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September 25, 2011

I’ll Name Your Card

Bob Solari recently contacted me here at Magic City about an item we produce, called “I’ll Name Your Card.” According to Bob, it mirrors his own effect, “Name That Card,” released back in 1994.

Bob was under the impression we were selling a knock-off of his trick and apparently conveyed this information to magic shops while making inquires. Bob is a creative guy and a fantastic magician, but Magic City first published “I’ll Name Your Card” in 1973, many years before Bob’s version hit the market.

In the late sixties, early seventies, Aldini and Nick Trost collaborated on an effect that later became, “I’ll Name Your Card.” Magic City printed the instructions and California Card Company manufactured the special deck. “I’ll Name Your Card” has since become a staple in many magic shops around the world.

I’ll Name Your Card is available from your favorite dealer, or you can read the effect here http://www.magicity.com/product_info.php?products_id=3953

There are other tricks on the market similar to “I’ll Name Your Card” and “Name That Card,” such as Trevor Duffy’s take on Phil Goldstein’s “The Phil Trick,” if memory serves, released in the mid to late 90′s.

I’m not sure when Goldstein first released his version or the exact lineage of the published record regarding this plot, but I wanted to clarify the situation between Bob’s “Name That Card” and Magic City’s “I’ll Name Your Card.”

Thank You!

- Gerald Kirchner

I'll Name Your Card!

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