Magic Nook Magic
Coin to Sealed Candy Bag
of Baba Yaga
by Professor Spellbinder
deck of cards is handed to someone to shuffle. While it
is being shuffled, the magician puts a glass and two
envelopes on the table. One is a small envelope marked
with a question mark. It contains a single tiny playing
card- but the face of the card is blank. What happens
next is the most puzzling combination of events that
results in a card being revealed even before it is
randomly chosen from the deck. At the end, all can be
handled by the spectators as they attempt to solve the
puzzle of the Missing Card.
It's an old joke. The magician shows a
large playing card that contains a prediction of some
playiong card that will be selected by a spectator. The
card is chosen and the prediction is revealed to be all
52 cards together on the single prediction card. But now
the old joke has been turned into a twisting impossible
The card is selected in the most fair
and random way from a thoroughluy shuffled deck of
playing cards. Only one spectator knows what card has
been selected, then he seals it from sight in an
enveliope. The giant card with all 52 cards is in the
form of a puzzle. When the magician puts the puzzle
together, all 52 cards are seen. But when a member of the
audience tries to put the puzzle together, it contasins a
hole... one tiny card is missing... the tiny card beneath
a glass that everyone thought was only a blank card,
isolated long before the trick even started. Only now the
card isn't blank any more and fits exactly in the hole.
It turns out to be the same as the chosen playing card
sealed in the envelope by the one spectator who knows its
Every time the puzzle is shown, it has a
different outcome - a different playing card goes missing
to match whatever card has been secretly chosen and
sealed by the spectator.
Spellbinder's Missing Card Puzzle from James Gerrish on Vimeo.
As a Bonus, we include plans and
templates for making the Dollar Bill Puzzle "Where's
George?" Plus more puzzles based on the
"missing piece" mysteries of the past.
George? Bonus Puzzle from Professor Spellbinder from James Gerrish on Vimeo.
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