Blank Night

Trick by John Archer
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Blank Night

25.00 usd

Trick by John Archer (25.00)

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Penn and Teller's hit show Fool Us had a simple premise: perform an effect that the duo couldn't figure out. Only two magicians fooled Penn & Teller in the initial show, and one of those was John Archer. He did so with a smart, simple routine called "Blank Night," and Vanishing Inc. Magic is proud to release it.

"Blank Night" comes complete with everything you need to add it to your next show. Five envelopes are shown and you explain that one of them contains a prize of $100 (use any amount or currency). Audience members choose four of the five envelopes but discover they have only won small consolation prizes (such as a $0 bill, or nothing at all).

Without any suspicious moves, the final envelope is clearly opened to reveal $100 inside! The bills are not folded and are seen clearly being pulled from inside the envelope. No body loads, envelope switches or thumbtips. “Blank Night” left both Penn and Teller speechless!

Comes complete with detailed, fully-illustrated instruction booklet, specially-manufactured envelopes and gimmicks. Choose blue or yellow envelopes at checkout. Envelopes come blank so that you can write whatever words you would like on them.

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Customer reviews for Blank Night



This is so much fun. And so inexpensive!
A brilliant piece of entertainment that can
be adapted to your audience.
Believe it or not, I'll be
purchasing another set so I can have a
'kid' version and an 'adult' version.



You’ve all seen this performed by John Archer (one of the nicest guys in magic, by the way) and you know how it plays out.

It’s a wonderful effect and the envelopes come blank so that you can create your own presentation. It can be played straight or for laughs - it’s really down to your own style and imagination.

This is very easy to perform, leaving you to focus on your presentation. And it’s priced very reasonably.

If you want a great bank night effect, that packs small and play massive, then look no further.



I've just finished a month of "community shows" around the village halls in my area and each time I performed this effect. It absolutely stormed it! I put "funny" messages in the envelopes which said things like "You have won a ticket for last night's show" and "You have won a free drink - valid during the interval only" (this was in the second half of course!). This meant nobody felt like a "loser" and added another level to the comedy. Well recommended and easy to perform even surrounded as everyone was watching the person opening the envelope and not me. Get it!

VI Monthly


This is just SUPERB. I love bank night routines, and to date, this is by FAR my absolute favorite. I was recently a volunteer onstage for Jon's performance of this in a Gala show, and I was blown away by the fact that I could fully inspect the envelope I chose. The big problem I have with so many bank night routines is the use of gimmicked envelopes, which. no matter how well they are made, may not withstand close scrutiny by the spectator. Here, each spectator can inspect his/her envelope, or even just keep their envelope following their selection (you can buy refill envelopes, or just make your own). Also, there is no force -- spectator selects are free. So in short, each spectator has a free choice of envelope, and can inspect or keep the envelope, as they are ungimmicked! I don't think you can get better than this! (And at $25, it may just be the best value in magic!)


Einar Aron

John Archer did a fantastic job on this! The method is so clever and bulletproof with endless possibilities of the presentation. If the currency doesn't fit, the DIY is simple enough for most people. Very excited building a presentation around this!

VI Monthly


Excellent trick! I was a bit bummed out at first as I needed to get to the craft store to purchase a little something extra for the gimmick, but once I had it completed and was performing it, it felt absolutely worth it. The Magic is super strong and there’s so many options for routining to make it unique to the performer.



I purchased this last year for a Christmas gig before Lockdown. I. have seen some reviewer say it does not work with US currency, but I found it fit just right so I don't know if the gimmick was modified to include US unfolded bills.



Ive seen John perform this a few times and I recently picked it up. It's so smart and so easy to perform! You'll love it!



Brilliant effect! Well worth the price. Goes over excellent with the audience!



Just arrived. HIGH quality envelopes perfect for American currency. Great instructions with clear illustrations. Such a wonderful trick. I can't wait to start doing it.



John Archer makes this trick fantastic, and the big question I had was whether or not I could make it great for me. The answer is yes. I've got my own presentation already in mind, and I'm very pleased with the method and the quality of the envelopes. Will you sell refills eventually?



FANTASTIC! This came today and I'm pleased beyond words. The method was very, very different than what I expected, but easy to do. Another satisfied customer!



Would like all videos (such as the one that shows the Blank Night presentation) to be downloadable so that we could review it in the future to remember how the trick can be presented. It is frustrating this is not possible.

Similarly, for all products, a video showing how to present the product in detail is highly desireable.



Would be great if there a video for instructions on this one but besides that great effect!



In concept and as performed by John Archer this would be excellent. However, the gimmick IS NOT designed to hold unfolded United States currency. The gimmick also requires a bit of extra DIY work which depending on your magic tool box may require an addition purchase of materials. The strength of the final reveal, in my opinion, was the removal of five unfolded bills, which for US currency IS NOT possible with the included gimmick.
Therefore, I have to rate this below standard for United States Customers.



STUPID (me)! After getting an email ad from VI about Blank Night, watching the video, and reading many of the reviews highly praising the trick, I purchased. it

But, I feel so STUPID for not scanning down to the very last, honest review.

This 2-Star review points out that that the gimmick is not suited for United States currency. The instruction "booklet" PDF file says this can be done with US bills, but is vague about how to alter the bills and/or gimmick. I suppose, one of these days, when I get time, I'll play around with it -- should I go on Amazon first to buy the special "arts-and-crafts" supply necessary to make it work.

And yes, I didn't realize that performing this trick involves special "arts-and-crafts" work -- every time -- using special aforementioned "stuff" that, of course, doesn't come with the trick. Great for a one-off show, not so great for reset shows.

So, I don't like giving a "rubbish" rating. It is a practical way of doing the effect. I do feel major STUPID for not reading ALL of the reviews. I'll keep my routine, with help from Mr. Himber ...


Community questions about Blank Night

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  • Joseph asks: Can you make your own envelopes or are you stuck with reusing the ones sent to you over and over?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: You're welcome to make your own. The ones we provide are manufactured to be perfect for the effect though.
  • Dean asks: I noticed that one reviewer said it will not work with US paper money (at least without modifications). Is this correct? And if so, is the required material supplied or do you have to find additional material to match the color of the envelopes?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: If you were using US currency you would either need to adapt the size of the bills or the size of the gimmick. You do not receive extra material to make your own gimmick but it can be made very easily once you have seen the method.
    • 2. John Archer (creator) responds: When I use dollars (as I oflen do in the USA) I simply glue the bottom of the gimmick together for about a centemeter. This stops the dollars going too far into the gimmick and sitting proud. It takes minutes.
    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: If you were using US currency you would either need to adapt the size of the bills or the size of the gimmick. You do not receive extra material to make your own gimmick but it can be made very easily once you have seen the method.
  • Wilf asks: Will this trick work with the current UK notes, as I saw this performed years ago with the old paper notes.

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: It will work with any notes.
  • Len asks: Does the dvd or download come with a PDF file to have the words printed on the envelopes so it looks professional rather than just hand written

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: We understand that everyone who performs this trick would like to use a different presentation. Therefore, we have not printed on the envelopes so that you can choose what writing to use. All home printers are capable of printing on envelopes and many come with software to do it. If you are using Microsoft Word, you can use the Envelopes and Labels Wizard by going to the Tools menu, selecting the Letters and Mailings submenu and then the Envelopes and Labels command. You can also write on the envelopes yourself.
  • Len asks: Is there software to make your own $0 dollar bills. I saw someone do this and they had the $0 with their picture on it

    • 1. Jim answers: Any photo editor would work (like Photoshop).
    • 2. Haig answers: There are several currency options that you can print here: I have no affiliation; just have used the templates before.
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  • Tony asks: Are spare envelopes available for Blank Night, I have damaged one of mine.

    • 1. Jim answers:
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  • Monte asks: Anyone have any problems with the Yellow Envelopes being transparent in the light?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: This isn’t a problem we are aware of
  • Lou asks: Is the presentation also included in this offering, or are we just purchasing the method?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: You are purchasing the whole routine with method and presentation.
  • Mark asks: Just to be clear: a response to a question about US currency says modification is required. A response to a question about UK currency says it will work with any notes. Does this mean "it will work with any UK note"? And if you can answer this without tipping: is there some reason you could not fold a single US note in half?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Any note will work and one can be folded!
    • 2. Matthias answers: If you don't mind folding the bill or note, it will work with any currency. I hope that helps!
  • Santiago asks: Hi, It will work with euros?

    • 1. Jim answers: Yes!
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