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Switch by Ben Earl

Switch by Ben Earl

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‘Switch’ is an in-depth exploration of the Transposition plot using nothing but ordinary props and skill. The technique, psychology and presentations are covered in detail including multiple variations to assists in stage-by-stage learning.

If you are prepared to practice you will have two translations that look and feel 100% real.

Paper Switch: The performer places an Ace of Spades in their pocket and the spectator holds any contrasting card in their hands. Without a false move both cards magically transpose!

Metal Switch: The performer holds a silver coin in their closed hand and the spectator holds a copper coin in their closed hand. Without a false move the coins impossibly transpose!

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This book (booklet) has only two chapters. The first chapter is Paper Switches and the second is Metal Switches and the premise is simple one object switches with another.

In Paper Switches, the performer chooses the Ace of Spades then has an audience member select a red contrasting card (The reasoning for this is explained). The performer places the Ace in his coat pocket and the spectator holds his selection trapped between his hands.

The effect is simple but jaw dropping, the Ace transposes with the spectator's card.

There are five methods to perform this effect, the first method is very good. The second method is gooder. The third method is gooder-er, while the fourth and fifth method is gooder-er...er than the first two.

Practice is obviously required; however, within reach of the experienced beginner and intermediate practicing prestidigitators.

The Metal Chapter, like the first chapter involves the transposition of two coins similar in nature to the "paper" switches.

I enjoyed the interspersed timing explanations and the philosophy behind the reasoning on why Ben Earl created these effects in his own streamlined and high impact fashion. Although this booklet has only two effects, this is definitely worth adding to your collection and repertoire.