testimonial from the Magic Cafe in 2005:
If this is Anneman’s Perfected Card Trick, it is outstanding. It is one of the few effects that happens almost exactly as described. A window envelope is on a thin, single upright table. A face down card can be seen through the window. Anyone names any card (the only restriction is they cannot name an Ace, which is absolutely no problem with simple patter.) He does so. The magician picks up the envelope off the table, tears it open and removes the card. It is dramatically turned face up and it IS the named card.
No fumbling or funny business. A few years ago there was some kind of weird pad that produced such an effect from South America. Well, if you can envision that concept automated with state-of-the-art mechanics and without the silly “reach” necessary for that pad, this is the trick. It is expensive (around $2300 last time I saw,) but, to a serious performer, worth every penny.
I do it occasionally, and it is just plain hard to follow. The table has a visual check to be sure the work was done correctly, but having done mine literally 100’s of time, it has never failed….absolutely never and I am so confident in it that I have replaced the deck provided (set up for the visual check,) with an ordinary pack of cards, so after removing the card and showing it, I simply scale it out into the audience for anyone to keep.
It is a killer trick.