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Bicentennial Card Trick (vintage Nick Trost, 1975)


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Back in 1975, the USA was in the midst of Bicentennial fever, getting ready for the big birthday bash in 1976.  Packet trick entrepeneur, Nick Trost, put out a trick for the big occasion.
 
Here is a nice example, which is in excellent condition after 40+ years -- NOTE:  cards are original 1975 issue, but it has photocopy of original instructions, (Photo is incorrect).

If you think this trick can no longer be performed, here is how I still use the one in my own collection (which I have been performing all these years) -- I explain that unlike people, countries only celebrate their birthday every 100 years.  The last celebration for the USA was in 1976.   Show the four cards to be 1-9-7-6.   This was the country's second birthday since 1776.  Now show the cards to be 1-7-7-6.  Explain that many of the founding father's were magicians, including George Washington (true) and Ben Franklin (not true, but...)    Have the spectator select a card, and say you will find it used by Ben Franklin back in 1776  (show the cards again to be 1-7-7-6)    Have the spectator touch one of the number cards, and lo and behold, Ben Franklin appears on the card , and he is holding the selected card!

That presentation works anytime, not just in 1976.  It may seem a bit silly, but laymen love this, and around the 4th of July it has extra appeal.

Blue backed Aviator bridge.  PHOTOCOPY of the instruction sheet, but cards are original and in excellent condition

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