Invented by Jack Hughes in 1936, and almost
immediately pirated by every magic manufacturer as soon as he
began making them for Davenports, we look into several variations
that have made the rounds over the years, add some new routines
and some new ideas on building one of your own from Dollar Store
Standard Effect: A
card is selected and shuffled back into a pack. The performer
displays a frame with two clear sheets. The clear sheets are
fastened together with rubber bands or elastic straps. The pack
is tossed towards the frame, and the selected card immediately
appears, sandwiched between the clear sheets. These are removed
from the frame, and a spectator may himself open the clear sheets
and remove the card from between them.
By Professor Spellbinder
Effect: A deck of
cards is fanned face up to a spectator to freely choose any
card except the Joker. He is told the Joker has a way of
always getting the last laugh and so it should be
The spectator picks a card and signs it across the face. The
magician states he doesnt trust the Joker and decides to
strap the Joker between the clear sheets of the TV Frame. The
back of the Joker faces the audience so they dont have to
look at his mocking laughing face. Now the signed card is placed
face down into the deck of cards.
The cards are showered at the TV Frame and it is seen that all
the cards have changed into Jokers. The TV frame is turned around
to show that the Joker that was sealed inside has been replaced
by the signed card.
The card is released from between the clear sheets and the
signature is verified by the spectator. Apologizing for the rude
behavior of the Jokers to interfere in the trick, the magician
offers to repeat it. The elastics are put back on the clear
sheets and they in turn are placed on the wood frame.
The signed card is torn into pieces, and the spectator is given a
corner to keep. The other pieces are wrapped in paper and placed
at the base of the TV frame, either on a clip or in an ashtray.
The paper goes up in flames and a card with one piece missing
from the corner is seen to have appeared inside the frame. The
performer hands the clear sheets to the spectator and the
spectator retrieves the card, showing that the corner being held
is indeed the missing corner.
Just added (12/03/09) :
An addendum to include the 1946 effect "Foto-Flight" by
Leon Maguire, but made simply from Dollar Store materials. If you
are a previous purchaser of this effect and failed to get the
addendum, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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