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Important: These are not plans for making this yourself. These are the detailed directions plus supplements that came with this trick when it was on the market for $395.00 in the early 2000s. This PDF is designed for collectors who may have the prop, but no directions, magic historians, and those simply curious as to how this trick was done. The trick still shows up on eBay, magic flea markets and auctions. If you need the directions, then here they are.
EFFECT: Magician shows a small electric fan roughly 10" x 10". The fan is turned on and shown to be a normal working fan. Magician then boldly states he will put his magic career on the line. If he FAILS to find a selected card, then as PUNISHMENT he will thrust his fingers into the dangerous spinning blades and end his career as a magician!
Magician shows there are two small cutouts in the fan's grill that are just large enough for the magician to pass each of his hands thru. Performer shows a piece of foam board with three holes in it. Two pieces of cloth cover the two hand holes. He places it over the outer part of the fan covering the front. You say in the event you have to put your fingers into the fan, this cover will help prevent BLOOD FROM FLYING OUT INTO THE AUDIENCE, NOT TO MENTION FLYING FINGERS. The center of the fan remains in FULL view at all times due to a hole in the center of the foam board. The fan is now turned back on. It is SEEN and HEARD to be spinning. He can lift the cloth flaps on the front at any time showing the spinning fan. The CENTER OF THE FAN IS ALWAYS SEEN SPINNING THRU THE CUTOUT HOLE IN THE BOARD. The performer has a card selected and returned to the deck. He says if he fails to find the card, then he will thrust his hand into the fan as PUNISHMENT. The suspense builds...magician puts the deck behind his back and removes the WRONG CARD. The WRONG CARD is held by the right hand. Suddenly the magician VISIBLY thrusts his hand and the wrong card into the spinning blades! The magician lets out a scream and the card he is holding IS INSTANTLY RIPPED BY THE SPINNING FAN. Yet, the magician's hand is UNHARMED! But wait....The ripped card has MAGICALLY CHANGED into the selected card!!! THIS BAFFLING AND VISUAL ILLUSION WILL LEAVE ANY AUDIENCE DUMBFOUNDED! This suspenseful card routine will leave the audience on the EDGE OF THEIR SEATS! 100% COMMERCIAL AND HIGHLY ENTERTAINING.
CAN BE DONE WITH ANY UNREHEARSED AUDIENCE MEMBER AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE STANDARD GUILLOTINE OR ARM CHOPPER!
Bring up anyone from the audience and THRUST THEIR HAND THRU THE SPINNING FAN! They won't know how it was done! Throw away your outdated guillotines and move into the new age with this radical illusion!
The cool thing is that THIS DOES NOT LOOK LIKE A MAGIC PROP. It appears to be a small fan bought from a local store, with a foam board splatter on the front. Designed to look innocent and not something that came from a magic shop. This fact is what really sells this to an audience. NOTE: Some performers attach a ribbon to the spinning center to make it more visible to the audience.
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