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The Matching Game -- Bicycle matchbook trick 1980s


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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 The Matching Game, by Jerry Somerdin.   It is an entertaining coincidence effect, in which the spectator and magician take turns eliminating one of five cards, until just one card remains.  They then repeat the elimination process with five closed Bicycle card matchbooks, until just one matchbook remains.  The final card and final matchbook are paired up, and when the matchbook is opened, the card printed inside matches the chosen card.  Upon inspection, it is seen that none of the other matchbooks contain matching cards for any of the five cards.

You get FIVE Bicycle matchbooks with this routine, plus necessary cards.  One matchbook and one card are gimmicked to allow for a particularly clean handling of the effect.   Instruction sheet is a photcopy of the original instructions. 

The matchbooks themselves have become collectables for not just magicians, but for matchbook collectors also.   But you will also find them to be highly charismatic props to show your audiences.

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