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Chameleon Deck by Buddy Anckner, Douglas Hood

(c. 1956,1971) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

A Perfect Opener for my Walk-Around routine. This wonderful deck was created by Buddy Anckner and sold by Tannen’s. I purchased the same deck in the mid 70’s from Ron MacMillan and his International Magic and it was known as “The Phanto Deck”. I often open up my Walk-Around routine and many of my close-up routines with this effect. It is the Perfect Opener: easy to understand, very visual, and very magical to the lay person.

After some more research it appears this effect was actually invented by Douglas Hood c. 1956 and called The Phantom Deck. Which would also explain The Phanto Deck name.

Effect: The routine I use is as a portable breathalyzer test and I breath on it first to show a normal deck of cards with blue backs. Then I get my first reading and a red back shows up, but I get a second reading just in case of a false-positive. Then I continue by showing all the deck all reds and all the same card. After this I go to the other side of the audience to get a different reading and the cards to all blank. “Boy, I don’t know how you’re standing – that is truly Magical!”

I love this effect and many people have told me it is their favorite effect.

Highly Recommended.

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Approx. Price: $18.50 (1998) ***

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2 reviews for Chameleon Deck by Buddy Anckner, Douglas Hood

  1. Auggie

    Great Effect

    Very visual effect, your audience will love the color changes!

  2. Andy Martin

    A Perfect Opener for my Walk-Around routine

    This deck I first purchased as "The Phanto Deck" from Ron MacMillan and his International Magic in the 70’s living in ht UK. When I moved to Texas in the ’90’s I found it again in Bicycle cards but it was called the Chameleon Deck by Buddy Anckner from Tannen’s. I’m not sure who invented it originally, but I am very grateful. I always open up my Walk-Around routine and many of my close-up routines with this effect. It is the Perfect Opener: easy to understand, very visual, and very magical to the lay person.

    The routine I use is as a portable breathalyzer test and I breath on it first to show a normal deck of cards with blue backs. Then I get my first reading and a red back shows up, but I get a second reading just in case of a false-positive. Then I continue by showing all the deck all reds and all the same card. After this I go to the other side of the audience to get a different reading and the cards to all blank. "Boy, I don’t know how you’re standing – that is truly Magical!"

    I love this effect and many people have told me it is their favorite effect.

    Highly Recommended.

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