The Similar Pair
Original Author:
anonymous
REQUIRED: 1 Poker deck
of cards.
PREPARATION: Pull two
pair of similar looking cards from the deck, i.e.. the 9 of
Spades & 9 of Clubs plus the 6 of Spades & the 6 of Clubs. The
cards are combined as follows:
The 6 of Clubs and the 9 of
Spades. The 6 of Spades and the 9 of Clubs. Put one pair on
the bottom of the deck. Put the other pair on the top.
VARIATION: Depending
on your experience level you can opt to shuffle, or fake
shuffle. Another interesting option is to take yet another two
pair of cards, say the 8 of Hearts and Diamonds, and the 4 of
Hearts and Diamonds, pair them as above, then place them prior
to placing the 6 and 9 combos. This will allow the trick to be
performed twice in a row.
THE TRICK: Tell the
volunteer to take the first two cards from the top of the deck
and show them to the crowd. After viewing, have the volunteer
place the two cards back into the deck, one by one, in any
location. Hand the deck of cards to the volunteer and tap the
deck twice on the top, stating you have now brought the cards
together. Take the cards back from the volunteer and pull the
bottom two cards from the deck. They are now back together and
you're famous.
THE ILLUSION: Since
most people will keep in mind only the color, number and the
fact that there was indeed a Spade and Club, the trick is more
of a play on their memory. After seeing their cards, then
placing them back into the deck, the volunteer is then
presented with a similar pair which is often mistaken for the
original pair. Instead of the 9S and 6C they get the 9C and
6S.
One final note: If the
volunteer should happen to place one of the cards on the
bottom of the deck, then simply cut the deck and fan the cards
to expose the similar pair.
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