Nowhere and Everywhere
While the effect offers a surprise, I don’t think that it will fool lay spectators who will see the results and immediately figure out how it was done. The magician is left with some evidence in the hands, but Mayne offers a good method to cover for this.
Follow the Light
“Death Finger” is Mayne’s card stab, but instead of using a sword, he uses his finger. Here, a selected and signed card is stabbed in mid-air with a finger from a deck that has been sprung into the air. This one can be done at any time and is strong. As you would expect, you do destroy a card in the process and have to clean up a mess of cards on the floor.
A version of those “Russian Roulette” style effects that are so popular these days, Mayne offers a good version in his “Stab'd. In these effects, a sharp object such as a knife is placed under several covers, usually paper bags or cups, so the magician doesn’t know where it’s located. The bags or cups are mixed by spectators and the magician eliminates the choices, one by one, by slamming her hand down on the bags or cups. If she’s wrong, she risks serious injury.
The deadly implement in Mayne’s version is a sharpened pencil that’s enclosed in one of several envelopes. The envelopes are mixed and spectators choose one, which the magician stabs into his chest. And the second envelope is slammed into a spectator’s hand. This is not for the faint of heart and does have an element of danger.
-Wayne N. Kawamoto
MSRP: (US) $20
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