Image by Tikkho Maciel

On the 19th April 1692, Bridget Bishop took the stand accused of bewitching 5 other women. A small coven of witches known as the 'movement of the occult' believed that satan 'had given bridget to them' as a sacrifice to help stop the persecution of witches at the hand of the church. Bridget would forever be known as...


the given

Image by Jr Korpa


self-workingbizarre piece that plays big, has a wonderfully eerie plot and builds to an unbelievable finally your audience will never see coming!

In 1692, the ‘Salem Witch Trials’ began. The persecution of those who were believed to ‘play alongside the Devil’. On the 19th April, Bridget Bishop was brought before the court accused of bewitching 5 young women. She had the most accusations to her name. At the same time, there was a secret society called the ‘Movement of the Occult’ (MOTO) who believed that Bridget was ‘given’ to them by Satan and that she alone would end the suffering of witches at the hand of the Church. 


Bridget would forever be known as, ‘The Given’


After a painting of Bridget is shown, a pile of other cards are introduced upon which a different name is written on each. It is explained that these are the names of the others who were put on trial and that perhaps, Bridget could enslave the spectator with her witchcraft. As an experiment the cards are systematically placed in either an ‘Angel’ or ‘Devil’ pile,  and any rejected cards placed with the photo of Bridget. Every decision is free and fair, decided only by the spectator. 


Even though they made completely random choices, when the pile of ‘Angel’ names is turned over, it is revealed that each card has a random letter of the alphabet on the back and somehow, they spell out ‘A-N-G-E-L’.


The ‘Devil’ cards are turned over and found to spell out the word ‘D-E-V-I-L’. 


Which leads to the question… how was the spectator able to do this without ever knowing there were letters on the back? Was it luck? Or perhaps ‘The Given’ has possessed them. With this, the rejected pile is turned over and seen to spell out ‘G-I-V-E-N’. 


‘The Given’ is a killer self working effect meaning you can focus on your presentation! 


No Switches - No Extra Cards - No Sleights - No Gimmicks - No Equivoque - Self Working - Fully Examinable



You receive a 40 minute download video which has two full performances. In the download I discuss a brief run down of how I aged my props, the set up, the performance and little added tips. I discuss several handling ideas. You also receive a PDF with all of the artwork needed to make your own props as well as a script for the effect. Finally, you receive a separate file with separate JPEG images should you want to make larger or smaller versions. 


I also have pre-made sets of the cards available. Each set is hand aged by me. The process begins with the 400gsm card being printed at a commercial printer for maximum quality. Then they undergo a wearing and staining stage. Once dried, they are ironed to give the creases a more 'authentic' aged look. They are then cut at slightly different angles to give an 'off kilter' feel. Finally, the edges are darkened and using a mixture of sandpaper, ink splotches and tearing the card, they are given their individuality. They are then packaged into an aged envelope and stamped with The Given logo. Each set takes a while to make so there is limited quantities available and no two sets are the same! They are Poker Card sized so easy to display the final words on most sized tables! 

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When you purchase, you'll be sent a PDF with the artwork and download links inside.  

Also in the file is the JPEGS. Video runs just over 40 mins.