This excellent effect will certainly be the subject of many variations. I have seen the originator use a playing card to act as the prediction and even an empty envelope, having apparently forgotten to enclose the prediction. In the latter case the tearing up of the envelope is an act of annoyance at his forgetfulness.
It seems to me that the greatest possible impact would be obtained if the card chosen was forced. This would give three totally dissimilar effects following in rapid succession, a correct prediction, the torn and restored envelope and the transportation of the chosen card. There can be few effects in magic culminating in such a manner, and even fewer in which the final effect is comparatively stronger than the preceding ones.
One other suggestion. When using a folded slip of paper on which the prediction is written it may be better to have it sealed in some way so that it takes the spectator a few more seconds to open it and read the message. This would enable the envelope to be torn up casually and without haste as the prediction is being opened and read, and in consequence the presentation would benefit in two more ways. The heat would be off the performer during the tearing and there would be a smoother and quicker transition from the revelation of the prediction to the restoration of the envelope.
ROY WALTON - who was aware that the above effect was to appear in this issue sent the following for inclusion. It is short, but sweet — very much the latter.
The working follows the original pattern until the prediction is produced from the envelope. This proves to be in the form of a white visiting card which is placed onto the table. An envelope is torn up and the pieces held in the left hand — this is done in a manner conveying that it is no longer required. Spectator is asked to turn over the card and read the prediction. It says 'LOOK IN THE ENVELOPE.'. You do a double take as if you can't believe your ears, and then restore the envelope and pull out the card.
Playtime 2. Tony Binarelli. Price 12 dollars and available from the author at Via Guiseppe Valmarana, 40 - 00139 Rome - Italy.
These well produced lecture notes are similar in format to Playtime 1 reviewed in the November issue Vol.5 No.11 and the text is accompanied by 21 photographs.
Italian Cutting the Aces No. 2 is a version of the same effect described in Playtime 1. The need for a duplicate set of aces has been eliminated and although it requires no set-up some advance preparation is required which necessitates it being an opener.
Doctor Jekyll - Mister Hyde has two presentations. One designed to obtain audience acclaim for the performer's skill, and the other with an entirely different objective — a thought reading effect. In the first effect the top card of the pack is turned face up. This card is then found next to a previous selection after a faro shuffle. The technique is the same for the mental presentation in which the performer divines two cards being 'thought of'.
Reverse. Three packs of differing sizes are examined and put into separate transparent plastic cases and handed to as many spectators. From a fourth pack a card is chosen and put back into the pack face up. On opening the cases the first two packs have a face up card corresponding to the chosen one, but the face up card in the third pack is wrong. This wrong card is signed by the performer on its face, and by the spectator on its back and placed on the head of a small statue. A fuse in the head of the statue is Jit, and in a blaze the card is blown up into the air and transformed into the chosen card bearing both signatures.
There are four further effects one of which there is a stage version of Galaxy Telepathy. The close-up method appeared in Vol.5 No. 11 of this magazine.
The material offered is not for the card man specialising in impromptu card tricks. The methods used to obtain the effects are extremely diverse, and in general require prior preparation.. Use is made of wax, roughing fluid, marked cards etc to achieve the effects and if one is amenable to the use of these devices and willing to take the extra trouble entailed these notes have much to offer.
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