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The performer removes a thin, ornate, rectangular apparatus from a stand. The round cap, in the center of the apparatus, is removed to reveal a round hole. At first sight, something can be clearly seen in the round hole. The performer turns the apparatus around to show that the round hole goes through the apparatus and that the obstacle blocking the clear passage through the round hole is a playing card. With the backside (black side) of the apparatus/card sleeve still facing the spectator, the performer places his/her finger on the playing card, through the round hole, and starts to push the card out from one side of the card sleeve until it protrudes slightly out one side. Once the other edge of the playing card can be seen through the round hole on the backside of the card sleeve, the performer flips the card sleeve around so the spectator can see that same card edge through the round hole from the front side. The performer than grabs the edge of the playing card protruding from one end of the card sleeve, removes it completely and places on the table. The spectator can now see the round hole does in fact go completely through the card sleeve. The performer now lays the card sleeve next to the playing card.
The performer explains that this card sleeve is actually a “Card Punch” using the steel ball will create the perfect hole. The performer now removes the steel ball from the stand and places it inside of the round hole of the card sleeve that is laying on top of the playing card. The performer lifts the card sleeve straight up, leaving the steel ball behind on top of the playing card, to demonstrate that the round passage way through the card sleeve is clear.
The performer, now holding the card sleeve, informs the spectator that the “Card Punch” holds the playing card sturdy as the steel ball is punched through it. The performer picks up the playing card and slides it into the card sleeve so the spectator can clearly see the card through the round hole. Next the performer picks up the steel ball and places it into the round hole from the front side (side facing spectator) where the card can clearly be seen blocking it from passing freely through. The steel ball is a clear red steel ball so if looking closely, the card can still be seen in place within the card sleeve. The performer picks up the round cap and places it over the steel ball in the round hole and pushes the cap down and in place. The performer lays the card sleeve flat on his/her hand and, with the other hand, removes the round cap, placing it to the side, to reveal that the steel ball is no longer in the round hole. The problem is, the playing card can still be seen through the round hole . . . without the expected round hole punched through it. The performer picks up the card sleeve with his/her other hand to reveal the steel ball resting in the his/her’s open palm underneath the card sleeve. The performer places the steel ball on the stand and then removes the playing card from the card sleeve to reveal that the steel ball had penetrated clear through the playing card without producing the desired round shaped hole or causing any damage to the playing card at all.
The performer turns the round cap over to show nothing could fit inside of it and that only one ball was used. Performer states “it’s obvious that there is a lot of R&D (research & development) still needed to make this an effective “Card Punch”, as it clearly does not do what it is supposed to do.”
Punch Card (Steel Ball) includes an exclusive bonus penetration effect which is a wonderful visual of the ball passing through the playing card into the performer's or spectator's open hand.