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Jamie D. Grant
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Nov.09/07

What The Audience Sees:

This week Jamie did a wicked card trick! He took out a deck of cards and pulled one out, placing it on top of a black envelope so that we could see it better. He then asked one of us to name what we thought the card was. I said that it might be the Six of Diamonds. Jamie looked at it and said that I was absolutely right! But hereís the thing; he never showed us the face of the card, so we didnít believe him! When we confronted him on it, he told us that we caught him and that the card he placed on the envelope wasnít the Six. He said it couldnít be, because there was no Six of Diamonds in the deck to begin with. Sure enough, he handed me the deck and I couldnít find it. So, get this! He takes the envelope that he used as a little table or whatever, and inside was the Six of Diamonds! It was unbelievable!

How It Went:

Iíve been meaning to perform Bobís Black Envelope for quite some time now and Iím really happy that I finally got around to doing it. There were a couple of issues that had concerned me but, after Friday, I realize that I neednít to have worried about them as it totally killed. One of my main concerns was how to bring the envelope into play, but I decided that I would present it almost like a drink coaster or mini table. My line I used throughout the day was, ďIím going to select a card but I donít want anyone, including me, to see the face. So hold out your hand for me please. Awesome. Iím going to put this black, totally opaque envelope on your hand so that there can be no way that I can see this cardÖĒ It might not make the most sense (Do I have mirrors on my shoes that can see through someoneís hand?) but no one questioned it at all.

As for how it went- everyone loved it. Thereís something really magical about having a revelation in someoneís hand the entire time. I think people love the aspect of how it must have been in the envelope because I trusted someone to hold onto it- even though thereís no way that someone would try to open it prematurely as long as you're careful. The reset was easy and I didnít make a single mistake all day (whew!) so Iím really happy with how it went.

The Angry Bob Rating:

For those of you reading this article for the first time, Angry Bob is a co-worker who has an understanding of some magic because his uncle was a magician. Angry Bob knows that TTís exist, for example, but he has no desire to become a magician himself. He also has an anger management problem that can be experienced first hand if he canít figure out how a trick is done. A high rating means he has no idea.

While thereís nothing that Bob could say about the envelope (because I let him inspect it), he did catch something that he thought was ďf#%%in fishyĒ about halfway through the routine. But he couldnít put his finger on it; no harm, no foul. 4/5.

My Rating:

I always give the highest of ratings to effects that I can immediately put into my walk around sets and I asked myself all day if I could do that with the Black Envelope. I could, but Iím just not convinced that I will. Donít get me wrong, itís a great trick and, without question, Iíll perform it again but thereís something preventing me from doing it twenty times at a cocktail party. Maybe itís the final ditch or perhaps my own magician self consciousness. Iím not sure. Now that I think about it, Iíll most likely take one with me as a sort of 'out' (as Bob suggests) in case of an emergency at the very least, so letís say 9.0/10. I was going to say 9.5 but I already have too many things to carry around in my pockets and if Iím forced to have to carry another item because I like it, itís going to get dinged, lol. Ah, maybe not- 9.5 it is.

The JDG Tip:

As I mentioned above, you really need to have a solid reason for bringing out the envelope. I think announcing it as a prediction ruins the surprise and Iím quite happy with my ďLetís use this envelope as a mini stage for the card and so that itís also impossible to see the faceÖĒ line. If you use it as more of an Ďoutí for an effect gone awry, then I would probably say, ďWhenever a trick goes wrong, I always give the spectator something special. Here, take thisÖĒ and hand them their card. Another thing- black paperclips. Donít ask, just try it if you can find them.

Closing Thoughts:

To answer some questions I 've seen on a recent thread:

A) The Envelope itself held up throughout the entire day (about 30 performances) and still looks new.

B) Nothing ever became dislodged. I'm not sure why. All I can say was that everything remained where it should throughout the day.

and,

C) Not once did someone try to look inside the envelope.

Hope that helps!

Anything Is Possible,

Jamie D. Grant
http://www.whatizit.net
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