This is a version of the “Chicago Opener” in combination with the Card To Wallet trick. I use a modified “Dani DaOrtiz Multi-effect Wallet”. I consider this one of the most practical and best wallets for a working performer. That the spectator can remove the signed card from the small change compartment himself is one of the great things with this excellent wallet.
I prepared the wallet by gluing a metal police sign from the toy department to the window flap of the wallet. Thus, it will look like one of the regular police wallets you know from the movies. Think “Special Agent”.
When the flap is opened, the spectators see a comedy identity card, and a Zero Euro bill. Both can be obtained on the Internet. They serve as a mental misdirection to cover the loading of the card into the wallet which happens more or less in full view.
A regular red backed deck has a stranger card with a green back on the bottom. I prepare the face of this card with Card Shark’s “Science Friction” spray, or (the classical method) wax it on the face. Let’s say it is the 5H. The regular 5H is second from the bottom, right above the green card.
To begin, the wallet is on the table in full view.
I spread the cards, showing all red backs. I talk about a profiler and his uncanny abilities to identify the criminals within a group of persons, which look all alike. Now I have a spectator pick and sign a card which will represent the “criminal”. I replace this card on top of the deck which is given a complete cut. This brings the selected card and the card with the green back together. I spread the deck in my hands until the green card appears in the middle. I divide the deck at this point and place the upper half onto the table (the bottom card of this heap is the regular 5H). Because of the preparation it is easy to turn over the top two cards of the packet in the hand as one—the spectator’s signed card has somehow changed to green on the backside. I turn the double face-down and remove the green card and place it onto the table to the side. So far this is the standard procedure of the Chicago Opener.
The top card of the packet in my hand is the signed card. I palm this card in a gambler’s cop with my left hand and replace the packet on top of the packet on the table. Then I reach for the wallet, and let it flip open to show the police sign, which evokes a chuckle. I put the opened wallet into my left hand, right on top of the card in gamblers cop. When I open the window compartment to show the joke identity card, I shove the signed card into the loading slit of the wallet. If you own the wallet and have watched Dani’s excellent explanation, the handling will be clear.
After I have loaded the card in the compartment, I close the wallet and put it to the side, in front of a spectator. Most of the dirty work is done now.
All that is left is the second part of the Chicago Opener. I force the regular 5H on a spectator. This is easy because the card is already on the bottom of the deck. I replace the card on top of the deck, I give this a complete cut and I spread the deck in the hands, expecting to find another green card, which does not happen. Then I realise something went wrong, I ask for the name of the card and then turn over the green card on the table which turns out to be a 5H! This is a strong effect.
All that remains is to have the spectator pick up the wallet, open it and remove the signed card from the small change compartment.
The sequence is based on a similar routine by Dan Fleshman. Dan uses a Fred Kaps wallet, I changed this to the DaOrtiz wallet, which allows me to have the wallet on the table right from the beginning. I also added the little gags with the police sign, which helps to dress up the trick to fit the patter theme of the profiler being able to discover a criminal in a group of alike looking individuals.
Try this, it is a strong routine.