A spectator selects a card from the pack, signs it and puts it back in the pack. After some usually humorous byplay, the magician takes out his wallet and finds the signed card zipped up in the inner compartment. Unknown supplier.

An audience member takes a card and the magician has fun trying to identify it with the help of spectacles stored in a smart spectacles case. It’s an unusual and entertaining way of identifying a chosen card.

The magician shows a stand on which is placed a wooden frame which has been shown to break into two across the hole in the centre of the frame. The magician hands out a card for examination and then demonstrates that it fits inside the frame, the hole in the card coinciding with the hole in the frame. The card is placed back on the table. The magician then shows that the glass chimney fits through the hole in the frame, where it is left in position and a silk handkerchief pushed through so that it hangs out from both ends. The magician again picks up the card and pushes it into the top slot in the frame. It should of course come to rest when it hits the top part of the chimney but, with the correct magic word, the card is pushed right through the chimney and handkerchief and down to the bottom of the frame. The apparatus can be shown all around. The final applause comes when the magician removes the top half of the frame and lifts out the card and chimney, showing that the card really is threaded onto the chimney.

With help from Chris Cross and Philip Treece, the inventor of this trick has been identified as Brian Godfrey. In the ‘Demon Telegraph’ of October 1933 (illustrated) the trick is advertised as Brian Godfrey’s PHANTOM PENETRATION. This is the first mention of the trick we have found. The trick makes use of a glass tumbler rather than a glass chimney. A few years later Goldston and Stanyon advertised the trick. In America, the same effect called ‘Improbability’ was sold by the National Magic Company and Sherms. They do not credit the inventor. The trick is written up in ‘Goldston’s Magical Quarterly’ of September 1935. Bob Albo describes the effect in detail in Volume III of his Classic Magic series.

The magician shows the spectator the cards and asks which one they would like to see behind the glass. The paper is folded up and then, with a little magic, when it is reopened the chosen card is indeed behind the glass.

The pack was specially commissioned by Davenports to commemorate their Centenary 1898 – 1998. This version of the Davenport demon trademark had been drawn by Ali Bongo. The cards were manufactured by Carta Mundi in Belgium.

These playing cards have been produced by the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and designed by Stacey Kelly of Squiddle Ink to commemorate the Covid-19 Pandemic. All profits from their sale will be donated to the Lord Mayor of London’s Charities.

This trick was a gift from friend and magician Tony Middleton in 2015. Tony said that he saw Peter Killworth do this trick at a Cambridge Pentacle Club evening. Tony asked him where it came from and Peter said he had built it. Peter agreed to make one for Tony, and this is it. The magician has one of a number of cards selected and then lays them down on the table. The wrist strap can be put on the helper, or could be worn by the magician who is holding the helper’s hand. When the hand passes over the chosen card, the meter goes off screen.

The magician is able to produce a selected picture or card within this previously empty frame.