by Steve Shufton
Welcome to the VERSATILE world of the Shufton Card Catcher!
Whether you are at a meet and greet, or out on the street, you are always ready to dazzle with the Card Catcher! Instant, stunningly visual magic at your fingertips with playing cards, credit cards, business cards, paper money, written predictions - you are as unlimited as your creativity! And, you are ready to perform again with no reset!
The Shufton Card Catcher is a sturdy, specially constructed windowed envelope that puts your miracles center stage any time you want to perform them. You won't be caught off guard again with the Card Catcher in your pocket! Many stunning, highly visual effects are possible with this precision made, specially die-cut device. Objects will appear, vanish and transpose with ease, leaving your audience spellbound!
Many possible effects, always ready to go:
The Card Catcher:
The Card Catcher is empty - they can see into it through the windows! A card is selected, signed and returned to the deck. Tap the deck with the Card Catcher, and a card appears inside it INSTANTLY! Remove the contents - it is their SIGNED CARD! Impossible!
An unknown playing card is slid into the Card Catcher. They can see it through the windows at ALL TIMES. They select a card, sign it and return it to the deck. The card that was put in the Card Catcher before the selection - that has been in full view the whole time - is now removed. YES! It is their SIGNED CARD! This puts a terrible cramp on their brain!
Card to Wallet:
Have the Card Catcher in your wallet, or in another envelope. You are ready to do card-to-wallet at any time! NO PALMING! Put the card catcher into an envelope and mail it to your client with instructions not to open it until you are there! When you see him, have him select and sign a card and return it to the deck. The envelope he received in the mail is opened, and the Card Catcher is found within with a playing card "prediction" that can be seen through the windows. Watch his brain explode when the playing card is removed and it is HIS SIGNED CARD!
Torn and Restored Card or Bill:
They see a bill or card in the Card Catcher through the windows. Remove the bill or card and tear off a corner, handing it to the spectator for safe keeping. The bill is completely torn up and vanished. A bill can be instantly seen to appear in the Card Catcher! It is removed - the bill has been fully restored, but it is missing a corner. The spectator is still holding the corner, and of course it is an exact match!
Psychic Serial Number Reading From a Borrowed Bill:
A spectator provides a bill, which they fold up and slide into the Card Catcher - you don't want to even touch it! They can see the bill at all times through the windows, but the serial number is not visible - it is in the inside folds of the bill, which they folded themselves. It remains in view at all times on your outstretched hand. Almost immediately you start receiving psychometric impressions (perhaps with a dash of cold reading thrown in!), and you ask a spectator to write down a series of numbers as they occur to you. When the bill is removed from the card catcher and handed directly to the spectator, they open it up and discover that the serial number perfectly matches your divination! A psychic miracle with a borrowed, unseen dollar!
Business Card Open Prediction:
You write a prediction on the back of one of your business cards, and slide it into the Card Catcher where it remains in full view, though you cannot again touch it. They select a random number, or a birthdate, etc. When the business card is removed, the prediction matches! Not only a stupifying mental miracle, but a great way to give out your business card! Your Swami routine just got A LOT STRONGER - leaving no possible explanation!
Business Card Transposition:
Their business card is slid into the Card Catcher, where it can be seen at all times. A snap of the fingers, and it has changed into YOUR business card! A great impromptu piece of BUSINESS!
The Prediction Matches:
With a deck of ESP cards, or my preference, a normal deck of cards, this effect is a fine piece of mentalism theater! The mentalist selects a card from the deck as a prediction. It predicts the color and value of a card the spectator will randomly select. The odds are only one in 51 because only one other card in the deck will match. The mentalist places the prediction in the windowed envelope, back showing through the windows, so there can be no manipulation or funny business. Once in the envelope it is a committed prediction, which cannot be changed, yet it remains in full view at all times.
The deck is shuffled and otherwise shown to be a full deck, in a completely random order. Cards are dealt off the pack one at a time until the spectator says stop. Without looking at it, the card is left on the table (or in the spectator's hand) face down. It is shown that the other cards in the deck surrounding the selection are truly different.
The magician must show his prediction first or it wouldn't be fair! The prediction is removed from the envelope and turned face up on the table. Now all that remains is to see if the spectator's free selection will match your prediction – and, of course, it does! Astonishing!!
All of these effects are possible, and many more, with the Shufton Card Catcher!
Painstaking effort and meticulous attention to detail were required to bring you this incredibly versatile prop. Professional artwork, and a booklet crammed full of ideas, concepts and effects make this a pleasure to own, and even more so to perform!
Each Card Catcher is precision made, die-cut, hand assembled and tested to make sure you have a magical device you can be proud to use.
Comes complete with the Card Catcher, an ungimmicked duplicate, and a 28 page booklet, filled with 8 hard-hitting, audience tested routines to get you started!