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I've also seen some people using King Monte with the slide gimmick to do Harry's version... not as good though!!
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On 2010-01-07 20:37, Donal Chayce wrote:
That routine is entitled "Monarch Monte" and it's published in the book "Harry Anderson--Wise Guy" by Mike Caveney. It's still in print. Here's a link:
http://www.mcmagicwords.com/books/harryanderson.html

As for the props, the cards Harry used in "Hello, Sucker" he made himself. Later he and the late Jack Sutherland of Sun Magic put out a limited release of giant PVC cards (18"x24") for the trick under the name "Three Card Monarch". Less than 500 sets were made (all signed and numbered), and at the time they went for $175. They go for much more now when a set comes up for sale.

After Jack died the manufacturing rights went to Hank Lee. For a while Hank put out cards in the same giant size for a similar price, and those cards are now also hard to find. At some point he stopped making the giant cards and instead put out a smaller (but by no means small--they're 12"x18") set of cards under the name "Three Card Prince". Those cards are still available--just check out the Hank Lee website. I think the cost is in the $70 range.

As an aside, the only difference in the two sets of Hank Lee cards is the size--the thickness of the PVC and the four-color graphics (front and back) are the same. And IMO, the Hank Lee cards are better looking than the original Sun Magic cards (I own and have used them all).


thanks Donald for valuable info!
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On 2011-02-04 19:28, Decomposed wrote:
thanks Donald for valuable info!


You're welcome. (BTW--it's "Donal"--no "d" on the end.)

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On 2010-02-12 15:13, Donal Chayce wrote:
One more point of information regarding the various sets of cards that have been made for this routine, and that is that both sets of the really big cards (the original Sun Magic cards and the larger "Three Card Monarch" cards by Hank Lee) are not entirely opaque. If there is even a moderate amount of light coming from behind the cards, you can see a shadow of the reverse side. That can be problematic with outdoor gigs or indoor gigs that only have overhead lighting.

The PVC used for the smaller "Three Card Prince" cards is slightly thicker and, as a result, completely opaque--backlight is not a problem. But you lose the added impact that the giant-sized cards provide.


I just recently purchased a new set of "Prince" cards to have on hand as a backup.

The good news: the new cards are on a matte-finish PVC that significantly reduces the glare when light hits them. The older "Prince" cards, and both sets of "Monarch" cards, are on a semi-gloss PVC that reflects light and occasionally causes some glare.

The bad news: unlike the older "Prince" cards, the PVC for the new cards is not completely opaque. Similar to both sets of the larger "Monarch" cards, if there is light coming from behind you can see a faint image of the reverse side of each card.
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Donal, knowing that the cards are not completely opaque, would it have affected you decision to buy them?

I'm about to order a set this week, knowing from experience, that as soon as I do, a used one will come up, like new, but a lot less.
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On 2011-02-06 18:53, jakeg wrote:
Donal, knowing that the cards are not completely opaque, would it have affected you decision to buy them?


Probably not, but it did affect which set I consider my "primary" performing set. As much as I like the matte-finish of the new cards, I'm going to stick with the older set unless I can be 100% certain that there will be no backlight or strong overhead light at the performing venue.
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The lighting is a worry with this effect

I always check backlites etc prior to performing!!!

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The jumbo cards Harry Anderson used to make his set is available at most party stores. The very large ones come and go on the market. They are used as wall decoration at Casino Nites gambling parties. They are also available in smaller sizes at these same party stores.

You have to purchase 2 or 3 sets to make the trick up yourself. They come in a set of 4 cards like this: http://www.amazon.com/Century-Novelty-Pl......sim_t_15

I find they are called "Playing Card Cutouts" and I can only find 18" and 25" on the internet. They do show up as the really giant cards as Harry Anderson used.
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The cards Harry actually used in the days before Sun Magic & Anderson's Illusions produced the "3 Card Monarch" were much smaller than either the Monarch or the ones in the link. The ones made to sell were not made of cardboard or paper, but screenprinted on PVC board.

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Yes, the ones Harry made were from super large party display cards, and of cardboard. Sun Magic took this exact card and copied it, including the corner pip that was set to close to the edge of the card. They did not even make adjustment for that error, thus you had to be very careful in spreading the cards. Don't know if Harry made a smaller set of cardboard, he may very well have, but the super huge cardboard set is on his presentation video.

Anyway, I was just informing those that which to make their own in any size they desire, can be found on line or at party stores. I have 2 of the smaller sets I found at 2 different party stores here in town, a little over 17" and 18" in length. Big enough for me to handle. It is best to buy at least 6 sets as they can be seen through when held up to the light, so gluing together cards is recommended. Then laminating them at a laminating store makes a perfect set to use in show.
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Thanks for the tip, Bill. I've just ordered 4 sets of the smaller cards to try my hand at making a set of cards that are larger than the the Prince cards but smaller than the Monarch.
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Where can I find this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PrvGPlwNmw at?

I can easily deconstruct how it's done and get the cards myself, but I'd rather just by it if it's already made up and support the work behind it...
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That's a variation on Joe Rider's "The Irish 3 Card Trick with 4 Cards." Spellbinder made his own variation on it called simply "Three Card Trick (with Four Cards)" that can be found in The Wizards' Journal #22.
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So how much does a Newish set of 3 card monarch go for these days?

PM please with info.

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Need HELP with Harry Anderson's Three (3) card Prince (Monarch) HELP
I have the Prince version of this set that I got when it came out, but I have yet to be able to work through it, even using a mirror or video camera.
I am a visual learner, is there a video version of the instructions?
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Harry Anderson's "Hello Sucker".


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