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2 Card Monte

Trick Courtesy of: Dave Barbieri (

Original Author: Unknown

Effect: Performer gives spectator a heart faced card (say it is an ace of hearts) face down between the thumb and index finger. Performer then gives spectator a diamond face card (the ace of diamonds) on top of the other card. The spectator thinks that he has a heart and a diamond. The performer grabs the heart from the bottom of the spectators fingers and says, "I'm teaching you the move right now in slow motion." He then does it in fast motion and pretends to switch the cards by shoving the heart card in and out fast between the thumb and index finger. Performer then puts the card back on top and says, "What do you bet, hearts on top or on the bottom?" When they make a choice and turn the cards over they are a club and a spade!


On the top of the deck have a heart, spade, and a diamond. Make sure that you have the spade between the two and place this on top. Also place a slub on the bottom of the deck. For example, on top of the deck you have an ace of hearts first, queen of spades second and ace of diamonds third. The bottom card of the deck is the queen of clubs. Now you are ready!


Start by lifting off the top card (ace of hearts) and say, "Remember hearts." give this card to spectator between his thumb and index finger (looks like spectator is pinching the card) faced down. You then do a double lift and show the ace of diamonds and say, "Diamond." (To give you some time to get a double lift ready you can ask the spectator what card he has and to look at it to make sure it is ok.) You then place the diamond with the queen behind it on top of the deck and give spectator the queen which he thinks is the diamond. Place this on top of the ace of hearts. You say, "I will teach you the move in slow motion." You then put the queen on top take the heart from underneath, and turn it around to show spectator and say, "See I have the heart." After this you take the heart shove it between spectators fingers fast. What you are trying to do here is make the spectator believe that you are switching the heart and the diamond. After you shove it in and out your hand goes to the top of the deck, release the heart, and grab the other queen from the bottom of the deck. You put the queen on top of the other queen in spectators hand and that is it. The most difficult part of this trick is the last switch. To make it easier you have to keep on talking. While you are switching from the deck say, "Now, do you bet the heart is on the top or bottom?" You have to be quick and keep the spectators eyes off of the deck. The spectator will then make a prediction but they are totally wrong!!

Variation: 2 Card Monte

Courtesy of: Sean Leonard (

Effect: (This trick is best done with one person only) Magician gives the Ace of Diamonds to a spectator. Next, the magician takes the Ace of Hearts and gives that to a spectator. The spectator tries to guess what order the cards are and then the magician asks the spectator to turn the cards over. There are the two black kings in it's place!

First, set up the first four cards in this order: Ace of Diamonds, King of Spades, Ace of Hearts, King of Clubs. First, give them the Ace of Diamonds and then ask them to turn it over to make sure that it is the Ace of Diamonds. At this time, you have the perfect opportunity to pull off a double lift. Then, you show them the Ace of Hearts, flip it over, and then give them the top card which is really the King of Spades. Try to confuse them by getting them to believe that the Ace of Diamonds is now really the Ace of Hearts from a special move you did (or something like that). Then, take the Ace of Diamonds from them and give them the King of Spades again (This of course is all face down). Ask them, "without looking at the card, what card are you holding right now." This is the sneaky part. Take the card you are holding right now (the Ace of Diamonds) and switch it with the second card in the deck (that will be the King of Clubs).. You must do this while the! y are confused. Then, give them the card back and ask them what order they think the cards are in. At this point they will be completely confused and will not be able to give a good answer. At this point, tell them to flip over the cards and they will see that the cards they were holding have changed into the kings. (David Blaine did this trick on his TV special) The trick can be done with just about any cards, just make sure they're done with face cards that are opposite colors.

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