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Cards of Cairo Review

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January 24th, 2004 8:16pm
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Reviewed by Bryce Kuhlman
This is a very clever variation on the old multiple-out trick. In fact, if you want to freak out the folks at the magic club, this will lead them down the garden path.

To my mind the gem here is the principle (which is also explained in Kenton Knepper's book X). Of course, it comes with all of the items needed to make up a set of cards, but why limit yourself to the cards provided? This could be done with tarot cards, file cards, ESP cards or whatever else you can come up with.

If you decide to own this product, make sure you read the tip from Johnny Todd in the instructions. I can't give away the secret here, but suffice it to say that a few minor modifications in the word structure and layout would make this even more deceptive. There's a lot of room to grow with this effect.

I think it would be a great idea for Docc to either sell extra materials for making multiple copies of this or else provide a resource for buying the stuff yourself.

Product info for Cards of Cairo

Author: Hilford, Docc
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $20.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

An Amazing Journey Through Time, Revealing The Past, Present and Future

Docc Hilford's Cards of Cairo is a piece of apparent fortunetelling that's very easy to do and completely baffles any audience. Here's the effect:

The faces of three over-sized cards are shown to the audience. You explain that everyone will now take a mystical journey from the past, through the present and into the future.
You go on to explain that the journey began in the past when you wrote three predictions about a spectator and sealed them under plastic to the backs of each card. A spectator chooses a face-up card and when the card is turned over it reads, "You Will Choose This Card First" and it even goes on to say something about the spectator's future. Of course, everyone thinks it's just a joke and that all the cards say the same thing. But, when the second card chosen is turned over it reads, "This Card Will Be Picked Second!" The final card's prediction prognosticates that it will be the last of the spectator's selections, three for three!

* Completely self-contained
* Nothing is switched
* Predictions really are sealed to the cards
* Predictions were written before the show
* No forcing-every choice is completely free!
* Easy to do

Includes three cards, gimmicks, pen and detailed instructions.

Available from your favorite magic dealer.


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