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Topic: Business Cards?
Message: Posted by: Todd (Jun 23, 2002 06:41PM)
I'm not sure if this has been posted already, and if it even belongs here. I guess it could be considered inpromtu. I'm interested in handing out my business card in a way someone will not forget. Let's say you talk to a manager at a restaurant about work and he/she says "I'll get back with you". You go to hand out your business card. What's a killer way of giving it to them,something they will remember and make them think "wow"!
Message: Posted by: Dan Farmer (Jun 23, 2002 06:47PM)
I don't know how your sleight-of-hand is and furthermore I don't know that it is better than say, one of those gimmicked wallets that lights it on fire or whatever (??) but if you are proficient at backpalming you can do most backpalm productions with a business card (if the stock is pretty good)

I'd never tried this before but I just went and gave it a shot in front of a mirror and I even got it to appear at my fingertips (using the good ol' "goodluck" technique) ;) Probably not the coolest thing you could do but since I am a purist that's what I would probably do.
Message: Posted by: Todd (Jun 24, 2002 04:46PM)
I just read some postings in the cards section with some great ideas, thanks!
Message: Posted by: Jim Pace (Jun 25, 2002 01:39AM)
Gee, I was just glazing through and noticed that there was a brief discription of one of my effects, The Afterburn. If you would like to see a way of handing out your card so that your client will always remember you please go to [outdated link] and look at the video clip.

You may also try attaching an invisible thread to a rubberband, then place five or so cards into the rubberband. Place the other end of thread attached to a piece of blue tac behind your ear, ala Hummer card. When someone asks for your card, spin it around a bit then slide one out from the bottom part of the stack.
enjoy.. Jim
Message: Posted by: ecno (Jun 25, 2002 06:48AM)
Do you know the trick Card Insurance?
You force a card, let's say it's King Of Hearts, and you have them put it back in the deck but the trick goes wrong and you just can't seem to find the card.

So, what do you do? You take your magician's insurance policy and you start reading the conditions of the policy, blablabla and finally you open up the policy and you show it to them: a giant King of Hearts is printed on it!

Here's an idea: why not print the card on your business card!!

I know a business card print where you show them blank business cards but with your hand you magically print your business card! Very cool and easy to do! If you're interested in it, PM me, maybe we could trade something.

I've been looking for some other business card tricks and this is what I found, what I'm interested in (see below). If someone could tell me the disadvantages before I buy those tricks I would appreciate it if you could let me know. Or maybe trade the trick.

Clipped $12, see Magicsmith.com
You need a paperclip and you can use a business card.

Business Merger $8, see Hank Lee's website.
You rip a corner of your business card and you restore it.

Point of no return $20, see Hank Lee's website. You need a safety pin.

Take a look at this post

Lots of places where to look but they aren't exactly saying what the tricks look like.
Message: Posted by: Todd (Jun 25, 2002 04:42PM)
Check out the card trick forum. Business card tricks have already been discussed and theres some GREAT ideas!
Message: Posted by: bdormer (Jun 29, 2002 04:25PM)
Personally, I've always had trouble back-palming anything (must be some genetic mutation or something). I keep my cards stacked in pairs, face to face. I pull out two, and show it on both sides as a single blank card, then say something about the printer making a mistake, then do a pluck-from-air move to get them a "good card", sliding the pair apart so they now see the printed face of one card, while I palm the other. Hand them the card and take a bow. Leaves a lasting impression.
Message: Posted by: Magique Hands (Jul 2, 2002 03:31AM)
Years ago, I adapted this next effect when I handed out my business card. Please keep in mind, that the set-up for this is quite time consuming, BUT WELL WORTH THE EFFORT!

There was a marketed effect called 'Firetrap', where a borrowed and marked quarter, vanishes and is found manufactured inside the flap of a matchbook. The borrowed quarter is actually pressed in between the paper of the matchbook. Well, I adapted this same method to use for my business cards, and the reactions were absolutely astonishing!

I still hand my business card out in this fashion, but save the effect for people and clients that I truly believe will book my show. Unless you set-up a number of your cards this way, the effect is not repeatable, and the re-set time does take a few minutes... but again, it's quite the effect!

Have Fun!
- - Troy

I still think you can get 'Firetrap' from magic dealers.
Message: Posted by: billhart22 (Jul 10, 2002 02:26PM)
In the Street Magic series available at ellusionist.com there is a really neat method of handing out a business card that nobody will forget. You take a small stack of your business cards and show both sides are blank, then you run it out of your hand like an ink-jet printer is printing it...and when it is finished printing you hand it to the person that you want to give it to. It is really a nice trick.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Jul 12, 2002 02:08AM)
a simple way, until you figure out something better is to have the small stack all face down with one reversed on the bottom (face up). Then just do a flushtration count for a few, complaining about no printing on either side.

After most (but not all) of the cards have been counted drop the rest of the cards onto the counted ones, rotate your hand holding the cards palm down, push them out slowly with your thumb to emulate the printing.

You can rub the back of that hand with the opposite hand in a gently circular motion as the cards get printed.

To reset, turn the cards face down again, and remember to cut the cards so the face up
one is on the bottom again.

I have not seen the ellusionist.com demo but it sounds like this is probably what's going on.
Message: Posted by: Paradox (Jul 14, 2002 07:46AM)
One of the best possible (& most memorable) effects with your business card is to print it for your spectator by using the Carlyle's Card paddle move. Have all you business cards in your wallet or holder back side up. Take one out, say your printer left them blank, do the move (it's in an old PHOENIX under the name Carlyle's Card & probably other places as well), "print" the card by pushing it thru your hand, shake it a little to dry it (it's still "wet") & give it to them. They'll keep it FOREVER.
The PHOENIX is now on CD-ROM.
Message: Posted by: gimmick1586 (Jul 16, 2002 07:44AM)
You could pull off a backpalm or a tenkai toss. That would work.
Message: Posted by: BroDavid (Jul 19, 2002 11:00PM)
I also recommend Flash Card, which I believe is also A Jim Pace creation.

I just got Afterburn, and haven't gotten used to it yet, but Flash Card is natural, and dramatic.

You are asked for a business card, (or you say that "I am often asked for" and show an empty card wallet, and say "but I can have one for you in a flash!, and FLASH! the case now holds your business card(s) and you can hand it out.

Message: Posted by: Mauro (Jul 23, 2002 09:28AM)
You can find some good ideas on:
Business Card Miracles of Jon Jensen.
There are more or less 13 routines, form Gary Darwin to Dan Harlan and many others...

Otherwise you can find something on Fulves' "Self-Working Paper Magic"

Message: Posted by: Magique Hands (Jul 24, 2002 04:24AM)
Michael Sibbernsen has a wonderful business card fan production wallet out on the market. You can visit his web-site at:

[outdated link]

On his site, he has a video demonstration of producing the business cards.

- - Troy
Message: Posted by: Thoughtreader (Jul 24, 2002 08:30AM)
One on One Mentalism by C.L. Boarde is a book that is "mentalism with business cards" and might be useful too.
PSIncerely Yours,
Paul Alberstat
Message: Posted by: Gary (Jul 31, 2002 11:09PM)
Look into purchasing the Sight Unseen case. This is a Mark Strivings designed, Roy Roth produced business card wallet. You can perform miracles with this any time, any place. You won't leave home without it. Best of all, the prop is invisible.
Message: Posted by: knightmagic98 (Aug 4, 2002 09:22PM)
I do not know which issue, but in a past issue of MAGIC I believe, there was a close-up version of cardiographic using business cards. I have been playing with this lately, and it gets a pretty good reaction.
Message: Posted by: BillParky (Aug 6, 2002 04:27AM)
I like the 'Stockholder' wallet which I use for holding my business cards and credit cards all the time.
I usually have it set up to do a 'magic square' routine on the back of my business card which I then hand out. This is a knockout effect where the 16 numbers in the square add up in every direction to the number previously selected by the spectator!

Bill :bigdance:
Message: Posted by: pwagorn (Aug 8, 2002 12:01AM)
you could always do a warp effect & then produce an untorn card as a finish....
Message: Posted by: Sid Mayer (Aug 9, 2002 01:12PM)
And now for a no skill, no cost method of producing your business card. You remark, "I know that I had some here somewhere," as your hands search the side pockets of your jacket. Then you remark to the effect that, "Oh, I remember. I usually keep them up here," as your right hand indicates your breast pocket. As you do this, one of your business cards slowly rises from that pocket.

You need to be wearing a jacket with a breast pocket. To prepare, thread a needle, run the thread from through the front of the breast pocket about 1/2 inch from its top and on completely through your jacket. Then run it down and into, but not through, the upper part of your left side jacket pocket. Push a business card down into the breast pocket. It will carry the horizontal section of the thrad with it. Finally, tie a washer or a curtain ring to the end of the thread inside your side pocket taking up any excess so that whatever you've tied on rests against the upper part of the pocket lining.
As your right hand comes up to gesture at the breast pocket, your left hand remains in your left side pocket and pulls the thread.

Incidentally, you can also use this idea with a forced playing card. I do an "I am a camera" routine using this in conjunction with a fism flash.

Sid Mayer
Message: Posted by: samthemagical (Sep 15, 2002 10:50AM)
I print my own buisness cards onto a normal playing card. I put on a little roughening fluid and place the printed card on it's match. With a little work, you can print your card on to the spectators selected card. You can get an email adress at kingofhearts.com, and force the king. everyone seems to enjoy it, and remember it. people ask me for multiple cards, 'so they can pass them on to friends.'
Message: Posted by: lesterkirad (Sep 15, 2002 12:45PM)
It isn't completely impromptu, but what about Michael Close's 'Pothole'.
Message: Posted by: Daniel Faith (Nov 22, 2002 09:05AM)
This is not good for handing out business cards. But a good effect with business cards is the linking cards. Borrow a business card and use one of your own. Then, magically link them.
Message: Posted by: danryb (Nov 22, 2002 03:37PM)
I recently made up a batch of new cards with a optical illusion printed on them. I Looked up some search engines on the net and came across a few informative sites describing tips for good business cards. Well worth the time.
I now simply give out my cards with two hands as if I'm giving them a "gift". That is tip no. 1.
What they actualy have is something that they can use to entertain their friends with.
The usual feed back I get from most people after giving them my card is "that's a realy cool card".
What they do with it after that is their perogative but I am pretty sure they display it (with my name and number) to others.
Message: Posted by: morrison (Nov 30, 2002 05:55PM)
Thought Transmitter is pretty good. The manager draws something, the case is closed, you take a business card and reproduce his drawing on the back - unseen - place it down, and walk away. :angel:
Message: Posted by: Pinky (Dec 2, 2002 02:30AM)
The old "Out to Lunch" principle is good and allows for alot of your own creativity to come through while costing nothing.

For a fancier version, look into Stockholder which also comes with a book that has a number of excellent effects.

Thoughtreader also had an excellent contribution...use the card for mentalism. Many different mentalist effect require the writing down of something. Why not write it down on the back of a business card?

More importantly, always try to get there contact info too. That way you can follow up on potential gigs and help drive your name into clients minds.

-Dave Cross
Message: Posted by: tiptophat (Dec 2, 2002 12:57PM)
I like to do a torn and restored business card that had been signed by the spectator or a piece of mentalism using the business card as a billet.
Message: Posted by: Lior (Dec 9, 2002 04:52AM)
Rising Cards
Blank to Printed
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Dec 26, 2002 12:24AM)
The best I like with business cards is the Fire Wallet. It is also a good attention getter so you can hand out more cards.
Message: Posted by: ixnay66 (Dec 28, 2002 08:33PM)
Has anyone mentioned Gregory Wilson's Stock Holder? I remember when he told me he was going to market it and I said "Hmmm...I don't think too many people will be interested in that Greg." After he gave me one and I read through the routines I wiped the egg off my face and told him I loved it. His routine in particular is great. Well worth the $40 it costs.
Message: Posted by: rrubin98 (Dec 29, 2002 06:54AM)
I prefer to do a quick numerology reading (tic-tac-toe style) on the back of my card and then give it to the client afterwards. She'll keep that card for quite a while.

- Richard
Message: Posted by: Andy H (Jan 6, 2003 01:49PM)
No one read Paul Harris' Art of Astonishment vol 1-3? Volume three has a cool joined business card trick and volume two has one involving placement in a book, removing it, then it jumps back.
Message: Posted by: therntier (Jan 9, 2003 04:44PM)
I think Paul Harris' trick is called Rumple Splitskin or something like it. It looks pretty good. Like Rruben98 said, there at least two in his AoA series.
Message: Posted by: bigchuck (Jan 12, 2003 05:04PM)
If you have invisible thread on, you could do Leclair's whirling card -- It's simple, visual, quick and clean.

Message: Posted by: jasonmcconnie (Dec 14, 2011 11:35PM)
There's a nifty string and holder apparatus that allows you to "beckon" it out from behind your tie.
Message: Posted by: 204rags (Mar 16, 2012 09:55AM)
I have not read through the above entries word for word so I do not know if using business cards to do an effect that is usually done with playing cards is suggested. It is card warp. This can be done with business cards. I was at the local Shell Gas Station having some work done on our car and asked Jerry the owner if he wanted to see a magic trick and he said yes. I then got two of his own business cards from a little holder on the counter and did business card warp. (I tore the bottom card half way to set it up after picking up the cards from another counter, returned, and then showed him the effect. It blew his and his clerk minds away !!!

Magically, Bill Ragsdale
Message: Posted by: ropeadope (Mar 16, 2012 10:41PM)
You could personalize your card with their birthday in a quick Magic Square.

Have fun,
Message: Posted by: zatara (Apr 11, 2012 09:09PM)
Doc Hilford is selling mind reading effect with business cards for only $2.95
Message: Posted by: Lady Chanty (Apr 14, 2012 04:18AM)
I like Mental Photograph from Bill Abbott :D