The Wizards' Journal #40
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by Jim Gerrish

Effect: A deck of red backed cards is shuffled by a spectator and returned to the card box. From another box of blue backed cards also shuffled by a spectator, the magician selects a card without seeing its face… trusting only in Fate to make his selection. The Fate selection is left on the table face-down. The rest of the cards are scattered around it, face-up to show that any one of them could have been chosen, but Fate determined that particular face-down card should be the one and only card for this moment of time. As yet, no one knows what card it is, neither the magician, who can be blindfolded, nor the audience.

From the original red backed shuffled deck, the spectator removes the cards and will also use Fate to select one card. The cards are held face down and one by one are turned face up in a pile on the table. The magician notes that the cards were well shuffled as the faces are shown, and tells the spectator that when he feels the moment is right, he is to stop dealing the cards face up. The spectator then takes the NEXT face-down card without looking at it and places it face-down on the table. By FATE (or is it magic?) the two chosen cards match. Any two decks can be used, even borrowed decks. You can also perform this with Tarot or Oracle cards for a more mysterious interpretation of FATE.



Circus Ma-Trix
by Jim Gerrish

Effect: From a pack of Circus Cards, you remove nine of them and as you position the cards in a 3 x 3 matrix you explain that you will be playing a circus game with someone from the audience.

The selected game player is asked to place a marker on any of the nine cards to begin the game. You explain that he or she will not be playing against you, but against a famous magician of long ago who left you a book of directions, which you now bring out and show the audience.

Your job now is to help the player follow the directions written in the book so that the famous magician, the Great Hambini, who lived in the 1800’s, can have some fun playing his old circus game once again from beyond the grave. It really seems as if the spirit of Hambini can see what is happening, because his book comments on what is taking place at each stage of the game right up until the end when the last card is shown to be... a surprise that the whole audience will long remember.



Lost & Found
by Jim Gerrish

Effect: “Did you lose your ID wallet?” the magician asks a complete stranger. The stranger denies it. The magician opens the wallet and looks at the stranger. “Are you sure? It has your initials in it, I think. What’s the first letter of your first name? How about the first letter of your last name?”

If I were the stranger, I would have said "J" and "G" as the answers to his questions. Then the magician would show me that inside the wallet were two cards side by side, one with a "J" and one with a "G". The cards are Alphabet cards like children use to learn their letters. Eventually my entire name gets spelled out, "Jim Gerrish", from someone I just met with a mysterious wallet in which kiddie Alphabet cards appear one after another.

Then I learn that the wallet also has a note inside: “Property of Baby Bobby, Child Magician Extraordinaire who died at the age of six in 1924. If found, please return to the nearest magician to deliver to The Secret Magic Museum in East Orange, NJ.” So I have to give back the wallet to the magician. But the alphabet cards have all mysteriously disappeared, leaving only a gift token that reads, “Thanks to Jim Gerrish for Finding and Returning my Magic Wallet… Baby Bobby.” Another dead magician playing tricks on me!



Jumbo Torn & Restored Card
by Jim Gerrish

Most Torn and Restored Card Effects are for use with regular size cards, but I like to perform from platform or stage with jumbo cards, from 3" x 5" to at least 5" x 7". This Torn and Restored Card is just for that situation.

Spectators remove the cards from a jumbo box of cards, and shuffle the cards, then choose one card and vote on which one it should be. Once they have the card chosen, you show them how to fold it in fourths, and then sign their name(s) on the front of the card, as well as at least one name signed on the back edge of the card.

That's when you take over, tearing the jumbo card into four separate pieces and then just as quickly restoring the four separate pieces back to one intact card, still signed and ready to be given away as a souvenir.


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