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Houseguest is a lot of fun but somewhat impractical in the real world. I find myself using Guy Hollingworth's method from Drawing Room Deceptions all the time. Really well constructed 3 phase routine, especially set up so it needs almost no table space.

Great for table-hopping.
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Heckler by Brian Tudor has a signed selection to Card Box which is very cool.
Visions of Wonder with Tommy Wonder includes Ambitious card plus Jewel Box you can find this performance on youtube.

In The Trenches with Paul Green also includes Card to mini suicase he calls " Mission Impossible"

Hope these help
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For a knuckle-busting version, I also recommend "House Guest" from "By Forces Unseen." This is not as impractical as one may think (but make sure you have good angles)! I think the merit of this version is that the deck never comes in contact with the cards, which I believe is a big giveaway in most card to box effects.

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Some good references to "card to box" handlings and routines have already been listed... but here are a couple more options:

If you want to play around with a variation where you don't need the card to be signed, you could take a look at Masuda's "Boxing Match" & use one of the alternative handlings to achieve the "card to box" effect (instead of the primary card transformation effect). You're giving up the strength of having a signed card show up in an impossible location for the strength of a very visual appearance of the "chosen card". It's a very nice illusion worth looking into if you haven't seen it yet. You can always catch a video of the performance on YouTube or on the Masuda Item main website to see what it looks like.


One of my favorite signed "card to box" (or signed card to anywhere) routines is John Bannon's "Heart of the City" from his book Smoke and Mirrors. I think most of the advertising that I have come across online for this effect states that the signed card appears in a sealed envelope, but as explained in his book, once you understand his routine, the signed card can show up anywhere you want. I have always used the cardbox, and this routine always slays.

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R. Paul Wilson also has a card to box routine with a transposition of 2 cards - 1 on the edge of the case and 1 in the box appearing. It is in "Five Times Five Scotland" and the title is "Card on Case in Case". Some great, great misdirection techinques are explained. Just an overall awesome book too. I also read that he has an effect called "The Inslow Effect" where 2 cards are thought of, 1 card is the only odd colored card in the deck and the other is in the box. It can be done gimmicked and un-gimmicked... I will review further once I get my hands on it.


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I've been looking for a good signed "card to card box" routine. A palmed card to card box. Suggestions?
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