The Magnetic Cards
Original Author: Just kind
of thrown together from other things
Effect: Two cards are
either chosen by the same person or 1 card each by two people.
The magician then drops the deck and only those two cards
the cards, noting the bottom card.
2. Fan out the cards
and tell someone to pick any card.
3. Once he (or she)
has picked a card, close up the deck and tell him to memorize
4. Tell him to place
it on the top of the deck.
5. Have him cut the
cards and place the bottom half on the top, apparently losing
the card in the deck.
6. Look through the
cards and find the bottom card you noted. The card to its
right will be the spectator's card. Remember it and keep going
through the deck until you reach the end. Say something like
"I am now giving your card a positive charge." Note the new
7. Ask someone to pick
another card. She will be amused and think you couldn't find
8. Repeat steps 3-6,
but this time say, "I am now giving your card a negative
9. Now, knowing the
two cards, shuffle the deck in such a way that one of the
their cards is on the top and the other on the bottom. (See
note at end.)
10. Make sure that
they don't see the bottom card, because if they do, one of
them will figure out the trick.
11. Firmly grip the
cards and hold them lengthwise so that the back of the top
card is facing them.
12. Quickly lift the
deck up and slightly release pressure on the cards and let
them slide so that the top and bottom cards remain in your
hand and the rest fall to the table. Show the audience that
the two cards left in your hand are their cards.
suggestion: After you've found the spectator's card
in step 6, casually cut the deck so that it's on the bottom.
Use it for your next "bottom card." After the other spectator
has chosen her card and cut the deck, look through and cut the
two cards to the top and bottom. Overhand shuffle by pulling
off the top card with your thumb and then shuffling down so
that the bottom card ends up on top. --RS
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