Find The Burglar

This experiment is adapted from Jack Merlin's popular effect.


Two kings are moved from the deck. A card is chosen and returned to the deck, and then the deck is shuffled. First one king is placed in the deck and next to it the other one is placed, both extending about half way. Performer states that the kings are very clever detectives and a burglar could not escape them. Supposing that the selected card is a burglar, it will not take long far the kings to find him. Magician moves kings up and down. Suddenly he pulls them out of the deck and shows the selected card to be between them.


Remove two kings from the deck and place them on the table. Fan rest of cards and have one selected.

Square up deck and fan it again, separating deck about in half. Hold one portion in each hand.

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Have selected card placed on top of left-hand portion. With left thumb push it over to right about half an inch.

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Place packet from right hand on left-hand portion, and as you do so, bend the lower right-hand corner of selected card with third finger of right hand.

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Figure 9 shows view underneath the cards. Selected card should project enough so that you can bend the corner easily.

Square up the cards and pass to a spectator to shuffle overhand.

Turn cards up now so that one can see bent corner at top edge. Audience, of course, must not see it.

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Pick up one of the kings from the table and insert it into the deck in front of the selected card. You give the impression that you are inserting it at random anywhere in the deck. Insert king about half way.

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Pick up the other king and insert it in similar manner BEHIND the selected card. The result is the selected card is between the two kings.

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"Few people realize that the kings in a deck are really wonderful detectives. Very few things escape them. Should a burglar get into the kingdom, he would have little chance against the wit of these two kings. For instance, let us say that the card the gentlemen selected here is a burglar and that he has been shuffled somewhere among the many other inhabitants of the deck. Though you or I might have difficulty in finding him, it is but a moment's work for the kings to locate him."


Hold the deck at the sides in your left hand. Tap the kings a little, pushing them downward about an inch. Pull them up again and repeat until the selected card has come up even with the kings. Each time you raise and lower the kings, the middle card automatically comes upward.

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Pull kings from deck and fan them, showing the selected card to be between them.

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"Was this your card, sir? The Ten of Diamonds? There it is right between the kings."

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