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Ask the spectator to pick up the deck and to count down to the eleventh card from the top. He should be surprised to find his card.

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Taking a deck that a spectator has just shuffled, you run through it and turn one card face up. This, you say, will later act as a locator. It could be any value, but we'll say that in this case it is a Nine spot. You now have a card freely selected, noted, and cut back into the deck. The spectator makes the final cut. You then count off some cards from the top into a second pile on the table. Turning one pile face up, you remove cards from the top of both piles simultaneously and stop when you come to your locator. As it is a Nine, the spectator then counts down nine more cards and amazingly finds his selection at that position.

To do this you must have a complete deck of fifty-two cards. The basis of the method is the classic Twenty-sixth Card Locator.

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1. Give the deck to a spectator and ask him to shuffle it. Take the deck back from the spectator and hold it face down. Explain that you will reverse one card near the middle that will later act as a Magic Locator Card. Spread through the cards by pushing over groups of three cards at a time until you have pushed over nine groups in all, for a total of twenty-seven cards. Flip over the next card, the twenty-eighth, leaving it in place, then draw casual attention to it by making a comment about it. You then close the spread. If it is a court card, your comment is that court cards will count as the value ten. Whatever the card, remember its value. We will assume that the reversed card is a Nine spot.

2. Spread the upper section of the deck and have a spectator remove any card. The card must come from above the reversed card to avoid having to make any adjustments. Once the spectator has noted his card, tell him to replace it face down on top of the deck. Cut off one third of the deck, place it face down onto the table, then drop the balance squarely on top. Now cut off half the deck and complete the cut. This looks very fair, probably because it is very fair! You must, however, cut close to a third of the deck on the first cut and close to a half on the second cut.

You now ask the spectator to cut the deck near the middle and complete the cut.

3. Ask him to pick up the deck, saying, "I was born on the seventeenth. That was a very good day for mankind. To celebrate that event, would you deal seventeen cards, one at a time, into a face-down pile on the table." Note that the face-up locator card will always be among the cards dealt.

The number that you say is your birth date depends on the value of the locator card you reversed at the start. All you need to do is subtract that number from twenty-six. In this case our locator is a Nine, so we take nine away from twenty-six to give us seventeen. That is the date I say my birthday fell on. If you perform this for relatives, you will need to change that patter line or deal the card yourself without mentioning the number.

Once the spectator has dealt the requisite number of cards, tell him to place the balance of the deck face down beside the dealt pile.

4. Say, "The Magic Locator Card is in this pile, so I'll turn these cards face up." Turn the pile over, which sets everything for the finale (figure 1).

Explain what is about to happen in these simple terms, saying, "I will take cards off each pile until I come to the Magic Locator. When we see that card, I will stop. We will then use the value of the card, because that is the magical element. And, believe it or not, your card will be the same number down in that pile. Let's go for it."

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