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In An Appointment in Samarra or the Cassandra Quandary, do you think it is stronger to show the card and then the empty envelope, or vice versa? What about if the card is signed (as I perform it)?

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If you’re doing a similar style presentation a Darwin Ortiz, where the effect is that a card ends up under a spectator’s hand under impossible circumstances, then without a doubt it’s stronger to show it gone from the envelope first.

If your presentation is something along the lines of being able to remove a card from a protected location, then maybe showing the envelope last could be stronger but a) I have doubts that it would be, and b) if that’s the presentation, then you might be better served by a different trick anyway.

I think if the card is signed, then the revelation of the card should be the last moment of the effect, because that’s the strongest and most definitive proof of what’s taken place. Showing the signed card under the spectator’s hand and then showing the envelope empty would be anticlimactic.
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I agree with Stratton Magic.
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I think there is a general rule, that the revelation of the climax is always in order of what has taken place. The card has disappeared (showing the enveloppe) and has then reappeared under the spectators hand. That way it is always clear what has happened and the climax makes sense.
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