“The Complete Card Link” demonstrated by David Persson
In 1979, Sixten Beme published his “The Complete Card Link” – where the centers are torn out off two cards, and then the remaining outer card frames are made to magically link together into a chain. Without a single false move, everything is then handed over directly to the audience, in a permanently linked condition. It created a buzz on its release, and it was performed in television by Doug Henning, Paul Daniels and others.
In 1996, Sixten published his second take on the effect “One Card Link”, where both card frames are torn from the same single card. Quite an accomplishment!
Sixten passed away in 2001 at the age of 76, right in the middle of preparing another set of his Complete Card Linking.
At the funeral, we all, both friends and family, shared wonderful and amusing stories about all the amazement Sixten had brought us. But now, both Sixten and his work is beginning to phase out of our collective memory, and it is way too early for that.
With the kind permission of Crillo and Ismo, the rights holders to Sixten Beme’s creations, all his work on the Linking Card effect can now be disseminated to a new generation of magicians.
This ebook collects both manuscripts, and also describes Sixten Beme’s unpublished favourite handling for informal situations – a quick preparation, which even fooled those who themselves performed Sixten’s original handling.
Tom Stone about Sixten Beme:
I first met Sixten Beme when I was a teenager back in 1985, at a magic convention, where he quickly gave me an acute feeling of unreality, when he – seemingly without doing anything fishy at all – caused plainly impossible things to happen. A corner was torn from a card I had signed all over, and suddenly that corner changed color… still signed, and the torn edge still matched the rest of the card. The center of two cards were torn out, and the remaining outer frames suddenly penetrated each other and became a chain…
I guess there was something in the way I looked at the pieces of cards afterwards, because after letting me stew in my own puzzlement for a few minutes, Sixten leaned closer to me, gave me a piercing look and said:
If these effects had been your ideas, how would you have solved it? What would you do, to come as close to this as possible? Think about it, then call me next week and tell me your solutions!
This was my first brainstorming challenge ever. And for the following two years, I would call Sixten over the phone once a week to tell him my latest solutions.
In many ways, it was Sixten’s brainstorming challenges that formed me and my approach to creating magic. I highly doubt any of my books would have become written, if I had not gotten this kick in the butt early on.
A simplified handling of “The Complete Card Link” performed by Paul Daniels
John (verified owner) –
Having only recently purchased “The Replete Card Link” I’m sure you will forgive me if I review this without having gone to to trouble of making up the gimmick, practising, rehearsing and performing the effect.
On first reading and with only a few pages read I wondered what Tom Stone’s hype was all about and thought the “The Replete Card Link” was just more of the same in that genre……………..but then……… the more I read the more I was drawn into the thinking that Sixten Beme was imparting.
This certainly isn’t just another “linking card” routine.
It is something completely different, it is a way of thinking which can be applied to, and should be applied to, all magic routines.
Ideas,ideas,and more ideas including how to perform it with practically no make up involved and doing it impromptu.
Not only does “The Replete Card Link” provide you with the opportunity to lead someone up the garden path but it also shows you how to turn on the hose.
When you have finished reading the PDF download you will realise you were in the presence of a genius.
I’m not familiar with Sixten Beme’s work but should ever a tome of his ideas be published I’ll be standing at the head of the queue to order (pre-order).
Edwin (verified owner) –
This has to be one of the cleanest and most convincing ways to do the linking card effect. I have the original 1979 manuscript but was curious about the additional material. The new edition is definitely worth getting because it has more information on how to construct the gimmick, and also details of a version using the same principle but with only one card. There is also another very clever method which though not completely impromptu is much quicker to prepare. Highly recommended!