Build the Houses
Trick Courtesy of: A.
Showers & E. Hillsman
Original Author: anonyomous
Deal 3 cards face up in a row, and
continue dealing until you have 3 columns of 7 cards each.
Then
find the card the easy way. Ask the spectator to remember
any one of the visible cards and to point out its column.
Close up each column and combine them into a packet of 21
cards, putting the selected column between the other two.
Again deal the 3 columns and have the spectator point to the
one with his (or her) card. Again collect the 3 columns with
the selected column between the others, and deal them out
again. But this time, when the spectator points out the
column, pick up that column first and put the other two on top
of it.
Now it is time to build the houses. To build a house, deal one
card face down at your left and another card about an inch to
its right. Then deal a card horizontally at the top of the
first two, and another horizontally about an inch below it.
You have created a square with a little square open space in
the middle.
In exactly the same way, build another house to the right of
the first one, another one to its right, and so on. There will
be enough cards to build 5 houses with one card left over. Put
that card in the deck. (The spectator's card is the card at
the right in the 5th house.)
Now here is how you make the trick seem unbelievable. But
don't do it more than a couple times because the spectator
might catch on. There are 5 houses. To find the spectator's
card you have to eliminate all the other houses and cards.
Tell the spectator to pick three houses. If his (or her) three
choices include the house with the selected card, take away
the other two houses. If the spectator's three choices do not
include the card, take those three houses away. Then ask him
to pick 2 houses (if there are 3 left), or 1 house (if there
are only 2 left). Do this till there is only one house, the
house with the selected card. Ask the spectator to pick 2
cards. If he picks the top and bottom, take them away. If he
picks left and right, keep them. You know the drill now. Ask
him to pick one more card. If he picks the card, keep it, if
not, throw it away, and boom, there is his card. Wow, we're
all finished. =)
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