“Wild Card” is an icon of card magic. Most close up magicians have purchased some version of it somewhere along the way in their journey through magic. And yet, you almost never see it performed. Why? It can’t be because it is “hackneyed”--as just stated, one almost never sees it performed, so how could that be the case?
Flip Hallema said it best:
“Most Wild Card routines are nice to do for magicians, but too drawn out for a genuine party-audience; too much repetition of the same move, slow tempo, and no climax, while the trick cries for [a] crescendo. In my opinion, [it] should build several little effects into an applause getting climax.”
McCall of the Wild is Scott’s refreshing take on this old chestnut. It is easy to do, you start and end clean, it moves quickly, it has an obvious “build”, and it ends in a definite applause-getting climax--usually, THUNDEROUS applause!
Here is a bare-bones description of McCall of the Wild's effect:
Your spectator has a free choice of any number from 1-52. She deals down to that number in the deck, and that is the card that is used. You introduce a packet of eight jokers. Her card is put in the middle of the packet. Before you know it, the whole packet is now composed of duplicates of her selected card--not a joker in sight! There is one more kicker (you'll have to buy the routine), and then you leave the packet with your participant as a gift, making a gasp-getting routine that much more memorable!
As Michael Ammar has said, some of the very strongest magic is to alter something and then leave it with the spectator in its permanently altered state. This routine does just that, in spades!
Clearly explained in Scott’s now-famous easy to understand and conversational writing style, with plenty of clear photos to help you along, you’ll add this to your repertoire in no time. And your audiences will be begging you to see it!
At only ten clams for this beauty, it's a tremendous value. Do this one effect at an interview, and you're virtually assured of getting the gig! You’re in for a treat!
1st edition 2009; 22 pages.
word count: 3352 which is equivalent to 13 standard pages of text