Let a spectator shuffle the cards (any pack). Very often you will be able to sight the bottom card at the end of the shuffle, if so remember it as your key card. If not, take the pack from him, sighting the bottom card as you do so and shuffle the cards very thoroughly yourself retaining the sighted card at the bottom: in either case the bottom card is your key card. Put the pack on the table and have the spectator make one complete cut. Watch this and estimate at about what number it lies from the middle of the pack after the completion of the cut. Generally the cut is made very close to the middle. Have him then take any card, note what it is and replace it as near to the center as he can. For example, suppose you estimate that the key lies about eighteen or twenty cards from the top, and the chosen card has been replaced within a card or two of the middle, it will, therefore, be from five to ten cards below the key card. Run through the pack, find the key card and pass the sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth cards below it to the top of the pack. Fan them a little and note the values only. Put the pack behind your back and ask how many spots are on the card chosen. Pick out the corresponding card in the five and place it face down on the table. The spectator names his card and you turn it over.
Or you may place two of the five on the top, two on the bottom and reverse the fifth in the middle. Bring the pack forward and have the card named. Reveal it by turning the top card, or making a double lift, showing the bottom card or making the glide and drawing out the next card, or by spreading the cards to reveal the reversed card, as may be necessary.
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