Alien invasion

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Alien invasion

Postby magician in the making » Aug 24th, '08, 15:13

The Effect/What they say

The magician tells a story that revolves around a small town astronomer (a card is selected, say the King of Spades, from a blue deck to represent the astronomer), who spots an alien space ship (really a manila envelope with a picture of a spaceship on the front), which lands on the outskirts of town.

The spaceship’s door opens, and the aliens emerge. You show four cards with beautiful colourful pictures of aliens on both sides. One of the aliens is removed and heads to town (the deck) to investigate. The astronomer has set out to spy on the aliens. When he sneezes, they grab him (the blue backed King of Spades is added to the remaining three alien cards), and using some unknown alien technology, the aliens change their appearance and you show four blue backed Kings of Spades! The astronomer escapes, the alien who went to town returns, and the cards change back into four green aliens! The aliens climb back in their ship and blast off and the Earth is saved!

Beautifully made cards, includes envelope with the picture of the alien spaceship. No complicated sleights, easy to do and visually stunning.


£11.95 from

(1=easy to do, 2=No sleights, but not so easy, 3=Some sleights used,
4=Advanced sleights used, 5=Suitable for experienced magicians only)

I'll give it a 3 it's not a very hard slight but it's a slight none the less

This is a wonderful short colour change effect with a story to go with it. It comes with specially printed cards and envelope. It's very easy to do once you get the slight cracked, and it's great if you find making up your own patter hard. The instructions are very vague and go into more details about the story than the slight. If you don't know the slight you can find it on youtube. You also need to be able to force a card and you need to own a blue backed bicycle deck which I didn't have when I bought it. Also the Aliens will only change into one card so you can't perform it twice. The cards cannot be examined but seeing as they start and end in the envelope no one will ask especially as they are listening to you tell a story. The great thing about this effect is that you can use the method for other changes, it would be the same trick but without the aliens and story perhaps you would want to change four blank cards to four aces.

It's a simple visual colour change with four cards, that's very easy to do. I would give it a 7.5/10 it looses marks for the vague instructions.

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Postby swamy » Sep 12th, '08, 06:07

There was a variation of this effect named "The Swinging Vampire" marketed by L & L Publications prior to 2000. This trick was very nice because of its storyline.

I do not know whether they are still marketed..

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