Dan Harlan has contributed a lot to magic over the years. He’s probably best known for his wildly popular Card-Toon, but his creativity doesn’t stop there. From tricks with cards and coins to rubber bands and popcorn (really), Dan is sort of a legend in magic. After going missing from the magic world for a few years, Dan has returned recently with some new products… and has rereleased a few of his classic routines. Crazy 8 is one of them. Here’s the dealer’s ad:
Innovative! Brilliant! Impossible! As seen on TV! So, what is Crazy-8? A signed piece of paper is torn, rearranged, and restored MIS-MADE… and it’s still signed. No tape, no glue, just magic! The spectator keeps the cool souvenir of your awesome magical powers. Plus, you’ll learn how to do it with a borrowed dollar bill. Imagine that!
The basic effect is this. A piece of paper with a weird design printed on it is presented to the spectator. The magician announces that if the spectator writes their signature in the circle, he will be able to read their mind. A card is selected and hidden from the magician.
The performer asks if the audience “would be impressed if I were able to write your card on this piece of paper.” Of course, they answer affirmatively. The magician writes the words “YOUR CARD” in the circle with the spectator’s signature. After the groans subside, the magician tears the paper into four pieces and rearranges them to form the image of a playing card.
He then offers to create a lasting memory of this moment. With that, the pieces fuse together in their mismade condition with the torn edges on the outside and the corners on the inside. The end result of the restoration can be seen in the picture above. Of course, everything can be examined, and the spectator is given the paper as a souvenir of the occasion.
When I first saw the effect advertised, I worried that there would be much magic taking place at one time for an audience to experience the full impact of the effect. A signed piece of paper is ripped up and restored in a mismade condition to reveal a selected card. Oftentimes, when disparate effects are combined into one, the resulting whole is LESS than the sum of its parts. This is not the case with Crazy 8. Harlan’s solid script ties everything together nicely. The audience gets to appreciate the revelation of the card separately from the mismade restoration effect. This is genius of the effect.
The eBook is really small (only 5 pages), but everything is explained clearly. Also included are the templates for the design used in the trick. You can print out as many of these as you want. The papers are small enough to fit into any wallet making this a great impromptu trick. Something that isn’t talked about in the directions is printing your contact details on the back of the giveaway. You would have to play around with the positioning because of the mismade nature of the final product, but it still strikes me as a good idea.
“Crazy Cash” is a bonus routine included in the manuscript, but it will require the extra expense of obtaining the necessary gimmicks. If you do perform it, it’s definitely something you would save for special occasions.
This is a fantastic trick…especially for the price. I cannot imagine any close-up performer not being satisfied by the handling, script, or overall effect on an audience. For $10, there’s no reason to not buy this. Highly recommended.
-Available for $10 from Lybrary.com