Easy Methods For Forcing Cards

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I have already shown you how to force a card on a spectator in a previous lesson. There are other methods which you should know. These which I give you here are easy and give you a good variety. You will find them most useful.

The Mathematical Force -EFFECT:

Performer makes a selected card appear at any number from the top of the deck which spectator chooses. To save time, spectator is asked to choose number between one and twenty.


Have card freely selected and then returned to middle of deck. Allow TWO cards from upper packet to fall on selected card. Place left little finger on top of these two cards, do the Simplified Pass to get them and the selected card to top of deck. Selected card is now third down from top.

Ask spectator to select a number under twenty. Suppose TEN is the selected number.

Hold cards with backs up in left hand. Count down 12 cards quickly, one on top of the other, placing them on table. Count each card aloud as you deal it. Then say,

"Pardon me, what number did you say?"

Spectator says he chose number 10. Quickly replace the 12 cards on the deck. "My mistake. Ten cards, you say."

By counting the cards down on the table, you have reversed the order of them. Originally you had two indifferent cards on top of the deck and the selected card third from the top. Now, by counting two more cards than the selected number, you bring the selected card just at the selected number down from the top. Spectators do not realize that you have reversed order of cards and stacked them so as to bring selected card into position.

Regardless of what number is chosen, count down TWO more in the first counting. Then replace all the cards on the deck.

Now you can proceed to count down to the tenth card. After you have counted nine, have spectator take tenth card -- and this proves to be the selected one.


If number 1 is chosen, fan cards enough to get left little finger under top three cards. Lift the three cards as ONE with right hand and show face card as selected card.

If number 2 is called, deal off the first card on the table. Then for second card, deal SECONDS as you were taught

in Lesson 35. This will bring out the selected card as the second card.

If number 3 is called, merely count down the two indifferent cards and show the third as selected one.

If number 4 is called, you may proceed in the regular way or else FALSE COUNT three cards as four and show selected card.

If you want to use this method for forcing a card, select the card you want forced and place it third from top of deck before beginning experiment. Then have spectator select number and proceed as above to get the forced card. Spectator believes he has had free choice, but you have brought out the card you want used. Then you can proceed with the experiment you want to perform with forced card.

Forcing Bottom Card -EFFECT:

Cards are fanned and spectator is asked to select one by touching it. Magician separates pack at that point and shows card which had been touched. This is in reality the card magician wanted selected.


Place card to be forced, say the Ace of Diamonds, on "Bottom" of deck. Fan cards, backs up.

Figure 5.

With right finger-tips move bottom card over to center of fan under other cards. Movement and shifted card are concealed by fan of cards.

Figure 6.

Have spectator touch any card in fan. He will usually touch one in the middle somewhere, but wherever he touches, separate the pack at that point. Be sure to get the card he touched in the right-hand pack. Bring the bottom card quickly up even with bottom card of right packet (spectator's touched card) and pull two hands apart. The Ace of Diamonds becomes bottom card of right packet.

It is apparently the card spectator touched, but in reality is a forced card. Hold right packet facing audience to show selected card.

You may now proceed with the experiment which you desire to perform with the forced card.

If you want to force three or four cards, place them on bottom of deck and force each by the same method as above. Be careful not to expose bottom of left packet.

This force is always sure. It is easy to do and cannot be discovered by audience if you do it right. This is also a good method for locating one or more selected cards.

Force Behind Performer's Back -EFFECT:

Performer places deck behind his back, and spectator selects a card. This card is forced.


Place card to be forced on bottom of deck. Be careful not to expose it. Place pack behind your back, holding cards in both hands lightly. Backs of cards are up.

Figure 8.

Ask spectator to lift off a few cards. When he has done so, turn to the left to face him for an instant. Cards are kept in same position behind your back and are now out of sight of audience.

"Did you take off a few?"

The moment cards are hidden, slip the bottom card to the top. Do this quickly with right hand.

Figure 9.

Turn your back to spectator again with cards behind you as before. This turning and adjusting of cards is done so quickly that audience does not suspect anything. It seems natural for you to turn to spectator as you ask him whether he took a few cards.

"Now that you have lifted off a few cards from the deck — I do not know how many just lift up the next card and look at it. Remember it.

And so you have forced your card.

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