Card Stab

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Postby Fabio » 08/19/10 01:35 PM

Yesterday I read Card Stab in Ben Harris Silent Running: wonderful!

what is the best card stab version among the ones with the cards under a newspaper that you know/apply?
could you share the sources?

thanks a lot/Fabio
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Postby jmclaughlin » 08/21/10 03:17 PM

Have a look at the version in Vol 3 of the Tarbell series, p. 284. It's very good. You need to play with it a bit to work out the handling.

A few subtleties to consider: camouflage the card by using a part of the paper that has an easily recognizable photo or design; do it blindfolded, using the commonly understood technique; get an assistant to have someone take the card; use a large knife that is easily seen; do not stab the paper repeatedly -- move the knife slowly over the paper, then plunge it into the card; have the assistant slowly tear away the paper and dramatically raise the knife to reveal the card.

Done this way, it has a powerful effect that people remember.
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