Always On Top
Original Author: Unknown
Effect: A spectator is asked to pick a
card and return it to the top of the deck. Magician shows the
card to spectator and puts it in the middle of the deck.
Magically it rises back to the top.
1. First ask any spectator to select a
card freely. Once they have selected the card and are looking
at it, you palm the top card. This must be practiced in front
of a mirror to make the palm look like you were simply
squaring the deck.
2. You then let the spectator place their
card on top of the deck.
3. Now, you take the card still palmed in
your hand and place it on top of the deck. The most natural
look is for you to square the deck, then, at that instant,
just place it on top. It should look as if you simply squared
4. Then you must do a double turnover to
show the spectators card still on top. You grab the top card
and the second card (Spectators card) both by the corners and
simply flip it and place it on top of the deck. In reality you
are showing the second card, not the first.
5. Repeat this procedure and flip those 2
cards back face down on the top of the deck (Still seeming
that the spectators card is indeed on top.
6. Then take the first card and place it
in the middle of deck, this leaves the spectators card on top,
as they think it has just traveled to the center of the deck.
7. Show the top card to be spectators.
This is a variation to the trick ''Always on top'' which is
in the hard trick index. After you make the card come to the
top say you will do it again. While you say this palm the
bottom card. Square up the pack leaving the palmed card
behind. do a double lift showing the apparent top card. put
the cards back down and take of the real top card. Put it some
where near the middle but don't push it in all the way. Say
something like your going to bring the card to the top again.
while you say that push the card all the way in and push the
top card (the card they think is in the middle) a little bit
out to the side. turn the deck face up and show the top car
sticking out. they will think its in the middle. push it back
in the deck so they think its lost in the middle of it. turn
the deck face down and show them the top card. its there card!
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