I'm a huge fan of the Emerson & West packet tricks. As a young magician in the late 1970's and early 1980's, these packet tricks (along with those of Trost and Goldstein) literally taught me how to do card magic. They forced me to learn necessary sleights, yes, but they also made it easy and convenient for me to always carry a couple of tricks in my pocket, so I gained confidence as a performer by taking out my little vinyl packet wallet and showing some strong magic whenever someone said "Do a Trick!"
One of their most under-rated packet effects was Larry West's "Wild Wild West". Not very often seen, this is one of the less popular 1970's-1980's packet effects from the (then) reigning packet duo, Emerson and West. Routined by Larry West, this is his fancy take on the wild card theme, with a bit of Color Monte thrown in, and a bit of the old Eye Doctor's Dilemma effect by Aldini, sort of. Not sure why this one was not as popular as others, because the effect is filled with multiple magical moments, and a great surprise finish. Perhaps because the packet includes 10 cards (none being held secretly, but openly uses 10 cards), it seemed complicated. Perhaps the multiple magical moments also made the effect seem complicated. But it is actually pretty straight forward.
EFFECT: magi shows ten cards -- nine have a blue diamond on their face, and one a has red diamond. The red diamond is mixed among the blues, and the spectator tries to guess which one it is. But she finds a blue card. When the blue card is placed on the table, the other nine cards are now seen to be RED diamonds. (Magical Moment #1). To make it easier, the magi shows five of the reds, and sets them aside, and then mixes the blue among the four remaining reds. The spectator is successful in divining the location of the blue card this time (M M #2) Finally the blue card is placed on the table and the remaining four cards are waved over it. They turn into four fifths of a royal flush, and the blue card turns into the final flush card. (M M #3)
The routine deserved more attention than it got, as it is is very well-constructed and very surprising. This set is in near Mint condition, the cards still handle and look like new, and the original instructions and original leatherette vinyl holder are included. Even the plastic pouch that E&W packaged all their tricks in.
This trick is in perfect condition -- apparently unused. A great effect, and also a rare find for collectors of vintage packet magic. Get this for your collection and even for your repetoire -- it is a great performance piece.
previously owned, but in apparently unused condition. Complete with all cards, original wallet and vinyl package sleeve, and original instruction sheet. (If this trick had a "Q-card" for instructions also, it is not here, but based on the excellent condition of this set, I suspect, no Q-card was issued with this trick)
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