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of the Envelopes" by Harish Jose
First off, the manuscript is delivered in e-book format as a DOS/Windows executable file (.EXE); There does not appear to be a version for the Macintosh. The effect uses five envelopes but do not think of Ted Annemann too much beyond this point. Mr. Jose has the spectator freely mix the sealed envelopes, choose one (no forcing), and set it aside on the table. The magician then gives the spectator a deck of cards and asks her to shuffle the pasteboards to her heart's content, then give the deck back to the magician. The spectator is asked to think of a number and tell it to the magician. The magician deals that many cards on the table.
The card at the position the spectator chose is kept aside by the spectator herself. She then opens the selected sealed envelope which contains only one card. This card is of the same suit and value as the card that was just dealt. The spectator may (will) open the other envelopes and see that they contain different cards or, in a suggested alternate handling, blank cards. Both the envelopes and the deck - which can be borrowed - are fully examinable.
Without tipping the secret, the method requires a rather cunning force and one beginner/intermediate-level sleight which is used twice. This move is rather easy to master owing to the fact that only a few cards are involved. The e-book even contains a clickable image which shows the sleight in action, albeit as a rather small-sized and fairly brisk animation.
To the spectator, the effect is impressive whilst requiring relatively little work on the magician's part. That's good. Even this conservative (paranoid) reviewer was not caught with what he considers somewhat bold moves. That's good too.
What is very good
is that you get a more than respectable effect for a more than reasonable
price. There are a few limitations, such as requiring a table and some
very slight angle problems, not to mention the preparation, but none of
these are actually problematic, given the nature of the trick. No impromptu
street magic here, but a fine parlor piece.
"Lord of the
Envelopes" by Harish Jose
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