Collectors is the name given by Roy Walton to a now-classic plot in card magic wherein three selected cards are lost in the deck, then reappear interlaced (and face down) between the cards in a face-up four-of-a-kind (e.g., Aces, Kings, Queens). It's an outgrowth of the Sandwich plot, and was in print prior to the publication of Walton's Collectors as "Ose's Addition to The Apex Ace," by Jay Ose, in Close-Up Card Magic (Lorayne, 1962).
Published Versions and variations
- OSE, Jay - Ose's Addition to The Apex Ace, Close-Up Card Magic by Harry Lorayne (1962)
- WALTON, Roy - The Collectors, Abracadabra 15th February, 1969. Volume 47, Number 1203, page 99.
- MARLO, Ed - Versions by Marlo in Hierophant #2 (Winter 1969).
- CYPRIAN, Fr. - The Bottom Collectors (1975)
- DESOUZA, Marc - Collection Agency, DeSouza's DeCeptions (Acer, 2001). A method devised by DeSouza to eliminate "fiddling and fumbling" while setting up for the climax.
- DOCHERTY, Doc - Super Collectors, Genii 2009 August. A handling wherein the face-up four-of-a-kind (e.g., Kings) is visibly pulled up through the deck, then spread, showing all three face-down selections now interlaced between them.