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Does anyone know of any?
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I used to do an effect where I told the kids in the audience that I wanted to send the birthday child a birthday card, and I needed their help to put birthday wishes on the card. The card started out as blank card, then turned into a Christmas Card, a Get Well Card, a Thank You Card, a Wedding Card, and finally, a Birthday Card complete with a cupcake inside with a lit candle. It was a home-made trick that worked very well, except for the time the lit candle on the cup cake set the card on fire. I'll see if I can locate my notes, and maybe I can write it up for a Wizards' Journal if there is interest.
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It shouldn't be too hard to come up with some ideas.
For example: Show a blank B-day card, and magically make the b-day child's name appear written in the card, etc...

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That signature thing reminds me - It seems to me I recall a mentalist's version where you show five or six birthday cards, seal them in envelopes, and then give each envelope to a different spectator. You then play some music, and the spectators switch envelopes as fast as they can until the music stops. When the music stops, they open their envelopes and each finds a birthday card inside addressed to them and identifying their birthday correctly. Kids aren't impressed by this sort of thing, so it was strictly for adults, who were always amazed by it. I think it was called "Musical Cards".
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One idea that comes to mind right away is the use of a temple screen. Just find or design some covers that you can apply to it, and you can make what appears to be a very large birthday card. You can state that you picked up this birthday card on your way there because, not only was it big, but because every card has some magic in it as well. Then you show both sides and can produce some things, and perhaps a gift for the b-day child as well. It is very easy to do and a quick way to customize a prop many of you may already have.

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Hearing about the "Lit" birthday card reminds me of one of the funniest home videos I ever saw. A buddy of mine was singing at a wedding near Christmas, and in the middle of his solo, the tree "Burst" into an immense, intense fireball. Funny to watch, no one got hurt, but I don't think the church found it nearly as amusing as the rest of us.....
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SeaDawg...you so crazy...aarrrrggghhh!!!!

Anyway, Futureal...you could try obtaining the jumbo birthday cards (I think they sell them at the Dollar Store) and figuring something out with those. Such as making your own temple screen, or what-have-you. The possibilities are endless, my friend.

Hey, SeaDawg...Aaarrrggghhh, matey!!
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Mark Leveridge sells one trick where you use a gimmicked envelope to change a blank card to a birthday card. You can even purchase the cards in bulk from him at a very reasonable price.
Check out his website for more details http://www.markleveridge.co.uk
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There is the "Birthday Banner" that changes many birthday cards into a banner.

There was a trick sold that was a Christmas card (could also be a birthday card) that was gimmick, so you could make a production such as an orange from it.

Max Maven's "Goal Mine" could be adapted with enveloped Birthday cards...perhaps using money inside. Of course, any kind of force could be used so they select the nice card, but all the envelopes reveal a funny message.

You could use such a trick as "Owl Mail" to make a small Birthday card appear, ala Harry Potter.

You could easily gimmick birthday cards to simulate many platform card tricks: Diminishing Birthday Cards, Expanding Fan of Birthday Cards, Ribbon through Birthday Card, A selected birthday card with snake basket, Birthday Card in Balloon, Birthday Card in the sliding sucker box (side to side) and ends up on back, Out to lunch transformation with a Birthday Card, Torn and Restored Birthday Card, etc...
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What about, for those of you with an Axtell Board, making a large flap cover, like the front of a birthday card. When you open the card, the rest inside needs finishing, then the card sings Happy Birthday!
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I made my own birthday card trick a year or two ago, which I use in my birthday show now and then, as an alternate, personalized trick. (I have a couple of other personalized tricks that I prefer to do, first. This is for those 3rd or 4th parties.)

Basically, it's a magician's force with four coloured cards. I also have four envelopes, with matching colours on the front of each envelope. They have wacky cards inside, which I invented, like "Happy Pickle Day", "Happy Smelly Socks Day", and "Happy Spoon Day". I've written something funny inside the card, too. The fourth envelope has a personalized birthday card inside with the birthday child's photo.

The gist of the routine is a volunteer picks one of the coloured cards. You show all of the "special day" cards in the envelopes that don't match that colour, to show what they "could have picked". Then, finish by getting the birthday child to open the card "chosen" for them.

Voila!

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P.S. Created it on my desktop computer and printer, so it looks very professional.
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I also was thinking of Danny Archer's Birthday Banner.
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The magician displays a number of loose birthday cards as he talks about the way people celebrate birthdays all over the world. The cards are squared up and given a shake, and they visibly transform into a 32" x 22" full color banner, with the birthday cards around the border and in the center in giant letters it says HAPPY BIRTHDAY! The banner was printed on a special plastic paper that will not rip or tear.
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I just posted six of my original Greeting Card routines on my site in my Dollar Store Section. Besides Birthday Cards, you can also use Get Well Cards (good for those who do hospital shows), Thank You cards, Christmas Cards, Bar and Bat Mitzvah Cards, and cards for holidays and occasions you just made up and printed yourself on your computer.

The effects included are:

Mixed up Greeting Card: The magician shows a blank card and tells the kids in the audience that he wants to send the birthday child a birthday card, but he needs their help to put birthday wishes on the card. The blank card then turns into a Christmas Card, a Get Well Card, a Thank You Card, a Wedding Card, and finally, a Birthday Card complete with a cupcake inside with a lit candle.

Musical Cards: You've played "Musical Chairs" at parties, but "Musical Cards" can be played where there just isn't space or time for "Musical Chairs." It's also a mental magic version of "Bank Night" for kids.

Christmas Card Production: This doesn’t have to be limited to a Christmas Card, but since so many gifts are given at Christmas, it comes in handy. The Card transforms into a production tube and produces a small gift. This can also be used as a Wedding Card, to produce a champagne glass for toasting the happy couple, as a Birthday Card for producing a small gift, as a Get Well Card in a hospital setting to produce flowers, as a Bar or Bat Mitzvah Card for producing a small gift, and so on.

Six Greeting Card Repeat: The famous old classic is usually done with six playing cards, but as many kid show performers know, kids don’t always know one card from another. However, kids DO know how to count up to six, and most kids who are kindergarten age and above can count to ten. They also know that if you take away cards, you should NOT end up with the same number of cards, even if they can’t subtract yet. As an additional bonus, all the discarded cards are transformed into either a "Happy Birthday Banner" or a String of Cards that spell out Happy Birthday.

Birthday Card Hippity Hops: That's right... it's the Hippity Hop trick with Birthday cards, or just make it in a portable version you can carry in your pocket to hospital shows and other situations where you can't bring large props.

Greeting Card "Sword": I don't want to give too much away but it is NOT done with a sword and it is full of laughs and sight gags that kids appreciate. The "sword" is wielded by the youngest kid in the group and it always "stabs" the right greeting card from a wide selection of cards.
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On 2006-11-24 19:34, magicbern wrote:
Mark Leveridge sells one trick where you use a gimmicked envelope to change a blank card to a birthday card. You can even purchase the cards in bulk from him at a very reasonable price.
Check out his website for more details http://www.markleveridge.co.uk


Following on from this idea, I saw on a video once (I can't recall now who it was) where you take a poloroid picture of the child at the begining of the show and put it on your table - but it never develops. At the end of the show you get the blank birthday card out and put the blank picture in the envelope, say your magic words and bob's your uncle - the picture appears in the card completely developed!

I use this in EVERY show and makes a nice giveaway.

Mark
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Polaroid cameras seem to be going the way of the 8 track tape player and VHS. If you need an alternative, try a portable printer that prints photos directly from your digital camera or from the memory chips that fit in the camera:

http://www.buy.com/prod/hp-photosmart-37......268.html

In this case, you would take the photo, then run a blank piece of paper through the printer and tell the kids that something must have gone wrong, but you'll take another photo after the show. Meanwhile the printer prints out the real photo and you are ready to tuck it into the birthday card as Mark describes above. The photo idea is described being used in many of the effects I posted above and that you can find in the e-book article mentioned.
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On 2006-11-23 09:18, magic4u02 wrote:
One idea that comes to mind right away is the use of a temple screen. Just find or design some covers that you can apply to it, and you can make what appears to be a very large birthday card. You can state that you picked up this birthday card on your way there because, not only was it big, but because every card has some magic in it as well. Then you show both sides and can produce some things, and perhaps a gift for the b-day child as well. It is very easy to do and a quick way to customize a prop many of you may already have.

Kyle

I'll be showing my similar version of a Birthday/holiday card trick at this year's Kidabra.
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I was going to include a Temple Screen version of a greeting card in my "Greeting Card Magic" e-book, and I decided against it because greeting cards do not normally have three sides. Instead, I have included a new idea (at least I can't find anything resembling it in the literature) for the trick I call the Christmas Card Production (of course not limited to Christmas as a theme). It uses a two sided card more closely resembling cards you buy at any greeting card shop.
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Spellbinder there are several cards that fold out many times.
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I was talking to a magician today, a very good one, and he told me he had a birthday version of cardiograph coming out, from Martin Lewis of course, next month. That is all I know.
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On 2007-07-11 00:36, Powermagic wrote:
Spellbinder there are several cards that fold out many times.


That is correct. My point is that one usually tries to duplicate the "norm" so that the magic comes as more of a surprise. The more "proppy" you make a birthday card look, the less it appears that you actually picked it up at a card shop and suddenly can perform magic with it. If you took a Grant's Temple Screen as it comes from the dealer and tried to decorate it to look like a birthday card, I, for one, would not believe it was a "card". There is no advantage in taking the temple screen principle (3 fold screen) and applying it to birthday cards when you can make the same kind of production from a "normal" 2 fold card.
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