Floating match on card

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The floating match is a magic trick in which a matchstick appears to float over a playing card.[1]

This effect was originally created by Ben Harris. Over the years, many copies of the effect have been made. Most of them include a pre-made gimmicked card to be used for the effect. It has been described as one of the most ripped-off effects in magic.[who?][2]


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  2. ^ Field, Matthew (March 2008). "Angelo Carbone: Occupation: Magic inventor". The Magic Circular. 102: 72.