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Startling by Wayne Dobson - Trick
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You start by showing nine small solid brass engraved lettered tiles that when assembled make the word STARTLING. You then offer to show something STARTLING with a deck of cards. A card is chosen by spectator and placed face down on the table in front of them. Attention is then drawn to the brass tiles and the word STARTLING. One by one a single letter is removed, and each time another word is formed. This continues until just the letter 'I' remains. The discarded letters are then rearranged and amazingly they spell the name of the chosen card.

Comes complete with nicely made props & carry pouch and is 100% self working.

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I was reluctant to perform this, being sure that someone in my audience would catch on to the "how else?" (courtesy Carl Ballentine) method but to my great surprise, no one batted an eye!!! The words-made-with-one-less-letter ploy. from STARTLING through STARING & STRING down to IN & I captured their attention. I experienced more discussion as to how the playing card was "freely selected" so I would recommend starting with a good force and then take advantage of time misdirection while removing letters and making smaller words.

I point out that these are not SCRABBLE letters (no point values) but are the sort of thing you can pick up at an awards or engraver's shop … or at a thrift store. Since I am known for "thrift store" magic, this introduces the brass letters reasonably.

However, NINE LETTERS will fit across a wooden Scrabble tile holder! This makes an across-the-table display easier.
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