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In a Bind (Jay Sankey) -- Bicycle poker

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Another neat entry into the "card revelation in an impossible location" derby, this one by Jay Sankey.  

This reminds me a lot of the classic "Locked Deck", but with a much more impromptu look and feel.  (Don't get me wrong -- I happen to LOVE the Locked deck, as do lay people.  But it is definitely a "set show" piece, since you have to have a deck with a hole drilled in it, and a lock.  Not exactly things most people carry around...)

What Sankey has done is to sort of reverse the Locked Deck effect and use a prop that you might have in your jacket pocket for reasons other than magic.  It looks like this:

You show a small spiral bound memo pad, and with a marker pen, you write a prediction on the pad.  The pad is placed (prediction downward) onto the table.  Now you have the spectator choose a card from your deck.  The card is put back into the deck, and the now the moment of truth.  You ask the spectator to name her card as you pick up the pad and turn it over to reveal your prediction.  But it is wrong.  So you save the day with some magic.  With the pad next to the deck, you begin to pull the pad away from the deck, and one card comes out of the middle of the deck, ATTACHED to the spiral binding of the pad.  It is part of the pad now.  And of course it is her card.

Although many magicians upon seeing this will think, "oh, yeah that's a neat idea", they will miss the point:  this is crazy-impressive magic for laymen.  They go NUTS when the card becomes attached to the pad!   Don't sell this one short just because (with your knowledge of various card magic basics) you can see how this could be done.  Lay people go NUTS when they see it.

Trust me.  Get this, practice it, and then watch your audience go NUTS.

Use the pad and card over and over.  No refills needed.   Use this with your own Bicycle Rider Back deck

Brand new with instructions.

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