1. Spectator shuffles a pack of cards and then places it on the table.
2. shows the spectator how to cut the cards, anywhere he pleases, then to note the card and return it to rest of the deck. The cards are then cut several times by the spectator. The card man finds the card.
3. The shuffle is fair and above board and no key is spotted at this stage; however, after the deck is tabled, the Cardician shows the spectator how he is to cut and note a card. During this you do an Estimation Cut of half the deck or 26 cards and look at the card you cut to, then replace this portion onto deck and square it up.
4. You now know a Key card at approximately the 26th position. When the spectator cuts he does as you have done; cuts off a packet, looks at the card cut to, replaces the portion onto the deck and squares it up. After this, he is told to pick up the cards and give them several straight cuts. You now take the pack for the first time and find the card.
5. Here is how you find the card. First of all, when spectator cuts you note whether he cuts below or above your Estimated Key Card. Now it is very easy to tell if he has cut within at least ten cards on either side of the Key. If he cuts less or more than the limit of ten cards on each side of the Key, you will know, because he will either have cut off a very small packet or left a very small packet on the table.
6. After he has noted the card he cut to, he replaces the cut, picks up the deck and gives it several straight cuts. On getting the deck you proceed as follows: Spread the cards to yourself face up. If he cut above the Estimated Key you count ten cards, to the left of the Key. If he cut below the estimated Key, then you count ten cards to the right of the Key card.
On the other hand, if he cut a very small-packet, I'm sure you could easily tell if it was more than six cards and less than twenty. The point is that if the small packet is cut, then you count down into this packet by moving left another ten cards from the Estimated Key. That is, into the 11th to 20th cards left of the Key. The same procedure would be followed in the event a very small packet remained on the table. In this case, the llth to 20th card would be counted to the right from the estimated Key.
7. As you can see all that is required is that you estimate within ten cards and that is a big lee-way. Once you are among the ten possibilities, a question as to color and suit and then a quick placement of a couple of cards at the top and one or two at the bottom and you are all set for a quick production of the card once it is named.
Was this article helpful?