Trick by Michal Kociolek and Roman Slomka
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Trick by Michal Kociolek and Roman Slomka (39.95)

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A signed bill appears inside a playing card.

Yes, you read that correctly. A bill is borrowed, signed and vanished before re-appearing inside a playing card. The only way to retrieve it is to tear off the top of the playing card like a bag of snacks and reach in-between the layers of paper that come together to create the card.

This is the “object to impossible location” plot on steroids. It's a mind-blowing moment with an equally brain-breaking visual. They can immediately take their bill back, instantly transforming it into an unforgettable souvenir that will remind them of the unbelievable experience you gave them every time they look at it.

Ingenious Gimmick

All of this is possible thanks to “Stratis”, an ingenious gimmick from Michal Kociolek and Roman Slomka that enables you to quickly and covertly load a signed bill inside a playing card. It hides in plain sight in your card box, allowing you to perform this miracle-level effect wherever you go. Imagine a card to wallet type setup, but with a card box and playing card.

No dummy signatures or weird switches are required. Their bill genuinely ends up between the layers of the card. Both the card and bill are totally examinable at the end.

"Stratis" is not limited to bills. Load any flat or foldable object such as coins, predictions, receipts, and more. (This is particularly helpful for countries that use polymer currency, because these bills can sometimes be more difficult to crease and fold.)

Practical, Simple, and a Ton of Fun

You’ll learn a complete powerhouse routine that takes full advantage of “Stratis”. It is way more practical than you might imagine too. Yes, you will need to split cards. But don't worry if you've never done it before. It’s super easy and expertly taught in complete detail.

The best part is you can prepare cards in large batches. As long as you have a pre-prepared card available, you can reset "Stratis" in under 60 seconds. This is perfect for walkaround performers that want to perform the effect multiple times in one night.

“Stratis” comes with the materials needed to quickly integrate it into a red or blue deck of Mandolin Playing Cards. Less than a minute of one-time prep is all that's needed to get going. It can also be easily customized to work with any poker-sized deck of cards.

Pairing an imaginative gimmick with a showstopping commercial routine, “Stratis” checks all the boxes for professionals and hobbyists alike. Get yours today!

This isn't the first time people have hidden objects in playing cards. Read a fascinating story about how secret escape maps were hidden in playing cards in WW II.


Customer reviews for Stratis

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Laura Bautista

This effect is really impressive and shocking. The spectator actually feels that his signed bill appears INSIDE a random card. In this case, it is not the magician who magically makes it appear, it is that the spectator can feel and touch it for real. You will need to do some crafting to prepare everything you need before the routine, but then the gimmick does everything by itself. Brutal!

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This is a lot of fun. the look on peoples faces when you produce the bill is great!!




Juri Pierre

This is brilliant!



Pure genius. What else can you say. WOW. The effect is genius and the utility device is genius and WELL CONSTRUCTED. To repeat the effect would be easy as long as you have prepped more cards ahead of time. 10/10??



This is a great trick! I have never split cards before so I watched this video as well as the bonus video that Vanishing Inc provided and I have an additional tip...I used an Exacto blade (the side that was not sharp) to help make the initial split at the corner of the card. It took a few tries, but I am now able to successfully split cards for this trick.





One of the rare times where I had no clue how this was being done and am blown away by how clever the gimmick is. There wasn't a eureka moment opening the box, but it's just really, really unique - I don't have anything remotely like it. Just a very cool method.



Very Please with the quality of the trick and the invention. THis will be a great addition to my cocktail party events.

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I don't have the gimmick in my hands right now, so I can't judge the quality of it, but at least it seems to be good quality from what you can see in the instructional video.
The method is absolutely brilliant and utilizes natural movements.
The teaching is also ok, but the video could be a bit more in-depth and they could have added another routine to enhance the instructions.




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  • Mitch asks: Can STRATIS be performed with Canadian currency? Canadian bills are not paper. They're a polymer that doesn't fold well.

    • 1. Erik answers: "Stratis" is not limited to bills. Load any flat or foldable object such as coins, predictions, receipts, and more. (This is particularly helpful for countries that use polymer currency, because these bills can sometimes be more difficult to crease and fold.) (This is what the description says )
    • 2. Aidan answers: The ad copy says “This is particularly helpful for countries that use polymer currency, because these bills can sometimes be more difficult to crease and fold.”
    • 3. Andrew answers: So if I read the ad copy correctly it reads that polymer currency cannot be used - which is why receipts etc can be used as alternatives. The previous responses don’t answer the question asked.
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  • Richard asks: It looks like a great finish but where's the performance? From the video I have no idea what happens prior to the finish.

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: The video has been updated with a full performance
  • Chris asks: How long does it take to load the bill into the playing card?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Once the gimmick and card is prepped, it takes seconds to load the bill.
  • Erik asks: Is there more than one gimmick or is it reusable?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: It's fully reusable!
  • Aidan asks: Will I have to carry an extra box if I wanted to do effects using the card box like normal?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Yes. Depending on what routine you decide to perform with it, you might want two deck boxes.
  • Harald asks: Is it necessary for cards to be split beforehand?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Yes, but you get a great in-depth tutorial on how to do it.
  • Ben asks: Does the gimmick need to be replaced/ refilled at some stage? If so, how many performances is it good for?

    • 1. David answers: I think folks will have to realize there is a gaffus as well as gimmicks involved
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  • John asks: How many split cards are provided with the Stratis product? --- John

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Hi John! There are no split cards provided with Stratis but you are taught in depth on how to split them. This is because magicians want to customize the cards that they use with the effect.
  • David Lee asks: How much prep time is there? In other words how long does it take to split cards?

    • 1. Richard answers: I watched the card splitting videos and I have a tip...I used the dull side of an Exacto blade to help make the initial split at the corner of the card.
    • 2. Larry answers: Splitting cards is a little bit of an acquired talent. It took a little practice to get it down but once I learned, I could go through an entire deck in under an hour. So the answer is about a minute, if you know what you are doing.
    • 3. Richard answers: I need to add some clarification to the last answer...I use the blade AFTER you tap (or bend/fold) the edge of the card.
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  • Steve asks: Is it necessary to put both hands behind your back to load the card or is their another method to accomplish the load?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: It is not necessary for other routines with it. The beauty is that the gimmick is flexible for other routines so can change up the handling to suit your style.
  • Steve asks: Do you still sell Eion O'Hare's card splitting tools? The splitting methods that I've used are a real PIA, so I'm hesitant to pull the trigger on this. Maybe you could offer a bundle?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: We don’t carry the jigs from him as they are his exclusives. We did just post a simple card splitting tutorial on our Facebook and YouTube page.
  • Mark asks: Does this effect require you to split a card completely, or only far enough to be able to load the...load?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Yes, the card has to be completely.
  • Robert asks: Is this a similar idea to the signed coin in the paper matchbook that Doug Henning performed? I had it a long time ago and loved the effect and the method.

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Yes, in a way. The idea, however, goes back to Hofzinser.
  • John asks: How difficult is this trick to perform? Is it beginner-level? Thanks John

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: The mechanism of loading the bill into the card is so easy a child could do it. Splitting the card is the only knacky part, but we've posted a free tutorial on YouTube or here: Once you get that down, the rest is super easy.
  • James asks: Why the cut at the 2:03 - 2:05 mark in the video? It would be nice to see the FULL performance without this edit since it's pretty important...

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: There's no cut. It was loaded way before then :)
  • Chris asks: Hey is this practical for walk-around gigs e.g. could I bet set up for 4 or 5 performance of Stratis in one evening without 'disappearing' to reload/ reset? Thanks

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Very practical! You'll want to have a few gimmicks ready but the reset time is less than 30 seconds.
  • Kenny asks: Now that you've realized that nobody wants to split their own cards and you're supplying 5 pre split cards with the trick. Are you going to be offering refills of split cards that we can purchase for future performances?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: You can buy pre-split cards here: Hope that helps.
  • Eliyahu asks: Can one load a signed card into another card? (I'm aware it would have to be in a different deck)

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: I think a card folded into quarters would create too much of a visible "lump" in the card for close-up, but I imagine you could get away with it in a parlor or stage setting.
  • David asks: In response to the question about finding a signed card inside the Stratis card, I think it would work to "find" a signed card from a deck of miniature cards. There are several sizes of smaller card decks available. David

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