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Jonathan Townsend
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This is about Hofzinser's Think/Forget card item. The routine is described three times in the Fischer/Sharpe/Fulves book - and again in the Genii magazine article (November 2005) with some interesting editorial notes including "the real meaning of this trick has been lost". One method published has the three chosen cards becoming the three forgotten cards. Another description has the three forgotten cards revealed as blanks. What's to be made of the of the procedure and props, mention of blank cards and patter about choices? And what's to be made* of scholarship which comes with a pen name used by a Peter Sellers movie?

Submitted for your consideration, a forgotten plot-line for a trick that took a detour into the Twilight Zone of our literature.

The performer proposes and then demonstrates that the mental action of thinking about a card changes the physical card. Three times. Two cards are shown. One considered. The performer sets the correct card aside each time. Then if the applause is sufficient, to share a confidence, the audience is permitted a backstage view where they see that to the performer - the other three cards don't have faces at all. "But don't tell everyone - that would spoil the trick". Wink.

Now back to the books,

JonT


*A few relevant facts: There is a 1969 comedy titled "The Magic Christian". The modern audience is aware of some curious discoveries about very small particles and the traces they leave on photographic plates. Literature directed at the general public includes tales of supernatural events with spoons and magicians discussing how to duplicate some claimed supernatural phenomena with trickery. Not long after Hofzinser sold his tricks the latest items available at the magic shop were described in newspaper articles (by a lawyer using the pen-name Professor Hoffmann). Today we are over forty years on from when Borges's stories, which included fictional references, were published in English. It's been almost forty years since a trick called "Chicago Opener" was popular at the magic shop.
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tommy
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I am not familiar with the Think/Forget card trick but I like the idea of producing a blank card when somebody has forgotten the card they picked.
If there is a single truth about Magic, it is that nothing on earth so efficiently evades it.

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Jonathan Townsend
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Thanks Smile That's a sensible out which keeps the show moving.
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