Routines For The Seethrough Switch Envelope


EFFECT: A card is freely chosen from a blue backed deck and slipped face up into a small envelope which has a hole through its centre. The pack is replaced in its case. A blue poker chip is shown and visibly changes to red. The red chip is placed on the envelope and some of its new colour appears to be transferred to the card inside, because when the card is removed, its back has changed to red. The chip is then placed on the card case, and when the blue deck is removed, all the card backs have changed to red also!

REQUIREMENTS: 1. A red backed pack. 2. A single blue backed card of indifferent value. 3. A blue card case. 4. Two poker chips, one red, one blue. 5. A See-Through Switch Envelope. 6. The usual 5C card to go with the envelope, this card must have a blue back and is pushed face down into the envelope.

PREPARATION: Put the single blue backed card on top of the red deck and slip it face down into the blue card case. Have the fake envelope on the table along with the blue chip. The red chip is in your right jacket pocket.

PRESENTATION: Remove the deck from the case and put the card case away in your left jacket pocket. You can shuffle the deck, faces towards the audience, as long as you keep the top blue backed card in place.

When the cards are thoroughly mixed, spread the deck face up across the table and have a spectator slide one out. Pick up the envelope in the left hand, and display it. The right hand then picks up the chosen card and turning it face towards the audience, slips it into the envelope and behind the fake card already there. These moves are the same as described in "Corrector" (p.64) except the face and not the back of the card is held towards the audience.

You ask the spectators to remember the value of the card, and also the colour of its back. As you mention this, reach inside the envelope and pull out BOTH the cards squared as one from inside, stopping at the position in Fig. 47.

By bending the flap back against the address side of the envelope, the audience will clearly see the selected card to have a blue back. There is no need to overstress this, since the card is supposed to have been chosen from a blue deck anyway, so the card is expected to be blue.

Once the back of the card has been seen, turn the en-

Fig. 47

Fig. 47


velope so that the card face is towards the audience again, and push both cards together back inside. Close the flap and lay the envelope address side up on the table.

Gather up and square the balance of the deck and leave it for a moment face down on the table. Both hands now go to their respective pockets as if to search for the card case. The left hand reappears clutching the box, while the right hand simply classic palms the red poker chip and re-emerges apparently with nothing.

The pack is dropped face down into the case which is then closed. Picking up the blue chip, you explain that this poker chip was given to you by an old gambler who had said it was the most unusual chip in that it could change colour at will.

front of the blue chip where it is held by the left fingers and thumb. Fig. 49. The illusion is that with a mere wipe of the right hand, the blue chip has changed to red.

Hold the chip facing the audience as in Fig. 48. Allow the palmed red chip to fall flat on the right fingers, then bring the right fingers in front of the blue chip and under cover of a left to right stroking motion leave the red chip positioned directly in front of the blue chip where it is held by the left fingers and thumb. Fig. 49. The illusion is that with a mere wipe of the right hand, the blue chip has changed to red.

Immediately show your right hand empty, then grip both chips as in Fig. 50, the fingers covering half of the front red chip, the thumb resting on the back of the blue chip, and let go with the left hand which you now also show empty.

Fig. 49

Fig. 49

audience red chip held sftuaƤed iii front of blue chip

At the precise moment when the left hand is being displayed, the right thumb slides the blue chip back behind the right fingers so that only the red chip remains in view. Fig. 51.

The left hand is now held flat and palm up so the right hand can drop the red chip onto it where it is gripped and shown both sides. Meanwhile, the right hand drops to your side and quietly classic palms the blue chip.

Placing the red chip down, the left hand picks up the envelope and passes it to the right hand to hold with the address side flat facing the audience. Be careful not to flash the palmed blue chip.

Fig. 50


Fig. 50



The red chip is then picked up by the left hand and placed over the hole in the flap side of the envelope. As soon as the hole is covered by the chip the envelope is lowered so that the flap side can be seen by the audience.

A slight press on the chip and it is slid away to reveal the middle of the card inside is now red. Put the chip down and slide out the chosen card and show its back is now red. The right hand puts the envelope away and takes the opportunity to dispose of the palmed

blue chip.

The red chip is now placed onto the card case for a moment in an attempt to transfer some of its colour through to the rest of the pack. Removing the chip, the card case is opened and the pack pulled out, the top card, however, being retained by the left index finger inside the case.

When the pack is now spread face down across the table all the cards are now seen to have red backs.

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