The Leveridge Envelope

Turn cut away flap side upside down, re-position on remaining part of E1. 3. Cut away E1a as per dotted line. Discard E1b. 4. Stick E1a onto E2 upside down. 5 a. Cut out two side flaps from address side of e3 as per dotted line. 6. Stick two side flaps onto Lea E2. This innocent looking, yet fake, envelope I originally had published in June 1978 in Goodliffe's 'Abracadabra', and those who have already seen it will, I hope, appreciate its effectiveness. The...

Marked Coin Penetration

EFFECT A 10p coin is borrowed and marked for later identification. A small pay envelope is shown empty and the coin dropped inside by a spectator. The magician seals the envelope and folds it in half. His hands are seen to be empty and the spectators can feel the coin inside the envelope. A pack of cards in a card case is freely shown and placed across the mouth of a glass tumbler. The envelope with the coin inside is put on top of the cards. The magician taps the envelope and a coin is seen...

Business Card Swap Version

EFFECT Essentially the plot is the same as with Version 1 except there are no wallets involved. Instead, everything is done with a single pile of envelopes and the cards swap themselves while sealed in two envelopes. COMMENTS I feel that the magical impact of Version 1 is perhaps slightly stronger than this version (to have the spectator's business card end up in a wallet which is removed from your pocket is, after all, a strong plot line), but for practical purposes, to have access to a...

The Utility Switch Envelope

Utility Switch Envelope

Cut E1 as indicated by the dotted lines. Discard the loose pieces. 2. This is what you should be left with. Bend out the side flaps as shown. 3. Slit carefully down the sides of E2. 4. Fold down the front part, E2b. this front piece is now only attached to E2a by the small piece of envelope marked 'X'. Carefully prise the two pieces apart by separating the glue. Place E2b aside, you will need it later. 5. E2a now looks like this. With a pair of scissors carefully trim 1 16th inch off the sides...

Impossible Chance Prediction

Using the principle of two Double Flap Switch Envelopes together with a Himber Style Switch Wallet as used in Miracle Prediction 2 (p.21), a most interesting challenge prediction effect can be achieved. EFFECT The magician shows a wallet and opens it to reveal an envelope inside. Within this envelope, he explains, is a piece of paper on which are written some instructions. These instructions are a prediction, the importance of which will become apparent later. The wallet is closed and left in...

The Double Flap Switch Envelope

Cut away flap side leaving side pieces. 2. Cut away complete side leaving address side and flap. 3. Trim sides for about 1 8th of an inch. 4. With side flaps bent outwards lay trimmed E2 onto E1 and glue as shown. 6. Bend in side flaps of E1, stick E3 onto E1 and E2 as shown. This special pay envelope works on the principle that unknown to the audience it has two flaps leading into two separate pockets. The construction is such that either of the flaps can be bent right back against the address...

Smell

EFFECT The performer borrows a bank note from a spectator and folds it a couple of times. Six small envelopes are then brought out and it is explained that inside each is a piece of folded paper. One of the pieces of paper is removed in order to make way for the borrowed bank note. Firstly, however, the performer says he would like to 'mark' the banknote in a particular way. Reaching into his pocket he gingerly removes a folded piece of greaseproof paper. Slowly, carefully and at fingertips, he...

Red Jack Power

EFFECT Two red Jacks are openly removed from a deck and placed into a small empty envelope. A card is chosen from the pack and shuffled back into it. The red Jacks use their power of attraction to make the selected card disappear from the deck and appear face up between them in the envelope. REQUIREMENTS 1. A Perfecto Leveridge Envelope made in a small size (slightly larger than a playing card). 2. A pack of cards. 3. A double faced card, JH 10S. 4. A JH from another matching pack. 5. A special...

Matching The Cards

EFFECT A pack of cards is handed out to a member of the audience who is asked to shuffle the cards and to then choose any one, but not to look at it or show its face to anyone. When a card has been chosen, the magician slips it into a small empty envelope and leaves it on his table, thus isolating the card. The performer now removes a second pack of cards from its case and placing it behind his back, says that with touch alone he will try to locate a card that feels the same as the one placed...

Birthday Match

A popular plot in recent years has been the matching of cards written in a diary to a spectator's birthday (see my routine Diary Of A Nobody, for instance, which can be found on the General Magic DVD), and there have been a number of excellent solutions to the basic plot. I offer another here, its main advantage being that the pack of cards used is not faked or set up in any way. EFFECT The performer shows a diary and explains that next to each and every day of the year the name of a playing...

Predictable

EFFECT The performer displays a small leather season ticket holder wallet which has a single pocket and a window front. Inside can be seen a red card back and across that card back is written the word PREDICTION. The card is slipped from the wallet to show there is only one card there, and then replaced without the face of the card being shown. The wallet is put away in the inside pocket for the time being. A blue backed deck is shown and shuffled before one card is chosen. An initialled...

Miracle Prediction

The following effect is my version of a well known Al Koran trick which I have found lends itself very nicely to use with a Double Flap Switch Envelope. I have re-named the effect Miracle Prediction. EFFECT The magician points to an envelope on his table and says that inside is one playing card which is a prediction. He picks up the pack of cards lying next to it, shows the faces, and begins to deal them one at a time face down onto the table. A spectator is asked to call stop at any time. When...

Routines For The Perfecto Leveridge Envelope

At the time of writing this there is a white alabaster envelope available measuring approximately 6.5 x 81 4. If you make up a Perfecto Leveridge Envelope in this size, you can use Jumbo cards with it in an excellent and easy version of Cards Across. Alternatively, Mark Leveridge Magic can supply these (they are called Jumbo Leveridge Envelopes) ready made in red. Please see our current catalogue, price list or website. EFFECT Ten Jumbo cards are counted from a Jumbo pack and openly slipped...

Switchback

EFFECT A large envelope with a hole in the front is displayed and a Jumbo card can be seen on the inside. The card is removed and shown. Let's say it is the AC. This card is a prediction and the magician intends to show the difference between a magician and a mentalist. The AC is put back into the envelope which is left in view. A normal size deck is shuffled and a card chosen. However, the selection is the 5S and so does not match the prediction. This, the performer explains, is why he is not...

Routines For The Seethrough Switch Envelope

EFFECT The magician removes a card from a blue backed deck, shows it and then slips it into a pay envelope. This card is a prediction and can be seen inside the envelope as this has a hole cut right the way through it. A card is now chosen by a spectator from a red backed deck but unfortunately it does not match the prediction. However, when the prediction is removed from the envelope, it has changed to match the selection. REQUIREMENTS 1. A See-Through Switch Envelope. 2. An accompanying card,...

The Perfecto Leveridge Envelope

Throw away lower portion. 3. Cut away all but address side of E2. 4. Measure 1 4 of an inch along edges AC and BD. Cut out shape as shown. 6. Trim protruding corners of folded under piece. REPEAT Nos 3, 4, 5 and 6 with ANOTHER ENVELOPE, E3. 7. E4 has its flap side cut away as show. 8. Using the diagonals AC and BD as guidelines, cut out shape as in the dashed line. 9. Lay out E1 flat and with the two side flaps made from E2 and E3, stick them on as shown. 10....

Routines For The Double Flap Switch Envelope

With a few alterations in your construction of the Double Flap Switch envelope, it is possible to use it in conjunction with a Himber Style Switch Wallet and create an even cleaner finish to the Miracle Prediction effect. It also provides yet another envelope variation which in fact brought about the 'Straight Through' Envelope. The details of how to make the necessary alterations are as follows 1. Refer to the diagrams for the original envelope's construction on p.4, and in particular to...

Routines For The Utility Switch Envelope

This is an example of how the Utility Switch Envelope can help create quite baffling effects which would normally require far more sleight of hand. EFFECT Two red Aces are dropped out of the deck. A card is chosen, say 4S, and is mixed up with the two Aces. The magician invites a spectator to take part in a little test of observation. One card of the three is slid face down, without being shown, into an envelope. Of the remaining two cards, one is shown - the 4S - and the spectator is asked to...

The Invisible Deck Routine

EFFECT A spectator is given an invisible deck to shuffle and he then selects one invisible card. This invisible card is placed into an examined and initialled visible envelope. Holding up this real envelope, the magician asks the spectator to repeat the name of his card. He then reaches inside the envelope and pulls out a VISIBLE card which is the same as that named by the spectator. COMMENTS One of the features of Alan Shaxon's lecture is his version of the Invisible Deck in which an invisible...

The Magic Shoe Lace

EFFECT The performer says that he always has trouble in lacing up his shoes and offers to show the magic way to do it. A white shoe lace is displayed along with an envelope inside which is a large picture of a rather odd looking shoe. A helper is commandeered and first checks that the magician only has one shoe in the envelope. The shoe, which has no laces on it of course, is slid back into the envelope and left in full view. A bag is shown empty and the helper drops the white lace inside. He...

Credit Scare

EFFECT The performer brings out a small pile of envelopes and hands the top one to be examined. The envelope is taken back and a borrowed credit card slipped inside, the flap and rear of the envelope then being adorned with the spectator's initials. The envelope is sealed and left with the spectator to hold. A small leather wallet is opened and shown to be empty. A second empty envelope is slipped inside and the wallet shut. The idea of the trick is that the spectator has to sneak up on his...

Card Tricky

EFFECT Three cards are removed from a small envelope which can be examined and are displayed to reveal a QH and two AC's. The performer explains about the famous three card trick in which a spectator would be invited to bet money on where the Queen is. Today, however, the tables are about to be turned, as it is the performer, not the spectator, who will be asked to risk his money to find the Queen. A small leather wallet is then opened and is shown to be empty except for a folded 10. This is...

The Peek Envelope

Cut a small square from the address side of E1. 2. Cut out all the address side from E2 as shown. 3. Stick a piece of tin foil onto E2 as shown. 4. Turn E2 over and glue carefully onto E1, the tin foil corner remaining unstuck. 5. With a card face down in the envelope, the right thumb only has to bend down the loose corner slightly to peek the corner index of the card This envelope is based on an old idea which enables you to secretly discover the name of a selected card slipped inside it.