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Unleaded by Devin Knight

Important: These are not instructions for making this pad yourself. These are the detailed directions plus supplements that came with this trick when it was on the market in the early 2000s. This PDF is designed for collectors who may have the pads, 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. Hundreds of pads were sold at magic lectures for a $1.00 with no directions. If you need the directions, here they are.

Magic dealers still sell replacement pads without directions. If you read these directions and want to do the tricks you can buy a replacement pads from your dealer and use these directions.


A new modern way to do visible spirit-writing without any chemicals. Magician shows a pad of paper and talks briefly about spirit writing in the past and how mediums used slates and chalks. They also turned out the lights. You will try some modern day spirit-writing by trying to channel a spirit, using nothing but a sheet of paper and a toothpick, in full light and view.

A sheet of paper is torn from a pad, and you give the paper and along with a toothpick to a participant. You ask him to try to write his initials with the toothpick. Nothing shows up because there is no lead in toothpicks. You tell him you want him to mark the paper so it can't be switched. You hand him a REAL pencil and he writes his initials on a corner. This lets him see what real pencil writing looks like on the paper and also lets him see it’s just a normal piece of paper. A card is secretly selected and left face down on the table. NO FORCE. Nobody looks at it yet.

You ask the person to remove any toothpick from a box of toothpicks and to make sure there is no secret writing device concealed in it (such as lead). You claim you will channel a spirit who will cause the toothpick to act as a real pencil and write the name of the unknown card.

Performer closes his eyes and holds the toothpick against the paper. As he moves it, REAL PENCIL writing (automatic spirit-writing) appears on the paper. Remember the person's initials are right above the writing that appears. Finally the complete name of the card is written, say 5 Hearts. The face down card is turned over and seen to be the same. The spirit has apparently channeled the name of the card and caused it to appear in penciled spirit-writing.

Remember there is nothing concealed in your hands and the spectators see the toothpick causing pencil writing to appear. There are no secret writers, chemicals of any kind, carbonless paper, carbon paper, nail writers, double writing, etc used. NO GIMMICKS of any kind!!! Your hands can be shown freely at any time, and no amount of hand-burning will reveal the secret to an astute spectator.

Comes with a hilarious comedy routine in which you channel the spirit of ELVIS that will have them rolling in the aisle with laughter!

BONUS: With UNLEADED you can do most any effect involving a nail-write WITHOUT using a nail-writer. All you need is a sheet of paper and an empty hand (really.) Yet anything can be predicted and shown to have been previously written on the paper.

Again NO GIMMICKS of any kind to do this.


"Txema Gico discovers the principles of “Unleaded”. He provides 2 routines that he uses in his own performances...4.5/5 stars rating." - John Teo

1st edition 2015, 9 pages.
word count: 4971 which is equivalent to 19 standard pages of text