Description: You're in a room with a bunch of friends
and a deck of cards. You allow a friend to pick any card, then
put it back in the deck. After shuffling the deck, you start
turning over cards until you see your friend's. You bet
everybody in the room $1, $2, $5, or whatever, that the next
card you turn over is theirs. Seeing that it's already there,
they greedily make the bet. You turn over the card lying on
top of the face-up pile. Be sure to collect your cash.
1. Shuffle deck (it
works better without Jokers, and you may want to use only half
2. Fan out the cards
and allow somebody to pick ANY one. (Editor's suggestion: Have
him or her show the card to others. Otherwise they won't have
any reason to take your bet later. RS)
3. Shuffle deck again,
cut it near the middle, and let the person put their card
back. Note the card that goes on top of theirs (this is the
Key Card), but try not to let them see you.
4. Cut the deck
(single cuts only!!) as many times as you would like. After
the last cut, glimpse the bottom card if you can. If it's the
Key Card, cut the cards once more. (Otherwise, you'll have
1:52 odds of winning the bet, NOT 52:1.) This works because
even if you separate the two cards, the next cut puts them
back together again.
5. With the deck
face-down, start flipping over cards. Continue until the one
AFTER the Key Card. This is their card (remember it!).
6. While holding the
next card in the deck as though you are about to flip it, bet
everybody in the room a couple of dollars that the next card
you TURN OVER is theirs.
7. After they make the
bet (if you do this trick casually, they probably will. Don't
act overconfident), flip over their card, which should be
lying on top of the face-up pile. Collect reward.
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