Trojan Deck

Trick (pre-order - ships Jan 25) by Joshua Jay
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"Among the purest, prettiest, most impossible card effects I’ve ever seen. Joshua Jay has a gift for creating neo-classics. And this will be the next one."
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"It’s not often a performer chooses to release material that is strong enough to close a show and elicit standing ovations. Joshua Jay is making a habit of doing exactly that. ‘Trojan Deck’ is a great trick. However, more than this it is an exciting tool to bring many new, exciting and radically fooling ideas to life. Its method is one I have enjoyed exploring and applying far and wide ever since I learned it."
—Luke Jermay
Luke Jermay
Trojan Deck

“The Trojan Deck” is simultaneously simple in premise and almost limitless in possibilities. At its core, it is the holy grail of card tricks: they shuffle a blue deck and you shuffle a red deck. Both decks match exactly.

There is no deck switch, the effect has no sleight-of-hand whatsoever, it is 100% foolproof, and the gimmick can be used in all sorts of ways to allow you perform stacked deck effects with a shuffled deck. But that isn’t even the best part.

The best part is the presentational possibility. “The Trojan Deck” is Joshua Jay’s closer, and he accompanies the trick with the (true) story of how his parents met. But you can also do this trick to music. Once each deck is thoroughly shuffled, you deal through the cards with the spectator, and the cards match. You can tell an interesting story about coincidence. Or you can talk about the mathematical impossibility of this classic feat. Or you don’t have to say anything at all.

Most two-deck matching tricks suffer from a couple of weaknesses: they either rely on very particular steps or mathematical principles that are easy to screw up, or require you to interact with spectators in a very, very careful way. In “The Trojan Deck” the spectator can shuffle their cards any way they like. There is nothing that can go wrong.

The other weakness in many versions is that the decks must somehow “touch” for a moment. There is often a moment when cards are transferred from one deck to another, requiring the performer to bring the packs together and do a sneaky move. In “The Trojan Deck” the cards are kept entirely isolated the whole time.

“The Trojan Deck” is more than a trick; it’s a devious gimmick that allows you to perform all sorts of parlor and close-up miracles, and all of these are explained in detail by Joshua Jay. In the package you receive the special box, and three decks of cards that will allow you to perform “The Trojan Deck” within minutes, or to customize it for many other possibilities.

We’re biased, of course, as Joshua Jay is our cofounder, but we’re in awe of the careful attention to detail that is on display in every one of his effects. He’s the guy who created “Inferno,” the best-selling and highest-voted “Trick of the Year” when it was released. He’s the creator of “Balance,” our best-selling trick of all time. He puts years into the development of every original piece. “I think this is my best effect,” he says of “The Trojan Deck.” “I didn’t intend for it to be this way, but I can’t follow this trick with anything else, because whatever it is seems anti-climactic by comparison. It’s the best thing I’ve ever created.”

Due to complicated nature of manufacturing this effect, we have a very small supply of “The Trojan Deck” in stock. Each one is built to last countless performances. Invest in yours today to avoid disappointment later.

Please note: In the trailer, Josh explains that "every card matches." This is referring to the effect and not the method. Please feel free to email us if you have any questions.

Note: Gimmick available only in Phoenix playing cards.

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  • Matthew asks: Does this come with a template or guidance on how to construct a replacement gimmick should it be lost, worn or broken?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Trojan Deck does not come with a template to construct more gimmicks. However, if you are very skilled at making gimmicks, you might find it easy to construct extra gimmicks yourself.
  • Robert asks: Hello! I’m an intermediate magician and I love this deck. The only question I have in concerning the “Chili Shuffle” Joshua uses. While the majority of the tutorial video was explained perfectly, I honestly didn’t understand his explanation of this shuffle. It seemed to me he was just showing us how to overhand shuffle, and not explaining how to make sure you’re keeping track of the cards. Is there a video, or even a purchase I can make that explains this shuffle more in depth? I love it, it looks amazing (and casual), and really would like to have it in my arsenal. Thank you in advance.

    • 1. Robert answers: Disregard. I was overthinking it :)
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  • David asks: How long does the gimmick last?

    • 1. Jim answers: If you take care of it, it should last a long time.
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  • Bob asks: In the video Josh mentions using a marked RED deck, but marked red Phoenix cards are out of stock at V.I. and everywhere else. Is it true they are no longer being manufactured?

    • 1. Jim answers: Not that I am aware of. There are general supply chain issues, of course.
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Customer reviews for Trojan Deck

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John

The Trojan Deck is the best trick I have bought this year. I was completely fooled by it and that it doesn’t require a deck switch was amazing. I can perform it as a stand-alone piece while I get a chance.

 
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Peter

I am now waiting in great excitement to receive the actual Trojan Deck in the mail after watching the explanation. The gimmicks open so many effects that it can be incorporated in my imagination is going into overdrive. The Trojan Deck box is set to become a classic gimmick of card magic.

 
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Larry

J.J. has given us a miràcle from years of experience. Nuances that make or break the audience impact. There is a deck manipulation that is close to switch. Unless you're willing to spend a decade or more testing and improving, this is a bargain you will be proud of purchasing early.

 
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Rick

This is a spectacular routine that I hesitate referring to as a “trick.” In my opinion it is much more - it’s a work of performance art. I think Joshua has achieved something extraordinary here and I’m so appreciative of all he put into it’s creation and development. Thank you for sharing this masterpiece and giving others the opportunity to perform and perhaps even build upon it. I’d give this 10 stars if I could. Bravo!

 
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Scott

Brilliant effect. The instructional video is very well done. Joshua Jay takes his time to teach it very clearly, but there’s no fluff.

 
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Dexter Yin

Another miracle magic trick by Joshua Jay! This deck gave many possibilities to explore.

 
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Jeff

I was extremely skeptical about this effect. If you've been in magic for any amount of time you know there are companies out there that advertise their products one way, and how it actually plays out is very different. When I read no deck switch, I was like, this is impossible. Well, I was wrong.

This is clever, and makes use of principals and methods in a clever way. It's a super fun effect to perform if you like doing story pieces. The story Jay tells is not the only story that can be used. You can use a personal story or make one up, whatever fits your performing style.

I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who performs effects where you can weave in a 10min story routine. Probably not the best for strolling, but it could definitely be modified to be a much quicker effect that could be used strolling.

 
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Craig

I have watched the instructional video several times, while I eagerly wait for my trojan deck to arrive. This looks fabulous and is really well explained and thought out. I like the fact that you not only have the trick but also a tool to add to, or to create other routines. I can imagine the possibilities thought of, will exponentially increase as you experiment. This does look like the trick of the year - great work Joshua and the Vanishing Inc team!

 
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Hendrik

as always very clear and motivational explanation of the trick! Thank You!

 
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Jan

 
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Jiri

 
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Pasquale

To be honest, I bought The Trojan Deck,
because I wanted to support Joshua Jay's project and idea.
But ……
since I got it and after I saw the video instructions,
I realized that I have given myself a great gift.
It can be performed after a few hours of practice and the result is surprising.
Bravo Joshua Jay, you deserve 10 stars for your Idea.

 
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John

Excellent !!!!!!!! Nothing more to be said Amen !

 
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Shawn

 
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Richard

This was my favorite trick from the “Six Impossible Things” show. There HAD to be a deck switch and I COULDN’T have missed it. I didn’t dare ask Josh if he was planning to release this for fear of a negative answer. But here it is! The trick, the method, the gimmick are all as great as everyone says they are. JUST one little caveat: If you’re a klutz, get somebody with fine motor skills to assemble the gimmick for you. The glue, once stuck, cannot be unstuck! It’s not as easy as Josh makes it look in the video!

 
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Madison

This is clearly a routine Joshua has worked and honed for years with thousands of performances. The teaching it direct and to the point, and the routine you get is stunning.

 
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Maddie

Very cool concept! Many applications, if you’re a creative type. Would recommend!

 
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Ferdinand

 
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David

This is my magic purchase of the year. Absolute genius thinking to achieve a powerful and direct coincidence routine. I would have preferred a couple or three of the gimmicks as it's something that might get damaged easily but I've made up my own and it's passable. It has so many possibilities for countless routines I've long wanted to do but which involved actions and sleights I wasn't particularly happy with. Top notch!

 
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Chris

Super trick and great teaching! Loved learning this effect ??

 
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Tony

This effect inspires me. I cannot wait to learn its secrets and take this effect to my audiences.

 
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Devin

 
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Peter