2 Card Flight
Original Author: Remon van Scheijen
Effect: Two cards are selected by two spectators.
When the crowd is asked if they would like to see a card fly
visible or invisible the magicians compromises and shows both
ways. First invisible and finally visible. Both ways are very
impressive and if you do it with the right attitude they'll be
talking about you for a long time.
First let two spectators pick two cards and let them sign
if you want with a magic marker. Control both cards to the
bottom of the deck in you're favorite way. I use the
overhand shuffle or
Hindu shuffle control. I like to control cards as
simple as possible. So don't use fancy stuff because that will
be coming up next.
When the cards are on the bottom of the deck you ask the
crowd if they'll like to see a card fly visible through the
air or invisible. At the same time you perform the
Swing cut to palm. The patter line is the
misdirection. So you control while spectator 2 is still
signing his card. Take the magic marker back. Control the
second card to the bottom in a easy quick way. For the second
control i use a tilt to bottom but i don't put it on the
bottom but let it slip above the first selection, a easy task
if you now tilt to bottom. Ask them, involve them, look at
them and wait for response. If you do it right there will be
too much misdirection which will be pleasant. You should
notice that if you need the misdirection for this sleight you
should not perform the trick but practice till you can pee,
read the newspaper, and perform the cut palm smooth at the
No matter what the spectator's response you say " OK OK
I'll compromise" (sometimes this is funny because everybody
for example said they wanted it to see a visible flight).
Continue "I'll show you both. First Invisible then visible".
You've got the packet in the left hand with a pinky break
above the top card. And the first selection palmed in right
Now here is the use for the pinky break. You're going to
stretch cut which is going to put the selected card
that is not palmed in you're hand back to the bottom. As soon
as you perform the stretch cut the palmed card is bend away
from the palm just as in the invisible color change. The right
hand index finger snaps the card in to view while the left
hand is completing the stretch cut. The back of the selection
will show if done proper. Ask the spectator to tell the card
he or she choose and show you found it.
The second selection is back again on the bottom of the
deck. To let it fly visible i use the HOT-SHOT Cut from
Daryll's Encyclopedia of card magic video series. I'm not
going to make the effort to explain it because i think you
should make the effort to buy the tape (Look for the HOT-SHUT
Cut). It's one of the best investment in magic i made so far.
Daryll does a very good explanation of this sleight. At the
end of the page you can see a freeze action of this sleight.
It looks like the card comes from the middle of the deck and
it fly's through the air. The right hand catches the card.
WOW!. Don't think it's hard to do. Once you've got the feeling
it's easy. Well enough praising the lord. When you perform it
well the spectators will gasp for 30 minutes and they'll think
you take of like Copperfield. Hope you enjoy the trick.
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