Cards of Chance
Encyclopedia of Card Tricks with Rudy Hunter • 10m
IN THIS trick a special move is necessary that is not at all difficult. It is to apparently show the faces of all the cards but to keep one hidden. You have the card on the top, turn pack face outwards and run the cards off one by one from the left hand into the right. When you are about two thirds through separate the hands for a moment and spread the cards remaining in the left hand to show the indices at the same time pushing the lowest card, the top card of the pack and the one to be concealed, a little forward behind the others. Bring the hands together and as you take off the face card of the left-hand packet pull off the top card behind those in the right hand with the right fingers.
Then show all the rest of the cards. You have a pack shuffled by a spectator and in taking it back sight the bottom card, then overhand shuffle it to the top. Suppose it is the 10S. Cut, bringing it to the middle, keeping the tip of the little finger on the 10S. On a slip of paper write 10S and put it face down on the table without showing what you have written. Ask a spectator to point to a card and contrive to have the 10S in position as he points. Take the card out and put it face down on the table. Ask him to call the name of any card. Suppose he names the 2D. Hand him a slip of paper and have him write that and put the slip on the table. As he does so find the 2D and slip it to the top. Run over the faces of the cards and show the card is not in the pack. Go to a second person and force the 2D just as you forced the 10S. He names, we will say, the AH. Put the 2D down and as he writes AH on a third slip find that card, slip it to the top and show it is not in the pack, using the move explained. Finally force the AH on a third person and place it on the table opposite your first slip, calling it the 10S. Have the pack examined, the three cards named are not in it. Gather up the three cards, mixing them, then match them with the three slips.
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