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Improbability (Phantom Penetration) by National Magic Company, Brian Godfrey

(c. 1933,1937) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

A Super Card Penetration that was originally called Phantom Penetration and was invented by the English magician and inventor Brian “Tish” Godfrey c. 1933 and sold by Davenports.  Brian Godfrey also created an improved version c. 1936 called Penetrating Giant Card Mystery. This was also released by Davenports, who purchased the sole selling rights.

It was subsequently renamed as Improbability and released c. 1937 by the National Magic Company in Chicago, Sherms Inc. (Robert Sherman), and Stanyon’s.  None of these versions gave credit to Godfrey.  Even Dr. Albo states it was invented by National Magic Company in Vol. 3 of his Classic book series.  A notable version was also released in 1970 by Buma’s House of Magic in San Francisco.

Effect: Performer passes for examination a metal tipped celluloid tube, a silk handkerchief, and a giant card with a hole in the center. He next directs attention to an easel and frame, like those illustrated.

The frame is in two sections and is so constructed that it has a slot at the top into which the giant card fits perfectly, also, a hole in the center a trifle larger than that in the giant card. A spectator is asked to insert the handkerchief in the tube allowing part of the silk to hang out of each end of the tube. Performer places the frame on the easel and inserts the metal tip celluloid tube through the frame. Then for the miracle!

Taking the giant card, he places it in the slot at the top and slowly pushes it down. It is seen to go completely through the tube and handkerchief. When it is completely down into the slot he picks up the frame, card and tube and hands it to the audience for examination. This last action leaves the audience gasping as the card cannot be removed from the frame without taking out the tube and handkerchief.

The audience is invited to thoroughly inspect every part of the frame which can be taken apart, also the tube, handkerchief and card. Nothing is found wrong with any of these parts.

We recommend IMPROBABILITY as a remarkable effect, suitable for parlor, club or stage. Complete with an N.M.C. Presentation Routine.

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Approx. Price: $395.00 (2001) ***

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1 review for Improbability (Phantom Penetration) by National Magic Company, Brian Godfrey

  1. Andy Martin

    A Super Card Penetration that was originally called Phantom Penetration and was invented by the English magician and inventor Brian “Tish” Godfrey c. 1933 and sold by Davenports.  Brian Godfrey also created an improved version c. 1936 called Penetrating Giant Card Mystery. This was also released by Davenports, who purchased the sole selling rights.

    It was subsequently renamed as Improbability and released c. 1937 by the National Magic Company in Chicago, Sherms Inc. (Robert Sherman), and Stanyon’s.  None of these versions gave credit to Godfrey.  Even Dr. Albo states it was invented by National Magic Company in Vol. 3 of his Classic book series.  A notable version was also released in 1970 by Buma’s House of Magic in San Francisco.

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