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The Card Through Handkerchief
The Card Through Handkerchief is one of card magic’s most popular plots mostly because of the very strong effect that’s created by relatively simple means. A card is chosen and returned to the deck. The deck is then wrapped in a handkerchief which is then shaken. Then, one card – the selected card, of course – slowly and magically seems to penetrate straight through the folds of the hank. Harry Blackstone Jr. said of this effect, “The Card Through the Handkerchief is one of the classics of card magic. Performed correctly, it is as strong an effect as you could wish for.”
The Card Through Handkerchief was a pet effect of Houdini and also Nate Leipzig, and for good reason. It uses ordinary properties to achieve an extraordinary – and very magical – effect, and with the instruction you’ll receive from the five world-class performers featured here, you’ll find that it will almost certainly be one of your pet effects in almost no time at all.
“Those effects in which an inanimate object moves without any visible cause are perhaps the most mysterious and effective in all magic. Such a trick more than any other seems like real magic, especially when it is accomplished…at close range directly under the noses of the spectators.” And, with these words, which introduced a key chapter in his classic book, Pet Secrets, Al Baker began an entirely new sub-genre of magic.
The road to the successful use of thread in a magic performance – that is, accomplishing the illusion of animation or even levitation – is fraught with pitfalls. In most effects of this kind, whether it’s a dollar bill floating in the air or David Copperfield flying across a stage, the best guess as to how it’s done by any modern audience is likely to be pretty close to the actual method. As the great Carl Ballantine was fond of saying, “How else…?” However, with the guidance of the fine magicians on this DVD, you’ll be well on your way to adding these amazing demonstrations to your own repertoire of miracles – and performing them the correct way!
Torn & Restored Card
The idea of tearing up and then restoring a playing card is a very old one, dating back to at least the late 1790s. In subsequent years, many methods, including mechanical ones, have been devised by magicians because it’s an effect that still amazes audiences.
The apparent destruction of a playing card is very compelling to audiences as they know that not only is the card destroyed but that the deck is ruined also. As a result, the card’s restoration never fails to get a good reaction from spectators and with the variety of methods you’ll find on this DVD, you’ll be able to add this timeless classic to your repertoire with ease.