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Under Cover (Neal Prete) -- Bicycle matchbook trick


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In the late 1970's and early 1980's, the Diamond Match company put out matchbooks with a Bicycle Rider back cover, and inside each book was imprinted a single playing card.  Wow!  What a boon to magicians who wanted to do something different with their card magic.   Inevitably, some routines with these matchbooks hit the market and the literature.  Unfortunately, it seems the partnership between Diamond Matches and the USPC was short-lived, as the matchbooks disappeared from the grocery store and smoke shop shelves, and magic lost that particular avenue for extra interest in card magic.

One of the tricks introduced around 1980 was Under Cover, by Neal Prete (who invented the excellent ShakeSphere trick).    Under Cover is a simple routine, but effective.   A card is selected and shuffled back into the deck.  Two cards are removed from the deck, but neither is a match for the selection.  To save the day (and his reputation) the magician magically produces a book of matches from between the two cards.  "Well, there a match!"    And when the spectator opens the matchbook, a picture of her card is imprinted inside the cover.

You get ONE Bicycle matchbook with the instructions.  (The picture shows two books so you can see both inside and outside.)  Also, the chosen card will be different from the one shown in the picture.  But if you buy more than one of these, I can make sure you get different cards inside -- so you could do a repeat or change the card inside, etc.

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