes some knack but can be learned within minutes and mastered with just a minimum of practice. Taught in careful detail by Christian Grace, "Pluck" is sure to fool magicians and laymen at your next performance.
Running time: 12 minutes 39 seconds.
Customer reviews for Pluck
Another great trick from Christian! With some practice you can pick this up quite easily. It's a great trick for both beginners and more skilled magicians.
Very cool effect! The explanation is just as good as the video. It's my pleasure to support the creator. Thank you for your time and effort. : )
Fantastic trick from Christian. Easy set-up, and with a little practice the plucking part of the routine is very achievable for a good card handler.
Very nice. There's one bit at the beginning which seems like it would take years of practice, but helpfully there is an alternative method which is what I would use. Overall, it seems like all of the scenarios are explained well (maybe something else will occur if you go out an perform it). In general though, it's going to take some practice, but this is a good idea which I think would play well, in the sort of situation shown in the performance, sitting down, in a bar, to one or a few people.
Pluck by Christian Grace is one of the most original ideas I've seen. I thought it would be just pure practice and luck but it turns out it just requires a little bit of practice and no luck at all. Will be using this trick a lot
Great trick. It's one of those "why didn't I think of that" moments when you listen to Christian explain his method. It's very fooling and I kind of like the magician in trouble angle with the big pay off at the end. It's fun and probably a good opener or to have prepared for when someone says "show me something" short simple and to the point explanation. I'm not certain of it's normal price but for what I paid on sale I'm very happy!
Great, (but definitely not simple) trick. I have had nothing but great luck with everything Christian Grace has come up with. His presentations never fail to get people hooked and have the hallmark of being able to create some impossible moments that spectators will remember. The explanation is straightforward and while you will have to work on the routine to get it to appear effortless(ish), the end result creates a beautiful fusion of skill and luck that makes spectators wonder if it might just be magic. Worth every penny, and if I can get myself proficient enough, well worth entering my working repertoire.
I think it will take a fair bit of work for me to get the “pluck” move down — I can be a slow learner — I have the feeling that it’ll be really worth it (and easier than a lot of other skills I’ve tried to develop). Great teaching, too — clear and encouraging.
PLUCK, by Christian Grace.
Well, I have just reopened this video to give it a look after over a year. I have been prompted to review it and receive some sweet VI points - so even though my recollections are hazy let me say that this is the effect that put Mr.Grace on the map for me. There must have been a good reason - let's find out....
I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of catching a card from a live dribble of the deck. While there have been many iterations, I feel like, although needing practice, this one is so great because you end so clean. Like I said before, this isn’t automatically going to work, because you need to take the time to work it out, but I feel like this will pay off as there are no gimmicks at all. Christian is a great teacher too
Wonderful effect. Even if your "plucking" technique is inconsistent, Christian clearly explains additional outs that will bring the effect to a successful conclusion. And, let me be clear, a magical finale will be possible 100 percent of the time if you follow Christian's explanation. Recommended for folks looking for something clean, angle-proof and, quite simply, fun!
At the end of the video, he says, "I know you will enjoy it." Boy is he right! In case anyone is concerned about long practice being required, let me just say that he seems to have thought of every possiblity; whether you're a beginner or someone looking to challenge themselves. I haven't finished practicing this trick, and yet I know already that it will work for me well. In fact, he offers a method I would feel rather confident presenting right now! Easily worth the purchase!!
It is a very interesting concept that will take a little practice but seems achievable. There are some alternative options given to try to make it a little easier if you feel uncomfortable with attempting to pluck the card from the cascade. While not as impressive of a show of skill I don't think they would detract from the impossibility of the overall effect. The only downside for me is that it does require a small amount of set up beforehand so is not ideal for a deck that is already in play unless you do it as an opener or potentially limit the types of effects done beforehand that don't involve a complete shuffle such as an ambitious card routine. As for strolling it does have an instant reset; however, you would need to either limit the types of effects done after as mentioned earlier or have a dedicated deck to keep the setup. The setup doesn't take too long so if you are table hopping you could potentially do it in between tables with a slow stroll to your next table if you did something to disturb the setup.
Great bit of card magic well done Christian
Picked this one up at the half off sale price. One of the best tricks I have purchased. And I have purchased a lot. The effect is superb and the method involved is almost as impressive as the actual effect.
Fun trick! Original
A. MA. ZING.
I watched Christian do this at MAGIC Live, was blown away, and was super-excited to get my hands on it. Very easy to do and the audience impact is incredible. The setup is very easy, as is the reset. There are no gaffs or gimmicks, so you can do this with a borrowed deck and you are left 100% clean at the end. If you do any card work whatsoever, you should definitely add PLUCK to your repertoire. Bravo Christian, this is a winner!
This is a very fun trick to do! It is very easy to do and also offers a sleight free version if needed
Wish the instructional video spent a couple of minutes on the physical subtleties of the plucking process:(
A absolute wonderfull trick. Very impressive and not difficult to do. Bravo
This trick is excellent and surprisingly easy to do. Though there is a small setup beforehand, the effect of Pluck is well worth it. The explanatory video is excellent as well, covering every possible outcome for the "plucking" card grab.
another brilliant effect from christian grace!
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The teaching in this video is methodical and covers all the bases. You learn to do exactly what it says that is to pluck the cards from the deck. The set up is straightforward all you need to do as with all magic is practice. If you are willing to put the work in this is an effect achievable by most people including beginners. Personally After learning the effect I decided I was for me that isn't because the effect was bad it just doesn't suit my style, but I enjoyed the learning process.
So God so Nice so beautiful ??????
Very detailed explanation although the routine requires additional card-handling skills. Yet with practice, this routine can generate some exceptional magic
It`s a wonderfull effect!
This is such a good, entertaining video. I have learnt much from it and will continue to do so for some time. A video you can continuously go back to. Great watch. A must but for most magic people! You should buy it now!!
Very impressed with Christian's instructions. I started learning tricks at the age of 12. Only spent about 4 years at it and lost touch until a month or two ago. Love this site. I continue to get lost watching the videos and cant wait to re-learn my childhood passion for magic.
A great effect with a smart method
Taught extremely well, goes into detail about everything.
I use it professionally quite often, Well worth the money.
Very easy to follow plus all outcomes are covered in detail
Christian Grace is both a genius and a thoroughly nice person at the same time - so rare in magic!
This is pure genius!!!!!
The demo fooled me badly, so I decided to get this, and I'm so glad I did. There is a set up, but it's not nearly as involved as I was expecting--you could 100% do it on the fly through culling + fiddling, or through a preliminary trick that lets you create a stack. The trick also requires a bit of a knack, but I'm confident that I can get it with some practice. Christian gives you several ways to cover if you have an off moment. His thinking on this effect is unbelievably clever. Extremely happy with this purchase, and I absolutely anticipate using this in the future!
this was a great downlaod!
A clever, entertaining, and interactive card effect. Somewhat of knack to be proficient with the pluck. It will take practice and commitment to be able to perform with confidence. There is a relatively simple setup which I believe can shrink with time as your plucking is more accurate. Video instructions are clear and to the point without a lot of wasted words and time, also covering several contingencies which all appear strong. Pluck rates high on the amazement scale!
I was fortunate to receive a choice of a download for my birthday from VI and Pluck was at the top of my list! Christian continues to deliver quality card effects and is one of the nicest guys in magic with a brilliant magic monthly sub site too. If you get the chance to see Christian demo, ask him to show you Pluck.
Loving it! It will take you a bit to get the "move" down (not sure if I would even call it a move), but definitely worth the practice. This could be your next "Show me a trick" trick or something even bigger. Chris does a great job teaching everything (as always). Definitely recommending it.
I love this trick and the instructions are clear and helpful!
Christian Grace is so creative and clever... this effect is so great and easy to learn... have fun with Pluck!!!
Great trick! Very easy to do. Explanation includes all the variations.
Very easy to understand; good video quality. You might think it’s hard to pluck, but it’s not. If you can dribble, you can pluck. Really nice surprise ending. Good build-up and impact.
Another excellent Download from Christian Grace. I cannot wait to perform this.
Very Cheeky indeed
This is very nice trick. There's a little bit of practice, but that's all. :)
Brilliant and full of ideas to create multiple variations! Very well explained and simple to make.
A great card trick, just do a very easy part deck set up, just using severall cards, follow the method, as this is explained in the video tutorial.
Its a full proof card trick, even if the trick goes wrong, the spectator will not realise this, and you can carry on, and you still do the trick, as there are severall variations in the method.
Christian did it again! Another Gem from him!
He came up with a really amazing routine for pick the card out of the dribble combined with card at a number. This is one of the magic pieces are going directly into my reportoire. Thanks Christian.
This is a great trick!! When i discovered how it worked i was actually slightly worried that i wouldnt be able to do the "pluck" but with about 5-10 minutes of practice i got it down quite well ( I am an intermediate sleight of hand person ), the effect is stunning.
Awesome stuff yet again Christian! It is hard to come up with a trick that is this much fun to practice!
With some basic card control this is a miracle - I especially like magic goes wrong effects and this is a disarming and charming version.
Lots of thought has gone into this to allow all scenarios which gives confidence to perform quickly too.
A real gem! What an amazing trick. I have been performing it and it gets such amazing reactions!
Saw Christians clip and thought no way. Bought it immediately. Sneaky bugger strikes again. This is fantastic. Well worth the money. If you have any of his previous releases you what a fantastic thinker he is. Instructions are clear and cover every eventuality.
Just buy it.
Absolutely perfect, its quite easy to do and while it says it involves maths, all the math is basically self working and doesn’t involve any calculations you could mess up, it is truly genius and once you learn the method you can customise it to your liking if you dont want it to be appear at 26, and even though there is a little set up it can be done in front of the audience member and takes less than 10 seconds, if you are considering buying it, dont wait just do it, you will not regret it!
This download is very good, clever method, clear instruction and a lot of options could be applied here. Well done
This is an amazing effect! A fantastic concept and has a super clever structure going on. Christian has done it again with this one / I have used Level One many times and this effect is definitely up there with that it my opinion. Just buy it, do it and you will blow your audiences away. Love it!
I'm basically going to give Christian all the money for anything he releases. His tutorial videos are so intricate and detailed; and he is such an approachable gentleman for help/future ideas of tricks.
Keep it up, Christian!
This is so amazing and not that hard to learn ... Christian is a amazing person and all he’s releases are unique!!!! Thanks my friend ... peace Philo
This is amazing and is sure to leave a lasting impression on your spectator!
There's a known principle in magic where when it appears that even the magician is out of control of the situation, it makes magic that unfolds even more impossible.
The effect allows you to orchestrate just that. A seemingly random and unforeseen situation that allows you to twist it around the spectator's story creating an absolute miracle!
The method is very clever too and Christian gets into every detail too! This should surely be in your arsenal!
Erm right ok... buy it enough said already!!! Excellent download! Ok more than enough said!!!
This is a great effect. The explanation is very thorough but still concise. There are several moves, but none difficult. The deck is ungimmicked, and examinable at the end (although there's no reason the spectator would care to). Bonus: Christian's instructions literally include him saying "Keep Calm and Carry On." It might become my new ringtone.
Really clever effect, Christian teaches some very cool, very practical principles that can be applied in other work too.
I believe that Christian is the most underrated talent in the magic community.
Pluck fooled me badly when Christian first showed it to me, and, like all of Christian's original effects, the method is brilliantly thought-out. You should buy this. Really, you should buy anything that Christian releases.
This is unbelievable! Christian has done it again.
This is genius, the explanation is super clear and easy to understand. The trick is so clever, you will not regret picking this up!!
Really great trick. Clear instruction too.
How did I miss this?! Any new Christian Grace trick gets my vote. I bought Level One last year and have loved playing with it. I was just scrolling through the list of downloads and came across this. I was really fooled.... so I had to pick it up. I'll be honest, I was worried that it was going to be really difficult... but it's not! I can already do it!
Good trick. Great price.
Very impressive effect with a very well thought out method that is impossible to back track. On the down side, it requires an easy set up: not impossible to do FASDIU, but one that still might be difficult for us mere mortals set up in front of an audience.
On the upside, this is not your typical find-a-card trick. Grace combines a unique and very fair selection process, the magician-in-trouble plot, and a final count down to the spectators card. I like plots that aren't straightforward and this one is everything and a bag of chips. By the time the spectator counts down to the card, they have been entertained, suspense is built, and the cards appear to be a random mess.
All this makes the reveal look even more impossible.
The thing that really elevates this trick for me is that the steps to each component of the effect look totally haphazard to the spectator, but are actually all part of the set up. There is no fluff here--the magician has not set up the reveal in one step and the rest of the steps are for entertainment/misdirection purposes. Deliberate actions of the magician to produce the outcome, but they look so innocent, you almost feel bad for the spectator....
As stated above, though, this takes a set up. On the bright side, the set up is so simple it does not require the least bit of imagination. For one step, you will need to learn how to accurately separate the cards numerically. For the pluck part, Grace has built in a lot of leeway, this will need practice as well.
That said, this is a terrific effect. It will take practice, but it's well worth doing. Another example of Grace's diabolical thinking and a really great opener.
Its a very clever effect. I'm not sure I'd agree that its easy for a beginner to master as some comments have suggested.
Amazing trick! More amazing is the fact that most of the time I take the right card haha
GREAT effect. Love his thinking. Just wish he had spent more time on the actual "pluck" move.
Great idea, it works a treat with half hour practise, 1 thing chris didnt mention and its happened to me twice after only half hour of practise is that i have plucked the 26th card as a single, so i reckon in this situ to miss call it wait till they say its wrong then ask them what it was as you slowly slide it under there dribbling chin, great effect after a little practise looks impossible well
done mr Grace .
Hard to follow directions for an armature like me!
I believe that some things must be said about this effect, in case someone wants to really know a little more than what the friendly reviews have said about it.
The effect looks great. The idea behind it is great. But the explanation basically says that the success of this effect is hit and miss. I'm a skilled magician, and I must recognize that I can't make it work as it should be more than 50% of the times I practice it. The other 50% is either directly wrong, or close to right, but that's not how a professional effect should work, should it?
The creator says, in the explanations, that you can pluck two cards, or just one, or more than two, or none. Is that right for a magic effect? Luck? Chance? Hit and miss?
I say it again: I like the idea of the effect, so I will keep trying. But I'm not too happy with the idea of gambling with the outcome. And so far, for what the creator explained and I tested, it's likely to be a game of chance.
I must say that I am an unconditional fan of Christian Grace. I have tried practically all of their routines and they seem masterful to me. In this case, Pluck has really disappointed me. The effect is conditioned to two crucial moments that are absolutely in the hands of both chance and good luck. He himself says that it's a matter of trying until you get it, but in my opinion no magic routine should be conditioned to "let's see if I can get it." After watching the video I tried for almost 3 hours and I only managed to get the two crucial moments at the same time on 2 occasions. It is not a routine that from my point of view can be taken to a stage or performed in front of a spectator. It's a shame because perhaps Grace's brilliant mind could have provided some alternative in the video in case neither the first nor the second moves comes out. It is a pity.
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Robert asks: Is there a version that requires no sleight of hand.
- 1. Christian Grace (creator) responds: Yes, There are other suggestions in the tutorial if you are uncomfortable with the ‘pluck’ although the selection procedure has to stay the same! It’s an achievable trick for a beginner
Larry asks: Will the numbers always be a two and a six?
- 1. Christian Grace (creator) responds: It’s can be 26 or 28 with the main explanation or using the same methods with your own numbers if you like
Stuart asks: Does this require a 52-card setup?
- 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: It does not.
Dan asks: I am a beginner card magician, how challenging would you rate this trick from a card handling perspective?
Is there prep work / setup with the deck before it can be performed?
- 1. Christian Grace (creator) responds: There is a small setup! The procedure is very simple and clearly explained. There are suggestions of other ways to accomplish the reveal for the trick which range from beginner to intermediate!
Peter asks: Does this use a normal deck
- 1. Christian Grace (creator) responds: Yes any regular deck can be used!