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This is one of several packet tricks included in The Ultimate Card Trick Collection by Paul Hallas. Paul is a respected authority on packet tricks, having authored several books on the subject. Originally this packet trick came with a DVD, but now it comes with just the cards, and a link to a special website with detailed video instructions.

Something From Nothing


Effect: Can magicians make something from nothing? This packet trick starts by showing four cards which appear to be completely blank on both sides. One at a time, all four cards magically turn into a red card that says "Something". Then as a final twist, the cards are turned over to show that all four of them have turned into green cards that say "Nothing."

See Paul's performance of Something From Nothing here:

Comment: This trick is a very playful one, and revolves around the clever bit of wordplay with the words "Something" and "Nothing" . The moves in this effect are based on Vampire Dawn, but there is more going on and more to learn (due to the need to apparently show both sides of the card), even though it can be performed more quickly. Paul also teaches both the Elmsley Count and Jordan Count which are also needed. This trick will definitely require some practice to master. If you prefer a story-oriented trick, then Vampire Dawn (also by Paul Hallas) is a better choice; but many people might prefer the cleverness and cuteness of Something From Nothing, especially if the vampire theme doesn't appeal to you.

The cards are poker-sized, and have an air cushion style finish, and seem to be durable and handle well. The video production quality is excellent, with very clear audio and great visuals and multiple camera angles. Paul's teaching is solid, and he explains all the sleights needed, although already having an ability with the fundamentals of card magic will make learning this much easier. Still, this routine isn't complex, and there's no knuckle-busting moves. The novelty element of these cards can produce some fun and light-hearted magic. It may not be killer material, but with the right presentation, it can be used to create some good reactions and entertainment.


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