Suspension of Belief The Little House in the … Instant Sandwich Little Papers The red Tape (Erazed)* Marie Antoinette*

Tricks from “Discovery of a new world”, except * from lecture note N°°1

threads.A very small quantity of blue-tak. I use a “Ball Pentel fine point R50”. . He finishes the effect by attracting approximately half the deck at once with the pen.A deck of cards. adds an intriguing dimension to the effect. In an alternative effect. . Preparation Although the preparation is not necessary. and allows you to show that the pen does not contains any gimmicks. the better it will work. The preparation makes the cleanup easier. It is almost impromptu. Avoid old decks or bent cards. as shown in Illustration 1. The newer the deck. the equivalent of two or three rice grains (see Illustration 1 ). cut the pen approximately an inch (two and a half centimeters) from the writing end. The effect will not work if you perform it on a hard or slick surface. The diameter of the pen must be rather large. and uses no magnets.A close-up mat or any other soft. He immediately hands the deck and pen out for examination. performing surface. the pen finds a card lost in the deck (see “Application”). Props . With a X-acto knife.Suspension of Belief (February 1999) Effect The magician borrows a deck and proceeds to attract progressively more cards to the tip of his pen from the table. with a FLAT end (the end opposite the writing tip). . .A pen. as if there is a magnetic attraction. wires or any complicated gimmick. requires no sleights.

Immediately. you force the air out from between them. Do not hold this position too long. with the flat end containing the blue -tak pointing down. as before. as shown in Illustration 3. Make sure. You will be left with an empty tube and the cap. as shown in Illustration 4. because the vacuum will only last a few seconds. Flatten the blue-tak evenly on the end of the pen. You must not pause during this sequence. When you lift your hand hold it for a couple seconds at the most before lowering the cards back to the table. Lower the card back onto the mat and detach the pen from the card as follows: place your left fingertips onto the tabled card and tilt the pen forward with the right hand. the illusion will be ruined. The pen will come away from the card without any noise. as shown in Illustration 2. This causes them to adhere to each other. and apparently increases the impossibility. If it falls. Raise your right hand approximately five or six inches (fifteen centimeters). at an angle. Dominique Duvivier suggested this method of removing the pen.Empty the pen by removing the tip. The card will adhere to the end of the pen. Place a card face-down on the card mat. making sure that it does not protrude from the edge of the pen. so that you will be consistent with the following phases. When you press down on the cards. Apply the little dab of blue-tak to the end without the cap. Hold the pen vertically in your right hand. as in Illustration 5. This is also an idea from Dominique Duvivier. raise your right hand about five or six inches (fifteen centimeters). . Presentation Borrow a deck of cards and remove the pen from your jacket pocket. Place the tip of the pen onto the center of the two-card packet. ink cartridge. Put the cap back on the pen. Lower your right hand and contact the center of the card with the end of the pen. and any other inner components. This ensures that the bottom card does not fall to the table. The two cards will adhere to the pen. Detach the pen from the cards as before. making it appear normal. and press down on the two cards slightly. Place a second card on top of the first one. that the centers of the cards align. however. creating a slight vacuum. The angling of the cards creates a stronger visual impact.

The effect will look more and more impossible with each additional card. You can trim the end of the pen with sandpaper to make it as flat as possible. no matter how few or how many cards you have. Depending on how fresh the deck is. Raise both hands to chest level. but do not appear to press hard. Immediately and smoothly. such as humidity and the type of cards used. I can sometimes lift a full deck at once. Detach the pen from the cards as before. It is possible that the blue-tak will get so flat that it protrudes from the edges of the pen. and lower the right hand so that the packet enters into left-hand dealing position. Position your left hand. as long as the cards fall into the left hand. move the right hand above the left hand. For the finale. This will apply a thin layer of oil to the tip of the pen and cause the blue-tak to detach more easily. displaying them empty. Hot Tips Before applying the blue -tak. Perform the clean-up. rub the flat end of the pen against your forehead. add about twenty cards to the tabled packet. position your right thumb on the end with the blue -tak and press the thumb upward to remove the blue-tak. The blue-tak will adhere to the tip of the right thumb and you can hand out everything for examination. The end of the pen must be as flat as possible to facilitate both the performance and the clean up. This whole sequence lasts for a very short period of time. Make sure to press the end of the pen firmly on the cards to create the vacuum. .You can proceed with a third and/or fourth card. It must look as if you use the pen to lift up the packet and transfer it into your left hand. Simultaneously. as in Illustration 7. approximately five or six inches (about fifteen centimeters) to the left of the tabled pack. You must practice this up-and -down motion of the right hand until the actions look the same each time. Press the end of the pen very firmly on the center of the top card of the tabled packet. Square the tabled cards on the center of the card mat. Without pausing. as shown in Illustration 6. it is possible that the cards will separate before you place the pack into the left hand. as shown in Illustration 7. so that the interiors of the cylinders face the spectators. but do not worry about it. raise the pen a couple inches or more. This is not important. as it would be a “tell”. as follows: Remove the cap with your left hand. raise your right hand for the same amount of time each time you lift it off the table. For consistency. orienting the cap and pen. The packet will adhere to the tip of the pen. With practice you can even use more cards. palm-up. Depending on various factors.

by Harry Lorayne). Gaëtan Bloom was the first to suggest this idea. and provides a very interesting “false lead” at the end. Put the deck on the table and immediately cut off the top half of the deck. Position your left hand palm-up to the left of the other. Borrow a deck of cards. that not everyone can perform it. Application The basic principle can be used to find a selection lost in the deck. 3. does not rely on the performer’s skin. Perform the effect with the top half of the deck as before. it is not reliable for those that can. transfer the “attracted” half into your left hand. provides a better visual impact. Issue 28. Have someone check that the top card of the remaining pile is the selection . Using a pen allows you to raise more cards at once. No. ending with the top half in dealing position. Vol.Credits The idea of generating a short vacuum to make a few cards adhere to the hand was published by Marv Long in his routine “Sticky Cards” (see Apocalypse. April 1980. It seems. tabled half. Immediately. and secretly crimp the corner of the bottom card downward. Have a spectator select a card and place it back into the deck so that it ends up directly beneath the crimped card. Cut the deck a few times so that the selection is near the bottom third of the deck. Place the half in the hand onto the table. In addition. as before. however.4. Put the lefthand packet on top of the other. causing all the cards above and including the crimp to adhere to the pen. tabled half and immediately press the end of the pen on top of that half. Raise your right hand.

The magician shows four cards with holes in their centers.e.The Little House in the … (September 98) This is an unusual effect in which the shapes of several holes change shapes in the spectator’s hands. These will be referred to as the house-cards. but now all the cards have diamond-shaped cutouts. These will be referred to as the diamond-cards. These four cards are shown and placed between the spectator's outstretched hands. Everything can be examined. near the middle of the short ends of the card. Props Four black cards with a diamond-shaped hole cut into each of them. - . Three of these cards are red spot cards and have ho use-shaped holes in their centers. diamond-holed card from the packet and puts it in his pocket. Follow the template below (Figure 1). Treat the back of one of the house-cards with non-permanent (Post-it) glue on both sides of the house-shaped hole (i.. diamond-shaped card returned. Follow the template above (Figure 1). The dimensions of the holes must be precise. the spectator opens his/her hands to reveal that not only has the black. The fourth card is black with a diamond-shaped hole in its center. The magician removes the black. After a magical gesture. Two red cards with a house-shaped hole in their centers.

a diamond-shaped hole will appear in the center of the double card. The other parts of the cutouts cuts blend into the back design of the cards and are virtually invisible. Display this condition as follows: Execute the first two counts of the Elmsley Count. and one with a diamond. ask the spectator to place his/her other hand palm-down onto the packet (Figure 3). Without pausing. end-for-end. Turn the whole packet face-down and place it onto the spectator's outstretched hand. the house-card with glue. Peel the top card of the pair onto the others. Set-up Place the cards face-down on the table in the following order: normal house-card with the tip pointing towards you. three with houses in their centers. gently squeeze the cards together so that the card with the glue sticks to the one next to it. sideways and place it on top. making sure you do not squeeze these cards together and cause them to adhere. Turn the remaining card face-down. with the tip pointing towards you. Performance Tell your spectators that you have four cards. four diamond -cards. as if you were turning a page of a book. In the process. This will reorient the ends of the card so that the tip of the house now points away from you and in the opposite direction from the card below it.Devious Principle If you place the house cards on top of each other with the points of the houses in opposite directions. . sideways. Turn the packet face-up. Keep the remaining two cards slightly fanned. then turn it face-up.

. Additional tips To make the cutouts easier to recognize from a long distance. Immediately continue by briefly showing the back of this (double) card. These additional designs will make the effect more personal and will not affect the method. It will appear as if you are removing the diamond-card when you are actually removing both house-cards. explaining that you will make this card jump back into the spectator's hands. you can outline the edges on the face of the cards with a felt-tipped marker. and then placing it in your pocket. Perform a magical gesture and ask the spectator to open his/her hands.Reach in between the spectator's hands and remove the bottom card of the packet. He/She now holds four. actually a double card held together by the glue. normal diamond-cards. You can also add a chimney or other ornamental designs onto the roofs of the house-cards. Special thanks to Dominique Duvivier and Quoc Tien Tran for their ideas and advice.

e. slightly overlapping in a fanned condition. taking over the break with the right thumb. He shows two jokers. The selection visibly appears between the jokers. causing them to stick together. Obtain a left fourth finger break above the two bottom cards of the deck. underneath the face-up joker. without them even contacting the deck! Watch the demo here Set-up Three identical jokers (make sure they match.(Figure1) . directly below the deck. and press down their centers with your left thumb. then tosses them onto the table. The sticky joker will now be on the bottom. Square then in a left-hand dealing grip. Simultaneously. Method Have a card selected and control it to the bottom. The mechanics and timing are the same as those in the regular HPC move with coins. back and front. Pick up the two jokers with the left hand. The sticky joker is on top of the normal one. Place the two other jokers face-up onto the table. You now have a double card (that can be handled like a single) in your left hand. i. Transfer the deck into right-hand Biddle grip.Instant Sandwich (May 1999) Effect The magician has a card freely selected and lost in the deck. showing that there is nothing between them. Place one of the ordinary jokers face-up on the bottom of the face-down deck. Briefly. Execute a Charlier cut with the two jokers in your left hand. do not mix the "Guarantee" Jokers with the "plain" ones). You will now use a Han Ping Chien move with cards. We will refer to it as the "sticky" joker. toss the double in the direction of the right hand. release both cards beneath the thumb break onto the table.. thus inverting their positions. Treat one of these jokers with non-permanent glue on its face (such as Post-it glue).

It seems as if the selection has materialized between the two jokers. without any contact with the deck.Without pausing. move the right hand to the right to allow a full view for the spectators. A three-card sandwich is now visible on the table. The face-down selection is between two face-up jokers. Turn the sandwiched card over and take a bow! .

Ask him to raise his hand. green. You only have to ask another spectator to very lightly wet his fingers (using the condensation on a glass of cold water or saliva. Cut out five 5 x 5 cm pieces from this paper. Each paper stays attached to each fingertip. i. The magician now asks him to shake his hand vigorously: all the pieces fall from his fingers except for one piece that stays firmly in place on his fingertip: the spectator's selection! Props You will need five little slips of paper (5cmx5cm). then press each fingertip on a different slip of paper (Figure1). I color both sides of each paper with a different color (using coloring crayons): red. blue. The other side of the same paper would adhere too. This means that this particular side will strongly adhere to your fingertips if you have wetted them with water or saliva. To conceal the fact that both sides aren't the exact same color. The face on which the photos are printed on is slightly more "white" than the other side (we will now refer to this side as the "printing side"). then have it returned among the four other slips (signed side down ). the printing face (that is lighter in color) is facing towards the floor. This is a very specific printer paper called "Epson Photo Quality" that has a very interesting property (it works with almost all glossy photo paper and glossy paper for ink jet printer). Another spectator (not a stooge!) is asked to wet his fingertips (saliva.). that you will cut out from a very special paper. yellow and black. making sure they are all facing the same way. except for the selection. He is then asked to raise his hand.) and place each fingertip onto each slip of paper. which means that the selected and signed piece of paper is now the odd slip amongst the five: it is the only piece with its "printing side" facing upwards. then shake it vigorously in the air: all the pieces fall down on the floor. Have one of these papers freely selected and have it signed on the face opposite to the printing side. One of these pieces is chosen and signed onto its face by a spectator.Little Papers (February 2001) Effect The magician shows five little square pieces of paper – each little square has a different color. etc. Presentation Show the five slips to the audience. and acts as a suction cup when it is contacting a liquid. which stays attached to his finger! . etc. but clearly not as strongly. It is then "shuffled back" with the others. thanks to the moisture on his fingers.e.

shake it vigorously. It is also interesting to ask the spectator to put his hand behind his back. Also. This allows for more suspense. so that the method is well-concealed.Final notes Virtually all quality "printing papers" have this very interesting property. This is a very original and interactive trick – have fun! Figure 1 . I also take care to never touch the papers myself. then bring it forwards again. which makes the effect more impossible to reconstruct – just in case someone could think I could secretly apply some glue onto the selected paper. You must therefore choose one with a very similar texture/grain/color on both sides. then come back later on for the miracle. but rather give instructions to the volunteer. to show that he is now "holding" only one piece: the selection. I find the effect much more interesting if the spectator that is supposed to find the selection doesn't know which slip of paper has been selected. You can ask him to turn his back towards the audience or leave the room.

Michael Weber suggested that I use red or black electrical tape instead of transparent tape.The Red Tape ( Erazed) (November 1996) The magician has a spectator select and sign a card on the face. by transferring these pips onto the face of a blankcard. but his/her signature remains. and a card with a blank face and a normal back. The magician makes an attempt at restoring the card by putting it back together with red tape. The basis of this method is a concept that allows you to make a signed card become blank.use red tape if the signed card is red. They can be found in any magic shop or HERE red or black plastic electrical tape . When you remove the tape. When the spectator turns over their selection the face of the selection is gone. leaving a card signed on the face with a blank back. so that the detached pips would blend into the tape. Many thanks.these are transferable pips and indices that you can use to make your own gaffed cards. and black if the signed card is black. This principle opens itself up to numerous applications. the selection splits in half. he spreads the deck on the table revealing that all the cards in the deck are blank on the face. Michael. the pips will come away with the tape. since the pips would be visible when I removed the tape. He explains that he will slice through the center of the card so that he can show the "inside" of the selection. After a final gesture. thus being rendered invisible. I used to use transparent tape. which meant that I had to conceal the tape from the spectators' view when I was detaching it from the card. - The basic concept involves applying electrical tape onto a card prepared with Fako transfers. I thought this was a brilliant idea. He removes the selection from the deck and performs a magical gesture. revealing that it is whole again. He removes the tape from the card. This process will leave you with a completely blank card. without leaving any residue. . After a magic gesture. he offers to try something astounding. even allowing the spectator to check the face when he/she signs it. Demo HERE Props - a blank-faced deck a Fako-sheet (Erazed Refill) . Realizing that it is unimpressive to the spectators.

You can avoid this by using a very thin-tipped marker. The way you apply the tape will depend upon the value you use. Hand the force card to the spectator and ask him to sign the card on its face. use the same diagonal length as described above (to cover the middle pip and indices). It is not difficult to locate the pair of taped cards. Justify it (writing a smaller signature. two. signed card and place it face-up onto the tabled card. Put the deck aside for a moment. and an additional length that runs vertically down the middle of the length of the card to cover the top and bottom pips.Setup Remove one of the blank face cards from the deck. Tilting the deck upward prevents the audience from prematurely seeing the blank . Execute a double turnover of the top two cards of the deck. Assume you have made the Five of Diamonds. ( Figure 1 ) - Once the two "half-cards" are taped together. revealing a blank face on the top of the deck. three. Tilt the face of the deck inwards so that only you can now see the face of the taped pair. Turn over the card you hold to reveal a blank face. Obtain a left little finger break beneath the top three cards. forming an “X”. Place the prepared five of diamonds face-down on top of the deck to complete the setup. remove the top. ( Figure 1 ) If it is a four or a five. Explain that these blank sides are the inside of the selection. Remove the tape. place them back into the deck and shuffle it. Take the top. using a method that does not disturb the order of the top three cards. Without any pause. only use a single length of tape that must run diagonally across the face of the card. Using the Fako sheet. use two lengths of tape. Explain that you will restore the selection magically. Make sure that the sticky side of the tape covers all the pips and indices on the signed selection. since the tape makes them act in a manner similar to a thick card. being that there will be fewer pips on the card. Turn the deck face-up and hold it in left-hand dealing grip. If it is an ace. face-down card of the deck. In this case you will use the red tape. and pretend to slice the card in half. It is important that the signature does not overlap any of the pips. or perhaps not. ( Figure 1 ) If it is a two or a three. Place the card in your hand onto the table with the blank side facing upwards. You will now apparently split the selection in half. Cut the deck so that the taped cards are now on the face of the deck. also removing the pips and indices in the process. four or five. Take the signed card and place it face-up on top of the deck. otherwise there will be parts of the signature that will be missing at the end of the effect.) as you see fit. Arrange the deck as follows: place two blank -faced cards face to face (creating an impromptu double-backed card) and place them on top of the face-down deck. Presentation Force the top card of the deck. Turn over the top three cards as one. each running diagonally across the face. or using a lower value card. etc. make a regular-looking ace. Remove the electrical tape and attach the two cards together.

Take the top card (the signed card that is now blank) and place it face-down onto the table. since it has a single thickness. Ribbon spread the deck face-up onto the table to show that all the cards are now blank. Get the Latest tips for this effect HERE . Turn the tabled card over. crumple it into a small ball. Explain that all the faces of the cards have disappeared in the splitting process. revealing that it is now completely blank. You can give the card as a souvenir. Remove the tape entirely from the pair of cards.face.Issue 146. and then place it aside. without showing its face. Additional Note This effect appeared in the French magazine "Le Magicien" . except for the spectator’s signature. Point out that the selection is now restored.

cut out one of the heads on a Queen of Spades as shown in Figure 1. . Position the head onto the back so that the head aligns with the cutout on the Queen of spades when the cards are placed back to back. bringing the Queen of Spades to the bottom.e. still maintaining the break. Dribble the cards into the left hand. He tells a story about the French Queen MarieAntoinette. Transfer the deck into right-hand Biddle grip. The magic of the guillotine! After a snap of the fingers. By flipping the deck over longitudinally the prepared end will now be closest to the spectators. Turn the left hand palm-down and deal the eight face-up onto the table. who was beheaded during the French Revolution. above the queen. as shown in Figure 2. obtain a left fourth finger break above the bottom card. Drop the rest of the deck on top. Force the Queen of Spades via a Hindu Shuffle. Make sure that the head is positioned in the same direction as the cutout (i. Cut half of the deck from the top to the bottom. Place the Queen of Spades face-down on top with the cuto ut also at the inner end. they will look normal. Set-up Put the Eight of Hearts face-down onto the table with the head towards you. The missing head reappears on the back of the Eight of Hearts. when the cards are back to back. When he/she says stop. The prepared Queen in now on the face of the deck but it appears normal because the head glued to the back of the Eight can be seen through the hole in the Queen. to bring the prepared card to the center of the deck. Insert the Eight of Hearts face-up into the break. In effect. catch a fourth finger break above the queen. Glue the back of the head to the back of the Eight of Hearts. requesting a spectator to call. It is the Queen of Spades.. leaving a hole where her head was. Square the cards and flip the deck over. Presentation With the deck in left-hand dealing grip. to avoid flashing the head on its back. end for end. the face of the Queen of Spades visibly vanishes from the card. taking over the break with the right thumb. nearest to you) so that cards “nest” together when the Eight is in the deck. Holding the deck in left-hand dealing grip. “Stop”.Marie-Antoinette (June 1998) The magician has two spectators select cards (assume they are the Queen of Spades and the Eight of Hearts). drop all the cards above the break. Using an Exacto knife. Place the left-hand’s cards on top of those in the right.

Cut the deck to lose the Eight of Hearts in the center. ribbon spread the deck face-down on the table. the head of the Queen of Spades visibly vanishes. This will automatically load the Eight into the center. showing the queen from the center of the deck and perform the mechanics of the change described above. Put the Queen onto the table. Final Note You can also out-jog the double. Curl the first finger towards the deck. Figure 1 Figure 2 . Remove the card to reveal that the head is attached to the Eight. keeping them squared so that the head of the Queen does not separate from the rest of the card.Take the top two cards as one. revealing the Queen’s head. Flip the deck face-down into left-hand dealing grip. tilting the deck inwards to avoid flashing the head of the queen on top of the deck. Move the left hand up and down slightly. Remove the Queen from the top of the deck. using a move that is similar in mechanics to the Victor Change. leaving it out-jogged. pushing the Eight of Hearts flush with the deck. The "prepared head" of the queen is still oriented towards the audience. After a short pause. contact the outer end of the bottom card of the double with the left first finger. Replace the double card face-up on top of the face-down deck. Simultaneously. From the audience’s view. You will now make the head of the queen vanish in full view. The movement of the hand will conceal the movement of the card.

I wish to thank the following people for their help. support and suggestions: Dominique Duvivier Michael Weber Lee Asher Marc DeSouza Sébastien Clergue Gaétan Bloom Anne Agnès Jean-Claude and Clara .

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