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The "I Hate Card Tricks"

Book of Card Tricks

Volume 1


by B. Robert Pulver



Harry & Bess

This effect is based on the “Metamorphosis” illusion made famous by Harry and Bess Houdini.

The Effect:

The King of Spades represents Harry Houdini.  The Queen of Hearts represents Bess.  Both cards have a hole through the center.  Bess is placed in a card case “trunk.”  She is then bound inside by threading a rope through the hole.  The trunk is then secured with “chains” (actually rubber bands) all around.  Harry stands on top of the trunk, which is covered momentarily with a curtain.  When it is removed, Bess (freed from her bonds) now stands where Harry was only a moment before.  The trunk is opened and Harry is found inside.  The rope is threaded through the hole in the middle of the card!


Disclaimer: This effect requires a custom-made gaff card. Instructions are provided for making a simple and inexpensive version. However, knowledge of and experience in card-splitting and/or other techniques for creating/printing custom-made gaff cards are recommended if a professional quality card is desired.



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