Saturday, 12 March 2011

Relative Interchange by Phil Goldstein

Focus by Phil Goldstein 1990
Page 39 et seq.

Personal Comment: There are a lot of versions of this trick on YouTube. Which is odd, because this trick is not great. Both in terms of effect and method. I don't like it. It takes way too long. There is a lot to remember. I find it to be boring. The routine was inspired by Stewart Judah's "Aces & Jacks"; however the Goldstein version is "far more elaborate".

Difficulty 2/5


  1. Rafael Benatar has a beautiful but nifty version of this one which is worth to check out.

  2. I hate pushing the audience's assumptions/memories like this. Ortiz talks about how dangerous it is to leave a principal card face down for too long, because eventually the spectator's will start to grow suspicious. I agree. This entire effect revolves on the assumption that the spectators will take your word that those cards on the table really are what you showed way back at the beginning.