SPECIAL PACKAGE DEAL -- get Mark Weston's booklet "EFFECTS WITH THE CARD INDEX" and the Q5 Index for a special (lower) price, and one shipping charge. We do sell the Q5 Index and the book separately, so if you have one (or the other), you can still get the other half. But if you have not yet delved into the wonderful world of Card Index work, get them both together here, and save some bucks!
Some magic methods seem so outrageous that the audience wouldn't believe them, even if you told them the secret. They either have such an elaborate set-up that no one would suspect a magician to go to such lengths just for one trick, or they seem so highly impractical that spectators dismiss the very possibility that it could be the method. I think the card index falls into the latter category -- that is, it seems like a very impractical idea: keeping one of every card in your pocket so you can remove the chosen card when it is named.
BUT... that's the beauty of a well-designed card index! I was in magic for over 25 years before I finally decided to try out a card index. (I assumed it would be impractcal or too hard to use...) Well, I use it frequently now. I wish I'd started using one decades sooner. They are not impractical, and in fact, they are not only practical, but easy to use after you give it the practice it deserves.
EFFECTS WITH A CARD INDEX by Mark Weston (2nd printing 1984, 16 pages)
This booklet goes into detail on how best to organize your index, and set it up, and then gives 11 routines using the index. It also contains some funny gags when doing the classic "any card called for" routine. Now over 35 years old, this booklet is hard-to-find now, and fetches some premium prices. (I see it listed online today for $25 to $33). For sale here, it is less (of course). From new-old dealer inventory, the booklet is clean, unmarked and like new.
THE Q5 INDEX
The Q5 index design has been credited to Pat Page and Corinda, and it is perhaps the most practical index ever devised. The entire deck of 52 cards is logically indexed in your two coat pockets. When you reach for the card you need, your fingers never need to count more than five tabs, and so (once you have mastered it), you can remove a card from your pocket in just a second or two more time than if there was only one card in the pocket.
The index is essential for classic effects like Eddie Joseph's Premonition, or you can use it to do a super amazing card to pocket effect. Imagine having three cards selected from the deck. After finding two of them, have trouble with the third. Ask the spectator to name it, and whatever card she names, you immediately remove it from your pocket. Fellow magicians may scoff and say, "well, it wasn't a signed card. He must have forced that selection." But then they'll think about it.... "Wait... I was watching, that was a completely free choice... hey, how did he do that?" Of course, lay people will simply be amazed that the chosen card is now in the pocket.
You get two index units (one for each pocket). They are made from flexible plastic. Brand new with instructions.
GET BOTH THE BOOKLET AND THE Q5 INDEX TOGETHER IN THIS SPECIAL PACKAGE DEAL. SOLD SEPARATELY, THEY WOULD BE $34 -- BUT SAVE $7 WITH THIS PACKAGE DEAL. :-)