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Princess Card Trick by DARYL - The Legacy Line - A Review
(Gimmicks and Online Instruction)

This is the Ad Copy:

A mindreading trick that will blow your audiences away!

A packet of cards is fanned before a spectator's eyes. The spectator is asked to merely think of ANY ONE of the cards (NO FORCING). At no time does the spectator tell anyone, write down or indicate his mental selection to anyone.

The Magician removes one of the cards from the pack to commit himself to a specific card! The magician shows the remaining cards and the thought of card WAS the selection removed from the pack.

This SELF-WORKING miracle is extremely easy to perform and instantly resets.

Princess Card Trick cards are printed by the United States Playing Card Company on red, Bicycle Rider back cards.

Note: written instructions no longer included. All instructions are via video link.

My Thoughts:

The Princess Card Trick is a classic of magic. It was probably created by Henry Hardin around the first of the last century.. as reported by T.Nelson Downs in The Art of Magic.

At some point in time, it has been performed by many of the great performers, including Dai Vernon, who influenced Daryl to market this effect using Bicycle brand cards. This release is part of The Legacy Line, which includes several of Daryl's classic effects. ( The Whole Thing, Jumping Jacks, Ultra Monte, Bizarre Assembly, Morphed, Presto Printo, Papa Rabbit, Rainbow Ropes, Crossed Thought, Ultimate Ambition, Red Prediction, Enchanted Cube, and The Amazing Acrobatic Knot )

This release is a stylized version of Daryl's effect.. intended to support Daryl's family since his tragic passing, and to re-introduce a new generation of performers to several of his more popular effects.

The magi shows a spectator five different face cards and asks them to mentally select one. Afterwards.. the magi mixes the cards, removes one and puts it in a pocket. He then asks the spectator to reveal their selection.. and after they do, he removes their selection from his pocket.. while showing the four remaining cards in his hand to NOT be the thought-of card.

Many folks are familiar with The Princess Card Trick, as it has been published online as an app and/or program. That doesn't change the fact that this is still, after all these years, a strong effect that requires very little practice. In fact, the instruction video for this effect includes a method that adds an extra layer of magic to PCT. The magi, after the card is named, pulls the named card from his pocket.. before showing the card missing from those in his hand. I've included a link to a performance video below.. giving you a chance to view the complete effect.
Video demo of this effect...

There are no printed instructions. Instead, there is a nine minute online video that teaches everything you need to know. All the gaffed cards are included, and they are
official Bike gaffed cards. The packaging is first class and very stylish. And, the effect is a classic that still fools the heck out of an audience. If you were a fan of Daryl.. and who wasn't.. you will find a place for The Princess Card Trick.. either in your repertoire or your pocket. At only $9.95.. this is money well spent.

$9.95 .. Available at Murphy's Magic and their Associates
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Thanks for the thorough and thoughtful review. Time to give this classic another look.
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On Jan 27, 2022, Wizard of Oz wrote:
Thanks for the thorough and thoughtful review. Time to give this classic another look.

Having the 'right' cards help. The gaffs are Bikes and look perfectly natural. Thanks for your comments!
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Good review, RCarruth and I agree, this is an excellent effect.

I am glad you went into some history, however, I'd like to provide a bit of context that was not included in Daryl's original release or your review.

This effect should be credited to Henry Hardin in the early 20th century. Shortly thereafter Theodore DeLand thought of using double-ended cards for the effect. DeLand's method used spot cards, but Henry Hardin's then put out a method using court cards. The most popular version has an ingenious touch by Nate Leipzig, and it was published in "Dai Vernon's Tribute to Nate Leipzig".

That said, my father was really the first to bring the Princess Card trick to the magic masses beginning in 1977. Dai Vernon sat in the front row the first time my Dad performed and lectured at the Magic Castle in 1977. He remembers performing the effect while Vernon looked directly at him and had this huge impish smile on his face. Vernon clearly knew what he was presenting was at the time a little known effect "The Princess Card Trick." Vernon had published the trick in his book where my father had discovered it. According to him, he fooled everyone with it at that lecture (except Dai!). He went on to create his own method of producing the cards; Nate's were penned on with ink, his were split and made from two cards. Over the years, he hand-made and sold more than 25,000 sets of Princess Cards to the magic community world-wide.

The Princess Card Trick performance video above was taken by my Dad's friend Pete Petrashek on his Slydini Lecture tour on February 28, 1978.

An interesting fact: At his stop in Cincinnati on the Slydini tour, my Dad went to the US Playing Card Co headquarters and asked if they would print out a "special print" for the Princess Cards. They politely declined as they weren't doing special orders for anyone. Kind of ironic how now playing cards are collectibles and printed in hundreds if not thousands of different versions and gaffed cards! As a result, he continued to perfect his hand-made version until his introduction of his "Royal Redo" published by Elmwood Magic in 2009.

If anyone is interested, my father still hand-makes The Princess Card-trick aka "Royal Redo" (now named "Image") as part of his Wisch-Craft Wonder Deck. It includes a full instructional DVD and printed instructions on this effect as well as three others; my father's original "Double-Take Monte" (shown in the video below being performed at the Magic Castle in 2009) "Match-Ic" and a Peter Kane effect entitled "In-Half". All hand-crafted. They are available only from him at

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