What a clever and clean take on Jack Hughes’ Card Go premise. This really is a surprise beauty built by Alan Wright for Supreme Magic c. 1974 based on one of the earliest ideas from The Great Norman.
According to Eric Lewis in The Crowning Miracles (pg 194) the original Card Go was in fact also invented by The Great Norman but he sold the rights to manufacture to Jack Hughes, and since then it has been attributed to Jack Hughes. The Great Norman’s real name was Norman Hazeldene and he grew up just outside Manchester in Stockport, Cheshire, England. But I wonder if this was the effect that Eric Lewis is referring to, because it is similar to Card Go, but not the same (hence Improved). I have found nothing else to say that Jack Hughes did not invent Card Go, including many ads from the 1940’s, and of course Jack Hughes’ World of Magic Books.
This version consists of an attractive anodized metal display stand in which a signed playing card is placed and easily seen by the audience. It is covered with a handkerchief and handed to a spectator to hold. The balance of the desk is gathered up, wrapped with a rubber band and given to another spectator.
On command the spectator removes the handkerchief and the card has vanished, only to be found back in the deck the other spectator is holding.
This is a beautifully self-contained device that you’ll love playing with and I haven’t seen another like it.
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