This packet trick was originally put out by Larry West and Arthur Emerson in the 1970's. I remember (as a teenager) thinking how sexy the "woman" card was -- back then, she had a pair of extra details that have been left off this Hamptom Ridge re-make, but on the other hand, she was also only in black and white on the originals, so you win some, you lose some.
The vintage E&W originals of this packet trick are really hard to find now, but Hampton Ridge re-issued this effect a few years ago, and unlike many re-issued magic tricks, in this case, the cards and graphics are better quality than the original. If you have an original E&W version of this trick in your collection, get this newer version to use in your perforrmances, and keep the original for your magic collection showcase.
The effect is simple, and best shown only to selected audiences, given the obvious double-entendres and sexual connotations. You show four blank cards. One spectator is asked to think of a number between 30 and 50, and another is asked to think of any card. You show a blank card again and deal it in front of the card-thinking spectator. You show another blank and deal it in front of the number-thinking spectator. You ask the card thinker to reveal his card -- he says, for example, 6 of Diamonds. You turn up his blank card, and show that it now says 6 of Diamonds, in CHINESE! (there are three chinese characters on the card now.) You apologize and promise no more chinese predictions. You ask the number thinker what his number is -- he says 39. You turn his blank card up to reveal a "perfect 39" (the measurement of the woman's bust, now depicted on the card)
Silly, yes. Fun, also yes.
This Hampton Ridge Gourmet Mouse is brand new, with poker sized cards.
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