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Acme Portable Hole

by Talbot, John

Product Rating:

(Based on 3 reviews)
Category: Close Up
Media Type: Trick

Product Description

Remember Wile E Coyote and Road Runner? Remember all the wild stuff Road Runner would order from the Acme Company? The super power magnets, jet packs, spring boots, super strength glue and my personal favorite, The Portable Hole. Ah, yes. The Portable Hole. Just paint it on and move it wherever you want. That's the idea behind this incredibly cool card trick. A spectator simply thinks of a card. No force of any kind. You draw a Portable Hole on the top card of the deck. Next, you peel the hole off and throw it into the deck. Fan the cards and ask the spectator to remove their card. It now has a large hole right through it. Show the rest of the deck; none of the other cards have holes in them. Just the spectator's freely thought-of card. The Acme Portable Hole is a card trick that even Wile Coyote would have ordered. It's easy to do, needs no replacements, resets in a flash, and is really a fun trick.
Date Added: Mar 16th, 2003
MLA SKU: R5brD2vN8I63j56


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December 15th, 2002 10:55am
Reviewed by doiron
Let me summarize everything I'm about to say in one short sentence. This is a great trick.

The effect is strong and for a walk-around performer it's ideal. I like the idea of a trick with a story, and this has an appealing one. Kids like the cartoon aspect of it but it plays well to adults who fondly remember sitting in front of a television on Saturday mornings.

I'd suggest two small changes to the write-up. First, although there is no force, the spectator doesn't have the chance to pick any of the 52 cards but rather, just one of the ones he sees. I've never found this to be troublesome. I just explain that I destroy a card every time I do this trick (you really don't, of course) and so the spec must pick one of the ones remaining.

Second, the description says it resets in a flash and I'd say it resets faster than that. With the handling I use there is no reset necessary at all. This will be quickly apparent to anyone who fools around with the deck for just a couple... [Read More]
March 4th, 2003 3:04pm
Reviewed by Kacy LaMonte
I agree with dorion, it hits with a bang, but there is no build up. The trick is over too quick. . . and uses a gaffed deck. I also find the ink that ends up on my thumb to be a problem. I solved this by using a black piece of plastic for the hole. Stll, it did not stick in my repertoire.
September 2nd, 2015 12:10am
Reviewed by Doc Johnson

I just love the idea of a cartoon style portable hole.

The quality of the props is very good.

The instruction is in a booklet, not a DVD. The instruction is good. It comes with patter that centers around the wonderful world of the Roadrunner, Wiley E Coyote and the magic of Acme Corporation.

The effect is ready to go, all you need to do is bring the deck and pen. It resets easily.

The effect is super easy to perform.

It can be performed surrounded.


This effect requires a gimmicked deck and the deck can’t be handed out for examination.


This is a great effect, but it requires a dedicated gimmicked deck. This is one of those tricks that might be worth the dedicated deck if you have a really entertaining routine.

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