Four Jokers mysteriously vanish from one place and reappear in another...
The cards certainly appear ordinary...but your audience will be rubbing its eyes as four bicycle-riding
Kings disappear right off the faces of four Jokers one at a time and reappear on the faces of
previously blank cards. It even happens when a spectator places their finger on one of the blank
Here in more details what the spectators see:
Two packets of cards are introduced, one containing four Jokers, the other four blank-faced cards. One Joker is set aside as a "leader card" and the others are tabled. The performer picks up the blank-faced cards and places one face down next to the leader Joker. One of the other Jokers is
added to the packet of blank-faced cards and then mysteriously vanishes. The blank-faced card next to the leader Joker is turned over to find that it is now another Joker. This is repeated twice more, with each vanish and reappearance more visual than the last, until all four have appeared next to the leader card. The performer than isolates one blank-faced card and one Joker and repeats the transposition one last time, even though the spectator has placed a finger on the blank-faced card.
You will need a double-facer to perform this beautiful small packet effect.
The original version appeared in the October 1990 issue Apocalypse magazine. Obviously you can use different combination of two sets of cards, but the Joker/Blank combination works very well visually.
1st edition 2006, 13 pages.
word count: 2019 which is equivalent to 8 standard pages of text