Many in the lay public recall the version that David Blaine performed during one of his early specials. It was a true stunner.
A spectator freely selects a card and signs it and it's lost in the deck. You bring out a cocktail napkin and cover a window with it. After springing cards towards the napkin, the rest of the deck falls to the ground while one is now seen behind the napkin. You rip away the napkin to reveal the spectator’s chosen and signed card.
While holding the napkin in place, you encourage the spectator to feel the card to verify that it's behind the glass. You then pull the card through the glass and back to the front and give the card to the spectator for examination or keeps. The window may also be examined.
Pluses and Minuses
On the downside, the card only temporarily resides on the opposite side of the glass. At the end of the routine, you bring the card back to your side. The most stunning version, as Blaine performed it, and many approaches have tried to mimic, leaves the spectator's card on the opposite side of the glass for all to see.
Furthermore, I'm not convinced as to the credibility of the card's passage through the glass. I think that you're going to get caught by a certain percentage of spectators.
There's More to Get Through
An offbeat third version has the card apparently passing through a target that’s been drawn on the window with a marker. At the end, the card is removed, leaving the marks on the glass.
The DVD also teaches a routine where the selected card appears to pass through the glass of a coffee table. This one requires no gimmick.
And without this, there's no telling how this effect actually plays. It's almost as if the publishers didn’t want to show this to us, which makes the whole method seem suspect.
By the way, the effect is called "card through window," not "card temporarily through window."
-Wayne N. Kawamoto
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