Steinmeyer's "Through the Trap Door"!

Discuss the tricks and sleights which appear in Genii.

Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/27/03 06:30 PM

Folks, we spent a huge amount of time and effort to get the description of Jim Steinmeyer's devious card trick "Through the Trap Door" very clear in the November issue of Genii.
Let's hear from some of you who've tried it out!
I think the first two phases make a perfect lead in to "Card Warp."
What do YOU think?
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Postby Guest » 10/27/03 08:00 PM

Haven't tried it yet but must say that Pete's pictures are really great. This was an excellent issue Richard..Many thanks

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Postby Guest » 10/27/03 10:17 PM

Richard, I have been fooling with it - its' a neat concept. I sort of fiddled around with the first two sequenses and had got no further but your sugestion of card warp sounds interesting,if I think of something real cleaver I'll let you know. I have about 90% of what you have published and I never had any trouble following your explanions , but I've beenlearning tricks from print for 50 years.....Mike

Postby Guest » 10/28/03 09:16 AM

There's a lot to be said for good clear drawings like those by Earl Oakes and Richard Kaufman, but Pete Biro could put magic illustrators out of business.

Postby Steve Bryant » 10/30/03 10:30 AM

First, I lost track of where this thread went. The Search feature on this forum is cool. I just searched for "trap door" with member number 3 and easily found it.

I finally found the time to work through the routine, and it's a true gem. Very Paul Harris-ish. I like the patter and for that reason would not think of switching into Card Warp. What in the world must Jim have been thinking about to come up with this, and THEN (or was it the other way around) to come up with patter that is such a lovely fit?

Minor comment: At the point where it reads "(That is, reverse it on a vertical axis; the folded edges are still at the top.)," for me, the folded edges were still at the bottom, which made sense.
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Postby Guest » 11/02/03 04:42 PM

I've tried it as I like this type of effect. The write-up was fine and it didn't take me that long to work through it. The only problem I have with it is that you end dirty. All other effects of this type seem to end by destroying the evidence (even card warp). I have yet to come up with a good clean-up for this routine yet..

Postby Guest » 11/06/03 10:12 AM

"Through A Trap Door" is great! I have one question: wouldn't the use of contrasting-color cards be more effective? The two red(hearts) cards pictured don't have the effective contrast that, say, a heart and a spade would have. But maybe I'm missing something here -- I'd like to hear from anyone. Thanks!

Postby Andrew Martin Portala » 11/11/03 03:34 AM

Here are a few ideas I came up with.

I think this is a good stand-up trick because you don't finish clean.Use jumbo cards,one being a blank card the other a queen.The blank card should have a door in it like a trapdoor not a hole.

Now if you're going to do it close- up you should switch the card.Either making the hole disappear or the torn card restore.

Another idea
How about money?
Sorry I haven't tried this yet but you have a$5 and a$1 say the 5 is inside the 1 dollar bill and you get a money clip and the money clip acts like a paddle.You do the paddle move showing the 1 and then BAM you have the 5 on the outside and the 1 on inside.

How about business cards? Great for trade shows.

Any other idas out there?
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Postby Guest » 11/15/03 11:32 AM

It reads wonderfully; unfortnately I always put off good things 'till later (like saving the icing for the last bite of the cake).
Do wonders why everyone gets so put off about ending "dirty" Hell, as close up workers we should certainly have at least that much audience control--or self confidence (and believe me, in general I have litle--but not THAT little). Has no one ever been left with a palmed coin?

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