In the 21st century, instead of being invaded by Martians as everyone expected, we’ve been invaded by something much worldlier: pieces of junk. Magicians and non-specialists use them to look for magic, finding lots of amazing effects. We could talk very much about the lot but, these, are not necessarily more amazing than the old ones.
For example, this effect, directly extracted from Decremps’ book “WHITE MAGIC UNCOVERED”, from -attention!- 1792. The explanation, obviously, has been cut by some Mr “Photoshop” (Bloody censors!)
Someone has to take a card and the person who took it is asked to cut a piece of it and to keep it safely to recognise it: the card is taken cut into pieces and, entirely destroying it, it is burnt, the pistol is loaded, in which the ashes of the card and the gunpowder are mixed together; instead of a lead bullet, a marked or known by the spectator nail is inserted into the barrel; then, the deck of cards is thrown and, at the same time, the pistol is fired and the card appears nailed on the wall; the piece of card that was previously cut fits perfectly and the nail is recognised by the spectator.