Ben Harris – The Crossroads Deck
A SPECIFICALLY SELECTED CARD VANISHES FROM A SEALED DECK YOU’VE NEVER TOUCHED! And then…RE-APPEARS WHEREVER YOU WANT?? ALL WITHOUT A SINGLE MOVE!
Description & Basic Effect??
A spectator is handed a cased deck with the promise that the performer will not touch it! The performer also places his wallet on the table?? “This is my money trick”?? he explains. Two spectators are asked to assist. Together?? they decide upon a freely-chosen card by one naming a number from 1 – 10 and the other naming a card suit. In this instance?? we’ll assume they decide upon the “Seven of Hearts.” The performer now invokes his magic?? and the selected card is brought under his spell—from a distance—by these magical passes and incantations.
Reminding the audience that he has not once touched the cards?? the spectator holding the cased deck is instructed to remove the cards from the case and to count them “OUT LOUD?? one at a time?? FACE DOWN.” He does so and counts only 51 cards to the table! In other words?? one card is missing! You can hear a penny drop—”my goodness?? could it be…?” Before that thought—and the resulting implications are allowed to fully form—the spectator is asked to turn the cards FACE UP. He is now instructed to specifically locate and remove the SELECTED card. Even with those standing nearby assisting him?? he cannot locate the card—it has COMPLETELY VANISHED from the deck!
This amazing disappearance is accomplished remotely—and automatically—without you having to touch the cards. Only ONE DECK is used and it is given to the spectator BEFORE the card is selected. Again?? reminding the audience that he’d previously declared this his “money trick” the performer gestures towards—but does not actually touch—his wallet. It’s been on the table since before the card was selected. A spectator is invited to rummage around within. Inside she finds ONE SINGLE CARD. This is the SELECTED CARD!
Note?? The performer is free to reproduce the selected (and just vanished) card from a variety of amazing places?? inside his wallet?? inside his shoe?? under his hat?? or even a spectator’s own pocket! It’s really up to you. Again?? it’s FULLY AUTOMATIC. Can immediately be REPEATED with ANOTHER named card and without any re-set!
SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER??
? Completely SELF-WORKING (both the vanish and the re-appearance) .
? You never touch the cards – EVER.
? Only the one deck is used (no more multiple-deck outs) .
? Spectator can the remove card from its final destination.
? Immediately repeatable (ideal for walk-around?? or on the streets).
? No switches of any kind. No stooges of any kind.
? Chosen card can appear in your wallet?? shoe?? pocket?? or anywhere – you decide!
BONUS EFFECT INCLUDED?? CRACAAN
Steve Shufton has cunningly applied the “Crossroads” concept to the “Any Card At Any Number” plot and has come up with one of the most perfect handlings ever. A card is named?? a number is named. The chosen card appears at the nominated number and the performer NEVER ONCE TOUCHES THE DECK. Only the one deck is used?? and it’s out on the table BEFORE you start!
First Edition – 2009 | PDF Manuscript – 36 Pages | No Specially Printed or Produced Cards Required
HERE’S WHAT OTHER MAGICIANS ARE SAYING??
“I’ve been exploring versions since the mid-1970s and enjoyed your thinking on this.” – Max Maven
“This is going to FRY a lot of people…” – Richard Kaufman
“The Crossroads technique alone?? which we really like?? will be seen as food for thought by many. As mentalists?? our variation would be to use no deck at all. Just a single?? thought-of card in the pocket. The solution will dawn on you after reading the text…” – Richard Busch & Larry Becker
“…the Crossroads Deck; a devious conception and one of the most interesting to hit the magic scene in recent times…” – Peter Duffie (from the Foreword)
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