SHOE'T by Mark Southworth and Mark Mason

~ Magic Friday by Jamie D. Grant ~

What The Audience Sees:

"Jamie walked in on Friday holding a pack of playing cards so we knew it was going to be good. Big Ted loves card tricks (as we all do) and he was almost crying in anticipation. Jamie asked Big Ted to select any card he liked and to write his name across the face. Good thing Jamie asked him to write his name. Anything else and we would have been scr*#^%d. So Big Ted does, and Jamie returned it back to the deck (the card, not Big Ted, ha ha). Nothing crazy. But then Jamie hands the deck to me and asks me to find the card. I can even do it face up! Well you won’t believe this but the card wasn’t in the deck anymore! I swear! And Jamie says, “Of course it’s not. It’s in my shoe.” BOOM! Big Ted faints! Jamie hasn’t even proved it yet and Big Ted drops like a #^^^%$&. Anyways, Jamie takes off his shoe and, sure enough, there’s a card inside. He shows the shoe all around and then slowly pulls the card out. AND IT WAS BIG TED’S CARD! Too bad he didn’t see it! It was amazing!”

How It Went:

One of the first card tricks I ever learned back in elementary school was the selection of a card, and the subsequent discovery of it in the card box. It basically consisted of a little kid making you do an extremely complicated series of tasks to select a card and then you returning it to the pack (the card, not the kid). The little kid would then search for about five minutes because half the time he couldn’t remember the card you were supposed to have selected. He would the pull out three random cards and lay them face down on the table and tell you that one of cards was yours. While you were looking at those, the little kid would pick out your real card and put it into the card box. No palming, no machine made hold outs. He would just grab it and stuff it in there. And it would kill you, lol. You would be shocked. Every time!

I still do that trick. Shoe’t is basically the same thing. A card is discovered somewhere crazy. But unlike the card box, everyone knows how even more impossible (can we have different levels of impossible, lol?) it would be to get a card into your shoe without anyone seeing. I mean, it pretty much is impossible. And it destroyed people all day. The fact tat you can slip off your shoe and show it, while it’s still on ground, is absolute craziness as well. Seriously. And the great thing is, is that no one wants to grab it out for you, lol. We all know how specs can sometime’s be super grabby. Not a single person reached for the shoe, obviously. And it was a clean shoe and sock (that’s an early JDG Tip for you, by the way, lol). There’s just something about the shoe.

Best Lines:

Let’s see your other one!!!!
-I guess they wanted to see what would show up in my other shoe, lol.

No way that’s my card...ACK!!!!!!
-It was.

Angry Bob Rating:

For those of you reading this article for the first time, Angry Bob is a co-worker who has an understanding of some magic because his uncle was a magician. Angry Bob knows that TT’s exist, for example, but he has no desire to become a magician himself. He also has an anger management problem that can be experienced first hand if he can’t figure out how a trick is done. A high rating means he has no idea.

”Do I look %^#^^ stupid to you??!...Don’t answer that!!! That’s just some other card you put in there before!! ...Wha?!? It’s signed!?!! Go f^$& yourself Grant!


My Rating:

You know this is going to be pretty high. I would even say 9/10 simply because it costs you nothing. I’m not talking about price of the effect but rather set up, pocket management, etc. Here we have a trick where we can walk out the door and never have to worry about setting it up. As long as you have a deck of cards, you’re ready to go. That’s worth a lot to me. And, as a testament to the fact, I have Shoe’t on me right now. Now, is pulling as card out of your shoe always appropriate? Not always, but then just don’t do it at those times. That doesn’t mean you can’t be ready to rock it out when it is time, though. And there’s always a time, lol.

The JDG Tip:

1.) Make sure the card is signed. If you don't, then the trick is worthless (to an extent). If you prucahsed Shoe't, go the extra foot and have them sign the card.

2) When I remove the card, after showing the shoe, I tip the toe to the ground. I found that helped make sure everything worked perfectly.

Closing Thoughts:

It was w really good day and I’m happy about this effect. It brought me back to those first days of stuffing a card in the box but with much more stringent conditions. And any day I can blast Angry Bob is a good day, lol.

Have a great week everyone!

jamie d. grant

(click to see a deck of cards inside a bottle)


Anonymous said...

Hi there Jamie:

Now that I have your column RSS fed to my reader, I can find out when you've posted your Magic Friday report. RSS feeds make life easier.

I quite like the idea of the card in the shoe. It reminds me of something that Carl Cloutier performs. Cloutier performs a bit where a card goes into his sock - he actually has to peel back his sock to reveal the card.

After reading your Magic Friday blog, I had an interesting idea that would work with two cards selected. Of course both would be signed.

The first card could be pulled from the shoe. That has potential to provide immense misdirection under which to load the other card into the sock.

The nice bit is that the audience member can pull the second card out of the sock... it might be worth exploring... if the shoe fits...

Could that second reveal from the sock be more devastating to the audience's sense of reality than the first reveal from the shoe? It might take someone with courage to find out...

Warm regards,
Shaun Luttin

Tim Thoelecke said...

I don't do this one, but saw Mark Mason demo it at a lecture last summer. He also demonstrated a way to reset while putting your shoe back on. It was really slick.

He's got some really clever stuff. He also has a nice trick in his lecture notes called Stuck Up Monte.

I enjoy your column. Thanks for taking the time to write it!

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