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Sketch-O-Magic by David Garrard

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This is a great little kids prediction trick! I’m sure you can have some fun with the different pictures that can be created. And of course in the end you predict the exact combination of top, middle, and bottom faces that are freely selected by the audience. Uses a well known principle from the card world, and it works like a charm here!

Effect: Show a sketch pad of different faces with pages pre-cut into three segments to create a flip-book, so you can come up with lots of combinations and colors by flipping to different pages.

You let three spectators make apparently random selectionsthe top of a head from one picture, eyes and a nose from another picture, and a mouth from another. Ask a spectator to open an envelope you previously gave him. He pulls out a picture which matches perfectly the audiences selection!

Strong, visual magic which gets the audience involved. Great for close-up or stage. You’ll flip over it!


Kid show performers will definitely want to take a look at David Garrard’s “Sketch-OMagic.” Here’s what you get: Visualize an 8.5 x 11 spiral bound artist’s sketch pad. The pad is held horizontally, with the spiral binding to the right. The pages of the sketch pad have been divided into thirds, horizontally. The each page of the top section shows the top third of a person’s head, the middle third shows the person’s eyes and nose, the bottom third shows the mouth and chin. The performer flips through each of these sections, displaying all the different combinations possible. A prediction is placed aside. Three spectators stop at three different sections as the magician flips through the pages. This produces the picture of a smiling, blue-eyed boy wearing a beanie. The prediction is revealed, the pictures match.

This is a very nicely made prop, which uses the old Coloring Book principle in an interesting way. You’ll be doing it five minutes after you get it, and if you’re looking to add a mental-flavored effect to your kids show, it would certainly fit the bill. Recommended.

(Michael Close – Magic Magazine, February 1998)
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Approx. Price: $25.00 (2002) ***

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2 reviews for Sketch-O-Magic by David Garrard

  1. Andy Martin

    Nice method and Entertaining Magic!

    This is a great little kids prediction trick! I’m sure you can have some fun with the different pictures that can be created. And of course in the end you predict the exact combination of top, middle, and bottom faces that are freely selected by the audience.

    Uses a well know thought out principle from the card world, and it works like a charm here!

  2. Colin Dymond

    Math shows

    I use this item in my math shows. First they have to work out how many different pictures you can make from the sketch book with twelve pictures cut in to three parts.
    12x12x12=1728
    Their chance of getting the correct hair, eyes, mouth is always 1 in 12 but the chance of getting the complete picture is 1 in 1728.
    Also i get the children to "pick" the hair first, then you can ask who would like to pick my nose!

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