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Sir T
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I hate to admit, that I have this trick! I picked it up on a whim while at a shoe trade show. My problem is, I need a video. I can do this trick somewhat, but my level of skill, does not allow me to do it very well. I need a visual, does anyone know of a good video for this?

I normally would not ask, but I have been asked to do this trick. My problem is, the directions are not all that, and I would perfer a video.

thanks,

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I got this trick as a gift from a friend who went to Vegas. I was very grateful, but was not particularly keen about the UFO card effect. The trick does come with plenty of thread, so I used the thread for other effects. There is so much stuff you can do with thread and so many resourses that will teach you how to use it. My favorite thread effect is Steve Fearson's Floating Cigarette. You can purchase it at
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Watch the demo first to see what you can do. If you want a video to teach you, I heard that Michael Ammar's new thread DVD's are good. You might want to check them out.
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The effect is described in Billy McComb's book "McComb's Magic; 25 Years Wiser".

If anything it is a quick throwaway item for cabaret rather than a feature item. I am surprised at the price and the interest in this effect.

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You should see some of those guys in the Vegas shops work this...It's a real pitch trick. They borrow a credit card and the card starts to spin around the magician and then they hand it right back to the lender. It's no wonder it's a big seller with the tourists...In the right hands it looks unbelieveable.
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To answer your question, Jon LeClair teaches it on his "Who's Afraid of IT" video, along with some important refinements/nuances.
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HI,
Cardguy I just looked at the demo for this floating cig thing. It started ok, but the free float Just looks like a cig on a t....d!
and I think that the float up to the mouth kind of gives away (or heads them toward) the t....ds route. surely anyone with good logic will work this out. maybe not straight away but later.
It does not in my opinion have the subtlties required to throw off the method.
Look at Kaps floating cork for example the way the cork bobbles and vibrates leads people to think of all sorts magnets etc. but not a simple t....d.
Just some thoughts
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On 2002-03-27 07:33, p.b.jones wrote:
...and I think that the float up to the mouth kind of gives away (or heads them toward) the t....ds route. surely anyone with good logic will work this out. maybe not straight away but later...


Sorry, p.b., I have to disagree with you here. This looks so good (when done well, such as by Fearson himself) that it blows people away. Especially the "thru-the-ring-of-fingers" move (which seems to negate the use of threads or wires or other attachments).

I've done it in a dim living room in very-close proximity to my spectators and they were astounded, offering no ideas whatsoever as to how they thought it might have been done.

Performed correctly, it looks like real magic.
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HI,
It was Fearson himself on the demo vid.
But, if it works for you fine. I would just try and find out what people are saying about when your gone. Just to be sure, as there are many effects that get a good reaction at the time but are easily reconstructed later by a logical thinking lay person "Crazy Mans Handcuffs" is another example of this, If I had a Ł1.00 for every lay person that's shown me that trick after they saw a magician perform it and played with some elastics later, then I would be a rich man.
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On 2002-03-27 07:12, corpmagi wrote:
You should see some of those guys in the Vegas shops work this...It's a real pitch trick. They borrow a credit card and the card starts to spin around the magician and then they hand it right back to the lender. It's no wonder it's a big seller with the tourists...In the right hands it looks unbelieveable.



I go to a convention in LV every year (April 7-12 this year) and I walk through the Venetian to get to the Sands Convention Center.

When I walked by the magic shop I glanced in and there were cards flying everywhere. You are right these guys are very good at UFO. I once asked one to demo something else and he had a problem with that. Didn't know THAT secret, I guess!
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I work at a shop right now that features the UFO card.. but we call it the "Magicians Levitation System" Same thing.. anywho... you're right.. as part of my job.. and the same with the LV crowd... we have to get good at it to sell it... if it's not done right.. it's mechanical and apparent that there is a thread!!! I do like, however the length and amount of thread that comes with... works great for floating roses, cigs, even telekinsis!!!

And btw.. hi everyone.. this is my first post.. love this place.. just found it today!!!

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Hey Guys,
I am extremely suprised how many of you guys don't like the Whirling Card! I perform this at my bar every night with guest's credit cards and coasters. Unlike other routines with IT that merely float objects, the Whirling Card can actually fly with a great fluidity in its motions. You can even cause the card to fly through a hoop formed by your arms numerous times in a row, what more could you possibly ask for?

Believe it or not, I have NEVER had someone accuse me of using string, although several people have suggested fans, magnets, or even rubbing the card on my hairy arms to create static electricity. I have to laugh when people suggest I use magnets right after I performed it with their credit card.

All I'm trying to say, is to give it a try. People keep coming back to my bar and they bring their friends JUST TO SEE THIS TRICK! Don't underestimate this wholly magical effect on laymen. I'm sorry this post is so long, it's my first one. I'll work on shortening them from now on.
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I agree Greenshock, that handled right, this is pretty spectaular to the spectators.

The Fearson Loop formed by his fingers and thumb and passing that over the card (sort of) like Fearson does with the Cig is a real convincer. It doesn't take much of an angle to make it look really good.

I am amazed at what people will attribute this to. I only had one guess right, but that was in the worst lighting you can imagine, and it was early in my learning it, when I wanted to find out, eh... real limitations. I did...

But people ask for it again and again. And I learned a long time ago, it doesnt matter if I think it is lame. It matters if the specs think it lame. And they don't! (not this one at least...)

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On 2002-03-27 19:08, BroDavid wrote:
The Fearson Loop formed by his fingers and thumb and passing that over the card (sort of) like Fearson does with the Cig is a real convincer.


I've seen this move with the cig, but not with the card. I assume it's not identical, since that seems like it would be a much tighter fit with a whirling card than with a cigarette. Is there a clip of this to be found online?

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To clarify things a little: The body hookup for whirling card is totally different to that of Fearson's floating cig. Fearson's hookup allows you to pass the cig. through a loop made by your fingers, make it balance on the tip of your tongue, and makes it float back up to the mouth. It is very clever. It is the same hookup used as the famous Lifesaver trick that Ammar teaches in his new DVD's.

From what I've heard, Fearson's routine was a hit at the 1990 IBM convention. Magicians were fooled. They might of known it was thread, but they didn't know that thread could produce such effects.

I personally like it a lot. I also fooled another magician who knew it was thread, but he didn't know how I got it through the loop or how it floated back to my mouth. It's definitely worthy of your attention if you like thread effects.
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The whirling card hookup also permits the card to pass through the "finger loop", but it requires some practice as it is a tight fit.
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There is another effect out there called Lite Flight (I think). A spinning ball with a light in it is used instead of the cig.

You should be able to pass this through the loop very easily.

I like the idea of getting the object to bob about rather than just floating. It would seem to add to the illusion.

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Lite Flite was invented by Perry Maynard and is a very nice effect. You do have to do it in subdued light for the best effect, however.

But we are getting off topic a bit. Maybe we should take this into the kitchen.
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Sir T
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Ok,

I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to respond to my question. I know some sites allow you to download, a video of a product before using it, does anyone know of a site that has this effect on it. I really just need to see it performed over and over again, in order to get my moves smoother (that and a lot of practice).

Again, thank you,

Kevin Smile
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You can see a video of it here

http://www.jbtv.co.uk/guide.html

They also have Lite Flite Smile
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If anyone spins a card better than Jim Pace I haven't seen them. His Alien UFO-YO is a lighted, heavier version of the spinning card that will spin forever and draws a crowd as well as anything I've ever seen.
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