Eddie Joseph's Bombay

Where to buy it: Trickshop

What it is: A card trick where the magician finds the right card in the wrong deck.

Rating: Six mental marvels

Details: Eddie Joseph's Bombay (presumably named for Eddie Munster, Joseph Stalin, and Bombay, Indiana) is a feat of mentalism involving two decks of cards and an "open prediction." I'm not entirely sure why it's called an open prediction because you don't open anything to get to it, but what can I say -- magicians are mysterious.

The effect runs as follows: A magician shows two decks of cards, one with a red back and one with a blue back (or one with a Coors back and one with a Bud Light back, if you're performing in your cousin's trailer). A spectator selects one of the decks, and the magician opens his deck and removes a single card as a prediction. The card is placed face up on the table, which really freaks out mentalists because they expect predictions to come at the end of an effect. (In fact, when I showed this effect to a mentalist friend of mine he laughed uproariously at this point in the trick and pointed at me like I was an idiot.)

It's now the spectator's turn. The spectator deals through his deck, turning cards face up one at a time. At any point the spectator chooses, one card is dealt face down and mixed into the magician's cards. The spectator's cards are then searched and it is shown that the card the magician predicted is missing. The magician's cards are spread face down, there is only one card with a back the color of the spectator's deck, and it is the mate of the predicted card.

Birds go silent in awe. Angels sing. Everyone is amazed.

It's a pretty easy effect, as impossible card effects go, and only has a few drawbacks. Namely:

But these are relatively minor problems and are easily overcome by the effect's assets. Namely:

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