In My Pocket
Original Author: Daniel
Effect: A spectator
picks a card. The magician looks for the spectator's card in
the pack but can't find it. He then magically pulls the card
out of his pocket.
Note: You must have
two packs exactly the same to do this trick. If not, you can
try the variation at the bottom.
Preparation: Take one
card from one pack and put it in your pocket. You will no
longer need that pack. Put its twin from the other pack on top
of the pack.
Flip through the pack of
cards and ask the spectator to tell you when to stop. Stop at
that place. Now comes the tricky bit. Remove the top half of
the pack, sliding, with your thumb, the top card of the top
half to the top of the lower half of the pack (this should be
the same card as the one you have in your pocket). (Editor's
note: Another method is to hold the deck in your
left hand with your fingers wrapped around so that their tips
rest on the top card. Riffle the cards upward with your right
hand until the spectator says to stop. Lift the cards above
the break with your right hand, while your left fingers slide
the top card onto the lower group of cards. --RS) Hold out the
cards below the break and tell the spectator to take the card
and memorize it. Reassemble the pack and give it to the
spectator, telling him to put his card in it and shuffle the
deck. Take the pack and announce that you are going to find
his card. After looking through the pack claim that you cannot
find his card (although in fact you should have seen it). Then
say something like "Hang on, what's this in my pocket?" and
pull out the card.
If you don't have two
identical packs, you can use two cards of the same number and
color. Get the spectator to find his card and put it on the
table, then pull out your card.
note: When you're supposedly looking for the card,
if you cut it to the top of the deck, it's fairly easy later
to palm it off and get rid of it.
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