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A perfect hands-off reveal for any freely-named card in a deck. The holy grail of magic is easier than ever thanks to “Maxim” by Lloyd Barnes.

"A lot of apps come and go with trends. “Maxim” lives on my homescreen. It's genius." Christian Grace

“Maxim” is a must-have magic app that allows you to do amazing stacked deck work without ever having to memorize a stack. For those who already work with memorized decks, it’s the perfect companion to make miracle-level effects easier than ever. You can perform a flawless and fair ACAAN with almost no effort required.

What is “Maxim”

“Maxim” is a covert app that instantly calculates and discreetly delivers to you multiple ways to reveal a freely-named playing card in any stacked deck. You’ll instantly know exactly which number to tell them they should deal down to find their named card—in a deck they just mixed.

No complicated mathematics or brain work required. Just focus on your presentation.

Where “Maxim” really shines is how it breathes new life into the ACAAN. While having a card appear at an arbitrary number might impress magicians, it’s pretty boring to laypeople. “Maxim” allows you to make the effect more personal and magical by giving meaning to the number—whether it’s counting to the exact date of the year, spelling the card or, with a few extra seconds of prep work, personalizing it to count to their name or birthday. You'll always have a super strong reveal at your disposal.

If you want to get into semantics, this means it’s technically not an Any Card at Any Number effect because the number is calculated based on how the spectator handled the cards and is not freely named. However, we assure you that adding this extra layer of meaning makes the effect as strong, if not stronger, than what some might consider a more “pure” ACAAN.

Anyone who purchases “Maxim” should receive an email from Murphy’s Magic explaining how to download the app. This is a separate email from your Vanishing Inc. Order Confirmation email and may take a few minutes to arrive. If you don’t see it, please check your spam or promotions (Gmail) folder before emailing our Support Wizards.

Here’s how “Maxim” works:

You hand your spectator a deck of playing cards in any stack of your choice. It could be Aronson, Mnemonica, Si Stebbins or even your own stack. You don’t even need to have the stack fully memorized.

The spectator is invited to “shuffle” or “mix” the deck under the table or behind their back. We put those terms in quotes because in you’ve probably already realized the order can’t be disturbed. In reality, you’re just instructing them to cut the deck multiple times. But, the way it’s structured really makes them believe they are “shuffling the deck.”

While they “shuffle”, they name any playing card. Let’s say they choose the Queen of Hearts. They bring the deck back out in front of them and you immediately know up to three different ways to reveal their card (i.e. dealing down to the exact date and finding their card).

What makes Maxim so devious is how naturally your phone is integrated into the routine. It can be used completely out in the open, giving you all the information you need, without anyone ever suspecting a thing. Or, you can use it covertly without the phone ever coming in to play.

All you need to do is focus on creating an engaging and fun performance.

”Maxim” Important Details

  • Easy enough for beginner magicians, while being powerful enough for working pros
  • Amplifies your stack work, but can also be done without knowing a stack at all
  • Allows you to focus on presentation instead of stumbling through math work in your head
  • Visual stack editor allows you easily integrate any stack you want
  • Various different reveals are possible
  • Multiple input options and peek options
  • Can be customized to work in any language
  • Customizable spectator profiles allow you to take Maxim to miracle status
  • Works on both iPhone and Android phones

This app is ready to go at a moment’s notice. It lives on your phone (iOS or Android) allowing you to perform unexplainable miracles at any time.

Brought to you by the same creative team behind "Cognito", “Maxim” is a worthy addition to your magic app library. Get your copy today!

Please Note: Some of the reveals in "Maxim" use a spelling component to reach the named card. As such, you may need to translate the words into your own language or find a similar equivalent. Many different languages have already been translated and added to the private Facebook group.


Customer reviews for Maxim



Received this trick two days ago and tried it out on family and friends and it has blown their minds. This is a great app which I am able to personalize to my Gospel magic.
You will not be disappointed so buy it and start exploring how you can use it.
Mickey Clown



This app is unreal.Everyone should buy this right away.Price wise this is too cheap,my favourite magic purchase in a long time!The way this trick can be personalised will blow people away,it is so easy to perform,so everything is left to presentation.I know I will be performing this for years to come.



This is a very good idea for how to leverage always-available computing power (smartphone) to take the pressure off of doing math with a memorized stack. With the app doing the math, the performer doesn't have to even memorize the stack, and the potential outcome is very magical.
I say "potential" because the app is buggy on initial release (I am writing this on 4 August 2022). Here are some bugs I have noticed so far:
- If the deck ends up back in the "initial" stack sequence -- top card back at the top, bottom card back at the bottom -- then the math in the app is erroneous (off by +one from the top).
- Sometimes, a suggested "out" is just wrong. A suggested "out" screen may feature, for example, two possible paths to a selected card -- one from the top and one from the bottom -- and one of those "outs" would NOT lead to that card's position. Workaround is to pay attention to the card location information above the suggested "outs," and be sure to only select the "out" that gets to that card location. This eliminates SOME of the benefit of the app, but not all.
- The instructions mention a "dyamic out" related to DATES, but that's not actually in the settings, and thus not actually available to enable.
- The settings portion of the app should scroll, and sometimes does scroll, but usually does not scroll. The fix for this bug is rebooting the smartphone.
- There is a setting for "Audio Peek," which would be useful with a bluetooth earbud; however, the "Audio Peek" feature does not function at all.
- There is a setting for "Notifications," but that does not function at all.
- There is a setting for using a Screenshot as a sort of cover for the information that only the performer should see. This is a great idea, and the suggestion in the instructions to capture a screenshot of your phone's TIMER is appropriate; however, using this setting causes that screenshot to appear BEFORE the performer's necessary information, and that makes it worthless.
Note: Smartphone tested is Google Pixel 5, running Android 12, Updated 5 July 2022.

I have requested access to the Facebook group that is intended for discussion of the app, and I will share this feedback there after I'm allowed into the private FB group. I have confidence the developers can and will clean up these initial-release bugs, and the value of the app will increase to 5-Star level...



Great Idea, poor results in any language. Lots of bugs as described before. So real world performances for pro's are tricky for the reveal may be very wrong.
Instructions annoyingly unclear (Why no pdf?) and app 'forgets' imported information + you heavily rely on FB.
Would not recommend what is unusual for products from vanishing.


Community questions about Maxim

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  • Jason asks: Does this also happen to allow TWO named cards to two "Random" numbers? like a previous app Lloyd Barnes had an affiliation with? Thanks!

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Just one named card at this time. Hopefully with an update in the future.
  • Charles asks: Does, it work with any iPhone? Being a certified dinosaur, I lucky to have a modest iPhone 6S. Charles Levy

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Yes! It's compatible with any iPhone.
  • Joe asks: Which iOS for iPhone is required?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Requires iOS 12.0 or later
  • Don asks: I assume that at times you will get just one way to expose the card, right? This sounds wonderful!

    • 1. Tamer answers: Sometimes there will only be one way to get to the card but some there will be many to choose from!
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  • Percy asks: Is there a monthly fee once you have the app?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: No monthly fee
  • Percy asks: Is there a monthly fee once you have the app?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: No monthly fee
  • Mark asks: Will it send to an Apple Watch?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Only your phone at the moment
  • Sebastian asks: Would this be working with other languages?

    • 1. Allen answers: Yes, according to Murphy's, it can be set up for any language.
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  • Tamer asks: Why isn’t it on the App Store? Can anyone tell me more about if it’s an actual app that’s side loaded from somewhere?

    • 1. Allen answers: It is on the app store. Search for Murphy's Magic as the creator.
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  • ISREAL asks: Do you need internet connection to use the app? I work on a cruise ship where internet is spotty

    • 1. Allen answers: No, all the data is contained within the app.
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  • Tomer asks: What language options come pre built in the app?

    • 1. Erik answers: English
    • 2. Tomer answers: Oh I heard it will come with more language options
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  • Erik asks: I just purchased ”Maxim”, but I do not know how to download it to my iPhone. It does not show up in my gallery. Please help. Erik Luttropp

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Sorry about that. Please contact our Support Wizards on and someone will take care of you.
  • Markus asks: After the spectator has shuffled, do I have to pick up the cards again? Thanks

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: After the spectator cuts the cards, you need to get a glimpse. All of that is taught in the instructions.
  • Robert asks: Does the app work on Android phones?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Yes!
  • Roel asks: Can the phone be kept in your pocket without looking at it when performing this trick?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: You'll need to take a peak at your phone to gather the info
  • Ludovic asks: Is Maxim compatible with Peeksmith 3?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: We do not believe so
  • Roel asks: I give it another try: Can the phone be kept in your pocket without looking at it when performing this trick?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: You'll need to take a peak at some point to gather the info
  • Lee asks: How can we ask Lloyd about an update? Would love to know if there can be a voice call reveal rather than a text message or is that too close to ‘The Stranger’? If so, The stranger integrates many other apps, could this be added too?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: You can join the Maxim Facebook group.
  • Tony asks: What prerequisite magician skills are required to use this app? (e.g. card manipulation or drawing cards etc)

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Knowing a memorized deck will help.
  • Philip asks: Is this compatible with a samsung galaxy note 8?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: It works on Android and iOS.
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