Trick Courtesy of: firstname.lastname@example.org
Effect: Spectator selects a card from among 49 lying on
the table, and the magician is able to find it, and even bet
some fools gold on it.
No preparation necessary.
From an ordinary deck of cards (without the jokers) have a
spectator select any three cards. Throw these aside while
explaining "Those three cards we aren't going to use." Then
deal the remaining 49 cards face up in seven rows of seven
cards. Overlap the cards in each column so that they're all
visible and can be slid together without disarranging their
order. Deal quickly so the audience knows you can't memorize
them. Have the spectator mentally select one of the cards and
show you the column it's in. Scoop up the column it up, taking
care not to disturb the order of the cards. Then scoop up the
other columns, keeping the mystery column in the middle of the
group (column, column, column, mystery-card column, column,
column, column). Again do this quickly so that there is no
time for memorization. Deal the cards again in seven rows of
seven cards and again ask which column the mystery card is in.
No matter which column is
selected, you will know that the mystery card is the middle
(4th) card in that column. You can glance at the middle card
of the picked column as you scoop it up, again being careful
not to disturb the order of the cards and picking up the
mystery-card column so that it is the middle column.
Gold ending: Start dealing the cards face up,
scattering them on the table. The 25th card will be the
mystery card, but continue past it for about four more cards.
I make it look as though I've completely screwed up the trick.
I then challenge the spectator : "I'll bet you 500 pounds of
fools gold that the next card I turn over is the one you
chose." Since the mystery card is already lying face up on the
table, most people will jump at the bet and may even bet real
money. Then reach into the mess on the table and turn the
mystery card face down. A guaranteed jaw dropper.
1. Just turn over 24
cards, then issue the fools gold challenge. The 25th card will
be the mystery one.
2. After the second
deal, the mystery column can be picked up first (mystery
column, column, column, column, column, column, column),
second or third. If the mystery column is first, count three
cards off deck and the fourth card will be the mystery card.
If it's second, show the 11th card; if it's third, show the
3. After the second
deal, pick up the mystery-card column first (so that it's is
on top of the deck). Put the deck behind your back and take
the first three cards off the top of the deck and place them
on the bottom. Take the mystery card and flip it over, face
up, and insert into middle of the deck. Then bring out the
deck, place it on the table, and tap your finger on deck,
saying, "Roll over, roll over, red-rover, roll over." Then
pass the deck to the spectator and tell him (or her) that his
card should be easy to find. The mystery-card has flipped over
in the middle of the deck, to his astonishment.
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