Stack the Cards
First, deal 3 columns of
cards with 5 cards in each column (5 cards up and down). Then
find their card the easy way. Keep the row with the
spectator's card between the other two rows. Once you have
found the row with the spectator's card, put the other two
rows into the deck and ask the person to cut off half the
deck. (Editor's note: For a
good "easy way," see the instructions for "Rising Card"
Pick up either half-deck and
put the five cards on it one at a time, placing them so that
the first, third (the selected card), and fourth cards project
about an inch beyond one end of the deck, and the second and
fourth cards project about an inch beyond the other end. Then
place the other half-deck on top, so that three cards stick
out of one end of the deck and two cards out of the other.
Grip the cards by the sides
so that two cards stick out of the top, and three out of the
bottom. Push them down onto a hard surface so that the bottom
cards are pushed up into the deck. This will the two cards at
the top to stick up higher. Flip the cards over and repeat
with the two cards at the bottom. The card that pops out will
be the spectator's card. Whew =)
Variation Courtesy of:
1. Deal out five piles
with five cards in each pile.
2. Tell the spectator
to pick a pile. Pick up the pile and tell her (or him) to look
at any specific card and memorize it.
3. Put the pile down.
4. Pick up two of the
other piles. Put her pile on top of those two, and put the two
remaining piles on top. Her pile will be the middle one.
5. Deal out the cards
in the OPPOSITE order.
6. Show her the cards
in one pile and ask if she sees her card. Do this until you
find her pile again.
7. Combine two of the
piles into a single stack.
8. Pick up the top
card of her pile and place it on the stack so that it projects
about one inch beyond the end. Pick up the next card from her
pile and place it on the other so that its end projects half
an inch in the opposite direction. Continue with the other
three cards in her pile so that the third card sticks out an
inch at one end, the fourth card sticking out a half-inch at
the other end, and so on.
9. Place the remaining
two piles on top of the rest of the cards.
10. Hold up the deck
so that three cards stick out of the top and two cards out of
the bottom. Tap the three cards down until they're flush.
11. Tap the bottom two
cards up until they're flush.
12. One card will rise
above the rest. This is her card!!!!
Variation Courtesy of:
First shuffle the deck. Then
have somebody randomly pick three cards out of the deck. Have
him (or her) look at the cards and memorize one of them, not
paying any attention to the other two. The other two just act
Deal two cards onto the table
face down. Have him put one of his three cards face down on
top of those two. Deal four cards on top. Have him put another
of his cards face down on those. Deal four more cards on top.
Have him put his final card on top. Deal two more cards. So
the order should be: 1, 2, [card], 1, 2, 3, 4, [card], 1, 2,
3, 4, [card], 1, 2
From the stack of cards you
just made, pull five cards off the top and fan them in front
of the person. Ask if he sees his card. If not, discard these,
show him the next five cards and ask again. If he again says
no, use the remaining five cards.
Now you should have five
cards with his card in the middle (hopefully he won't catch on
to the fact that it's obvious it's the middle card. He
probably won't). Take the full deck that you set aside
earlier. Cut off half the deck. Put the first of the five
cards onto the half-deck you are holding, but not square with
the other cards. Place it so that about half the card sticks
up beyond the rest at the end. Take the next of the five cards
and put it on the deck so that it is square with the deck (not
with the card that sticks up). Put the next card on the deck
so that it sticks up like the first card, the next card square
with the deck, and the last so that it sticks up. So it should
go: up, square, up, square, up. Make sure the three up cards
stick out about halfway beyond the rest of the cards.
Put the other half of the cut
deck on top of the five cards you just arranged, squared with
the half-deck below.
Now the tricky part. Hold the
deck in your hand by the sides so that the three projecting
cards point down. Hit the end of the deck on the table--not
too hard, but not too light--so that two cards pop out of the
other end. Flip the deck around and hit the two cards on the
table. The card that remains sticking out is the card that
they picked. This is more of a math trick, but it does look
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