Magic Magnets Color
Effect: The magician
separates a regular deck of cards into 4 packets and shuffles
these together. He (or she) cuts the deck into a row of 3
packets. He extracts from the center packet a black card and a
red card, which he will use as color magnets. He places the
red magnet on top of one end packet and the black magnet on
top of the other end packet. After snapping his fingers, he
shows that all the red cards have followed the red magnet and
all the black cards have followed the black magnet. He then
removes the magnets from the packets and places one on top of
the center packet and one on the bottom. Once again he snaps
his fingers and shows that the packet is divided into blacks
Preparation: The deck
has to be divided into reds and blacks.
To give the audience the
impression of mixing the cards, deal the prepared deck into 4
face-down packets. This reverses the order of reds and blacks
but keeps the color separation. You can ask a spectator to do
this. Riffle shuffle any two packets together, as precisely as
you can. Do the same with the other 2 packets. Finally, riffle
shuffle the 2 already shuffled packets together.
Now, cut one third from the
top of the packet and place it to your left , cut another
third from the bottom and place it at your right, and put the
remaining cards in the middle. You've just cut one color to
your right and one to your left. Now spread the central packet
facing you and say that you're going to extract 2 magnets.
What you really do is make sure that the packet is well
separated into black and red, correcting any stray cards Then
extract any two cards, one red and one black. Note which color
is on the bottom of this packet, say black for this example.
This tells you that the red packet is to your left and the
black packet to your right.
note: You won't have to figure out the colors'
positions if you always start with the same color on top and
cut the cards as described.
Now, let's review. You have 3
face down packets in a row. The reds are to your left and the
blacks to your right. Place the black magnet face up on top of
the right face-down packet and do the same with the red magnet
on the left packet. Snap your fingers and fan or ribbon spread
the packet, showing that the colors have separated. Now, take
the black magnet and place it face down on the bottom of the
face-down center packet and place the red magnet face down on
top of the same packet. Snap your fingers and fan or ribbon
spread the packet, showing that the colors have separated.
Take a bow.
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