In the book Inspirations
(published by Martin Breese 1987) I included an effect called 'Envelope
Prediction'. This is a different version which I performed as part of my
close-up act at the Blackpool convention in 1979. There is no palming or
copping of cards, in fact you could call this near-self-working!
A card is selected and lost back
into the deck. You give the spectator an old coin/medallion which they
hold in their hand. This, you say, will send “truth waves” to the deck.
You now ask the spectator a series of questions about his card: he can
either lie, or tell the truth. Is your card RED or BLACK? Is your card a
SPOT card or COURT card? What is the SUIT? After each reply, you cut, and
then turn over the top card of the deck which reveals the true answer.
Now, you ask the spectator to drop the medallion into your coat pocket.
After some byplay, you ask him to reach into your pocket and bring out
what he finds. He finds a playing card. Not just any card, but his
selection. Finally, you turn over the three answer cards and these have
now changed into the three mates of the selection!
Clouseau for Workers
You remove the Ace through Ten of
Diamonds and set them in numerical order on the table. A spectator now
selects any other card from the deck, which is then lost back into the
deck through shuffling. You pick up the Diamonds packet and spread the
cards face upwards displaying the numerical arrangement of Ace through
Ten, as you ask the spectator to name any number between One and Ten. He
might choose 7. You flip the 7D face down, maintaining its place in the
sequence, then you close the spread and turn the packet face down. After a
magical gesture, you spread the cards, counting to seven — the seventh
card is face up (as expected), but it is no longer the 7D, instead it is
now the spectator’s selected card! The 7D is now produced from your
You remove the two black Jacks
and lay them on the table. A spectator now selects a card which is lost
back into the deck. You now pick up the black Jacks and very cleanly drop
them square on top of the deck. Instantly, they collect one card. This
proves to be the selection. “You may wonder why I used the black Jacks and
not the red Jacks?” you ask, “Well, the red Jacks were carrying out
another task.” At that, you spread the deck revealing the red Jacks
reversed in the middle, with three cards trapped between them. These three
cards are the mates of the selection.
Countless Ace Turning
The following is a solution to a
problem posed by Roy Walton in Cardboard Charades (also The Complete
Walton Vol. 1) in an effect called “Unaccustomed as We Are”. The problem
was; to perform Dai Vernon’s Twisting the Aces without counting the cards.
Matter of Facts
Another approach to the Lie
Detector. You place a packet of four cards in a face down pile on the
table. This, you say, is a cardboard lie detector. A spectator is now
offered a free choice of any card from the deck. This card is placed at
the bottom of the lie-detector packet which remains on the table. You now
ask a series of questions to which the spectator can either lie, or tell
the truth. Each time he answers a question, the top card of the packet it
turned over revealing the truth every time.
You remove the Royal Flush in
Spades and place the rest of the deck away as it is no longer needed. With
all five cards face down, you now cause the 10 to turn face up. You deal
this card to the table (or onto a spectator’s hand). You only have four
cards. Next, you cause the Jack to turn face up. You deal the Jack to the
table. This leaves you with three cards. The Queen turns face up – you
deal it to the table. Only two cards remain in your hand. You push these
through your fist and the King is face up. You deal this to the table,
too. Finally, the Ace disappears and is found in your pocket. No palming.
of the 7
A spectator selects six cards
from the deck, and then he selects one more as his personal selection. The
selection is mixed into the packet. Now you demonstrate how playing cards
follow each other like sheep. You turn the top card face up and suddenly
all seven cards are face up … except for one stubborn card that remains
face down. Not only that, but all the cards are black. The face down card
is turned over and, not only does it prove to be the selection, it’s also
the only red card!
Two spectators each select a
card. Both cards are lost back into the deck. The first selection now
travels to your pocket. This selection is left in full view, protruding
from the fanned deck (or it could be placed under you collar, etc. You say
you will now make the selection travel to your pocket again. After waving
the fan, and with empty hand, you again reach into your pocket and bring
out a card. When you turn this card around it proves to be, once again,
the first selection. Finally, you slowly lower the fan revealing that the
card sticking out of the fan has changed into the second selection.
You give a spectator a packet of
eight cards. With the cards face down, he cuts the packet and deals the
top card onto the table. Taking the remaining cards, you mix them face up
and face down. A snap of the fingers and all the cards right themselves
with the exception of one card. This card proves to be the matching mate
of the card selected at the start.
BLACKSTONE in My Pocket
By Chip Kleiman & Peter Duffie
You bring out a deck of cards and lay it on the table. “Blackstone,” you
say, “was one of the greatest magicians of a bygone era … and I brought
him along to help us in an experiment.” So said, you bring out a set of 10
blank cards, each with a letter on it. Upon spreading the cards on the
table, it is seen that these 10 letters spell:
The letter-cards are mixed and then you turn away while a spectator cuts
the packet and pockets any letter. Next, you turn to a second spectator
and ask him to shuffle the deck of playing cards and select any one. He
signs his name across the face of the card, and then it is returned to the
deck and lost during a shuffle.
You now ask the first spectator to think of the letter he chose. After
some concentration, you are able to name the letter. You thank the Great
Blackstone for helping you. You now say that this letter will help us find
the second spectator’s signed card. Let’s say the letter is “K”. Taking up
the deck you (or the spectator can do it) start to spell out the alphabet,
while dealing one card for each letter: “A … B … C … D … etc”. You stop
when you reach the letter chosen by the spectator — in this case you stop
when you reach “K”. You turn over the card, but it is not the selection!
Has the Great Blackstone let you down? No. “In fact,” you say, “the great
man decided that my trick wasn’t good enough, and so he has intervened to
create a miracle instead.” At that, and with empty hand, you reach into
your breast pocket and cleanly remove the signed selection.