Credit Transfer

EFFECT: A credit card is borrowed from a spectator and sealed in an envelope. Two paperback novels are shown and one has its pages riffled through. A spectator calls stop and the envelope containing the credit card is dropped into the book to mark the selected page. The spectator is then handed the book to hold.

The second book is now shown to also have an envelope inside it marking a page. The book is held open for the spectator to note that the envelope is slotted between pages 94 and 95, for example. He is now asked to open his book at the pages marked by his envelope, and when he does he discovers that he also selected pages 94 and 95!

Now he is asked to close his book again for the second part of the trick. The magician snaps his fingers and asks the spectator to open his book again and remove his envelope. When he does so he find that his credit card is no longer inside it!

Opening the second book again, the magician asks the spectator to confirm that the envelope inside still marks pages 94 and 95. This envelope is then removed and inside is found the missing credit card!

REQUIREMENTS: 1. Two paperback novels of about 200 pages each. 2. Three small pay envelopes (approx. size 66mm x 97mm).

SET-UP: Take one of the envelopes and insert it into book no. 1 somewhere roughly near the centre. In our example it is between pages 94 and 95. Repeat with book no. 2 with a second envelope. Have the other envelope to hand.

PRESENTATION: Borrow a credit card and slip it into the visible envelope. Stick the envelope in your top outside pocket making sure it remains well in view.

Fig. 119

Show the two novels and slip book no. 2 under your left arm. Hold book no. 1 in your left hand as in Fig. 119. With your left thumb, start to riffle through the pages from back to front asking a spectator to call

Fig. 119

Fig. 120

'stop'. Try to time it so that you stop a little before you reach the envelope already in the book. On being told to stop, hold the book open by using the left thumb to bend the front part of the book forward a little to keep the book open at the selected position.

The right hand removes the envelope containing the credit card from the top pocket and holds it horizontally above the open book. Fig. 120. You explain that you will mark the selected page with the envelope. As you say this, the right hand apparently throws the envelope into the gap in the book. In

reality, however, the envelope is dropped BEHIND the book where it is caught against the rear of the book by the left fingers. Fig. 121.

The moment the envelope is dropped the left thumb releases its hold on the front of the book so that it flips shut and the thumb then presses on the front cover so that the book is held flat between the left thumb on top and the fingers underneath. The fingers are also holding the envelope under the book as well, of course. Fig. 122.

If you get the timing right, and perform the drop and book closing casually, it creates an excellent illusion that the envelope was dropped into the book.

You now invite the spectator to join you. As he moves to do so, you use the right hand to slip the second book from under your arm and place it momentarily on top of the first book as you use your right hand to gesture to the spectator to indicate that you wish him to stand on your left.

Once he is in position, the right hand slides out the lower of the two books (this is the one you used with the spectator) and you hand his book to him. You now say that the other book also already has an envelope inside it marking a pair of pages. Open the book to reveal the envelope tucked inside and ask the spectator to call out the two pages the envelope is between. He will call out pages 94 and 95. You explain that this was a prediction of the pages you thought he would choose.

You now request that he open his book and for the first time call out the pages that he stopped between. When he does so, the pages match.

Ask him to close his book again. Reach across and snap your fingers over his book. You explain that this trick has two parts and that the second part has now been done. Ask him to re-open his book and remove the envelope from inside. When he does so, he discovers that the envelope is empty!

You open your book again at the page marked by the envelope inside. The book is held in both hands as shown in Fig. 123, with the back of the book turned away from the audience so that the envelope held there by the right fingers is not seen.

You ask him to confirm that the envelope is still marking the predicted pages. Then the

right index finger and thumb reach into the middle of the book and grip the side of the envelope. Fig. 124.

Two actions then happen simultaneously. The left hand releases its hold on the front part of the book so that the pages spring shut and at the same time the right hand extracts itself from the book leaving the envelope inside where it was and sliding the other envelope out from under the book where it appears at the right fingers. Fig. 125.

The illusion is that you just reached into the book and slid out the envelope from inside. All that now remains is for you to hand the envelope to the spectator who finds his missing card inside.

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