The original eye-popping effect plus great new routines by William G. Stickland and Bob Gill.
A version of this stunning effect first appeared in print in Hugard's Monthly Magic Magazine dated April 1962. The effect and method of the 'Wild Card' originated by Peter Kane, and described on his behalf by Gus Southall, has become a classic.
Top flight magicians all over the world acclaimed the effect. However, many magicians "fought shy" of it feeling that it was difficult to do, or, sometimes having difficulty in obtaining sets of cards which had really strong contrasts to emphasize the astonishing change. Peter Kane's 'Wild Card Plus', the original routine plus many refinements; beautifully described with 24 crystal clear photographs by Lewis Ganson.
In performance, the magician displays nine cards. Eight cards are all the same but one card is a 'stranger' card. The cards are divided into two equal heaps. 'Watch the Wild Card', says the magician, and suddenly all the cards change to match it. The effect is truly bewildering even to magicians, for the cards are counted to show the backs and faces of all the cards.
In addition to all this, we give you as a handsome bonus, the William G. Stickland routine. His clever routine was evolved from moves and ideas shown to him by Irving Lewis and Verne Uker of the U.S.A. Although similar in effect to the original, it is quite different in method. The spectators will vouch for the fact that they have seen the backs and faces of all the cards and yet, miraculously, they change!
Extra: Bob Gill came up with a fine addition to the routine and his own handling. Tens change to Aces, Aces to Tens. Cards reverse and all the cards change to Aces at the finish. It's an eye-popper. This great routine is included as a handsome bonus. Rarely do magicians have the opportunity of possessing a trick which can be performed in different ways with such impact and which allows the effect to be repeated without giving spectators the opportunity of spotting the method through repetition. Here' s a trick that you'll enjoy learning and derive endless pleasure from presenting. You get Lewis Ganson's tremendous photographically illustrated book of instructions. We are sure you already have the needed set of cards or easily can get it for you to include this eye- popping, modern classic into your close-up repertoire.
1st edition 1976, PDF 13 pages.
word count: 4378 which is equivalent to 17 standard pages of text