I started performing this trick in my teens (over 30 years ago). It was a staple for years because
it packs light, is easy to do, and plays big. I literally wore several out. I was pleasantly
surprised to see this gem still for sale here at Penguin. It is exactly how I remember it, down to
the artwork, fonts, and gag "coverage" lines inside. The only thing missing is the plastic sleeve.
To avoid the perception of a “switch”, I often give this to an audience member early in the
show to "hold onto, just in case”. I ask if there are any insurance agents in the house (or anyone
that has insurance). A gentleman with a suit jacket or woman with a purse is best (they tuck it away
where they quickly forget it).
A sleeve keeps it clean between performances and helps
prevent the audience member from opening it up before I ask them later in the show when I "mess up"
the card prediction.
Be sure to "fail" twice. I lead the audience into thinking I am going
to get the prediction right, "Your card is a red card right? Two of hearts!” FAIL, ask for policy,
read coverage and get another chance “Oh, of course, it's a face card, Jack of Diamonds!”, FAIL
AGAIN, then ask audience to unfold to read the “fine print”. Always get an immediate laugh and then,
wait, how'd he do that?
The sleeve is important to how I perform the trick so I am going to
try to find and print on a correct sized envelope. Hey Penguin, I would happily pay 3-4x the current
price if it came with a nice envelope with art that matched the policy.
Being one of very few female magicians, close up is my specialty, and I love this trick! It always
gets a laugh and the folks think I have no idea what their card is until....suddenly there it is
bigger than life. I recommend this trick to everyone from beginners to experts!