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Bill Hegbli
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For many years now I have been collecting 'Cards Across' routines. The trick is 10 normal size playing cards are counted in a spectator's hand, and 10 more cards are counted in the other spectator's hand or another spectator altogether. Three of the cards from the 1st pile is cased to magically travel from one pile of 10 cards to the other pile of 10 cards, where upon counting the cards, only 7 cards are left in the 1st pile and 13 cards are in the 2nd pile.

I have only seen this trick performed once by the famous Roy Johnson from England. He made a rare appearance at a convention in Houston Texas and I flew to see him.

The late Art Emerson also sold a version of this effect. If you are wondering who he is he produced the 'Color Monte', you probably have this effect in you collect of trick to always perform.

There are many versions of the effect, but I am only interested in a Stage Version. There are basically 2 types of this trick available. One is sleight of hand and the other is with a prop.

I have the old Ken Allen Version 'On The Square', and I see Morrissey Magic Products now has a very nice looking Card Tray on their web site here:

They call it the 'ROSINI CARD TRANSPOSITION TRAY' and in that description they say that 3 cards are remembered or written down and it is the 'SAME CARDS' that are shown to have transferred. I don't like the pouring of cards in the bag idea, but I do like the idea of having 3 cards of exact named cards traveling.

Does anyone know of accomplishing this effect using named cards? In print anywhere.
Does anyone perform a version and care to share there experiences with this effect in general? This is a Classic effect, but I have never performed it myself in a show.
Whit Haydn
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There is a jumbo cards version in Kaplan's Fine Art of Magic.
Jim Snack
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Whit is on target. It's a good version that I used to perform. The three selected cards travel. Unfortunately, I thinks the book is out of print. If you need a copy, I have two in my library, so send me a PM.

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David Solomon's

Thoughts Across. Two cards travel from one packet to another. Then the thought of cards are shown to have traveled.
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Fantastic version of this in Alan Shaxon's book :"My Kind of Magic" . Can be done without the envelopes of a Zens method and the three chosen cards do transfer from packet to packet.
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Bill Hegbli
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Alan Shaxon books are some of my charished books. I do not remember this, I will have to dig them out again. I like him so much I had him autograph his books twice for me.
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Hi Wmhegbli:

According to the computerized database of my home library, the following books have some version of the "cards across" effect:

"My Best" by J.G. Thompson (I think this is the original Mike F. Zens version)

"Superb Sorcery" by Sheldon Waldman & Russ Burns

"A Volunteer From the Audience" by Walt Hudson & Tom Ogden

"The Secret Ways of Al Baker" by Al Baker

"The Magic Handbook" by Peter Eldon

"Magic Circle Magic" by Will Dexter

"Magic Digest" by George B. Anderson

"My Kind of Magic" by Alan Shaxon

"Card Tricks" by Harry Baron

"Expert Hocus Pocus" by Alton C. Sharp

"On Stage" by Tom Ogden

"Do That Again" by Robert Parrish & Oscar Weigle Jr.

"Tarbell Course in Magic Volume Four" by Harlan Tarbell

"The New York Magic Symposium Two" by Symposium Contributors

"Nothing In My Hands" by John Stanfield

"Charlie Miller Lecture Notes" by Charlie Miller

"Greater Magic" by John Northern Hilliard

"Our Mysteries" published by Al Flosso

Additionally I know that there is a version of the trick in the big book of Derek Dingle's magic.

Right now I am on tour, so can't tell you which versions in these books match your description, but I figure it couldn't hurt to give you the above book list.

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Alexande de Cova has published a version called „Voyager“. When counted the cards are wrapped in handkerchiefs and are placed in wineglasses - than the voyages happens. Cards are counted by volunteers and wrapped by the performer. It relies on a Gypsy Switch and a “gimmick”. Unfortunately, I don't know if it's published in English as well.
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It is not published in my information, but a very entertaining version is performed by Mac King.
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Simon Lovell has a great comedy version on his "Live" VHS.

It's particularly nice for stand-up and uses 2 spectators. Hand Crafted Magic
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Alan Munro
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My favorite stage versions use poker cards, but work well for a large audience.

One is McCombical Cards Across, which I think is produced by Fun Inc. It's quite visual because it involves two packets of cards with contrasting backs, so the arrival of the cards can be seen easily. It's fairly easy to do.

The other is a routine by Denny Haney. I don't think that he put it in print, but it involves making mental selections move to the other packet of cards. It has great comedy possibilities. It's not my routine to tip, so don't ask. It requires guts and some handling to pull this one off.
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Daryl sells one called "Double Crossed." Two thought-of cards from one fanned packet go to the other. It's highly gimmicked, but it's pretty simple. He has a demo on his site. Derek Dingle's version, in which he places the packets into envelopes, has selected cards cross also, as does Simon Aronson's "Red See Passover." I don't think having selected cards cross adds much to the effect, though. It usually seems like an afterthought.

I like McComb's for stage. The reason being, the audience only sees the backs, and the packets used are from two different decks. Three red-backed cards travel to join blue-backed cards....or vice at a time or all together. It's very visual from stage. It could even be made up from jumbo cards.
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Does anyone know where the McCombical Cards Across can be purchased?
Alan Munro
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On 2010-01-05 21:38, Mac_Stone wrote:
Does anyone know where the McCombical Cards Across can be purchased? You'll need to scroll down the page to find it.
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