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Jean-Denis
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There is a well known method, very useful to make ink or drawings appear on a signed card.

The card is signed on both sides by the spectator and comes from a pile of blank cards, or file cards, that were held togheter by a rubberband. At the end, the spirit drawing appears to the side of the spectator's signature, so it makes this trick unique. Those of you who know the technique or use it will remember.

I'm looking for the name or the creator of this method. Maybe just where it can be officially found so that I can look for the informations.

Many thanks for your help.
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From your description, I believe you are thinking of an application of the "Out to Lunch" principle, after looking into it further I think there is some debate on the creator. It's discussed here:

http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~roy/magictalk-wi......nch.html

Update:
As for in print, this is covered as "The Genii Card" on page 164 of the Hardback edition of Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic. Such a great book!

If I have misread your desired effect I apologize.
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Thanks for the link!

I think we're talking about the same thing. To be sure, I would have to talk about the secret, but I can't do that here.. However, is the rubberband a key element? The trick I'm thinking of absolutely needs the rubberband for the misdirection. Performers still seem to use it quite rarely, but it is so friendly.
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The rubberband wrapped stack of cards is indeed a key element, feel free to PM me if you have more specific questions.

If you don't have Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic yet, I highly recommend it. If there was a college course for magic, say Magic 101, I believe they would use this as the textbook... It's just that good of a reference. It's also very inexpensive for the quality of the book and effects it contains. This book is the best and clearest magic instruction in print I have ever seen, I wish the layout was considered a standard for ALL printed instructions.

There is a smaller paperback edition as well, but you will just want the hardback after buying it.
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Yes, it is the very same technique. I was just looking for the name, but it seems to be known as "Out to Lunch" as you suggested. Thanks again.
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