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The "I Hate Card Tricks"

Book of Card Tricks

Volume 3

by B. Robert Pulver

Volume Three features card effects based on both classic and contemporary stage illusions.

  Includes instructions and routines for the following effects:

  • The Aztec Queen

  • Double Trouble

  • The Palan-Queen

  • Madame Butterfly

  • The Prestige

  • Make My Day

  • Bonus Effect: Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

  • Orange Blossom Special

  • Bonus Effect: Freshly Squeezed

  • Buzzed

  • Don't Lose Your Head

  • Queens That Go Bump


Full color e-book (.pdf format)


Includes all 10 effects listed below plus the guide to printing your own custom cards.

IHCT 3-00


Click on the pictures or the INFO buttons for a brief description of the effect.
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Once you learn the secret, you cannot unlearn it, so you can't request a refund.

IHCT 3-01

The Aztec Queen

This effect is based on the "Aztec Lady" illusion.  A Queen is placed into a playing card cabinet.  She can be clearly seen through windows in the front of the cabinet. 

The top pieces are rotated outward.  The bottom half of the Queen can be separated as well.  The Queen has been split into four pieces.  The cabinet is returned to its original configuration and the Queen is removed completely intact.

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IHCT 3-02

Double Trouble

This effect is not based on a specific stage illusion but is, instead, a concept for a variation on "The Mismade Girl" using, not one, but two assistants. 

In this version, the two assistants are placed halfway into each end of the cabinet.  Both assistants are cut in half.  The remaining halves miraculously join to form a single, solid "mismade" card.

Several alternate graphics are provided, allowing you to use a King and Queen, court card and spot card, etc., resulting in various "mismade" combinations.

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IHCT 3-03

The Palan-Queen

This effect recreates Servais Le Roy's classic Palanquin illusion. 

A box resembling an ancient litter is shown to be empty.  A playing card curtain is pulled across the front. The curtain is quickly pulled away to reveal a woman (playing card Queen) now inside the box.

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IHCT 3-04

Madame Butterfly

This effect takes its inspiration from David Devant's masterpiece illusion, "The Mascot Moth." 


A playing card Queen is displayed.  The spectator draws a butterfly on the back of the card. 


The Queen transforms into the image of a butterfly.  The butterfly drawing is shown to still be on the back. 


The butterfly image on the front of the card then magically materializes and becomes a “real” butterfly (and may fly away), leaving a blank card behind with the spectator’s drawing still on the back.

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IHCT 3-05 

The Prestige

Inspired by the movie of the same name and the climactic illusion in which Angier vanishes from the Tesla Coil and reappears at the rear of the theater balcony.  

The magician (playing card King) is placed inside the apparatus.  The card is signed to prove that “twins” aren’t used.  A “curtain” is placed in front.  When the curtain is removed, the magician has vanished.  He reappears inside a wallet, sealed envelope, or other “impossible location.”

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IHCT 3-06

Make My Day

This effect is based on the famous "bullet catch" plot. 

A signed card representing the magician is shown.  A "blindfold" is tied over the "magician's" eyes.  A toy gun is fired at the card.  When the blindfold is removed, the picture on the card shows that he has caught the bullet. 

The procedure is repeated with a second spectator.  When the blindfold is removed, the card now also has a real bullet hole!  The card has both signatures on the back.

Bonus Effect: Faster Than a Speeding Bullet - this variation features a comic book super-hero theme. 

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IHCT 3-07


Orange Blossom Special

Jean-Eugene Robert-Houdin's "Marvelous Orange Tree" illusion (which was featured prominently in the film, "The Illusionist") serves as the inspiration for this effect.  

A sapling sprouts out of an empty flowerpot.  Then the sapling grows into a full grown tree.  The tree then bears fruit... oranges appear on the branches.

Includes an optional "kicker" ending where the oranges disappear from the card and "real oranges" (marbles or candies) are produced. 

Bonus Effect: Freshly Squeezed  

A packet trick themed after Robert-Houdin's "Marvelous Orange Tree" illusion.

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IHCT 3-08



This effect was inspired by Goldin's Buzzsaw illusion.  A solid card passes through a circular saw, magically being sawed in half.  The two halves are placed back in the apparatus.  The saw blade is withdrawn and when the card is removed, it has been restored to its former solid state.

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IHCT 3-09


Don't Lose Your Head

This effect is based on the "Dagger Head Chest" or "Arrowhead" illusion. 

A signed card is placed inside a "dagger chest." 

"Daggers" are inserted into the chest.  When the door is opened, the card's head has vanished into thin air!  The daggers can clearly be seen passing through the otherwise empty cabinet.  The door is closed and the daggers removed.  The card is taken out of the cabinet and shown to be complete again.

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IHCT 3-10

Queens That Go Bump

This effect was inspired by Doug Henning's memorable (not to mention colorful) performance of “Things That Go Bump in the Night.” 

An empty card box is covered with a silk.  A card takes form and emerges from under the silk.  A Queen has appeared out of thin air.  The effect is repeated until all four queens are produced (any cards can be substituted). 

The card box is covered a final time.  When the silk is removed the box contains an entire deck of cards.

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Printing Your Own Custom Cards

Many of the effects I’ve published recently require custom-made gaff cards.  I’ve been experimenting with a number of techniques to make high quality custom cards at home.  The steps outlined in this article will allow you to create custom cards (using your home computer and ink jet printer) that match the look and feel of a standard playing card quite nicely.  This article is provided FREE with the purchase of any of my effects that requires a custom printed card.


with purchase of any effect that requires a custom printed card. 


Disclaimer: Many of these effects require custom-printed gaff cards.  Instructions are provided for making your own in each book or e-book. However, knowledge of and experience in card-splitting and/or other techniques for creating/printing custom-made gaff cards are recommended.


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