In Case of Emergency

Trick by Adam Wilber
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In Case of Emergency

39.95 usd

Trick by Adam Wilber ($39.95)

In stock - very few available. Order in the next 5 hours, 12 minutes and it will go out today!
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After completely selling out at Magifest, Adam Wilber is thrilled to introduce an exciting card-to-box gimmick that has been two years in the making. He has performed the card-to-impossible-location effect for decades, and has finally created the prop he's always wanted for himself—and it might just be the last card-to-box gimmick you ever need to buy.

"Adam Wilber has made a clever, low profile switch box that injects a quality of participatory playfulness into a classic effect" David Regal

The signed card to impossible location plot is a true classic of magic for good reason. If you've ever performed this gem you'll understand why. With "In Case of Emergency", you introduce a miniature fire alarm as a "back up in case you mess up your trick."

This little fire alarm stays in full view the entire time. At the end of the routine, the spectator's sign card vanishes from the deck. You ask them to pull the fire alarm revealing a folded card inside the box, when they unfold the card, it's their signed card.

"In Case of Emergency" is so much more than a simple card switching device though. You can switch out billets, bills, cards, or any other paper product small enough to fit inside the box.

Each set comes with both the carefully-crafted gimmick and more than 1.5 hours of in-depth teaching that includes 4 different routines from a no sleight of hand beginner version to a show-stopping advanced version. You'll even get a detailed explanation of the mercury card fold (which is only required for the advanced version).

Beginner Routine

This routine is for those who don't like sleight of hand. Even if you've never handled a deck of cards in your life, you'll be able to perform this routine in no time. A card is selected, placed face up in the deck, and then instantly vanishes. When the spectator opens the fire alarm the card is now folded inside for them to open.

The Intermediate Routine

This routine is for those who are scared of the Mercury Card Fold. A card is selected and a corner is torn off of it. The spectator holds onto the corner as a receipt, the torn-corner-card is placed into the deck face up only to vanish in the blink of an eye and reappear inside the fire alarm, and of course, the corner matches perfectly. This routine doesn't use a signed card but plays just as strong as if it did.

The Full Advanced Routine

This routine is for those who want to use the gimmick to its fullest potential by having any signed card vanish and reappear inside the box. Adam teaches an ambitious card routine that ends in the box but you can use any signed card routine you'd like with this gimmick.

BONUS: Signed Bill Routine

Adam goes through his signed bill routine where you borrow a bill, have it signed, and then test it to see if it's counterfeit...The bill vanishes in a burst of flames (you will need to get some flash bills for this routine) only to reappear inside the fire alarm box.

Key Advantages

  • This small, but durable, gimmick easily fits in your pocket
  • Can be easily customized to any deck in just a few seconds
  • You are also not limited to playing cards
  • The card in the box is not attached to anything so they can see it move around as it should before the switch happens
  • There is a fun and playful presentational hook based around the idea that everybody has wanted to pull a fire alarm at some point in their life
  • Plays as strong on stage as it does in strolling or close-up settings
  • Comes with a metal carrying case for safe transporting when not in use

Community questions about In Case of Emergency

Have a question about this product? It's possible others do too. Ask here and other Vanishing Inc. Magic customers will be able to respond with assistance! Alternatively, email us and we can help too.

  • Adam asks: Hey, it's Adam Wilber here and I just want to address the review below from Matthew. I appreciate any and all feedback and of course the support of my work. To be clear there is a credit and inspiration section where I talk in detail about all the credits and inspirations that lead me to In Case of Emergency. It is in written format but it looks like if you didn't order it from us directly you do not have access to it because it's not in video form. I will leave it here so anyone on VI who purchased it can at least see the credit section of the project. The first time I saw a card-to-box routine was from the legend that is Tommy Wonder and his beautiful routine Ambitious Card Plus Ring Box produced by L&L Publishing. Another huge inspiration for this effect was John Kennedy's Mystery Box. It's a terrific gimmick and one I used for many many years. Other versions of Signed card to box that helped inspire ICOE are as follows David Regals Clarity Box Paragon 3D by Jon Allen Also taught in the tutorial is my Ambitious Card Routine which was massively inspired by the card magic of Bill Malone, Daryl, and Alex Pandrea. The corner switch taught in the intermediate routine is something I learned by watching a Joshua Jay project called Cornered where he used a dollar bill to do the switch. Thanks so much.

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Thanks for sharing Adam. If you have that PDF available, please email it to We will add it to the account area for our customers.
  • Willems asks: Am I going to ruin my cards with every time I use it? By folding the card or torn it?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Yes.
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Customer reviews for In Case of Emergency



card in box for EDC. fits right in your pocket and ready to go when you are.



I have performed CTB numerous times and the reactions are always great...but the reactions from Adam's ICOE are FIRE..!!! (pun intended) If you haven't known Adam's work from "before" then you need to start checking his creations out. Definitely one of the very few humble Magician's and creators of magic who will take time to personally talk with you. Stay true Adam !!



I have always loved the mystery box / card to impossible location plot. However, one of the biggest problem with a lot of such effects out there is that the box are really big and takes up a lot of space. Adam's created a really slick and small mystery box that can be thrown into any close up case or pockets without taking up much space. It's also a great hook to bring this out. 10/10



If you’re in the market for a CTB with a gimmicky hook, this could well be for you. Adam has obviously put the time into ensuring this is a well-rounded package with a very good routine to start you off. I liked it. The issue for me is how limiting the gimmick ends up being. You’re kinda stuck with the In Case of Emergency presentation. It also screams gimmick. Unlike other CTB options like Mint Box, Paragon 3D or Regal’s Clairty Box, there’s a fairly fiddly extra move that you need to do which makes things look a lot less smooth than I find ideal. It’s even apparent in Adam’s performance in the trailer. The size is the main advantage, so if you find the aforementioned options too big then this could be right for you. But I use Paragon 3D for walk around and never have any issues. I also prefer the added impossibility a transparent box brings to the table. Slightly surprised at the absence of crediting on the videos but it’s taught very well and Cody Fisher provides some excellent MCF subtleties.

In Case of Emergency by Adam Wilber