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mightytimbo
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Hey Guys-

Need an idea from you. I just placed an order with penguin magic. For fun I had them grab any random playing card they had sitting around the office and seal it in a manila envelope and send it to me.

I thought it would be a fun "Pick a card/Reveal"

Here's the problem.

I don't have a plan for the reveal.

If anyone has a good thought for this I'd love to hear it. If it needs to be explained in detail feel free to PM so as not to reveal methods. You can reply in the thread if you're just going to refer to the name of tricks or something.

Let me know what you think.
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There are some way you can learn the identity of the card without breaking the seal. The easiest is to use a copy machine and play with the contrast settings.
If it is pip card you may be able to see the density difference.

If you can learn it, you can still truthfully say, "A playing card completely unknown to me was sealed in this envelope and never opened. No one has see that card since."
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Merodach
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Sometimes shedding some lig*t on the matter also helps (if a copy machine is not available).
Mr. Woolery
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Not sure what your plan was, but if you have someone else open it, you can use a Brainwave or Ultramental deck to show you predicted it.

Patrick
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How to choose the right deck?
Julie
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How about making that card one of the choices for a Mental Epic presentation?

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On Jun 25, 2021, Julie wrote:
How about making that card one of the choices for a Mental Epic presentation?

Julie


Or ANY other organic one-ahead type performance?

J
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Why do they have to seal it? What does that add?

Audience don't know who Penguin magic is.
Merodach
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I would think that sealing implies that it has not been tampered with during the performance.
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I've been holding my tongue because I didn't want to seem harsh, especially given that this is the beginnerss area. Started posting at least a half dozen times and then deleting. But here goes.

This entire exercise is a waste of time. There is no need to have Penguin seal an unknown card for you as it would mean nothing to the audience. You could just state that before the show you pulled out a card and inserted it into the envelope without looking. However, there is also the fact that few in the audience will believe you that you do not know the card. The only way that the premise works is to do all of this in front of the audience. In this case you now have something to work on method wise.

Please take this criticism for what it is meant to be, a learning lesson. One of the things you need to learn as a magician is how to look at things from the audience perspective. Often magicians will attempt to fix something that isn't really a problem or work on an effect that in the end isn't really a good trick.
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That's a great point. We have to always think about the audiences perspective and mentality. I think Magicians default to always looking at an effect as a magician (at least some magicians - universal statement/primse not intended).
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