On Edge

Trick by Angelo Carbone
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On Edge

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Trick by Angelo Carbone (84.95)

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Rewrite the laws of gravity with “On Edge” by Angelo Carbone.

"Beautiful! The best balancing effect I've seen!” Derren Brown

"Holy S%@T! I love this!!!!!!" Chris Kenner

Few magicians push the boundaries of magic like Angelo Carbone. His creative brain works on a different level and he has once again gifting the magic community with a mind-blowing gem. “On Edge” is a gravity-defying effect that will leave every audience speechless.

"The method is so ingenious; it feels magical to me when I am actually doing it. So real and so clever! I genuinely love it!" John Archer

After building a house of cards, you start to methodically remove cards one at a time. You can feel the tension building in the audience as each card is taken away. Everyone holds their breath when you finally remove a card that seemingly should make the entire house of cards tumble down

..…yet, it doesn’t.

Instead of crashing back to earth, your card castle impossibly balances on a single point like an olympic gymnast. The laws of gravity no longer apply as the cards teeter on a razor's edge. Even as the performer, who knows the method, you'll find it difficult for your brain to comprehend what is happening.

Then, right as everyone’s brains start to accept this new reality, you bring everyone back to earth by renewing gravity. With an effortles touch, the delicate house of cards comes tumbling down. A spectacular visual finale to the dreamlike performance.

No special skills are required to perform “On Edge”. In fact, it’s even easier to build than a normal house of cards. The gimmick comes ready to go, allowing you to start learning and performing right away. Any non-slip surface (like a table or even a book) becomes your stage for defying gravity.

  • Easy to learn and perform
  • Comes ready to go out of the box
  • Ambidexterous design for both right or left-handed magicians
  • Perform fully surrounded
  • Works on any non-slip surface

"It's a F–-ng Miracle!" Adam Rubin

"Brilliant! The most logical structure to balance impossibly. As ever a beautiful mind Mr Carbone." Marc Spelmann

"Amazing and gorgeous! The best thing I have seen in a long time” David Regal

"Wow! 'On Edge' is incredible!!! So fooled." Andi Gladwin

“On Edge” by Angelo Carbone is one of the biggest releases of the year. Get yours now from Vanishing Inc. before they’re gone!

Note: The "On Edge" gimmick is designed to be used with Blue Bicycle Cards. It is currently not available in any other colors or designs.


Customer reviews for On Edge



Another thrilling example of Angelo Carbone's creative ingenuity. On Edge exploits numerous methods at once to create this startling, impossible balance effect and it makes for a memorable image. Long-term durability of the materials provided is something to be considered as the inner workings are relatively delicate, but proper care and maintenance should go a long way.

An ideal piece for a more formal performance setting, but you can also get mileage out of this in a casual arena with the right conditions.



A beautiful display "IF" everything is perfect. Making the card castle is step one but doing the two card balance is a whole other feat.
I was hoping for more stability with the gimmick. For example, Joshua Jay's Balance is more of a sure-fire guarantee where as On Edge is exactly as the title suggests... You're on edge the whole time.
Setting up the castle in front of the audience is no longer in the cards (pun intended). I will use this on special occasion and have the sculpture pre-setup.


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  • Miguel asks: Can the spectator try it and not be able to perform it?

    • 1. Michael answers: Since the cards are gimmicked, the answer is technically no; but a spectator wouldn't be able to replicate it with regular cards, if you wanted to do some version of this where they build a castle side-by-side with you.
    • 2. Miguel answers: Very well…. Thank you I’m in!!
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  • David asks: To what extent is everything examinable afterwards?

    • 1. Charles answers: A few of the cards can be examined, but not all. After all, there is a gimmick, as with most magic. If you are more experienced and have intermediate skills with cards you could easily do a packet switch so that the spectators feel that they are examining the same cards.
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  • Simon asks: I have a hand tremor and even before that developed I was always terrible at it anyway. Do I have a chance at being able to perform this?

    • 1. Simon answers: Cheers buddy!
    • 2. Steve answers: My input would be that if this trick could be technically accomplished by you with your hand tremor, you can use your tremor to an advantage. Consider this from the audience perspective: if the trick is magical by someone with steady hands it will be super magical and more challenging to observe it done when the magician has an added obstacle, in this case the tremor, to overcome? If you have a healthy sense of humor you can likely make light of your tremor in this particular trick of card balancing.
    • 3. Charles answers: Without giving away the method...the cards make the act of balancing the cards very easy. Of course, you will want to do some acting and make it appear to be very difficult. Like any other effect, this does require some practice to do smoothly and look convincing. It comes with practice cards with a very obvious gimmick to make learning easier. Once you acquire the knack it is not difficult. It only looks difficult. Then, you would put away the practice cards and use the performance cards.
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  • Tom asks: Just to make sure I have this clear. It's listed at the top of the ad for parlor and stage but then says you can perform it totally surrounded. This is for very close up, yes? I mean, are spectators able to burn the cards as they are defying gravity. The fact they come to a point means it naturally draws every ounce of focus there so I want to make sure this IS for close up performance and not just parlor/stage.

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: This can be performed in formal close up. I wouldn't let the spectators get their noses and eyes close to the cards.
  • Tom asks: Does this call for poker size cards, what I usually use, or bridge size cards?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Poker Sized cards are used
  • Michael asks: Can you use tarot cards instead? IE making my own gimmick into the tarot cards once i know the method?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: You cannot.
  • Edward Alexander asks: Can you do it with a borrowed deck?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: You cannot.
  • Simon asks: Does this come in Blue backed bicycle cards? That's what I'm after. Thanks

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Blue backed cards only.
  • Robert asks: How many configurations are possible? And can you build the house of cards wider or taller than shown if you were to add more ungimmicked cards to the mix?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Only 1 is taught on the tutorial, you can’t build it any larger than shown
  • CHRIS asks: After reading that it can be done with blue-backed Bikes only, I went back and re-watched the video. It shows the effect being done with red Original Fan Backs, and cards from other decks also appear. What's up with that?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Those were either custom made for the magicians or prototypes. The actual version is in Blue Backed Bicycle only.
  • Andrew asks: Will it be available in red bicycle?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: They will not at this time.
  • Sven asks: Looks great! Is this something, you can use to close your show, so spectators can come close to it and take pictures? Like can they closly look at it without any touching?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: They can get close enough however I would let them lean into the cards to view
  • Fredrick asks: Is Patrick Snowden’s Tensegrity credited?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: There is no crediting on the Tutorial
  • Aidan asks: Are there any lighting issues?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: There are no lighting issues but you want to avoid direct light above you.
  • Tim asks: Does the gimmick require a certain IT property or elastic portion?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: We can’t discuss method here please email us at wizards@vanishingincmagic.com
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