Whats Next? has always been exposed
its part of the trick. I wont go deeply into the
history, but it started as a card puzzle without the movable pips
or spots. Next, it was a jumbo card with movable diamond pips on
little loops of monofilament (Pop Eye Pips, c. 1955).
Tenyo came out with a metal version that used big domino-like
dots ( What's Next? c.1968) , and that seemed to be the
end of it. It was now a finely tuned, easy to handle, packs-flat-plays-big
prop. According to the ad copy, the exposure went like this: A
jumbo card is shown to the audience. It has one spot on one side
and four spots on the other. It is shown again to have three
spots on one side and six on the reverse side! The magician
proceeds to explain to the audience how the trick is done and
everyone thinks they understand that is until they find out that
he has been fooling them. The real surprise is at the finish,
when eight spots are found on the reverse side. So the exposure
was a fraud and explained nothing... until Youtube came along.
Here is Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki in 2009 demonstrating the standard
version of "What's Next?"
But then Spellbinder decided to expose the REAL secret of the
trick. The dots changed color and colorful silk handkerchiefs
were found stuffed inside. One of the dots was multi-colored and
from it was pulled a long colorful streamer (or an optional
mouth-coil). In this way, all the dots had been removed by the
end of the trick except for three red dots. Two helpers held
the card by the edges and the final red dots were revealed to be
sponge balls, which led right into a sponge ball routine using
the card as a "table", the eventual vanishing of all
sponges, and the board ended up blank on both sides. So after all
these years, have we finally learned Whats Next?
No, by golly! This past December (2010) both Wiz
Kid Qua-Fiki and Professor Spellbinder independently and
simultaneously hit on the same brand new solution that simplifies
the effect, makes it possible to change the colors of the spots
AND the card can be examined when they are all done with it (if
you choose to do so.) They call their newest version "What's
Next Now?" You'll find all the various versions explored
since this e-Book began to be written starting in 2007 and
reaching final publication 3 years later.
Just added to the e-Book (12/28/10)!
Ee-Gee-Fiki's variation that he calls "Cookie Counter."
Using his cousin's (Qua-Fiki) new method made it possible for
Ee-Gee-Fiki to pass out the cookie tray for examination and
spectator handling prior to going into another cookie trick he
has been working on, so he applied it to his version and offered
it up as an addendum to this e-Book. His version allows you to
count cookies consecutively from one to five, each time you turn
the board over (unlike the one four three six eight count of all
the other What's Next versions).
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