Find The Card The Hard Way
To perform this trick, you need the help of four spectators.
All five of you should be seated around a table. Deal five
hands of five cards each, starting with the person to your
left and dealing clockwise. Ask each of the spectators to look
at the hand in front of him (or her), mentally pick a card and
then place the hand back on the table. He should remember the
card he picked but not show it to you.
You gather up the hands. Start with the hand on your left and
pick up the hands in a clockwise fashion, so that you pick up
your hand last. As you pick up each hand, place it on top of
your pile. Deal the cards again in the same way so that each
person has five cards in front of him. You pick up each pile,
one at a time, and fan it so that all four spectators can see
its face. Each time, ask if anyone sees their card. If they
do, place the fan on the table (without looking at the cards),
pull their card from the pile and place it face down in front
of them. In some hands there may be two or more participants'
card, in others there may not be anyone who sees his card in
that pile. Once you have picked out the cards for each
spectator, go around the table turning over the four chosen
cards and asking them if that is their card. Everyone will be
amazed when you get all four right!
How did you do it? Simple. Because of the way you gathered up
and dealt the cards, the first spectator's card is in the
first position of its fan (that is, his original pile of five
cards was dealt so that each one of his five cards became the
top card of one of the final five piles), the second
spectator's card is in the second position of its fan, etc. So
if you pick up and fan a pile and spectator number four says
she sees her card, then her card will be the fourth card in
the fan (or the fourth card from the top of the pile).
Find The Card The Hard Way Variation
Deal 3 cards
across 7 times so that you have 3 piles of 7 cards each. Put
the rest of the deck aside. Have a spectator look at one of
the 3 piles and memorize a card in it. Have him (or her) put
the pile on top of one of the other two piles and then put the
other pile on top of that, so that his pile is sandwiched
between the other two.
Deal the 21 cards again into 3 piles of 7 cards each and ask
the spectator to guess which pile of cards contains his card.
Have him verify his guess. If he guessed wrong, have him guess
again until he has found the pile with his chosen card. Again
have him reassemble the pack so that his pile is between the
other two. Deal the 21 cards once more into 3 piles and have
him find the pile with his card. But this time, have him give
you the pile.
Spell out the sentence "THIS*IS*THE*CARD*YOU*TOOK*". As you
say each letter, move a card from the top of the pile to the
bottom. As you complete each word (*) , deal the next card
onto the table. When you are left with only one card in your
hand, it will be the spectator's card.
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