The Conman Conned

The Perfecto Leveridge Envelope, if made up in larger sizes, can help to create some excellent effects. This routine is an example of how a good magical sequence can be worked out by incorporating the special envelope with one or two other ideas.

EFFECT: "I was walking through a market one day when I saw a man with a small stand selling packs of cards. I went over and asked him about them. He told me that these were very special cards".

The performer removes a pack of cards from its case. "Each of these cards is marked on the back," he told me.

The bottom card of the deck is removed and the back shown, although no marking is obvious.

"With these cards you can always win at card games because you'll know what the other players have in their hands," he explained.

The card is replaced on the bottom of the deck and the cards put back in the case.

"How much are they," I asked. "Ten pounds," he replied. "Well, that was a lot of money for a pack of cards, but as luck would have it I did have £10 put aside from the money given to me for my last birthday."

The performer picks up an envelope and opens it to show a £10 note inside. This is removed and placed on the table. The envelope is now clearly empty and is placed back on the table.

"The man took the note and put it into his wallet."

A wallet is picked up from the table, opened, and the note folded and placed inside. It is left in full view.

"When I got home, I eagerly took out my new special pack, but I had a terrible shock. Because when I looked at the cards - they were all blank!!"

The magician removes the pack from the case, and spreads the cards face up to reveal a completely blank deck.

"I'd obviously been conned, because I hadn't examined the pack before I'd bought it".

The performer replaces the deck in the case.

"I felt very annoyed at having lost my money so I decided to use a bit of magic to put the matter right. Using a little "fluence" I caused the money paid to the con-man to vanish from his wallet."

The wallet is opened and shown to be now empty.

"This meant that my £10 was back where it belonged."

The envelope is opened to reveal the £10 note back inside.

"And just for good measure, I even changed the pack so that it became printed."

The cards are taken out of their case again and are spread face up across the table to reveal that every card is now properly printed.

"And that's how the con-man was conned!".

REQUIREMENTS: 1 A blank backed deck. 2. One blank faced card with a blue back. 3. One ordinary card (say the JH) from a matching blue deck. 4. A Perfecto Leveridge Envelope, size 6" x 3.5". 5. A Himber Style Switch Wallet. 6. Two £10 notes (sorry!). 7. A blue card case.

PREPARATION: Put one of the £10 notes into the Perfecto Leveridge Envelope and close the flap over it. Then slide the other £10 under the fake side flaps on the fake side so that it looks as if this note is "inside" the envelope. Close the other flap over this note so that it is the top flap of the two. The loaded envelope is address side up on the table.

Have the blank backed deck face up and place the blank faced card blank side down on top. Turn the ordinary JH card face down and put it under the pack. Fig 21 shows the set up. Put the deck into the blue card case. The Himber Style Switch Wallet should be empty and to hand.

PRESENTATION: Following the patter as laid out under "EFFECT", you remove the pack from its case. Be careful not to spread the cards too much.

Hold the pack in the dealing position in the left hand, JH face upwards. The right hand comes over and takes hold of the JH and peels it off the face of the deck in order to apparently show the markings on the back of the card. As it does so, the left hand turns the "face" of the pack towards you in order to conceal the fact that the card left in view on the face of the deck is blank.

The audience see a blue backed card on top of the deck and you are talking about the back of the JH and so to all intents and purposes the pack is normal. Having shown and pattered about the back of the JH, replace it as before on the face of the deck. Drop the pack face up into the card case, slipping the card case flap between the JH and the rest of the deck as you close the box. Fig. 22. This is to help with the next stage. Put the case back upwards on the table.

Fig. 21

Fig. 21

You are now at the point where you pay the £10. Open the Perfecto Leveridge Envelope and slide out the visible £10 note. Remember to hold the other loose flap steady and in place. The envelope can now be seen to be clearly empty. Close the flap, turn the envelope over end for end and quietly switch the flaps as you put it address side up on the table.

The con-man now puts the money into his wallet. Fold the bank note a couple of times (if you are using a larger two way wallet you will not need to fold the note), open the wallet and tuck it into the pocket. Close and replace on the table. Remember which side you put the note in!!

You are now at the stage where you are home with the deck. Pick up the card case and open it with the top of the case shielded slightly with the left hand. Fig. 23.

You must now use your right hand to remove the pack leaving the JH secretly behind in the case. Because the case flap was inserted earlier between the JH and the rest of the pack it is an easy matter to squeeze the sides of the box as you pull out the flap, thereby bowing the JH away from the rest of the cards. Fig. 24. Your right thumb can therefore enter the gap and the pack can be slipped out leaving the JH behind.

Put the deck face down on the table, and then close the case, dropping it aside.

Retake the pack, turn it face up and spread widely to show all the cards are blank. If you wish, you can Hindu Shuffle the pack flashing the back of the top card a few times to show, without actually stating the fact, that all the cards apparently have backs.

Square the deck and hold face down in the right hand. Fig. 25. The back of the blank faced card should be in view on top of the deck. The left hand picks up the card case, and the cards are dropped face down into the case on top of the JH already in the box. The left hand once again must shield the top of the box so that the JH is not glimpsed inside. Close the flap inserting it between the top blank faced card and the rest of the deck. Place the case back upwards on the table.

You explain how you got your revenge on the con-man. Open the wallet to the empty side to show the money has gone. Close and discard. Pick up the envelope, turn it over from side to side, open the upper flap to show the £10 inside once more, and slide it out. Finally, pick up the case, remove the cards from inside leaving the blank faced card behind as detailed before, and you can spread the deck face up across the table to show all the cards now have a face! NOTE: Although the pack in the last stage of the trick is put into the case one way (i.e. face down) and comes out the other way round (face up), there is enough of a gap between the insertion and removal for it to go completely unnoticed. And by using the case in this way it eliminates the need to perform a turnover pass to right the deck.

Fig. 24 TOP VIEW
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