I've known this trick for awhile and I honestly love the effect itself. But I've always had trouble trying to justify the whole "5 card" thing. I don't like the traditional "cutting to within five cards of yours" thing because spectators aren't stupid. They know you could cut right to their card if you wanted to so why bother with the 5 cards? I want to keep the surprise ending and stuff but I'm not sure how. My "best" idea so far has been the spectator picking a card that would then become "Houdini" and tell a story about Houdini being wrapped in chains and locked up in a cell with four guards keeping an eye on him or something and then have him escape and reappear across the theater or across town or something like that. I've toyed with the idea of forcing a card beforehand or playing it off as an "illusion" where their card was never in the packet in the first place or something but idk none of these have clicked with me. Idk. I feel like it's a great trick but I've never found a justifiable presentation for it. What do you guys usually use? I won't steal your presentation verbatim of course. Just trying to get my creative gears turning a bit. Thanks guys!