So it seems like that Eddie Fechter's "I've Got A Surprise For You" is a bad trick after all. Dang it!
But I'm not surprised, as I had this suspicion for a long time now. I never got my spectators to turn over the tabled card.
But... how the hell did Eddie "the genius" Fechter get his audience to turn it over? Reading about his life and magic might offer an answer. He did magic for drunk people and he challenged his audience to find out how he does it. And so I went out yesterday night and tried it for drunk people. And you know what...
...for the first time in my life they did turn over the tabled card. And they got the effect and I got great reactions. This effect (Wrong card on the table turns into the spectator's card after the wrong card is impossibly taken from the pocket) is an ideal effect for drunk people. So it seems. Something about it seems to resonate well with the twists and turns of a drunk train of thought.
So it is not a bad trick after all. Bad only most of the time.