Linkcard By Mickael Chatelain Exposed And Explained

Let’s explore the method of the Linkcard by Mickael Chatelain.

In fact there are already many other versions of linking cards magic trick available in the market.

The basic method of the linking card tricks is similar to the famous Chinese Linking Rings.

In other words, there must be a gap or an opening to do the penetration trick.

Magic Linking Cards Trick

Of course, there are other ways of achieving this solid through solid penetration effect.

This post is about the 2023 linking card effect by Mickael Chatelain.

Linkcard By Mickael Chatelain

Someone at the Magic Cafe site says his method seems identical to Paul Harris’ Cardboard Connection.

Then another comment says it is similar to the Clean Connection by Marc Oberon.

Anyway, my speculation of this card linking trick method is solely based on viewing the Linkcard demo videos.

Watch Linkcard by Mickael Chatelain trailer below:

According to Mickael Chatelain his linking card version:

they are regular playing cards
you can perform it in five minutes, if you know the secret
in the end everything is one hundred percent examinable
no change or switch, give cards immediately to your spectators

Linkcard By Mickael Chatelain Explained

As seen from the video clip, Linkcard by Mickael Chatelain does not use impromptu cards.

The two indications that suggest to me how the trick is done are:

Right from the start when he presents the two cards, his right forefinger keeps holding at the same spot on the blue card until the end of the trick.

Mickael Chatelain Gimmick Magic Tricks

Another clue is the way he opens up the blue card after he has finished the linking card trick.

At 1:05 under the pretext of straightening the blue card, his right middle finger strokes across the bottom right side.

Close Up Magic Trick Mickael Chatelain

Again at 1:23, he does the similar movement before he hands the cards to the young girl.

How To Do Link Cards Trick

I believe he is secretly removing the gimmick and palmed it in his right hand.

Blue Card Gaffed

I think the blue color playing card is gaffed, and has to be prepared beforehand.

In the picture below, you notice the bottom crease line looks like the typical slit opening in other linking cards tricks.

Mickael Chatelain Linkcard

I believe this is where the secret of the Linkcard.

This is the point at the blue card, where he places the red card just before he separates them at 1:40.

How to Link Cards Trick Mickael Chatelain

Below is a closed-up view of the opening where he slips in and out the red card.

Link Card Trick by Mickael Chatelain

This is another closed-up view of the slit from this video.

How To Link Cards Magic Trick

This crease edge appears thicker than the other folded edge of the card.

Linking Card Trick Mickael Chatelain

I believe there is another piece of card is attached on it.

At first, I thought Mickael Chatelain might use a magnet to hold the opening together.

As many of his creations used magnets, which include Card Card On Ribbon, Jet Box, Hole, and Cello.

Furthermore, I don’t think he uses glue to seal the tear in the card, like the One Card Link (OCL) by Ben Williams or Impossible Linking Cards by Ralf Rudolph.

Linkcard Does Not Linked

In fact this is another hint how Mickael Chatelain does the penetration trick effect.

At 0:40 he meticulously slips in the red card into the blue card.

It look like he is inserting it into the front part of the blue card.

It is because of the way he pushes the bottom tip of the folded blue card into the red card.

Linking Card Effect Trick Secret Mickael Chatelain

The red card does not link onto the blue card, as it appears.

It merely slots into an additional piece attached onto the blue card.

Blue Card Has No Slit Or Tear

The French magician Mickael Chatelain demonstrates the blue card is one solid piece without any cut, by giving it a few pulls at 0:47.

When he unlinks the cards, at 0:56 he pulls the red card straight out along the blue card.

This visual is captured from the video at the slow playback speed.Mickael Chatelain Linkcard Trick

Here is another similar scene at 1:18 where he slides the red card out straight out along the blue card.

Card Linking Closeup Trick Mickael Chatelain

The again at 1:42, when he swiftly pulls out the red card from the blue card, the half fold part of the blue card swings backward.

Closeup Card Trick Revealed

It is because the red card hits onto the blue card, as seen below.

Linking Unlinking Card Trick

Linkcard Attached With An Extra Piece

If there is no slit or opening in the blue card, then how does the red card seems to penetrate it?

My opinion is there is no penetration in the Linkcard trick by Mickael Chatelain.

In other words, the red card does not interlink at the hole of the blue card.

It just loops outside the blue card.

There is a small piece of card attached at the front corner of the blue card below the hole.

Probably the secret extra piece looks something like this.

Linkcard Magic Trick

The opening side is at the crease line, where the red card slots in and out.

To unlink the red card, he just pulls it straight out through this opening side.

You can see the edge of the attached piece when he opens up the blue card at 1:23.

card linking by Mickael Chatelain

Once more, you can see the edge of the secret piece between his right fingers.

linking card magic trick secret

Both images above can only be seen when you slow down the playback speed to 0.25.

I reckon that is the slit opening when I noticed the red card comes out slightly at 0:52.

Mickael Chatelain Linking Card Trick

So is this demo video at 0:27.

Linkng Cards Penetration Trick Revealed

In short, the red card merely tucks between the small camouflaged piece that is attached onto the blue card.

Linking Cards Close up Magic Trick

Mickael Chatelain Linking Cards Secret

As I have mentioned above, his right forefinger keeps holding onto the same position on the blue card.

Before the cards are handed out for inspection, secretly remove the small attached piece.

This is my opinion how the Linkcard by Mickael Chatelain is done without a tear in the card itself.


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