Houdini's Pocket - Card Trick Idea

Ryan shares a Half-Baked idea for a card trick inspired by Harry Houdini. Download the photo, print it out, and make some magic!

This idea was originally shared on October 30, 2019. Coincidentally a very similar effect, with a different method, was released as a commercial item the next year.

Since my original post I have re-done the graphics to have a larger card in the pocket, for the sake of visibility. I've also updated the files to give you a choice of printing full page, right down to close-up sized photos. They are all included in the same PDF file, just be careful which pages you want to print out.

I'm also sharing the photos with and without the pocketed card. You can use your favourite method to make a switch; transfer under an envelope, an "Out To Lunch" set-up, or a classic flapped card box. Although, in all practicality, you can also just show the photo with your fingers covering up the card... nobody would notice!

Printable Photos

Including a variety of sizes, both with and without the card in pocket.

Digital Photo - Without Card

For use on your phone, or to make your own printables.

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Digital Photo - With Card

For use on your phone, or to make your own printables.

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It's school photo day for young Harry!

Published: October 30, 2019

Access: Public



Cute idea, as always thanks for your cleverness.


Thank you Ryan I'm using it for walk a round. Cecil


Ryan, I saw your lecture with Drew and Donna the other evening and really like your enthusiasm and your creativity. I am a hobbyist currently and haven’t performed for about 20 years other than for my wife and at magic clubs but really enjoy your work


Thank you Ron. Being a 20+ year member of magic clubs myself, I appreciate anybody who's willing to step up, share and perform. We're all in it for the love of magic.


I edited the card out of the pocket. So I have one without card one photo with card and used a himber wallet. Mpw you show the photo with pocket empty and then did the card trick portion and showed the wallet with the photo now showing the 3 in his pocket.


Thank you. Great photo. I’m sure I’ll use it over and over.



Great idea, Ryan. Love the execution as well. Remind me to show you 'my' version of 'The Trick That Fooled Houdini' next time I sees ya. I think you'd like it, and it would be especially great in conjunction with this one. Cheers!

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