Well, I hope that people are enjoying these cards! So far, you’ve seen the first half of my work on these, and there are plenty more cards for me to show you! Please do comment or drop me a message, and (once again) I will direct you to the man who caused all this; Ian Rowland (http://www.ianrowland.com)
Now, Ian Rowland has commented that this card is ‘a magic trick in a card’. And yes, it does have all the qualities of a good magic trick! So; here is the effect; follow the arm that begins bottom right in this image. Now see how you can follow the line of the ‘worm’ of card that has been cut out, and notice how it passes through the card itself, and out the other side of the middle of the card, then loops round, and is connected back again.
You may now scream ‘There MUST be glue involved!’, but there isn’t. This card is simply cut out using a scalpel and a very steady hand! The effect is very easily seen, and when you think about it, it must be impossible! In fact, mathematically, it is impossible… so what is happening?
Those who know this card already will see some of the alterations I have made to the original design – not that these are improvements, but rather ways in which I think the ‘effect’ of the card is carried better. But overall, the credit and praise be to Ian Rowland for coming up with such a wonderful puzzle!
Now, to explain this, I was going to write a long explanation of how the cut loops interplay to create this rather convincing illusion! But, I found this video of Ian himself explaining the card. Wish I’d seen the bl**dy thing before spending 3 hours working it out a few months ago. Note to you all – Google Things.
So, here is the video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-C8XxvgrZc
Well, there you go. Rather simple, isn’t it! A beautiful illusion, object and idea! HT to Ian once more; http://www.ianrowland.com