Just like a theatre set design begins telling a story before any actors step on stage, the look of your props can provide a jump-start to your presentations.
I’ve created a series of paper envelopes, sized just right for a small packet of poker-sized playing cards.
Rather than removing cards from a plain black vinyl wallet, these envelopes can set the stage for the magic about to occur. Each envelope design introduces a theme or concept which ties in to common themes for packet tricks.
Take, for example, this “Chase The Ace” routine. If you’d like to judge a trick by its cover, the little folder adds a touch of class to this street hustle.
Bonus! I discovered it also serves a purpose for the finale of Michael Skinner’s “Ultimate Three Card Monte” See the video for an abbreviated performance.
Three examples from the collection of printable packet envelopes.
Good for this trick where the four cards change to show big, bold marks on the back.
Introduce the topic of illusions with this, where the red lines appear to not be parallel.
Psychic Testing Kit
For any mentalism tricks such as B’Wave or a packet of Zenner cards.
Download the Printable Pages
You can print and make your own envelopes. The PDF download includes
six nine different designs. (so far!) You can print them all, or just the pages you want.
Make sure you do not print this document double-sided.
Do you want to see more designs?
I’d be happy to keep this collection of packet trick envelopes growing. Comment below with your ideas (either fully fleshed out or half-baked) and I will be able to design a new one for you.
If you’d like to design your own, you can download the blank envelope template.
How to Make Envelopes
If you want your envelopes to stand up to wear and tear, I suggest using a self-adhesive laminate (or clear packing tape) on the page before cutting out the shapes.
Cut out the envelope along the solid outline. It’s best not to cut out the half-circle notch until it has been folded.
Score and Fold
Use a ruler to drag a score across the dashed line. This will ensure sharp, straight folds.
Glue and Finish
Glue the tabs, fold over the envelope, and cut out the half-circle notch. You’re all done!
Ensure you are printing at 100% size, not “Fit To Page.” The envelope template is designed for 1 to 5 Poker size cards. For larger packets, 5 to 10 cards, I suggest printing the templates at 103% size.