Alexis David Lovel in yon Abbey Nethercleft

This trick requires a good memory and a lot of practice, but the results are worth it!

1. Deal ten pairs of cards face up onto a table.

2. Ask a member of the audience to choose a pair and remember them, without telling you.

3. Ask the person to pick up all the cards, in any order they like, but keeping them in pairs.

4. Take the twenty cards and deal them out, putting cards in the same pair on matching letters in the following code. For example, put the first two cards on the two D's, the next two on the two A's etc. It doesn't matter which order you do it in, as long as you keep the cards in pairs (you could start with the two B's). It is important to memorise the code and make it look as if you are putting the cards down in a completely random order.

 Row 1 D A V I D Row 2 L O V E L Row 3 I N Y O N Row 4 A B B E Y

5. Ask the member of the audience to tell you which row(s) their cards are in. If they point to the first row only, you know the cards must be the two D's. If they point to the second row only, they must be the two L's. If they point to the first and third rows, they must be the two I's etc. You can amaze your audience by immediately picking up the two cards.

Alexis Copycat 1. This trick requires two packs, each

Nethercleft with a different coloured back. Ask a member of the audience to help you and give them one of the two packs-you take the other one. Tell the person to copy what you do

2. Start by both shuffling the pack in your hands.

3. Swap packs, but as you do so, take a peek at the bottom card of the pack you are handing over. Lets say it's the ace of spades for this example.

4. Choose a card from your pack and place it on the top. Instruct your helper to do the same.

5. Each of you cut the pack in your hands. Your helper's chosen card is now the one below the ace of spades.

6. Swap packs again and instruct your helper to remove their chosen card from the pack and place it face down on the table.

7. Forget the card you chose before and remove your helper's chosen card (the one below the ace of