My Favorite Card Tricks: Henry Harrius
By Henry Harrius - Thursday, April 28, 2022
We asked some of magic's greatest minds to share with us their favorite card tricks. This week is the turn of Henry Harrius. You may know him from his products, Cube in Bottle, Rubik's Dream, and Magnet-0. Over to Henry:
My favourite card tricks. This is a really tough question!
As a reputable professional magician, my spectators have already set a certain
expectation on how strong my magic should be. Being known for my Rubik's cube
magic and magic on various social media platforms, I have to have a repertoire that
is strong enough to live up to their expectations.
I have a very clear mindset to separate “magic for formal situations” and “magic for
casual situations”. To me, my formal magic includes my commercial shows and my
walkaround strolling magic. They are my thousand-timers and usually have been
performed for more than 10 years. Every detail is well thought out. This is what my
clients are paying for and they deserve the best of the best. On the other hand, I
treat my casual magic as another artform. It’s like a “hobby” side of me. They are
usually tricks that I would always carry with me and I would perform all the time
when I go to a bar or anywhere. Very often, they are very practical and easy to carry.
With that in mind, I am happy to share with you my top three favourite tricks and
how differently I would choose to perform them in different situations. If someone
were to hand me a deck of cards, the first trick I will do is…….
Ambitious Card + Mystery Card Box
To perform ambitious card and many more strong signed card materials, I ALWAYS
carry a mini sharpie on my key chain.
My version of ambitious card is very traditional, with multiple phases and ends with
Vernon’s Bent Card Handling. It is very cliché but ambitious card ….. DOES KILL! I also
perform Ambitious Card when I do table hopping and in that case, I usually end this
with my creation Mystery Card Box (those who have been to my lecture would
know!). The signed card would appear inside the playing card box far away from me.
For impromptu situations, I also have a sleight of hand version that serves me really
well throughout the years.
Back in Time / Triumph + Timeline
Jay Sankey’s Back in Time is my FAVOURITE triumph I have ever learnt. I have been
doing this for more than 10 years. It’s unbelievably good! Most magicians overlook
this effect and treat it as another triumph. However, It is much much more than
that! Your spectators genuinely feel the “back in time” experience and this
experience is far beyond any normal card trick. It ticks all the boxes. Deceptive,
convincing, any deck, anytime and can be done stand up without a table. What more
can you ask for? For many years, when someone hands me a deck of cards, this is
one of the top tricks I always perform.
Then about 2 years ago, my good friend Kieron Johnson sent me his Cube in Bottle
effect “Isolated”. In the tutorial, he teaches a REALLY GREAT Triumph. In the realm of
triumphs, I think that’s the BEST I have ever seen. I don’t want to say too much, but
that’s now become one of my top things to perform casually. When Patrick Kun was
developing his fantastic app “Timeline”, I introduced him to this triumph. I believe it also becomes one of his favourite things to perform too. So from now on, I can hit
the audience super hard with this triumph together with Patrick Kun’s Timeline.
On a side note, let’s take a moment to appreciate how great an app timeline is.
Recently, due to Covid 19, I have found out I almost forgot most of the tricks I can do
with my phone. However, I still remember how to use Timeline as it’s too simple and
too easy to use. Magicians seem to complain about its price but they are overlooking
the impacts and experiences it can give to the spectators. In fact, the app is so good
that I am willing to say I am actually glad there is one less person owning this app!
Two cards transposition/ David Williamson’s Torn and Restored Transposition
Whenever you have a duplicate, you have yourself a bloody miracle! Two cards
transposition is simple, direct and easy to understand. Generally, I perform this trick
mostly on strolling situations as I prefer not bringing out a deck when I’m not
working. I always secretly keep duplicates in the deck during table hopping. No one
would ever suspect and that’s how I can start this miracle anytime.
Torn and Restored Transpo by David Williamson is another beast of its own. Multiple
phases… plus a bloody amazing ending where you restored the card. It's one of the
best card tricks in the world…in my opinion. There are many torn and restored card
effect in the world but let’s be honest...Torn and Restored Transpo is the only thing
that I am using and actually performing.
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