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Spellbinder has been revisiting magicians he remembers from his childhood, and one of his favorites was Doc Nixon, whose effect called "Oh Joker" combined jumbo playing cards with silks. I always wondered who came up with the card on a silk and the blank card on a silk as an effect and Spellbinder argues, coherently, that it was Doc. The blank card silk was wrapped around a set of jumbo cards. Two of the cards were spot cards, with red backs, and one card was a Joker with a blue back. The magi wrapped the silk around the cards and the Joker disappeared, leaving a blank faced blue backed card, while the silk which had a blank card on it at the beginning, now had a Joker imprinted on it at the end. Spellbinder's new variation of it is designed as a Halloween card trick for kids, and is called "Oh Dracula!" It's in The Wizards' Journal #24 if anyone wants to take a peek. In Spellbinder's revisited version, the cards are handled by the spectator rather than the magician, and the image vanishes from the silk so the Dracula card can reappear on the spectator's back. If you wanted to do Doc Nixon's original using modern day card silks, you'd have something that hasn't been seen in many, many years.
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