A deck of cards is set down on a table. A spectator is asked simply to
think of any playing card, and the magician says he will name it.
After a moment
of thought, the performer declares, "The name of your card is Phil! You
know, short for Phillip!" The audience is understandably a bit
surprised. The pack is removed and then shown to have different names printed boldly on the back of every card. When the deck is turned face up and the card named by the spectator is found, it is the one and only card named Phil!
(Not Rough and Smooth!)
The basic plot of this routine goes back to Fred Lowe's "Christened
Reverse." Over the past few decades, many methods have been devised. It
turns out that Trevor Duffy reinvented a version that was created by
Phil Goldstein in the early 1980s, entitled "Final Fred." That routine
had its debut in a lecture at the 1985 FISM convention in Madrid. The
issue of this prior invention has now been discussed by Duffy and
Goldstein, along with the ironic coincidence of its title, and we are
pleased that an equitable arrangement has been made, and this item is
being marketed with Phil Goldstein's approval.
This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 30 July, 2006.
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