Card Swords

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Postby RickBelford » 10/08/01 03:29 PM

I am interested in obtaining a card sword,and possibly starting a collection of card swords. Is there a good reference source that might describe the different types of swords and their methods of operation? Also, does anyone have any interesting stories about the history of card swords?
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Postby Bill Duncan » 10/08/01 05:57 PM

I don't know how far you want to go from the traditional but John Kennedy has a card stab using a Swiss Army knife that's typically brilliant and just plain fun to think about...

It's the classic Card Sword effect using an object the audience won't for a second suspect as being tricky and it packs about as small as you can imagine. Plus it's examinable!

Click HERE to visit Kennedy's website

Click HERE to see it performed

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Postby Bill McFadden » 10/08/01 06:29 PM

Scotty York's routine for the card stab with a pocket knife is an improvement on the Kennedy (IMHO). The only difficulty is you have to fashion one knife from two to properly construct the prop - but it's well worth your time and money. You can find it in his lecture notes, "Professional Tricky Bartender Stuff"; not sure about in "FYEO." Denny Haney may have copies in stock.

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Postby Bill Duncan » 10/08/01 06:43 PM

Originally posted by Bill McFadden:
Scotty York's routine for the card stab with a pocket knife is an improvement on the Kennedy (IMHO). The only difficulty is you have to fashion one knife from two... [snip]


I'm not familier with the York method but if you have to make a gaffed knife I'm not sure how it could improve over the ungaffed knife in the Kennedy routine. Must be a really good trick!
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Postby Guest » 10/08/01 08:25 PM

Bill,
The knife isn't gaffed, it's just got a blade on both ends.
As far as card swords go, try Daytona Magic's website. I just saw a couple in there the other night.
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Postby Paul Green » 10/08/01 09:57 PM

Anyone have any experience with the Sonny Fontana Card Sword/Umbrella that is being marketed by Kevin James?

Looks interesting.

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Postby Bill McFadden » 10/09/01 10:49 AM

Sorry I wasn't clearer in my first post. The reason you use two knives to make one, is to ensure that the blade is identical on both sides. Imagine the knife with both blades open: it would be in a "Z" or "S" shape. The knife itself isn't really gaffed. If Daytona sells something like that, then they're the only dealer I know of who does.

The Kennedy knife has one blade, and the other side is a "blade looking" file/screwdriver appendage the mage has to pass off as a blade when the card is stabbed. Scotty York's devising allows for greater spectator scruitiny in a close-up performance.
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