From the April 2016 Genii magazine. Reviewed by David Regal
I ENJOY BEING SURPRISED by things like this. This is a simple effect: The face of a playing card that’s paper clipped to a cardboard “gift card” (you need to provide the rationale for this) is openly shown to the audience as a prediction. A card is then “freely selected” by a spectator, but it does not match the clipped card. The magician unclips the prediction, turns it over, and it now magically matches the selected card. So, what you get here is a card switch made possible via a gimmick, one that is very deceptive and can be adapted to items other than a gift card. The changed card is examinable at the end, and that’s where all the heat lies. What’s particularly nice about this card change is the fact that the entirety of a card’s face is seen both before and after the change, and the gift card is a bit smaller than a playing card. The physical properties you receive are inexpensive, but this is a good secret to have. Considerations: If you choose to make this with other items, you will be pleased with the ease with which this is done.