Trick Courtesy of: Melvyn Teo
Original Author: Jean Hugard, Frederick Braue and David
Effect: A great classic. A selected card
mysteriously appears at the top of the deck again and again
after being sent into the middle of the deck. The final
appearance is a real stunner.
Preparation: Put the eight of spades face down on
top of the deck followed by the nine of spades face down on
top of it.
(i) While announcing the following: "I have
discovered that in every deck there is always one card that is
more ambitious than the others. It likes to be the top dog and
will always push its way up to the top of the deck.", perform
false overhand shuffle (if you know how to) or any
other other shuffle that retains the two cards on top.
(ii) Execute the
double lift and reveal the eight of spades adding, "
Apparently, the ambitious card in this deck is the eight of
spades." Put the two cards down, seize the top card and insert
it into the outer end of the deck so that about 2/3 of an inch
of it protrudes out. So, when you next put the tip of your
right middle finger on the face of that card only the closed
loop of the 9 can be seen. Do that and casually tip the pack
upwards so that it will appear to be the eight of spades to
the spectator .Insert that card fully in. Tap the deck
and reveal the eight of spades.
(iii) Have the spectator sign the face of the eight
of spades so that she knows that you are not using duplicates.
Have the spectator place the card on top of the deck. Now get
ready to perform the
overhand shuffle. Holding the deck in your left hand
overhand shuffle position, grasp the bottom half of
the deck with your right hand, run one card (say card X) on
top of the eight of spades, run the next card (say card Y) on
top of card X but have card Y stick out an inch below card X,
shuffle off the remainder of the cards on top of card Y and
then take the pile below card Y with your right (this should
be easy to due to the placement of card Y) and throw it on top
of the deck. At the end card X should be on top of the deck
with the eight of spades below it. Perform the double lift
again and put card X into the middle of the deck taking care
not to reveal its face. Tap the deck and reveal the eight of
spades. And place it on the top of the deck face down.
(iv) Again prepare to do the
overhand shuffle. With the deck in your left hand,
seize all the cards except the top one with your right hand
(this can be done by applying a slight pressure on the top
card with your left thumb. Shuffle off the cards in your right
on top of the card (the eight of spades) in your left hand.
Now by applying pressure on the bottom card with your left
third and ring fingers seize the bottom half of the deck
except the bottom card with your right and then shuffle them
off on top of the deck. So the eight of spades should be at
the bottom of the deck. Tap the top card and say, "This is not
the card." Then turn the deck face up exclaiming, "Here it is.
At the top of the bottom!"
(v) With the deck still face up, do a
double lift and while bending the two cards (they
should look like one) by making their shorter edges meet, say,
"To make the ambitious card easier to follow, I shall bend it
like this." Then place the two cards face down on the deck
which should also be face down. Hold the two cards down by
gripping the deck with the left thumb on top of the deck and
left fingers below the deck. While maintaining this grip, pull
out the top card and insert it into the middle of the deck.
Now hold the deck with the left hand palm up, thumb on one of
the long sides of of the deck and the third finger on the
other long side. By exerting a slight pressure with the thumb
and the third finger, you should be able to prevent the top
card from popping out.
(vi) For the finale, announce to the spectator: "If
the eight of spades does rise to the top, then the top card
must pop up. " Tap the top of the deck and pause for several
several seconds. Next tap and whistle, pretending to coax the
card to rise up. Do not release the pressure on the top card
yet. Give some excuse like: "Maybe the ambitious card is a bit
out of shape and is not feeling so well right now." Then
finally add that you will try one last time reminding the
spectator to watch carefully. Now tap, whistle and release the
pressure on the top card while raising the deck a little. If
done well, it will look as if the card had just pushed its way
to the top. Take a bow and any free drinks that come
Note: This is a hard trick and you need to really
practice all the shuffling until you can do them with ease and
while maintaining eye contact with the spectator. But having
mastered that you are well on your way to mastering one of the
great classic card tricks
A word or two on the overhand shuffling position: (from
The Royal Road To Card Magic by Hugard and Braue)
Hold you left hand half closed, palm upwards, and place
the pack in it face downwards, so that the third phalanx of
the index finger is bent against the outer left corner. The
middle and ring fingers, slightly bent, rest against the
face of the bottom card; the little finger curls inwards so
that its side rests against the inner end and the thumb
rests on the top card, its tip near the middle of the outer
end. The pack should slope downwards towards the left at an
angle of about 45 degrees, its lower side resting along the
palm of the hand.
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