Card Stab

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Card Stab

Postby Fabio » August 19th, 2010, 1:35 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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Re: Card Stab

Postby jmclaughlin » August 21st, 2010, 3:17 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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