Difficulty rating *****
Do as I Do (Special)
The 'Do as I Do' trick is well know to all experienced Cardicians, it is a popular trick and has long lasting appeal. There are numerous variations of it, the version that I am about to reveal here is the standard trick but with a special twist that I will suggest later.
The magician places before his volunteer a deck of cards. The volunteer is requested to cut the deck into two piles.
The magician now asks the volunteer to touch one of the piles. Acknowledging the volunteers choice the magician takes up one half of the deck and the volunteer is asked to take the other.
"Please take your half of the deck behind your back - I will do the same." says the magician.
The magician continues.. "I would now like you to do as I do, select a card from those which you hold behind your back - I will also do the same"
"Please place your selected card on the table in front of you - as I do"
Both cards are placed face-down onto the table.
"Keeping the cards behind your back, take my card from the table (without looking at it) and slide it into centre of your cards face-up . I will take your chosen card and slide it into the centre of my deck face-up "
Have you done that ? OK, bring all your cards to the front" (The magician does the same.)
The magician Ribbon spreads his half of the deck face down on the table, he then takes the volunteers cards and Ribbon spreads those along side.
Within each row of cards is seen a face-up card.
The magician asks the volunteer to remove both cards - they are both Jokers !!
The remaining cards are turned over to reveal a normal deck of 52 cards !!
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Remove the two Jokers and place them at the bottom of the deck.
Commence by false shuffling the deck...
Hold the deck as for a normal shuffle, address your audience explaining 'the mystic forces that seem to emanate from your finger tips each time you pick up a pack of cards' (don't laugh). Instead of generally tossing the cards on top of each other - on this occasion only remove cards from the middle of the deck and toss those on the top - over and over again - thus leaving the two Jokers in position at the bottom of the deck !
Place the shuffled (?) deck onto the table and ask your volunteer to cut the deck into two equal piles.
You now want the volunteer to take the top portion of the deck whilst you have the bottom half, complete with Jokers.
To achieve this extraordinary feat you are going to use the...
'Magicians Force' (very mystical)
Ask the volunteer to touch one of the piles (it is important that you say "Touch")
If they touch the top half, push it towards them saying "Thank you", you then pick up the bottom half.
If they should touch the bottom half, pick it up saying "Thank you - would you take the other pile" (push it towards them).
You both take your respective halves behind your backs. You ask the volunteer to remove a card and bring it to the front - face-down. You appear to do the same but cunningly you bring out the bottom Joker and place that on the table face-down (don't be to hasty).
Following the description written above you ask the volunteer to add your card to the centre of their half, you say you will do the same but you don't !
Take their selected card from the table and place it face down onto the top of your half (held behind your back) remove the second Joker from the bottom, reverse it, and slide that card into your half of the deck.
All you have to do now is spread the two piles (with as much drama as possible) to reveal that you both selected the very same card - a Joker !!!
Now for that special twist.
'Do as I Do' is nearly always performed with a normal deck of cards but the final effect can be greatly increased by using a deck wherein all 52 cards are the same ! - commonly known as a 'One Way Deck'.
Let's say in this case they are all Blank !.
You will have to add two cards of the same value and type (as per the Jokers above) but the effect at the final turn-over of the cards is fantastic !
You could use the lines....
"It may seem to be an extraordinary feat of magic that we both selected a Joker, but I must confess that I cheated - yes - I used a special deck of cards, all 52 cards are the same !" (groans are heard from the audience as they assume that they're all Jokers).
You now slowly turn over the two rows of cards to reveal that the other cards are indeed the same !
They are all Blank !
Which seems to the audience to be even more impossible !
As the applaud fades, remember these words "Never reveal the secret"
The magician turns his back to the audience and asks a volunteer to deal a random number of cards into two piles. The remaining cards are shuffled by the volunteer - he is then asked to look at and remember the top card (say - 8 of Hearts). One of the two tabled piles is then placed on the top of the deck the second pile in placed at the bottom - thus sandwiching the deck and volunteers card. Finally one complete cut of the deck is made.
The magician turns back and takes the deck - announcing "I will now peruse the cards - using my ESP - I will divine the card that you looked at."
After a moment or two........
The magician places a card face down on the table saying "This card represents the colour of your card"
The magician places another card face down on the table saying "This card represents the suit of your card"
The magician places a third card on the table saying "This card represents the value of your card"
He then turns over the first card - it is a Red card - "I believe your card was Red".
He turns over the second card - it is a Heart - "I believe the suit of your card was Hearts".
Turning the last card, he says "I believe the value of your card was Eight".
Finally he turns over the top card on the deck - revealing the 8 of Hearts.
He says "Your card was the Eight of Hearts "
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Requirements: A deck of cards.
It must seem impossible to the uninitiated that a card could be located within a deck that was handled, shuffled and cut by a volunteer while the magician had his back turned ?
The secret to this trick is a Key card - actually in this case, two Key cards .
Two cards of the same value and colour are secretly placed on top of the deck (say 2 Spades and 2 Clubs).
If you know how to false shuffle (retaining top stock) then do so now. Shuffling the deck openly may stop some 'smart Alec' asking if he can shuffle the cards !
Pass the deck to your volunteer, turn your back to them, immediately ask them to deal any number of cards alternatively (important) into two small piles. (Recommend that about 15 - 20 cards be dealt)
Position check : You have two piles of cards dealt with a black two at the bottom of each pile.
Ask the volunteer to shuffle the remaining cards, finally looking at the top card (which is replaced).
Ask the volunteer to choose either of the two piles and place it on top of the cards that he holds. "Now please take the second pile and replace it at the bottom of the deck", "Now please make a complete cut of the deck"
With your back still turned towards them, you now say......
"To re-iterate - you dealt a random number of cards into two piles, you shuffled the cards, looked at a card , you then sandwiched that card with the first two piles of cards and finally you made a complete cut of the deck.- is that correct ?"
They will reply in the affirmative.
You now turn towards them and take the cards from the volunteer.
All you have to do now is little acting as you fan the cards - locate the first black two that is nearest the face of the deck - the card immediately in front of the black two is the volunteer's card.
Search through the cards - after a short while remove a card of the same colour (using the patter above). A card of the same suit and finally a card of the same value. During the searching, at some point, cut the volunteer's card to the top of the deck, ready for the final revelation !
You should leave your audience completely mystified !
Amazing coincidence ?
The magician selects a number of cards from the deck and splits them into two piles, a volunteer is asked to select one of the piles, the magician takes the other.
The volunteer is asked to shuffle his packet of cards as the magician does the same.
The magician then proceeds to place his cards face down on the table in a random pattern. The volunteer is asked to place one of their cards onto each of the cards on the table - in any order they choose.
Now the volunteer is asked to indicate one of the pairs. The magician picks up the indicated pairs and reveals their faces (say 7 Clubs and Ace Diamonds), then replaces the pair face down on the table.
Offering his upturned palm, the magician asks that the volunteer place the individual pairs onto his palm in any order that the volunteer chooses.
Once all the cards on his palm the magician asks that the volunteer makes as many complete cuts of the cards as they wish.
Once the volunteer is satisfied that the cards are completely mixed the magician deals the cards (still face down) into two piles.
At this point the magician recounts all the actions that just took place :-
Free choice of cards
Random placement of the cards
Free choice of a pair of cards
The volunteer is asked to confirm these actions.
The magician now turns over each pile of cards and spreads them face-up asking " Do you notice anything 'special' about the two rows ? "
The 7 of Clubs is in a row of all Red cards and the Ace of Diamonds is in a row of all Black cards.
Is that an Amazing Coincidence or what !
Before reading any further, once again read the explanation above, just to fix in your mind how impossible - given the actions taken - that it would be to have a red card appear in a row of black cards and also to have, at the same time, a black card appear in a row of red cards.
This feat of card magic is self working provided that the actions described above are followed - BUT it does require a little preparation, concentration and cunning handling !
At the commencement of the trick you must have 16 cards - 8 red and 8 black - in that order on the top of the deck. I generally say "I require a number a magical cards for the next trick" I then arrange the cards - no one will know (or suspect) what you are doing.
Once the cards are in order deal out 8 cards into one pile then the next 8 into another pile (important). You then follow the performance notes as described above.
At the climax of the trick (immediately after the cards have been cut by the volunteer) the cards are dealt into two piles BUT this time you must deal alternately (ie; left, right, left, right) very important.
You are now ready to stun your audience, turn over and spread the cards !
Mystical Red Aces
The Magician displays the top card - a Red Ace - this card is placed on the table.
The bottom card is displayed - it's also a Red Ace, this card is also 'tabled'.
The Magician shuffles and cuts the deck. He then deals himself two cards.
His two cards are turned over - revealing the same two Red Aces ? ? !
"May we examine your cards ? " - asks the magician.
The spectator turns over his cards and finds - two Black Queens !!
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Knowledge of the Double Lift and a new deck of cards.
Arrange the deck so :-
Commence the trick with any story about the strange and almost mystical power of the Red Aces when brought together (don't say anything about switching the Aces - that would forewarn your spectators that a switch is coming ).
You continue " I'll try to demonstrate what I mean.... " (You now have their attention)
False cut or shuffle, double lift the top cards displaying the first Red Ace.
Continue with your little story "Ah, the Ace of Hearts, this Ace is said to inflame the passion of the beholder."
Turn the double face down and replace it on the top of the deck, immediately thumb over the top card (Black Queen) and deal it face down onto the table.
"Please place your hand on top of the Red Ace"
Turn the whole deck over showing the second Red Ace. Double lift and continue to display the Red Ace as you turn the deck back over - face down.
"The Ace of Diamonds, this Ace is said to increase the wealth of its beholder !"
Place the double face down on top of the deck and thumb over the top card (Black Queen). Ask your helper to remove their hand so that you may deal it on top of the previously tabled card.
Position check : you have dealt two cards onto the table (Black Queens) and you have two Red Aces on top of the deck.
False shuffle (retaining top stock) as you continue....
"The combined power of the two Red Aces will now be exserting their influence over deck, if you feel them getting hot please let me know"
"You have two cards so it is only fair that I also have two."
At this point you smartly deal off the two top cards (Red Aces).
"Let's see if the Red Aces had an influenced on my cards."
Turn over your two cards -"Amazing - I also have the two Red Aces !"
"I was rather hoping that I'd have two black cards."
(Your audience will probably believe that you meant Black Aces)
"We can't both have Red Aces"
"May we see the cards under your hand"
The spectator lifts their hand, revealing - two Black Queens ! !
"As you can plainly see the Red Aces are able to mysteriously influence the deck.!"
(Devised by MagicMike)
For a more complex version of this trick see Two Card Monte' in The BlaineXperience.
A simplified version of the Count of Monte' Crysto trick.
The cards are shuffled by a spectator who then selects a number and notes the card at that position.
The magician then cuts the deck and hands the cards back to the spectator and asks that they deal off the same number off cards that they mentioned a moment earlier.
Turning over the top card the spectator is asked if that is their card - of course, it is not !
The magician takes up the cards and deals the same number of cards.
Employing a special 'count' the top card is turned over and found to be the sighted card !
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One extra card in your right hand or pocket.
Learn how to 'Palm' a card and execute the 'false cut' described below.
The cards are shuffled by a spectator. The spectator is asked to name a number between 5 and 15 (say 7).
They are then asked to count down to that number (without reversing or changing the order of the cards) and note the card at that position (say King of Diamonds).
Note: Demonstrate the count before commencing the trick.
The counted cards are placed back onto the top of the deck.
Take back the deck with your left hand, bring your left hand across to meet your right hand, secretly adding the palmed card ( in your right hand/pocket ) to the top of the deck.
Now, without calling attention to it, make the false cut .
Ask for the number previously announced -"Seven" will be the reply.
Hand back the cards saying "Please deal off that number of cards and turn over the top card."
When the final card is turned you say in a firm tone "Is that the card which you noted ?"
"No" will be the reply.
Acting surprised say "Oh well, perhaps the cards are not behaving themselves today or maybe we didn't count correctly !"
Position check : The top card of the deck is now the sighted card.
Take up all the cards, placing the dealt cards on the bottom.
Hold the cards in the dealing position.
"Let's see... The number you chose was seven - correct ?."
"And what was the card you sighted at that position" you ask.
"King of Diamonds" will be the answer (in this case).
You now announce that this time you will use a very special count, the 'Count of Monte' Crysto'.
Pick up the dealt packet of cards, begin dealing them face-down.
Count aloud as you deal - using an amusing 'distinguished' accent ! - like so:- A wan.. A tooo... A tree... A fow.....
When you arrive at the last card repeat the chosen number and name of the sighted card aloud "Zee number seven and the zee King of Diamonds - Yes ? "
Casually toss the last card face-up, revealing the seventh (last) card as their card (KD).
So saying "The Count of Monte' Crysto always finds the treasure !"
The False Cut.
The deck is held in the left hand as if ready to deal.
The right hand reaches over as if to cut the cards - but instead of taking the top half of the deck the right hand thumb and index finger grip the lower half of the deck - these cards are slid out and slapped lightly on the table, with exactly the same action as if the deck had been cut normally (practice this in a mirror).
At the moment the lower cards are slid out, the top half of the deck is allowed to drop onto the palm of the hand.
This half is then slapped lightly on top of the tabled cards (these actions must appear as normal as possible).
If done correctly, it will seem to be a perfectly 'legal' cut.
Keep the Secret ! and Practice, Practice, Practice.
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