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I'm curious as to how many folks perform tricks using physically altered cards - that is, cards that have been cut, holed, etc. This does not include altering, adding, or removing pips to the faces of cards and the like, but actually taking knife or scissors to cards. I have had good responses to "Palhinha's Whereizit" (Tarbell, V.6), Richard Kaufman's "Karate Card," "Larry Jennings's "Close-up Illusion," and Steve Fearson's "Easy Float." Are any of you using these kinds of effects?

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Does Card Warp count? (No knives or scissors, but still...) If so, then I do. Also, funny you should mention it, but last last month I was thumbing through Lake Tahoe Card Magic and rediscovered Jenning's Close-Up Illusion after close to two decades. Made up a couple necessaries and have been fiddling around with it. Strange thing, but I am having some difficulty making it look magical. Don't recall that being a problem. Ah well, focus and practice, right?!

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At one time I tried several of the Linking Card Effects - both gimmicked and impromptu.

I could never get a decent reaction.

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I had the same problem, plus I guess I just wasn't that entranced with the concept after all.
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Hi Anthony,Sure, Card Warp might as well be included. I never got the hang of it, and as for Michael Close's "Dr. Strangetrick, I finally threw up my hands in despair. Fortunately, Closeup Illusion seems to work easilyl for me.
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At one time I tried several of the Linking Card Effects - both gimmicked and impromptu.

I could never get a decent reaction.


Yep, I did that too. I had four or five different versions, Perhaps the most oft used was Harry's. Some were clever but I didn't think worth all the preparation. Harry's of course required no advance preparation.


I think Mike Powers's "Holey Terror" is a great routine in this category, never personally used it but always enjoyed watching it, an acquaintance had it in his repertoire.  
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Yes, I always have a set ready to perform The I Hate David Copperfield Trick.
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Yes, I always have a set ready to perform The I Hate David Copperfield Trick.


What's the difference between that trick and Jennings'? They look the same, at least on video, which is the only place I have seen the IHDC version. If there is a difference it must be subtle.

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I used to use a Jerry Somerdin effect called "Molecular Card" which has a similar plot to the Jennings Close-up Illusion but uses a different gaff.  My problem with both of these is that for most of the lay-people to whom I showed the effect, "trick cards" is the obvious - and correct - explanation.  This is why I love Card Warp and its many variants: by the end of the routine the gaff is destroyed and all the pieces can be left in the hands of the audience.

Perhaps LJ could get away with using an unexaminable card in his routine because he established his status as a master of sleight of hand and skill so his audience would not suspect him of using a gimmick.

My favourite Linking Card routine is Harris's Immaculate Connection.  I don't do all the phases - as with Card Warp, less is more.
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John Kennedy's Impossible Matrix uses a physically altered card ... and looks fantastic.
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The "Hypercard" is an interesting novelty. It's not really a trick but sure looks strange. Try making one out of a double facer and then stapling the hypercard onto the face of a normal card whose face matches one side of the DFer. 

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I've never got on with Linking Cards. I tried more than a few versions when it was in vogue and everybody and their granny's aunt seemed to be doing it, but I was never over-thrilled.
The only person I've seen make a consistently decent fist of it was Stephen Tucker. He published several versions and in his hands they were fine. In mine, not so fine.
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Roger Crabtree, former IBM president and air line pilot, had a really cool linking card. At the end you could hand out the linked cards! Very clever. I have the write-up of how to construct the gimmick around here somewhere.

I believe someone used this method or something similar on Fool Us.

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    I wonder how many here really know my Best Impromptu Linking Card effect?!  Mentioned once by Paul - and nothing since. I repeated it in Section VII of AND FINALLY! for a variety of reasons. One of which is that many asked me to do so. You really do have to start reading the good stuff, guys!!    Oh, the linking cards were once "In Vogue"???!!!  I've been using it, performing it, for quite a few decades. Jaws drop, always. Guess I'm out of vogue.
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I'm fascinated by Holey Terror and others of that sort. Have only played with them, never tried them out on anyone. Dave Forrest has a booklet out that you can get at Lybrary called "Holes" that I've also worked with. He also has "Project Zero" a 2 DVD set all about holes in cards, and just recently Reel Magic had "The Hole Project" by Chris Mayhew that was interesting.

oh -- forgot Dave had mentioned "Dr. Strangetrick" and that made me remember another Michael Close effect: "The PotHole trick" -- same genre except uses business cards -- I've spent a bunch of time playing with that one 😉

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Peter Pellikaan also has a lot of effects where he has holes on the cards and cards change back colors, cards disappear and even the holes change shapes! Circles to squares or something along those lines. He has lots of short videos on youtube or you can also find him on Facebook where he has links to his youtube videos (Click here to go to his channel). You can buy some of his tutorials on Vanishing Inc. Oh, and don't worry about his voice, he is fine... 
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ahh... Luigimar -- forgot about Peter Pellikaan -- good stuff!
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    I wonder how many here really know my Best Impromptu Linking Card effect?!  Mentioned once by Paul - and nothing since. I repeated it in Section VII of AND FINALLY! for a variety of reasons. One of which is that many asked me to do so. You really do have to start reading the good stuff, guys!!    Oh, the linking cards were once "In Vogue"???!!!  I've been using it, performing it, for quite a few decades. Jaws drop, always. Guess I'm out of vogue.


"Oh, the linking cards were once "In Vogue"???!!! I've been using it, performing it, for quite a few decades. Jaws drop, always. Guess I'm out of vogue."

Interesting comment from somebody who wrote a book called "Trendsetters".

"The Linking Cards," as I noted in my earlier post was, at one time, being performed by all and sundry. Or as I chose to write: "everybody and their granny's aunt seemed to be doing it." Hence "in vogue".

This vogue word, which for some reason Mister Lorayne seems to take exception to, applies to all tricks that catch the farternity’s attention and light the night sky. Others include "Wild Card", "Gipsy Curse," "Pen/Pencil Thru Banknote," "Crazy Man’s Handcuffs," "Out Of This World," "Rollover Aces," "Twisting The Aces," and on it goes.

"Pen/Pencil Thru Banknote" grabbed the collective imagination when Copperfield performed Timothy Wenk’s "Mis-Led" on TV. And that wasn’t yesterday.

The tricks never go away and remain firm favourites with some/many people. The bulk of the magic faternity, being as fickle as the weather, and often more so, are always chasing the "Next Big Thing". So yes, things do come into and go out of vogue. A recent example is the "Ten Card Poker Deal". Nothing new, but it lay hidden in plain view until it was revised, polished updated and rejigged to heck and back in a book called "Decksterity" by a writer some may have heard of.

Since then it’s resumed its rightful place as a classic. Regularly performed by many, but currently out of the limelight until the next TV performance or ultra-fab instant download gives it a boost. Waiting for the next explosion.

That to some extent came with Bob Farmer’s book on the trick and Ricky Jay’s recent(ish) performance on TV. Much discussion followed and interest was high once again. Following this voguish flurry, it’s dropped below the surface once again. Never far away, ever ready to be rediscovered and offered, as mentioned, via the ultra-fab instant download. 

 

Anyway, to answer Mister Lorayne’s question: I am familiar with "The Best Gosh Darned Linking Card Ever". In "Quantum Leaps" wasn’t it? 

 

Thanks to Mike Powers for reminding me of the Roger Crabtree version. "The Crabtree Connection," I think it was called. Very popular for a while. Voguish, you might say. I think Supreme Magic published a booklet on it in the UK.

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Thanks to Mike Powers for reminding me of the Roger Crabtree version. "The Crabtree Connection," I think it was called. Very popular for a while. Voguish, you might say. I think Supreme Magic published a booklet on it in the UK.



Yes, it was Supreme. I have it. The same method was re-invented by John Riggs in a book he published.
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