I don't do Gospel magic, per se, though I do occassionally do a effect to make or emphasize a point in teaching or simply to entertain at a church function. But, I found Mark Wilson's magic Bingo to be a tremendous effect with wide reaching use in and around the Church setting. My first use of it was at our Pascha (easter), Orthodox have a long fast preceeding pascha, and it ends after the Pascha liturgy which starts at midnight. We generally have a breakfast following this, and it is supposed to be a celebration. Well it is in the wee hours of the morning, the service before is a long one, everyone is tired, we always seemed to lack the energy for much of a celebration at the breakfast. Well this year I got Mark's magic bingo at a lecture Mark gave in Little Rock. I thought I'd try it out. The people grumbled at my insisting that we play a game of bingo for a "wonderful prize", but grudgingly went along with it. I told them that the first person to jump up and shout "Christos Anesti" (Christ is risen, the traditional Orthodox pascha greeting) would win the wonderful prize, and in case of a tie, the first person I saw jump up and heard would be the winner. Well in the Wilson magic bingo effect, everybody has different cards, but they all make a BINGO at the same instant. They all jumped up and shouted "Christos Anesti" simultaenously. I think we woke up people for about 3 blocks around us. It got the engergy moving and the celebration in high gear.
I've talked with Mark and several fellow clergy-magicians who have used this effect and here are some of the things that have been done with it that could apply to Gospel magic. Mark or your local printer can have the cards printed with any 5 letter word across the top other than bingo, such as Saved, Faith, Glory, Jesus (to get around the duplicate letter you can have a small subscript number by one of the "s" or captialize the middle one, etc), Grace, Moses, Judah, let your imagination go. (mark also now has a punch out card that doesn't require a pencil or marker to mark the cards) A message can be given in response to the whole group shouting the word or phrase you select.. You can simply use BINGO but have them shout out something , such as "Jesus is Lord" or "Jesus Saves" or what ever as the prize claim. You can use it to illustrate a point, tell a story, get the group motivated, liven a tired crowd who has been at a long seminar or the like. Promote an upcoming church event, or stewardship rally, or fund raiser, or to promote enthusiasm for upcoming revivals or attendance drives. It can be used in Sunday school, vacation bible school. Let ur mind work a bit on it, you will see it has near limitless uses. I've only had mine a few months now and have nearly worn it out. If you do birthday parties it gets all the kids to simultaneously jump up and shout "happy birthday N.N."
This effect has so many possible uses for a Gospel magician. Mark is in the process of trying to collect uses that have been done and those that clergy-magicians have thought of to make available as part of the effect so when you acquire it you already have a lot of ready made ideas.
I've never found one effect with such a wide range of potential uses, especially for church and evangelism use. It works for both kids and adults.