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!"
Of course, any packet-eer worth his Elmsley owned Jim Temple's Color Monte. The trick was the #1 best-seller in the Emerson & West packet line -- I read somewhere that they sold 500,000 of this trick! Because of its popularity, it was re-made by E&W a number of times -- over the years, the back design changed, from the original "generic E&W" back design, to Aviator, then Bicycle poker size, etc. This set is one of the earliest design -- with the (now iconic) generic E&W back design. And this set is one of the best examples I have ever come across -- EXCELLENT condition.
This set does NOT have any wear on the metallic printing on the cards. Most of the early sets with the fancy metallic printing have long since worn out -- the metallic printing looked very cool but over time, it lost its lustre. But this set was stored carefully and perhaps never used. The cards are in great shape. The cards still handle great and show no wear on the backs -- no ink transfer or other problems. Also included is the original instruction card and printed vinyl sleeve and wallet
Heralded by Jon Racherbaumer as one of the greatest packet tricks ever, the Color Monte is great magic, because a lot happens with only three examinable cards!
Two cards have red diamonds on the, and one has a blue diamond. The story goes about trying to follow the blue diamond and losing $7, as all diamonds become red, then all diamonds become blue. In a double or nothing bet of the $7, one card is shown as red, another as blue, and the last card turns out to be a picture of a puzzled gambler and a bill for $14!!
Previously owned, but in great condition, no wear on the metallic printing, with original wallet, vinyl sleeve, cards, and instruction card
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