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A pile of 16 cut out pieces from photos of iconic destinations (Taj Mahal, Tower of Pisa etc.) are shown and given to a spectator to shuffle and then lay down in a 4 x 4 grid. The performer turns some of the pieces face down and asks the spectator to “fold” over any edge row on to the remainder and keep turning until all of the cards are in a single pile.
When the pile is spread 4 pieces are face down. A clear plastic box is opened to reveal a single card with the correct prediction “4 will be face down”. The four pieces are turned over, 3 from one destination (Statue of Liberty) and the 4th apparently a mismatch (Eiffel tower). On turning the prediction over it is a mismatched replica.
A self working trick based on an idea by Nick Trost, most magicians doing this (me included) will have no idea how, or why, it works – making it a fascinating trick to perform. The props are novel and interesting which should help the motivated performer raise it from an advanced puzzle to a piece of magic.
Refreshingly, a summary set of printed instructions are included, though they are so brief with tiny photos that they are best considered an aide memoir. The online instructions are easier to follow.
Four separate mismatched finishes are provided, only one of which has a printed message. The extra mismatched cards can be used to provide a different outcome on repeat performance or to hand write the final predictions in up to 3 different languages.
Review by Chris Payne. Originally published in Magicseen Magazine, issue 91