Improved Instant Card Flight

EFFECT: A card is freely chosen and a sticker, previously initialled by a spectator, is attached to the card face. A pay envelope which has a square hole cut right through its centre is displayed next and the selected card is openly slipped inside. The centre of the card is clearly in view through the hole in the envelope's middle.

The magician now asks the spectator whether he would like to see the next part of the trick performed visibly or invisibly. On being told to perform it visibly, the magician suggests that this is a bad choice! Cutting the pack he picks up the envelope and visibly puts it onto the lower half of the pack, replacing the top half on top. He explains that the selected card will return to the centre of the pack and the spectators have just seen him do it visibly!

Seeing they are not impressed, the magician offers to do the trick invisibly. The envelope is removed and left on the table. The pack is also placed down and a spectator is asked to cover it with his hand. Picking up the envelope, the performer holds it facing the audience. By passing his hand across in front of the envelope, he causes the card to instantly disappear. one moment it can be seen in the envelope - a second later it is gone! The envelope is immediately torn up.

The pack is retrieved from beneath the spectator's hand and when it is spread face down across the table, the initialled selected card is revealed face up in the centre!

REQUIREMENTS: 1. A deck of cards. 2. Two double backed cards to match the deck you are using. One should be a double backer of normal thickness, the other a 'thick' one created by gluing two cards face to face. 3. Some small pay envelopes (approx. size 66mm x 97mm). 4. A small pair of scissors or a small sharp knife for the preparation. 5. One Joker or extra card to match the deck you are using. 6. Some self-adhesive white stickers. 7. A pen. 8. A roll of sello-tape.

PREPARATION: First of all you will need to make a simple envelope gimmick. Your first task is to cut a square hole out of the centre. Fig. 99. About 1" down from the bottom edge of the square hole on the ADDRESS SIDE of the envelope, you need to cut across the envelope. This is only through the address side, NOT all the way through the envelope. Fig. 100.

With a knife, carefully slit down the two sides as shown in Fig. 101. Then, using the scissors again, cut across the address side and thus remove the rectangular piece of envelope. Fig. 102. Cut a piece of sellotape to the width of the envelope and stick down the lower part. Fig. 103.

You now need to cut a square piece from the very centre of the Joker or extra card (as mentioned in

'Se-Wobo├že number 5 in Requirements above). The exact size of this piece does not really matter, but it should be just a little bigger all the way round than the size of the hole you have cut in the envelope centre.

You are now going to attach this card piece to the address side of the envelope in order to make it into a hinged card centre. Turn the card piece face up and lay it on top of the square hole on the address side. The top edge of the card should only just overlap the top line of the square hole. Fig. 104.

Using two small pieces of sellotape, stick the card piece in position. Fig. 105. Hinge the piece downwards, Fig. 106, and the fake is ready.

The whole preparation takes only a couple of minutes. You will re-use the hinged card centre each time you re-set the trick.

Fig. 104

Fig. 105

Fig. 106

Fig. 106

SET - UP: Have the thick double backed card (TD/B) on top of the pack and on top of it place the ordinary double backed card (D/B). The envelope is ready on the table, flap side up, the hinged card piece being folded down underneath the envelope. You will also need the pen and the stickers.

PRESENTATION: You can show the pack face up, keeping the top two cards squared and out of sight, to show that the pack is well mixed. Turning the pack face down, spread the cards and have one chosen.

When one has been removed, ask the spectator to put his initials on a sticker and to stick it on the face of his card. It does not matter if you see the face of his selection.

While he does this you hold the pack squared and face down in the left hand ready for an overhand shuffle. The right hand comes across and grips the pack by the short ends, fingers at the front, thumb at the rear. As the right hand lifts the pack away from the left hand, the left hand pulls the top card, the D/B, off the deck so that it is retained on its own in the left hand. Fig. 107.

The right hand then allows the top half of the pack to drop off in one block on top of the D/B. Fig. 108. The rest of the pack is shuffled off on top in the standard overhand shuffle manner.

To any onlooker, it simply appears as if you have given the pack a quick overhand shuffle. In reality, you have positioned the TD/B in the centre of the pack, while the D/B is now on the face (bottom) of the pack. This casual setting of the deck takes less then 5 seconds.

The spectator will meanwhile still be attending to the sticker, and this gives you ample opportunity to calmly place the pack down, secretly turning it over as you do so. Because the D/B is now on top of the face up deck, the pack will still appear to be face down.

Once the spectator has finished attaching the initialled sticker to his card, you pick it up and display it to the rest of the audience before putting it face up on the table.

With the left hand pick up the envelope, turning it flap side to the audience, and point out that it has a hole going right through its centre. Reposition the envelope in the left hand so that it is held parallel to the floor, as in Fig. 109. While handling the envelope, care should be taken not to flash the bottom half of the address side.

The right hand picks up the spectator's card, and turning it face down slips it into the envelope. The card will slip easily down inside and will emerge outside the envelope, although not yet in view. Fig. 110 shows an underneath view.

With the envelope held in the left hand as in Fig. 111, the left fingers will be covering the lower part of the envelope, so that when you now raise the envelope flap up to your mouth to lick the gummed edge, the fake lower part of the envelope will remain hidden.

Having licked the flap, lower the envelope down to horizontal again and stick it down, at the same time taking the opportunity to secretly fold the hinged card centre upwards.

Place the envelope down with the hinged card centre still in its 'up' position. Fig. 112, shows an underneath view again.

Ask the spectator whether he wishes to see the next part of the trick happen visibly or invisibly. Normally they will say "visibly" (see Note). If so, you say that this is a poor choice! The reason, you explain, is because the selected card is to return to the centre of the pack, and to do it visibly is easy.

Holding the pack in the left hand dealing position, the right thumb riffles up the rear short edge of the pack until it feels the TD/B flick past onto the bottom half.

At this point the right hand cuts off all the cards above the TD/B and places the squared top half on the table for a moment.

The envelope is then picked up and placed on top of the TD/B, the lower end of the envelope being in line with the rear short edges of the pack. Fig. 113. The right hand then puts the tabled half of the pack on top of the envelope, thereby trapping it in the centre of the pack.

Since this is not very magical, you offer to do the whole sequence invisibly. With the pack in the left hand as in Fig. 114, the right hand comes palm up to the rear short edge of the deck. The right thumb lifts up the bottom of the envelope and rests on the back of the card which is protruding from it (i.e. the selected card). Fig.


Fig. 115

With the left hand holding the top half of the pack and the envelope steady, the right thumb and fingers slide out towards you the bottom half of the deck, with the selected card being secretly withdrawn at the same time from the envelope and resting inconspicuously on top of the removed half of the deck.

Place this block of cards on the table. Then use the right hand to lift off all the cards above the envelope and place them on top of the tabled half. This puts the selected card in the centre of the deck.

Fig. 115

Because of the hinged card centre showing through the hole in the centre of the envelope, the selected card still appears to be inside, and the envelope is placed down in, this condition.

Pick up the pack and ask a spectator to move close to your table and hold out one of his hands palm down. As he does so, move swiftly down to the table top, secretly rotating the whole pack over and leave it on the table. A card back will still show on top, so nothing will appear to have changed. The spectator places his palm down hand over the pack.

Picking up the envelope again in the left hand, hold it flat towards the audience, address side towards yourself. The hinged card centre is held in position by the very tip of the left thumb. Fig. 116.

Bring your right hand, back of the hand towards the audience, in front of the envelope and move it downwards. As it does so, and under cover of the right palm, the right thumb bends down the hinged card centre. Fig. 117.

When the right hand is moved away, the en-

Fig. 116


Fig. 116

velope is suddenly seen to be empty! Quickly turn the envelope on its side and tear it up twice, as shown by the dotted lines in Fig. 118.

Get rid of the pieces (you can retrieve your hinged card centre later) and ask the spectator to lift his hand off the pack. Ribbon spread the pack across the table and the selected card will appear face up in the middle!

NOTE: If the spectator chooses to see it done 'invisibly', you tell him that that is a good choice, because if he had chosen 'visibly', this is what you would have done. You then proceed as above.

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