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Ed_Millis
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I'm working on a routine in which the kids will choose four or five cards with letters. The cards will be 5x8. The challenge is to change the chosen cards for one that spell the desired word.

I'd like to use something flat, like a tray or "in basket", instead of a box, so the cards are (mostly) visible the whole time. A box is easy, but allows too much of "you did something in there".

Suggestions?
Ed
Daniel Ulzen
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Not directly what you are looking for, but:

The switch of the snake cans in the routine of David Ginn fools totally, even magicians. So it would be possible to put the cards in an envelope, get for example a break-away-wand while the envelope can be seen, let one child hold this wand, say you get another wand for the other child, while the wand breaks and the audience laughs you change the enevelope and get the other wand and then let one child hold the (new) envelope. Two minutes later the audience has forgotten that the envelope was out of sight.
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I'm not sure how this particular one works but I've made one myself that works fine. Since you only want 4 or 5 cards the stand would be a nice manageable size and display the backs of the cards throughout the process.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGavaC20KZ8

-Mary Mowder
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You might want to check out "Force Field" from The Wizards' Journal #18.
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Mary Mowder
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I did not mention that you could have any cards chosen and they would "be" the right cards.

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Ed_Millis
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Mary:

I can see something like that working. Thank you!
Ed_Millis
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Jim:

The Force Field description indicates only one card is selected. Can I have 10 cards face-down and 5 selected?

(BTW, your Amazon link to the Table Mate II needs updating - apparently they don't make that one anymore.)
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Ed: The answer is basically "Yes", but I sent you a PM with additional info you might need, and thanks for the update news- the link has been fixed.
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I've done one where the desired word(cards) is on top of a deck of gient cards - with the rest in alphabetical order . I'd show the A(with the WORD"cards, behind the A, as 1 card ) then B C D E F -etc as far as you need to go. I'd have a number of kids up(4 letter word=4 kids -etc) then I'd square up the deck and have each kid hold a card from the top of the deck( card back to audience) saying A-B-C-D-etc. then ask the kids to turn there card to audience - A B C s became the WORD/ hope you understand??? Ralph(ruso)Rousseau
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Is the stack actually short cards? If so shuffle them to the bottom.

If they are not short cards, start with them on the bottom and hindu shuffle from the center of the stack drawing to the top (so as not to disrupt the bottom cards.

With the cards on the bottom and do a series of overhand shuffles asking them to say stop as you go. When they say stop draw one card from the bottom of the stack as you separate your hands and show them the bottom card and remove it. Throw the remainder to the top and repeat. till you get them all.

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I only want to use 8 or 10 cards (depends if I need a 4 or 5 letter word). Show all cards as a mess of letters, then let kids (one at a time) pick one card to keep and one to discard. Next kid chooses amongst what remains, down to last cards. Show discards as a jumble; show keepers as the word. So: not a complete deck, jumbo or larger for visibility, switching all 4 or 5 cards at once.
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On Jan 11, 2018, Mary Mowder wrote:

With the cards on the bottom and do a series of overhand shuffles asking them to say stop as you go. When they say stop draw one card from the bottom of the stack as you separate your hands and show them the bottom card and remove it. Throw the remainder to the top and repeat. till you get them all.

-Mary Mowder

While I don't think this is the right move for your situation, I see I made a mistake that needs correcting.

If you are right handed, draw the bottom card of the right hand cards to the bottom of the left hand stack FIRST (with your left fingers) and continue drawing cards to the top of the left packet till they say stop. Then flash the bottom card of the left packet as the chosen card, remove it. Throw all the left cards onto the top of the right hand cards. Repeat this till you have all the cards.

-Mary Mowder
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On Jan 11, 2018, Ed_Millis wrote:
(depends if I need a 4 or 5 letter word).


Fist off, you might want to avoid using four letter words in a kids show. Smile

Get blank jumbo cards, put letters on them. Place the cards with the letters you want to force at the bottom of the deck and use the sliding key force from Royal Road.
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