I think this is a bit of a sleeper that more people should know about from Dave Powell. The walnut box is beautifully crafted and the effect is also a huge crowd pleaser. In many ways this can have the same impact of the classic card sword, without the need for the sword, which always requires a rather large performance area and is certainly a lot more bulky.
The built in card fountain is very powerful and along with the other mechanisms makes for a flawless operation of a very impressive effect.
Effect: A beautiful walnut box is opened and the magician removes a deck of cards. A member of your audience freely selects any card from the deck, signs the face of it and you shuffle the card back into the deck. The deck is placed back into the box and the lid is closed.
The magician states that he will summon the spirits that live in the box to find the selected card. Slowly the lid opens on its own, and a single card slowly rises out of the box at which time the performer asks, “Is this your card?” The spectator replies, “No it’s not.”
Looking shocked, the magician says, “Oh,” as the card pops back down into the box quickly. “Spirits, you can do better than that. Come alive once more and make the correct card rise.” Suddenly, all of the cards begin to fly out of the box in a huge fountain and as the cards are flying, the magician reaches into the stream and plucks the signed card from all the others, catching it between his thumb and fingers. “Here is your signed, selected card,” he says to thunderous applause as he takes his bow.
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