The Indestructible Card V2

COMMENTS: On p.80 there is a handling for a cut and restored card. Since that method was devised, I have come up with what I consider to be a big improvement. In the original the envelope used is apparently examined before use, but it needs to be switched using a stack of envelopes so that the gim-micked one can be brought secretly into play. Also, the prepared envelope cannot be freely shown and the card cannot be seen to be totally inside the envelope prior to the cutting.

With this new version the card is genuinely slipped inside and the envelope can be shown very freely both sides immediately prior to the cutting. The envelope cannot be examined before use, but if you feel that is necessary given the totally open nature of the way that you can show the envelope, then you could still use the stack switch idea as a prelude. Personally, I feel that just having the single envelope which you can openly show is sufficient.

REQUIREMENTS: 1. A single brown pay envelope of a size that is just a little bigger than a Bicycle card. I use envelopes which measure approximately 68mm wide by 99mm long. (These are Pay Envelope 1 as shown on my website and in my catalogue).

2. A pair of sharp scissors.

3. For the preparation you will also need a sharp knife.

4. A Bicycle deck.

PREPARATION: With the envelope flap pointing to the left, slip an old playing card into the envelope. When it is inside push it up so that its long edge is pushed into the long edge fold of the envelope at the top as you look at it.

Rotate the envelope over towards you so that it ends up address side up and flap side down. What was the top long edge should now be at the bottom. Using the sharp knife you are going to cut a small triangle shape in the centre of the long edge nearest you as shown in Fig. 144. The reason for putting the playing card inside the envelope is to give you something to press against whilst doing the cutting to prevent you from slicing right the way through the entire envelope!

Having made the triangular cut, slide out the card and throw it away. (I tend to make several of these envelopes in one go as you will destroy one each time you do the trick.) You are now ready to perform.

PRESENTATION: The effect is basically the same as the trick described earlier, except there is no stack of envelopes or envelope switch. Bring out the prepared envelope and holding it in the right hand between index finger and thumb so that the cut away slot is covered, casually show it both sides and then lay it flap side up on the table.

Bring out the deck and have any card selected. Openly slip it into the envelope and seal the flap just ensuring that the cut out is always covered by your fingers. The wonderful thing about this method is that the card is genuinely inside the envelope and so this can be freely shown.

Take the envelope and hold it flap side up with the flap itself pointing to your right. With your right

Fig. 144

hand pick up the scissors and bring the point of those scissors to the centre of the long edge nearest you.

Contrive to insert the lower point of the scissors blades into the cut out and ABOVE the card inside. You can use your left second finger under the envelope to feel where the cut out is to ensure that the scissors point goes into the correct place.

Once you are sure that the scissors are inserted correctly, start to cut straight across the envelope. Because the scissors have gone in above the card it is only the top surface of the envelope which will be cut although it looks as if you are simply cutting through the entire envelope and thus, by necessity, the card itself.

When you have carefully cut about two thirds of the way across, stop and slip the scissors out, your left fingers apparently holding the partially severed halves of the envelope together.

Now use the scissors to trim off the flap end of the envelope. Place the scissors down and then reach inside and slowly withdraw the card to reveal that it is totally unharmed.

Hand the card out to be examined and then, gripping the two ends of the envelope in either hand, fold the two ends towards each other so that the envelope is bent along the line of the scissor cut, and then unfold them sharply pulling with your two hands in opposite directions. If you do this correctly, the envelope will be torn into two pieces. The top layer of the envelopes is already cut, of course, and the lower section will be ripped as the two hands part sharply.

The two envelope halves can now be crumpled in order to show that although the card is unharmed, the envelope was in fact cut in two.

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