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Bulletproof by Collectors’ Workshop(c. 1992) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)
In 1936 legendary British Inventor, Craftsman, and Dealer, Jack Hughes, invented what became known as the Television or TV Card Frame (or sometimes Television Glass Frame) where a chosen card appears trapped between two plates of glass set in a houlette. I don’t think there is much doubt as to what version of this classic effect beats them all? Yes it is Bulletproof from the original owners of Collectors’ Workshop, Rich Bloch and Nick Ruggiero.
“I Heard He Did A Great Card Trick”
“I Couldn’t Tell – – I Was in the Eighth Row”
It’s amazing. Otherwise reasonable performers persist in doing card tricks on stage – with standard size cards! True, the first three or four rows are stunned into submission. The rest of the audience has to take it on faith. CW decided to respond, and in so doing, we created what we think will be regarded as the most exciting stage, platform or parlor effect of the decade.
Performer opens a jumbo deck of cards. Spectator freely selects a card and signs his name across the face. The card is immediately torn into pieces and deposited in a small, cloth bag. Performer then displays two pieces of clear lucite. Explaining that he is about to recreate the famous Chung Ling Soo Bullet Catch, the performer bands the two plates together with elastics. These, he announces, are the Bullet Shields. The two transparent plates are placed upright in a thin, unprepared, wood frame, and the frame is mounted on a thin, unprepared transparent lucite tray. All pieces may be examined (for those of you into silly stage waits). The tray is now placed on an unprepared table or, if you
wish, held by the spectator. Displaying a pistol, the performer explains that most bullets are designed to destroy. “This bullet, however, has been specially designed to restore. Let me show you what I mean.” Handing the gun* to a spectator, the performer holds the small bag in front of the plastic shield, advising the spectator to fire when ready. The spectator does so and, with a “Bang”, the following things happen:
The small bag drops open, and a bullet drops out onto the tray. Instantly, the signed jumbo card appears between the two lucite “shields”. The shields may then be removed and handed to the spectator who opens them, retrieves the card and verifies the signature.
It’s an inexplicable effect, well conceived and brilliantly executed by the craftspeople at Collector’s Workshop. And, you can see it all over the theater.
This is the one to beat!
This is by far the most convincing and effective of all the TV Card Frame effects. Uses jumbo cards, a beautiful wooden frame, that has no possible room to conceal a whole jumbo card, combined with an entertaining routine.
Approx. Price: $815.00 (2001) ***
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