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Sid Mayer
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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.

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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, 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.'
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It isn't completely impromptu, but what about Michael Close's 'Pothole'.
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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.
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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.
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Profile of morrison
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. Smile
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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.

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Profile of tiptophat
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.
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Profile of Dynamike
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.
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Profile of ixnay66
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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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Profile of bigchuck
If you have invisible thread on, you could do Leclair's whirling card -- It's simple, visual, quick and clean.

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Profile of jasonmcconnie
There's a nifty string and holder apparatus that allows you to "beckon" it out from behind your tie.
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Profile of 204rags
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
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Profile of ropeadope
You could personalize your card with their birthday in a quick Magic Square.

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Doc Hilford is selling mind reading effect with business cards for only $2.95
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I like Mental Photograph from Bill Abbott Smile
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