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Horsin Around -- Nick Trost (1978 original issue)


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When I was in my teens and relatively new to magic, Nick Trost put out a packet trick that spoke directly to my young raging hormones, as well as my wacky sense of humor.    His trick, Horsin' Around, involved showing three cards, each depicting one-third of a topless glamour girl.  (Because the trick was released in the late 1970's, naturally she looked alot like the #1 pin-up girl of that decade, Farrah Fawcett-Majors.)   In the end, the cards transform into a picture of a funny cartoon horse's head.   It was slightly risque, and slightly zany, magic all rolled into one.    The effect was re-released a few years back by L&L, with Trost's blessings of course.

But this is one of the early original issue sets, put out in 1978 by Trost's Trik-Kards company.

The effect (in more detail) is this:    magician shows the faces of three cards, one at a time.  There is a "head and shoulders" picture of a pretty girl.  Then on the next card, there is a naked torso section, and finally a bikini clad waist and legs.   The cards are put facedown on the table, and the spectator is asked to point to his favorite part -- head, middle, or legs.   Regardless of which he picks, the cards are turned face up to show a horse's ears, eyes and nose.   

(The humor comes from how the same drawing of the woman's midsection now becomes the middle of the horse's face.  never mind that the woman has no arms -- no one ever notices her lack of arms when you show off her naked midsection.)

Original issues of this trick have become very collectible, and are highly prized among collectors of Trost magic and early packet effects.  This one appears to be unused, the cards are in new condition, and the instruction sheet is clean and unmarked with just a bit of wear around the edges.

previously owned, but in apparently unused condition, complete with original props and instruction sheet.   

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