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Highland
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I've always liked this effect.
Any advice on what and where the best card swords are. I've seen a number of them, but a lot seem to be a little cheaply made.
I'm interested in close-up versions as well.
Any that you recommend? Close-up or stage.
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Sorry, But card sword cannot be done close-up. You might want to check a card stab effect for close-up. Then you will have to carry around a table top.

As far as Card swords are concerned, I got stuck with 2 very poor models. Currently, Stevens Magic has one with a curved hilt.

The problem is the hilt bends on the Italy ones and the ones from South America. Also the chrome peals off.

Abbott's has sold one for decades and I think it is made very well.

If you want a fine one check out Hank Lee's he has one left from Holland.

See if you can get a return policy before you buy.

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Highland
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By Close-up, I meant card sword type effect. Mid air stab. John Kennedy sells one, I've heard of one using one of those retractable pointers, I'm sure there are others.
Thanks for the advice on swords Bill.
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Never seen John Kennedy's pocket knife card stab, only cought an ad in Linking Ring.

I do have the Dick Zimmerman card on Pointer. I like Dick's method, very easy. The Pointer is not gimmicked in any way. More of a sleight of hand method.

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With regards to Card Swords I have owned seven in my time and think that the Harry Stanley model made in the UK in the 1950's is the best....without doubt. It has features that the modern ones don't have.

However, for close-up card stabs...Bob Swadling sells a great one, that uses flash paper.

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>>>Harry Stanley model made in the UK in the 1950's is the best....without doubt. It has features that the modern ones don't have.

Scott, what are those features?

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El Duco makes a High Quality and beautiful Card Sword. In my opinion, for contemporary Card Swords, it is the BEST designed model I have seen as the Hilt is not oversized. It has a super sleek appearance as well. I wish I could say I own one but I plan to soon.
Otherwise, Viking magic has released a VERY high quality Card Sword as well.
Both are fantastic and well worth the extra cost.
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I agree with Chance.
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With regards to a mini-card stab, I remember seeing in a Magic/Genni magazine about a year ago a version using a platic toy rubber dart gun wher the cards were thrown in the air (done close-up), the performer picked up the toy dart gun, shot the dart in the air (the end of the drt wass attached to the toy gun with a string) and the dart caught the card.

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Eastern Shamans Magic co. sell mini card sword for close up. Using dagger model, there are 2 choice, using mini deck or regular poker size deck. You can email me at ssucahhyo@yahoo.com for detail pictures. the sword come with the scabart. And very ncie quality. The sword work exactly like the normal size card sword.
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Chad Long created the one with the little toy gun. Fooled wheee outta meee... it's in his notes.

The Harry Stanley sword, made by George Hammerton and later sold by Ken Brooke is by far and away the BEST EVER, imho... I had George custom make me a spare blade, that was half the length (so it would fit in my briefcase and could be done fairly close up-with one card).

I BELIEVE the Abbott design is the same and is attributed to "Conley" -- but the workmanship of Hammerton's was superior.

Clarke "Senator" Crandall had a great routine with an ungimmicked "Scimitar" (curved sword) that is hard to beat and could be done fairly close up.

The Kennedy stabe with a knife is the BEST of the close up versions. Funny, at Dean Dill's last Wednesday someone from Japan sent Dean a video of a show and he did the Kennedy one with a Swiss Army Knive and it was TERRIFIC.

Of course you could search old Genii magazines and fine MY version using a real RAT TRAP.
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Kevin James has a card stab that "stabs" two cards on an umbrella. Then when you open the umbrella, the top of it has the third card. Check out this link: http://www.elmwoodmagic.com/?nd=full&key=532

It'll make more sense. Also, I met Paul Richards (he's one of the guys at elmwood) about 10 years ago at a convention. He has some really creative material. Check out the site... They've got a ton of great stuff. I saw him do "ballonatrick" about a hundred times that day! It's awesome. Check out a demo of it here: http://www.elmwoodmagic.com/?html=list&a......chunk=10
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Yup!

It's called, "Got it Covered", and it makes going through Airport Security easier than trying to go through with a Sword! One heck of a lot more simple to explain!

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If you want a close-up version without a table or the mess, see the routine on Don Alan's Greater Magic video. Bill Abbott also performs it on his close-up video, with additional tips and performance footage in a restaurant.
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Yes, I have Kevin James Umbrella Card Sword called "Got it Covered" It works great and is very practical and plays HUGE. It has a better audience reaction than a card sword because you "stab" 2 out of 3 which is pretty good, almost perfect...until you open up the huge golf umbrella to show the 3rd card printed very large on it. Magician in and out of trouble, and the open umbrella with outstretched arms...the perfect applause cue.
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I had the old Conley Card Sword that was stolen out of my storage unit years ago. It was wonderful and you can buy one today for about $450.00. However, I now have Rat Trap and it will be the only Card Sword I perform. I love this prop very much and it is a delight to use.


Good magic to all,


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If you have a Fantasio Vanishing Cane, check out Fantasio Cane and Candle book for an eay 3 card stab on on Cane effect, the can then changes to a card silk. Very nice effect and does not use a weapon that may cause some trouble in some facilities, now-a-days.

It is also on the Fantasio Castle Lecture videos.
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I have the Julio Lipan card sword from Stevens Magic that is absolutely the best of the half dozen or so I have owned over the last 35 years.
I no longer perform the trick though and am considering selling it in case anyone is interested.

http://www.stevensmagic.com/index.php?ma......_id=1281

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You'd probably be better off noting that in this forum, Bill:
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewf......=76&1558
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I agree with Pete that the best one made was the Hammerton. Ed Massey created a Card Dagger that was more appropriate for parlor use, but not really for close-up. The late Tabman made a wonderful recreation of the Massey Dagger that was far superior in creftsmanship

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This is very good quality card sword.
http://www.hanklee.org/xcart/product.php......0&page=1
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