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Diavo
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Last summer my friend and I had this idea, back when I had spikey hair. A card revelation where after I tossed the cards into the air (or something), one card would be impaled on one of the spikes of my hair! I figured that if I saved some hair when cut, I could somehow use glue (or gel) to form a spike, which I could have attached to a duplicate card with a hole in it. It got complicated from there... Smile

Any suggestions or ways to streamline it?

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Use misdirection. Stand looking to the left. Toss the cards in the air with your right hand, use the half a second of distraction to slide the pre-holed card onto a hair spike on the left side of your head. Turn head into the fluttering cards and say "Did I get one?"

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Diavo
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Sounds like a good plan... thanks. Smile
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Sounds sweet, how wouldn't they notice the card though? I always spike my hair sooo that'll be cool. Then I guess you could slide off the card from your hair...

Or maybe you could really put a hole in the card and put it on your hair.
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djv,

Well, I wanted a hole in the duplicate card so I could give it away if I wanted. Just stab a pencil through the back! Smile The extra bit of hair spike would be removeable: when you show it's on your head, you can cover the extra hair bit, pull the card straight up (as if pulling it off a spike) and then palm off the extra spike.

My spikes were never longer than ~2 inches, so actually impaling a card (with a premade hole) wouldn't be very easy Smile . Although for someone with bigger spikes(!), it could be feasible.

Good stuff,
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How would you hide the card though? You could have it on the back of your head...people may notice though. And I don't think misdirection will help that.
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In my pocket would be the best I guess. Hold the deck in my right hand ready to throw, have the extra card in my left pocket which I go to palm at the key moment—gotta be fast...
Else I could have the dupe card on the bottom of the deck ready to be copped?

Maybe if you're wearing a hooded sweatshirt, you could have it in the hood!

You see now why I never completed its creation. Smile

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Did you ever get it to work? I still spike my hair once in a while so I'd love to do this card trick
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I would think that if you had enough spikes that were big enough that you would have a relative amount of cover for a card to be preloaded on a spike that is on the back of your head or in that general vicinity. You could load the card in a fake scratching your head action, then do a different effect and then go into the card on the spike effect. So the audience would have forgotten that you even went close to your head. The card would be hidden from their view because your hair would be covering it and because of the misdirection of the other card trick.
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stache, that would be interesting and very risky. I don't know anyone enough of a master of misdirection to pull that off.

However, one of my favorite tricks works like that and I never thought it'd be possible: you show a card (single), put it 1/2 way into the deck 1/2 way down. Then turn deck FU, and take all but one (secretly) of the cards above and fan them. Tap the card flush with the deck, then turn deck FD. Put the top card (an indiff card!) halfway into the R-hand fan. Ask the spec to push it in. As soon as they do it, bring your left hand with deck to your mouth, thumbing the top card (the selection) between your lips and lowering your hand again. Take the fan, square it, then put it in the middle of the left hand deck, square it all. Snap, turn over top card. "Did I get it?" They then see their card at your mouth! "OMG!" ;P

Similar to what you speculated, stache, in the misdirection sense.

But I think the problem with your idea is that people often look where your hand (as a magician) goes if they aren't already distracted—they'd watch you scratch your head unless you were in the middle of a big Sybil cut (but that requires two hands!). Then they'd see you load up the card. Darn.

The other thing (silly of me) that I don't like about this idea is throwing the cards up to rain down. Yes it must be done! But there goes the walk-around ability! Clean up = yuck.

So what about a routine, kind of ambitious, that has the card popping up here and there: pockets, etc. (even the mouth as I mentioned), then the last time a duplicate would be impaled on the hair spike!! Yes! Then you could possibly load it during the trick!!! Ooh, exciting! (But the ambitious card couldn't be signed...unless you fake sign the impaled card—ala Guy Hollingworth's ideas—then switch it in an effort to "heal" it...Is that anticlimatic? Does that scream "I used a duplicate and had to switch it back before showing you?")

I think we've found the answer to how to incorporate this! Thank you!

More ideas?? Your thoughts, please.

--Diavo Smile Smile Smile
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