Card On Forehead

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Postby Bill Duncan » 09/17/05 07:41 PM

As many of you know, Card on Forehead is my most frequent opener and also one of my favorite card tricks of all time... But I dont know who originated the trick.

Does anybody here have any idea from whence it comes?
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Postby Guest » 09/17/05 09:03 PM

I first saw Heba Haba Al perform this at the New York Lounge in Chicago in the 70's. He killed with it!!
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Postby Philippe Billot » 09/18/05 01:28 AM

According to Bart Whaley, this effect was first published in the magazine Tops in Jan. 1941 under the title :
"The Stuck Card Trick"
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Postby Bill Duncan » 09/18/05 11:54 AM

Philippe,
Is the trick credited to any person?

Merci,
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Postby Philippe Billot » 09/18/05 01:44 PM

Unfortunetely not and I haven't this issue.
Also I have found that Marlo described this effect in Marlo's Discoveries in 1946 but he didn't write he was the creator. Sorry
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Postby Bill Duncan » 09/18/05 06:34 PM

Thanks again Philippe. I have the Marlo credit (thanks to Steve Minch).

Anyone out there have a file of TOPS? If so could you check the article in question and see if there are any clues?

Who wrote the article? Any comments about seeing it performed at a particular location, which might offer some insight?

thanks
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Postby Bill Duncan » 09/27/05 10:33 AM

Thought I'd bump this thing one more time hoping someone out there who knows something has missed it.
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Postby Richard Hatch » 09/27/05 02:03 PM

Bill, here is the 1941 TOPS reference, verbatim. No credit given:
"THE STUCK CARD TRICK
Have a card selected and returned to the deck and secretly get it to the top. Then state you will endeavor to name the card by concentration. As you place your free hand to face, apparently concentrating, secretly moisten thumb, then press thumb against forehead as you are in deep thought then place deck against forehead back of deck next to the head. Name several cards at random and in each case you are wrong. Then say, "I guess I am stuck on this one" and bring deck away from head and there's the selected card stuck face out to your forehead."
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Postby Bill Duncan » 09/27/05 02:23 PM

Dick,
Thanks. That helps.

Anyone know of a reference where the card appears on your forehead instead of openly sticking it there?
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 09/27/05 02:31 PM

Originally posted by Bill Duncan:
...where the card appears on your forehead ...?
That is the effect. The method is ...
Mundus vult decipi
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Postby Bill Duncan » 09/27/05 02:36 PM

Ok Jon, I'll clarify:

Where the card appears on your forehead without the deck coming near your face, nor the audience seeing the card placed there...
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Postby Vraagaard » 09/28/05 02:18 AM

Tons of ways to accomplish this - I find the card will stick to the forehead without adding moist. In a performance situation, you will have a little moist on your forehead already.

However - I would like to hear your presentations for this effect. Whats you patter and what is the flow.

What is in your opinion the "nest" way to present this effect.
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Postby Bill Duncan » 09/28/05 09:17 AM

My thoughts on the topic have been posted here on Genii and also make up the first chapter of my booklet Tubthumping.

I use it as an opener to control/defuse possibly challenging audience members and because it establishes an atmosphere of light humor.
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Postby Pete Biro » 09/28/05 11:10 PM

You run a strong invisible thread from the card up to your forhead... pierce your head, run the thread out the back where you have a locking reel under your hair.

The card will rise so fast from the deck and appear on your forehead no one will realize it.

Be careful to avoid a picture card as the "hit" could cause a headache. Smaller spot cards are less harmful. :D
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Postby Bill Duncan » 09/29/05 10:39 AM

Nice Pete. Post a method that requires hair...

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Postby John Carey » 10/03/05 11:19 PM

Hello there,

I can recall a whole room full of magicians being fried by John Carney doing his version at a lecture in London back in the nineties.

It was a lesson in misdirection and got a wonderful reaction.
It is in his book Carneycopia and called everywhere nowhere and on your face!

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Postby Bill Duncan » 10/04/05 11:06 AM

I just picked up a (used) copy of Carneycopia the weekend BEFORE the reprint was announced.

A truely great, and easy, routine. And the inspiration for one of my all time favorite card routines: Michael Close's The Card, the Forehead and the Saltshaker.
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