A spectator chooses a card from three columns and is then led
through several steps that seem to make him (or her) find his
own card from piles of face down cards.
three cards face up in a horizontal row. Continue dealing
three cards across, overlapping the cards so that they are all
visible, until you have three vertical columns of seven cards
2. Ask the spectator
to choose one of the cards mentally and tell you only its
3. Square up the
columns one at a time (without disarranging their order) and
assemble them in your hand so that the pile with the
spectator's card is between the other two.
4. Deal the cards
across again into three columns.
5. Ask the spectator
again in which column his card appears.
6. As in step 3,
assemble the deck with the spectator's pile between the other
7. Repeat steps 4
through 6 once more. (The spectator's card is now the 11th
card from the top of the pack.)
8. Remove three cards
from the deck as a group (not dealing them singly) and lay
them on the table. Place another group of three to the right
of the first group, and one more group to the right of these.
Directly below these, make another row of three piles of three
cards each. Put the last pile of three cards under the middle
9. Ask the spectator
to touch any three of the seven piles.
10. If the piles he
touches include the pile at the far left of the second
horizontal column (PFLSHC) then pick up the other four piles
and lay them aside. If the spectator's choice does not include
the PFLSHC pile, then pick up the three that he touched and
lay them aside.
11. Rearrange the
remaining piles but remember where the PFLSHC pile ends up.
12. Ask the spectator
to touch any two piles.
13. Continue removing
piles according to the spectator's choices, but never removing
the PFLSHC pile, until only the PFLSHC pile is left.
14. When only the
PFLSHC pile is left, spread the three cards and ask the
spectator to choose two.
15. Remove cards
according to what is picked but always leave the middle card.
16. When only the
middle card remains, turn it over. If all was done correctly
it will be the card that the spectator first chose.
Hints: If the card shows up in the middle the
first time that you lay the cards down by doing three across
then you should pick up the middle pile first and lay the
cards down by laying the first seven cards in a vertical
column then the second seven in another vertical column and so
on until you have three columns like you began with. The trick
can then be continued from step 5.
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