Novice ~

Read no further unless you intend to keep the Secret !

Remember: "I see all things, my arm is long and my vengeance is swift."

Difficulty rating *****

Card from the Box

A volunteer is asked politely to choose a card from a deck by means of a double cut.

The card is returned to the deck, which the volunteer is then asked to shuffle .

The magician then takes the deck and after a few words about his ability to read minds and find a chosen card by merely 'catching' an image from the volunteers thoughts, he attempts to find the card in question. He fans through the cards (giving the volunteer a steely look) then produces a card with a flourish, but it is not the selected card! He tries a second time, but again fails. A third time he fails !

Looking suitably depressed he reaches for the card box and with a surprised voice says "Wait there is one card in the box! ", "What was your card ?" The volunteer replies "The 4 of Hearts !". The magician shakes the box and the 4 of Hearts drops onto the volunteers hand !

"No wonder I couldn't find your card - it was in the box the whole time !" says the magician.

Requirements.

You will require two identical new packs of cards for this effect.

Preparation.

Take a card from the first pack - the 4 Hearts -and add it to the second, it should be placed at the bottom of the deck, the twin of that card (4 Hearts) should be placed on the top of the deck. Return the whole deck to the box.

Working.

After you have been pestered to perform one of your amazing card tricks you reluctantly remove a pack of cards from your pocket (the one with the 4 Hearts top and bottom).

As you remove the deck from the box carefully leave the bottom card (4 Hearts) in the box.

Now you must force the top card (4 Hearts) onto your volunteer....

For this we will use the Cut Deeper Force.

The card to be forced is the top card of the deck.

Holding the deck on the flat of your hand (or table top) ask your volunteer to cut about one third of the way down the deck and to turn those cards over and place them on top of the deck. Ask them to cut again - this time they must cut about two thirds of the way down - again turn all the cut cards over and replace them on top of the 'tabled' cards.

Pick up the whole deck and slowly pass the face up cards from one hand to the other (showing that they are all different) until you reach the first face down card (the force card).

Ask the volunteer to take the card and to "Look at it - memorise it - and show it to the nearest warm body".

[You have just forced the 4 of Hearts.]

Turn all the face up cards over so that all the cards are now face down.

From this point follow the description as explained above.

* This was an original idea of mine and was posted on MagicDan's WebSite back in 1998/9.

Prolonged Practice Produces Perfect Performance.

The Three Inseparable Cards.

The magician takes the shuffled deck and carefully and thoughtfully removes three cards of the same value (say Sevens) and places these before his small audience. As he does so he suggests the possibility of three cards being able to pass through other cards in order to be re-united.

The magician picks up the three cards and offers them for a volunteer to hold (face down).

The magician now deals one card (face down) slowly (from the top of the deck) and asks the volunteer to place one of the Sevens he is holding on top of the tabled card.

The magician repeats this action twice more - each time the volunteer places one of his cards on top of the indifferent card.

Position check: On the table there is now a small packet of cards - three indifferent cards sandwiched by three Sevens.

The magician now openly picks up the packet of six cards and places them on the top of the deck. He asks the volunteer to listen carefully as he explains what just happened. He explains about the sandwiching of the three indifferent cards with the three Sevens.

"OK ?" asks the magician.

After the volunteer replies in the affirmative the magician riffles the end of the deck, then quickly deals the top three cards face up onto the table......

The cards are all Sevens !!!

* * *

You will be tempted to repeat this trick - Don't .

Modus Operandi.

Before commencing the magician fans through the face up deck and 'spots' the third card from the top of the deck.

Whatever the value of this card remove the other three cards of the same value, leaving the third card in position.

This trick is self working, simply follow my performance notes as set out above.

Further notes.. If the 'third' card is a Red card then be sure that the first card you place on the table is the other Red card - doing this will ensure that a card of the same colour will be exchanged for the other, ie Red for Red, Black for Black.

Also, after the 'finish' casually shuffle the deck to reposition the fourth card to finish 'clean'.

Your spectators now surely believe that (you) the magician has super natural powers !!! Women weep, Men tremble !! be generous - allow them to touch your sleeve.

All of this will become clearer as you practice... Yes, practice !!

Have fun and keep the secret

A Spectator becomes the Magician.

The magician correctly predicts the value and suit of two cards selected by a volunteer !

* * *

OK, your having a wonderful time everyone now thinks you have almost mystical powers and they insist that you perform one more card trick.

'Reluctantly' you submit to their wishes.......

"I would like someone else to take my part in this next magical feat", you say.

A volunteer steps forward.

The magician continues...."As you are taking the part of the magician the first thing you must do is to shuffle the deck allow me to select a card."

"Please slowly fan the card faces towards me - I will then select my card."

The cards are duly fanned and you select a card (4 Spades) and without allowing anyone to see it, place it face down on the table.

"Now, you must determine the card I have selected and you need a method of doing that."

"Deal the cards in a pile." After about ten or fifteen cards have been dealt say "You may stop dealing anytime you like."

Once the cards are dealt ask the new 'magician' to shuffle the remaining cards and place them aside.

"Please take up the dealt cards and now deal them alternately making two piles"

To make it seem as though you have invested some of your magical powers upon the new 'magician' you say "You had me select a card which you haven't seen, you dealt an unknown number of cards off onto the table, those cards were then dealt into two piles - correct ?"

At this point you turn over the selected card which is on the table front of you .

"The card which I chose was the 4 of Spades". "You as the magician must somehow show that you knew the value and suit of my card - correct ?"

You now ask the new magician to pick up and deal the cards of each pile onto the table counting them as they do (this reverses their order).

When the cards have been counted reflect upon the impossibility of you being able to know how many cards that they would put in each pile (this is a simple distraction).

Now you say "What most magicians do now is to turn over the top card of each pile, please turn over one of the top cards...."

It's the 4 of Diamonds.... "You've found the value"

"Now please turn over the top card of the other pile".

It's the 7 of Spades.... "And you also got the suit ! "

"Congratulations you really are a magician ! "

Working.

There is no preparation required for this trick.

As the deck is fanned towards you note the top two cards, let's say they are the 5 of Hearts and the King of Diamonds. You must now select either the 5 of Diamonds or the King of Hearts from the deck and place it on the table. (Do not remove either of the first two cards ! )

If the two top cards should be of the same value go through the fanning routine saying "I can't get a clear image of the card you want me to select" - have the deck shuffled again.

The rest is self working, just follow my routine as written above.

With some practice you will be able to determine which pile has the suit card on top and which has the value card on top. Thus enabling you before hand to announce that the card about to be turned over is either the suit or value card !

Remember : Don't be tempted to repeat a trick - Disaster stalks the impetuous !!

Mystery Card Location

A card is selected and returned to the deck.

The cards are spread face up and the magician indicates the chosen card.

* * *

Have the cards freely shuffled - take back the cards.

Whilst explaining the delicate and difficult nature of the trick you are about to perform secretly note the bottom card.

Now fan the cards slowly between your hands, after fifteen or so have passed, ask your chosen helper to touch one of the cards.

Push the touched card forward and offer it to your helper for them to take and note(and show around). As they take the card, undercut the bottom half of the deck. Offer the top half of the deck for them to return their card, now place the bottom half of the deck on top.

Square up the deck and place it on the table (or flat of your hand) and ask your helper to make three complete cuts of the cards.

Pick up the cards and ribbon spread them face-up on your table.

All you have to do now is locate the bottom card that you 'peeked' and the chosen card will be the one above it.

With as much mystery as possible - reveal their card !!!

Note : Should the 'peeked' card be the top face-up card, then the chosen card will be the bottom face-up card.

Reversed Card

The magician spreads a deck of cards between his hands - a card is selected and removed by a spectator.

The spectator looks at the card and shows it around.

The 'spread' is closed and the magician asks that the chosen card be returned to the deck - chosen card is slid (face down) - into the middle of the deck.

The magician casually remarks upon the impossibility of the card being able to reverse itself within the deck. "It is impossible isn't it ?"

The magician riffles the end of the deck and announces that he will 'find and reverse' the card in the centre of the deck in one quick movement. He takes the deck behind his back and immediately his hands return to the front. The cards are spread face-up - there in the centre of the deck is a reversed card.

The card is removed and it is seen be the spectators chosen card !

***

Requirements : One new pack of cards.

The 'Key'

To perform this feat of magic you must reverse a single card on the bottom of the deck.

The cards are offered to the spectator by spreading them between the hands - being careful not to expose the reversed bottom card.

As the spectator is examining their chosen card gather up the spread and drop your hands to your side - turning the deck completely over as you do so (this requires a lot of practice).

The Turnover :- Gather the spread into the right hand and hold them there for a second or two then reach across with the left hand and take the deck with the left hand (palm down), as you bring the deck back across to your left side allow the hand to drop to your side, as you bring your hand back, turn it palm up - thus reversing the deck. While this action is taking place you should be asking the spectator to "Please examine the card and show it to the nearest warm body."

Position check: You are now holding the deck in your left hand, face up, with one card reversed on the top - giving the appearance of a normal deck.

Have the chosen card inserted into the middle of the deck, square the deck and hold the deck at your finger tips for a moment (to show that you are not holding a break in the cards).

Comment about the impossibility of the card being able to turn its self over within the deck. In another smooth movement take the deck around your back and quickly turn over the top (reversed) card and immediately bring the deck back out in front.

The deck is now held face-up.

Slowly spread the cards (to build up the suspense) to reveal one face-down card.

The face-down card is removed and seen to be the chosen card ! ! !

To the spectators it will seem impossible that you had time to locate and reverse the card in one quick movement.

Thus leaving them in a quandary !

Enjoy !

 

Joker Sandwich

The cards are spread and a volunteer indicates their choice.

The magician flips the card over to show the face.

The deck is 'closed' and immediately spread upon the table.

The chosen card can be seen face-up within the face down spread.

The chosen card is removed with the two cards either side of it.

Amazingly the chosen card is in a Joker sandwich !

***

This is a simple little trick which can create a great reaction from the audience if performed smoothly and 'professionally'

Preparation.

Before commencing, position two Jokers - one at the top of the deck and one at the bottom.

Method.

The method in this trick is the way that the chosen card is turned over.

The cards are spread from left hand to right hand until the volunteer indicates their choice. At that point, the cards in the right hand are used to press down on the edge of the chosen card which will make it turn over and settle on the top of the cards in the right hand (practice this move). With as much flair as possible announce the name of the card, you must then smoothly place the cards in the left hand on top of the cards now held in the right hand.

Immediately ribbon spread the cards and locate the chosen card along with the two Jokers as described above.

When performing this magic try and create a mystical atmosphere by suggesting the magical powers of the chosen card. Learn a few facts about the numbers*, suits and court cards (or make them up). This will offer a slight distraction as you place the cards in your left hand onto those in the right hand !

*For example : If an eight is selected you could say "Did you know that because of it's shape, gamblers refer to an eight as the Snowman ."

Good Luck.

You will be tempted to repeat this trick - DON'T

Learn another and perform that.

Blown Away !

Two black Jacks are shown face to face, one held in the left hand and one in the right. "These two cards are known as the Jumping Jacks" announces the magician.

The cards are brought close together, the magician blows on them very hard.

In an instant the two cards reverse their positions - they are now back to back !

They appear to have spun around or passed right through each other !

***

Method.

Each Jack is held at either end by the thumb and middle finger in the horizontal position.

The cards are shown clearly front and back then the faces are brought together, the magician says "These two cards are known as the Jumping Jacks, watch carefully, I'll show you what I mean."

The cards are now separated by about 1/4" (6mm). When they are together, secretly change your grip on the cards thus - your right hand fingers now grip the card in the left hand and the left hand fingers now grip the card in the right hand.

With a powerful breath of air, blow onto the two cards and at the same time pull both hands downwards with one hand passing under the other and finishing separated by about 12 inches (takes practice).

You now have two cards back to back - they have apparently passed through each other !

This is a simple but puzzling effect and is good as a 'one off ' - do it twice and you may be 'rumbled'.

'Jon' showed me with this trick and he wouldn't repeat it - I was fooled.

 

Copyright Reserved on all written material.