Seven ancient playing cards are shown to be six black spot cards and one King of Diamonds. A story is told about a game of chance at an old, county fair in which the cards are divided into two groups and the spectators wager as to which group contains the Diamond. An elderly Gypsy woman, having wagered and lost, placed a curse upon the man and his game. When the proprietor next attempts to operate his game, he finds to his dismay that all the cards are Diamond Kings.
The effect came with ancient Tarot type cards, wrapped in a piece of old parchment-like paper.
- The Gypsy Curse by Derek Dingle in The Complete Works of Derek Dingle (1982)
- Gypsy Curse Variation by J. C. Wagner in The Commercial Magic of J.C. Wagner (1987)
- Seven-Card Monte by Larry Jennings in Jennings '67 (1997)
- Gypsy Curse by Dan Block in Precursor No. 63 (1997)
- Sudden Death Gypsy Curse by Ron Bauer, No. 2 in the Ron Bauer Private Studies Series (1998, revised 2000).
- ↑ Ad, Linking Ring, June 1976