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Print Card Trick
(Uses Related Technology)
effect requires an individual verified magician with some knowledge of electronics.
By Jolyon Jenkins
The card frame prop in
which a card appears within a sealed and previously blank
picture frame has a long history. Bosco and
Hofzinser both developed the effect, which is purely
mechanical in operation, in the late nineteenth century.
This prop takes the effect a stage further and allows the
card, or any other picture, to appear slowly and visibly,
under the noses of the audience. The appearance of the
picture is slightly like a photograph developing in a
darkroom, although some bits of the picture tend to
appear before others, leading to a can you see what
it is yet? experience. The speed at which it
happens depends on several variables at its
fastest it can be around 15 seconds, or it can take
several minutes. You can also make the image fade again.
The effect can be used for sťance magic, where it can be
presented as a kind of spirit photography, or
telepathic x-ray. The picture that is revealed could be
an old daguerreotype-style image of the dead person; with
some pre-show work, you could use an image of a dead
relative of an audience member. The image is inherently
slightly cloudy, which lends itself to old black and
white pictures. Alternatively you can use it in
mentalism, where you force an image on the audience
for example, you force the Eiffel Tower, and then
slowly reveal a picture of that building. Or you can just
use it as a card frame. Force your card, have the
spectator concentrate on the image of the card and then a
clouded image of the card appears inside the frame.
Watch the video below to get an
idea of how well it works.
Ghost Frame is also not a
simple project, but it does not require any soldering
(except as an option). It requires some construction
work, as well as some knowledge of electrical wiring,
switches and other electric parts, but uses no true
electronics parts in its construction.
Note: This is an e-Book of instructions for
building the effect, and not the actual prop itself. You
make the device following photos and instructions and get
the parts from sources suggested by the author. The purchase of any of these e-Books entitles
you to construct one item for your own personal use. If
you are interested in acquiring a manufacturing licence
please contact the author via the Magic
Nook. Copying and resale of any
e-Book is prohibited by International Copyright law.