me tell you a little about Peter. He is first class in all respects. And
I must say it is a privilege for me to call him a good friend. Many
times I have been stuck somewhere in a routine, who comes to the rescue?
Yes you're right Peter Duffie. I owe a lot to him. His mind is like a
clock! It just seems to click into place and out comes another book, or
trick. Magicians all over the world respect him for his knowledge in
magic. Bobby Bernard refers to him as the leader of the SCOTTISH MAFIA!
cards are selected and signed on their faces. Each is sealed inside a
separate envelope. One is chosen and burnt. As it burns, you state that
the card will leave invisibly and arrive safely inside the other sealed
envelope. The other envelope is opened by a spectator and two cards are
are both signed cards. However, when the card that was supposedly burnt
is turned over its back is seen to be badly charred! Seemingly, the card
just escaped in the nick of time!
this you need a card that is burnt on the back only (not a new concept).
You can do this by holding a lighter under it and moving it from side to
side so it doesn’t penetrate to the face. However, a better option is
to split the back off a card and do a proper job on it! Then split the
back off another card and glue this in its place. Place the charred card
3rd from the top and have two small envelopes at hand. Also an ashtray
or metal plate. You’re ready to proceed.
Jog Shuffle retaining the top stock then finally give the deck a cut and
hold a break. Ask someone to call stop as you riffle down the outer left
corner - here you simply carry out a Riffle Force and lift of all the
cards from the break. Place these to the bottom. Hand a spectator a pen.
Lift off the top three cards as two and turn them face up onto the deck.
Push over the top card to show two faces. Have one spectator sign the
top card, then remove this card and have a second spectator sign the
other card. Take care not to expose the third face up card. Replace the
first signed card then turn all three cards face down again.
Lift off the top card and insert into one of the envelopes and ask a
spectator to seal it. Now lift off the top two cards as one and insert
the double into the other envelope. Ask the other spectator to seal it.
Place the rest of the deck aside as it is no longer needed.
up the two envelopes and shift them from hand to hand as you show them
both sides (you want the audience to lose sight of which is which. But
do keep a eye on the one that contains the single card as this will be
burnt. Lay both envelopes on the table and ask someone to pick up any
envelope. If the choose the one with the odd card, say, “We’re
going to burn this one.” If they choose the one with the
selections, say, “Please keep that and don’t let me touch it
again.” Either way, you now burn the envelope with the odd card.
Finally ask the spectator to open the envelope he is holding and tip out
the contents. It is best here to turn his wrist so both cards exit face
up and the charred back is not yet seen. The card has indeed flown from
the burnt envelope into this one. Allow the effect to register. Then, as
an afterthought, reach forward and slowly turn over the charred card,
saying, “Wow! It looks like the card just escaped in the nick of
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