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CIRCUS by Phil Goldstein (c)1977 Hank Lee's Magic Factory. "An exciting three card CIRCUS, starring THE GREAT JUMPINI!!" You demonstrate his death defying jumps and at the end explain how he does it all.

This is my dad's favorite packet trick. I like it because it appeals to all ages. It also is a source of mystery to me. Here's why. At the start of the trick, you show three face down cards and you then show Jumpini face up. You turn it back face down and now the Jumpini card jumps to different locations in the three card packet. And people are surprised and amazed at this. And I'm surprised and amazed at this because I thought logic would dictate that perhaps there are three Jumpini cards. But I RARELY get that reaction. I'm not sure why. Do I have an honest face? Am I trustworthy? What? You WANT me to take your daughter to the movies? 

The kicker ending is that you reveal all three cards to be spring cards. This is the secret to Jumpini's amazing skills. That really throws them for a loop. What happened to Jumpini? Where did he go? 

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HOWL a packet adventure by Phil Goldstein. (c) 1978 Phillip T. Goldstein. The effect: "An offbeat magical romp through the woods, starring John, Mary, and two ferocious, fun-loving werewolves... Laughs and surprises blend together, to make a full-length routine of great packet magic." 

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TIME OUT by Phil Goldstein & Hank Lee. (c) 1975. I had fun with this packet trick over the summer at various festivals. The effect: "A terrific participation routine with a climax that will drive 'em crazy!! You show four cards. 3 are blank, one has a picture of a clock. The clock card is put on the table: The blanks go behind your back. By taking the tabled card, the clock vanishes from that card and reappears with the other cards. Do it again with two blanks and the clock. The third time, the spectator tries it but it all goes wrong - he must have hit too hard, for the clock is now shattered and broken!! This is ready to do entertainment, and yes - the cards can be handed out for examination at the end of the routine!"

This is a fun routine to perform. It has audience interaction and a surprise ending. 

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MENTAL MONTE-ZUMA (c) 1977 by Al Cohen. The effect: "Three cards are freely shown, one has a green square, two have blue circles. The packet is given a shake & things begin to happen.. The square turns over?? The circle turns into the square?? The square disappears & in its place appear two crosses...a baffling effect that'll drive 'em batty!!!! - based on an idea by Karl Fulves called Phantom Monte.

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ACE-TRONAUTS by Ron Frost. This is still available and currently produced by Meir Yedid. My instructions are from Tannens (no date). The effect: Four Ace of Clubs (Ace-tronauts) go on a journey in a time machine. Through the journey the aces turn face down, their faces disappear then reappear; and finally the faces of the aces TRIPLE in size.

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HAUNTED HOUSE by Larry Becker. You tell the tale of a dare to stay overnight in a haunted house. You hear a noise and while investigating that, you ruin into a ghost. You place the ghost in your ghost catcher and leave to show your friends. However when you open the catcher, there is no sign of the ghost... It vanished. I always break this one out during Halloween. I like the engaging story line and the way the effect flows with that story.

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Tiny Water was the first packet trick I owned. It was a multi-phase "oil and water" routine by Phil Goldstein with a kicker ending. The instructions say the routine first appeared in Lloyd Jones' "S.O.B. Jr.", January 1975.

It's a six phase routine where red and blue backs separate, then mix. For a kicker finale all backs turn to one color. This is also written up in Phil Goldstein's book, "Focus."

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Emerson & West present Larry West's GOURMET MOUSE. Instructions by Bill Wells. - A story about a mouse that prefers cheese cake over regular cheese and his nemesis...a cat. Now available through Hampton Ridge. 

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The classic "Two Card Monte." The best thing about this packet trick is that if you play your cards right you'll never have to buy another cigar.- Adam's version, uncoated card stock.

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THE DEVIL YOU SAY! - (c) 1979 - Jerry Masters - A three card monte routine where the mark picks the odd card correctly two times in a row. On the third try he picks the only face down card. It's turned over and found to be the picture of the devil. The odd card has vanished!!!

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POINTER by Phil Goldstein - (c) 1976 Hank Lee's Magic Factory - Arrows all point one way. Change the direction of one arrow and they ALL change direction. This continues with a final kicker ending...one card with multiple arrows in both colors pointing in both directions. 

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LINE UP by Jim Vetter - (c) 1975 Hank Lee's Magic Factory. Eight cards are shown to be all different. A miniature card is placed aside, face down as a prediction. The spectator had an extremely free choice of one of the eight cards. The prediction and the chosen card match.

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MIKO - by Harold Sterling. The mother of all 3 1/2 of Clubs tricks. Only basic math skills required. Roll and die and you will determine the card it landed on. Looks like you messed up. But in the end, your prediction was correct. 

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HAUNTED HOUSE by Larry Becker. You tell the tale of a dare to stay overnight in a haunted house. You hear a noise and while investigating that, you ruin into a ghost. You place the ghost in your ghost catcher and leave to show your friends. However when you open the catcher, there is no sign of the ghost... It vanished. I always break this one out during Halloween. I like the engaging story line and the way the effect flows with that story.
I'd love to see a video of you demonstrating this effect. It sounds interesting!

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By the way...quite the collection you've got there!
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Trivia: The packet trick "MIKO" is named for MIlton KOrt
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I'll be posting more to this gallery. I acquired a great deal of packet tricks in my lifetime and I just happened to purchase a bunch of them in one lot.
I'll also try to get a video of me performing Haunted House on here.
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I'll be posting more to this gallery. I acquired a great deal of packet tricks in my lifetime and I just happened to purchase a bunch of them in one lot.
I'll also try to get a video of me performing Haunted House on here.
I look forward to seeing it!

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FLIM-FLAM CARDS (c) 1974 Nick Trost - Performer relates a story about a Flim-Flam Man. He puts one unknown card down to one side, then shows five other cards BLANK ON BOTH SIDES. He claims he will "print" three cards to match the unknown card. One by one three of the blank cards change to TENS, which are placed aside. When the unknown card is turned over, it's shown to be an ACE. A mistake must have been made. However, when the three TENS are turned face up once more they have changed to ACES so now all four cards match! A Knockout Effect - A Super Eye Popper - COMPLETE WITH FAKE CARDS AND ILLUSTRATED DIRECTIONS. 

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THE ROAD RUNNER CARD TRICK (c) 1976 Nick Trost - Performer has a packet of 5 cards. The top card, the Road Runner, is shown and placed on the bottom. "Beep Beep" and he's back on the top. Now the Road Runner card is placed faced down on the table. Once again, he's back on top of the packet. Everyone thinks that all cards are Road Runner cards. 4 Runners are shown and then "Beep Beep Beep" all 4 vanish leaving blank cards. What made them disappear? The face down card on the table is turned face up and it's seen to be Wile E. Coyote!!

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ACE IN THE HOLE (c) 1974 Nick Trost - Performer shows 5 cards that he was dealt in a game of stud poker. One down and four face up. Not even a pair! The hole card is no help and laid aside. When the other cards are shown again, there are now three aces. The hole card is turned face up and it's changed to the fourth ace - THE ACE IN THE HOLE!!

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NUTSHELL MONTE (c) 1975 Nick Trost - The Three Shell game with cards. Performer shows how he was "taken" with the 3 shell game. He shows three cards with nutshells on their BACKS. Two FACES are blank, the other has a pea. Cards are mixed and the pea vanishes. All the shells are blank. But then the pea appears under each shell. Finally a large 8 ball appears under each shell showing that in the end, no matter what shell you pick, you get behind the 8 ball. 

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Wow! Very impressive collection to say the least! One of my mentors has an quite an extensive collection of packet tricks as well. Always fun and actually quite educational to see these pictures. Thanks for sharing and hope there are more coming!
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THE BICENTENNIAL CARD TRICK (c) 1975 Nick Trost - Performer explains that "200 years ago today" Ben Franklin did the first card trick in America. He re-enacts Ben's trick by having a card selected from a pack. Now four attractive number cards are shown, spelling out 1976. But when the numbers are shown again, THEY'VE CHANGED to read - 1776. The spectator indicates one of the face down number cards and when it's turned face up, a cartoon of Ben holding a duplicate of the CHOSEN CARD mysteriously appears - superimposed over the number! A really big surprise!! A trick spectators will talk about. Easy to do with colorfully printed cards, patter and directions. 

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5 CARD POLKA - written and illustrated and copyright (c) 1975 Phil Goldstein - Our story concerns a gambler vacationing in Warsaw (Poland). He's been there about two weeks and he's itching to play some cards. He goes to the bellhop at his hotel, and says, "I can't stand it anymore, I have to find some poker." The bellhop replies, "No problem, go to room 311 at 5 o'clock. Well it's only noon. So he's got five hours to wait. The minutes tick by slowly and finally it's five, so he runs up to room 311 and burst through the door and there are five guys wearing liederhosen and playing musical instruments. He runs back downstairs and finds the bellhop. What's wrong with you? I asked you to find me some poker!, he screams. The bellhop says, "Well, what's the matter? That's the best polka band in Warsaw." "Not polka, poker - cards!!" shouts the gambler. "Why didn't you say" responds the bellhop. Upstairs, room 312. So the gambler runs upstairs to room 312, bursts through the door, and sure enough there's a card game going on. He sits down and says, "Deal me in." He gets dealt five cards. THESE are the exact five cards he was dealt...(and that is the introduction to a novel packet effect that contains a lot of magic.)

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FACE LIFT by Sam Schwartz - EFFECT: The routine involves the separate Kings each appearing face up. From here, the performer shows all the Kings appearing face up, then changing to four Aces, and finally, a Royal Flush. 

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NUMBERO UNO by Jim Vetter and Phil Goldstein - (c) 1975 Hank Lee's Magic Factory - You show five cards with numbers on it. One has the number 1 and four have the number 5. The card with the 1 subtracts itself from the others and a 5 changes into a 4. Another 5 becomes a 3. Another 5 changes to a 2. Now the 1 changes to a 5. But the last card, is it a 1 or a 5? Neither, it's now a veritable explosion of numbers. A baffling routine with a climax they'll long remember. 

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A local magician gave me "Nut Shell Monte" a few years ago...I love it. Audiences do too!
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GREAT thread!!

EVILDAN... are you comfortable with "guest" contributors, if we have old packet tricks that you haven't already listed here? It would also be interesting to post tips and additions that people have added to their presentations of these tricks.
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Feel free to post. I have about 200 packet tricks and am posting as I have time. But anything that would turn this into a nice resource is welcomed.
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I love seeing all these older tricks. More, please!
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PHANTOM PHLUSH - by Sam Dalal - Instructions written and illustrated by Phil Goldstein - (c) 1976 Hank Lee's Magic Factory - The magician displays a packet of six cards, shown to be blank on both sides. One of the cards is used to magically print the others - first an Ace, then a King, Queen, Jack and Ten to complete a Royal Straight Flush. Then for a sensational climax, the five cards develop backs. Watch their expressions when you immediately hand the five cards out for examination!

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THE L.F. THREE CARD MONTE - (Rated "X",,,For Mature Audience Only) - No copyright noted. No originator noted. This is known as "Three Card Monte" or "The Dutch Looper" and the clean ones have been sold by magic shops and pitchmen for ages. This particular set has the worst gimmick I've seen and mis-matched cards. (Back colors are off)

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EXCEPTION (c) 1977 Phil Goldstein - A game of observation, played with four blue backed cards. Three are blank, one has an X on it's face. The spectator seems to win, but suddenly the X changes to a spot. When the spot card is turned over, there's a huge X across its back...and the back has changed color. 

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MISSING MONTE by Steve Humsberger and Ron Spohn - (c) 1978 Hunsberger/Spohn Magic Enterprises - A terrific card routine with such an unexpected ending, it's guaranteed to baffle everyone! Three poker size cards are shown; two Aces and a Queen. The three cards are mixed up and the audience is told to keep track of the Queen. Then one Ace is discarded and the other Ace and Queen are placed under a spectator's hand. The second Ace is removed and both Aces are shown front and back. When the spectator raises his hand the card is no longer in one piece, since the Queen has completely vanished! A complete easy-to-do, audience tested routine and the cards may be handed out for examination. 

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PERFECT MONTE by Jerry Somerdin - no copyright date but this another version of "Three Card Monte" or "The Dutch Looper" with an updated gimmick that allows you to show both sides of the non-money cards. This also was out before Dan Harlan came out with "Switchblade." You can tell these are the real deal because the instructions have the embossed Jerry Somerdin punched into it. 

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CUT-THROAT CASINO by Edward T. Hollins (c) 1981 Emerson & West - Here is a full routine that is not only a completely self-contained card trick but also has a surprise climax featuring poker chips or coins that can act as a "bridge" into your coin routine. After the routine's Elevator or Ambitious Card effects are over, the routine has four building climaxes...and as we like most of all...when you are finished...you are clean - and all the cards on the table can be examined by the spectators!

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I posted this on September 1, 2014 on the Perverse Magic thread of the Genii Forum

 

Four Card Monte

 

Background

 

1          This came from Richard Vollmer’s Poor Man Monte (Apocalypse April 1980 page 472) with modifications suggested by my friend Peter Marshall (Apocalypse September 1982 page 678).

 

2          It’s a “packet trick” and I believe packet tricks should end “clean” – that is-the cards should be able to be examined at the end.

 

3          It’s presented here as Perverse Magic – the sixth category – the magician just doesn’t understand why something happens.

 

 

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1          “I met with this great card magician last week and I asked him to teach me the “Three Card Monte”. He said I would have to first learn the “Four card Monte”. I didn’t understand but he taught it to me. But to tell the truth I still don’t understand how it works.

 

            “Look, we use four cards, three Five of Diamonds (5D) and one King of Clubs (KC).

 

2          “Okay, you’re supposed to put one 5D here on the table face down and that leaves these three cards, two 5D and one KC.” He shows the three cards with the KC in the center.

 

            He turns them face down and the right thumb on top, he pulls the top card onto his right. That’s repeated with the next 2 cards.

 

            “Now what’s confusing is that if you had to pick the KC you’d find that these are all 5D and the KC is here on the table.”

 

3          This entire sequence is repeated – a 5D is put on the table – two 5Ds are shown with a KC between them and all the cards in the magician’s hand turn out to be 5D and the KC is on the table.

 

4          “This is so confusing. Let me get rid of one of these cards.” He puts one of the 5D  in his hand into his pocket. “Good – now we have a simpler 3 card monte.” He puts the KC between the 2 cards in his hand. And again he pulls the top card onto his right. That’s repeated with the next 2 cards.

 

            “Now this is what confuses me. If you wanted to find the KC – well, these are all 5D and the KC is here in my pocket.

 

5          “Just one more time. Look, I’ll put a 5D face down on the table and of these three in my hand which is the KC?

 

            “This is really weird. Look – the 5D is on the table but these in my hand are all KC.”

 

            “This is just too complicated for me!”

 

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Wow, Dan, some of those oldies look in excellent condition. A couple there I'd never heard of. Several I'd used. 
I never used Pointer but decades ago a friend used to use it in his restaurant repertoire. 
Larry Becker published a different version of Haunted House in World of Super Mentalism (Vol.1 I think) which did away with the envelope and just used an alphabet deck.

I remember using Circus in the seventies a lot, and Gourmet Mouse. Numero Uno I still use from time to time. Had Howl but didn't use it much. 
Five Card Polka is also described in "Focus" and if I recall correctly was the basis of "Bicycle Built For Five" which was a popular packet trick at one time.

When I find time I might add a few packet trick photos myself [smile]

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This was one of Nick Trost's best, and one of the best variants on Alex Elmsley's  "Dazzle". Not as many changes but you pretty much end clean. It is now fully described in "Nick Trost's Subtle Card Creations Vol. 2"

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No longer have the packaging but here's an old performance clip of Jim Vetter and Phil Goldstein's "Numero Uno", marketed through Hank Lee in the seventies.
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This is a variation on Phil Goldstein's "Circus" which retains the plot and climax. It is Jozsek Kovacs's "Clown" from his 2007 e-book "Cardophilia". Based on Aldo's "Topper" (which I've not seen).
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DOTS IMPOSSIBLE by Al Cohen (7-27-71...earliest date on instructions) 
Six cards are placed face down on the table. A spectator freely chooses any card. When he turns his card over it is red....When the other cards are shown they are all black. It does not matter which card he selects..it is always the odd one. 
Not just a coincidence, but a Sure-Fire Effect!!

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DOTS INCREDIBLE - by Al Cohen (no date) 
Three cards with BLACK spots and three cards with RED spots are freely shown. One black card is placed between the two reds and one of the reds is placed between the two blacks. With NO TRICKY MOVES the red cards are back together and the black cards are back together. Trick is repeated now with four cards and again with two cards. This is the basic effect. 

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DE LUXE DRINK CARDS by Sid Lorraine. Put out by Supreme Magic of England. No date.
You show several cards on which are printed different pictures of glasses of popular drinks - Whiskey, Gin and so on. These are held in a fan face-down whilst someone selects any card. Now all you do is "taste" the back of the card with your fingertips and you can instantly call which drink it is. This can be repeated ad lib. 

This was one of my favorite tricks. This came with a plastic holder. I'd have someone remove the card and place it in the holder. The rest of the cards were tossed face down on the table. I'd take the holder with the card face down. I'd run my finger along the underside face of the card and then lick my finger. I'd immediately call the the drink. I had no idea what advocaat was, and I still don't. I did look it up one time but forgot. 

This has been reissued with redesigned cards. 

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GYPSY CURSE by Peter Kane - released by Emerson & West - (no date) 
Seven ancient playing cards are shown to be six spot cards and one King of Diamonds. The proprietor of a game of chance, at an old travelling country fair divides the seven card into two groups and asks the spectators to wager as to which group contains the Diamond. An elderly Gypsy woman having wagered and lost, placed a curse upon the man and his game. When next he attempts to operate his game it is found that all the cards are winners. The cards are fanned to show that all cards are the King of Diamonds and the backs are normal. 

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OUT OF ORDER by Nick Trost (no date) 
As the story goes: The worlds first cardifeiter attempts to print his own cards in order to sell them to gamblers in Vegas. Only, he finds out that his machine is "out of order." Four red back blank face cards are show. One by one they turn face up, but in the craziest printing job ever. After all the printing is done the cards are shown to be all face down again, having blank faces. But only one card has an "OUT OF ORDER" printed on it, giving the cardefeiter the answer as to why he couldn't print the cards. 

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There's been a few versions of the drink cards over the years. I certainly had the "Deluxe Drink Card" put out by Supreme Magic Co. Used to be on their mailing list and get their magazine. In the USA I think Abbott's had the rights to the effect. If you used it a lot you'd come across people who would suggest the cards were marked (they weren't). Supreme also released a version with wine bottle labels pictured on card stock.

EvilDan, Abvocaat is an egg based drink, yellowy and thick. I tried it and liked it. I think it's Dutch. Growing up, at Christmas my mum sometimes mixed it with lemonade (50/50) and referred to it as a Snowball [smile]

In the UK International Magic still sell a version of this trick. Alakazam sell a version (or did) with perfumes on the cards but used my idea of blank backed cards to eliminate the thought of marked cards. 

I recall having two sets of cards at one time and using five of each for a "Will The Drink Match" type of effect. 

Al Cohen's 'Dot's Impossible' I used a lot, of course it's basically "'Eight Card Brainwave".

Meir Yedid bought the rights to a number of Ron Frost effects and re-released "Out of Order" on Bicycle card stock a few years ago. It was retitled as "Carderfeiter" a video dem can be found here:

https://www.mymagic.com/p/walk-around-magic/carderfeiter-ron-frost

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Deluxe Drink Cards has been reduced to "Magic Flavors"
http://www.abbottmagic.com/Magic-Flavors-ABBmagicflavors.htm?categoryId=-1

Instead of 8 cards there are 5. I don't like that. I think one out of eight is more impressive than one out of five.

When I performed this, since I didn't know what advocaat was, if that was the one picked, I'd say, yeah, I don't recognize that one. It doesn't taste like anything I had before. I'm guessing it's advocaat. And it played. I never got called out on it.

Some people would think the cards were marked. Let them look at two. Give a false mix and you were back in business.
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This is the International Magic version, called "A Matter of Taste". It has 8 cards in the set. Last time I saw these the quality was the same as the Supreme Magic cards.

http://www.internationalmagic.com/product-2-a-matter-of-taste-75.html

In having just read the advertising blurb I see they have now addressed the possibility of spectators thinking the cards may be marked in a presentational way. [smile]


Here's a link to the Alakazam perfume version: 

http://www.alakazam.co.uk/product-Common-Scents-by-Peter-Nardi---Trick.html
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