One of the things I do when I buy a magic book, is that I
try to work through everything that’s reasonable to work through. What I mean by that is that I I’m not going
to build an illusion if it’s in the book, but I will build simpler project. I
try work through every trick that doesn’t require a crazy gimmick I don’t have.
I think this makes me a better magic creator and performer. It allows me to improvise much better as I’ve already done something a few times, it makes it easier to recreate when the moment occurs. It also makes you look at props differently.
When I travel, I try to make little videos of magic tricks with things found in my hotel room, or in today’s case my state room as I’m performing on a cruise ship this week. This morning when I was brushing my teeth, I noticed the cups in the bathroom were big enough to hold a deck of cards. That then led me to thinking about the trick Everywhere and Nowhere by Hofzinser that uses a glass to isolate a deck of cards. That led me to wondering if a “flap card” would work in a glass. Turns out a flap card works great in a glass, and I like the isolation that the glass adds to the change of the card.
Now it’s got me thinking about how I can use this in a show. In a cabaret show, or a stage show where you have video projection, it would be a great reveal for a tossed out deck. You start with one card in glass as your prediction. The three cards are selected and the prediction changes to three different cards. If they saw their card they sit down. This moves the flap card from essentially a close up trick to something bigger.
Maybe I’ll start to write a tossed out deck routine using the flap card as the premise/ending.