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The following is a simple effective piece of close-up card mentalism, which can be done with a borrowed deck. Until the last moment, you never see the faces of the cards, which adds to the mystery.

Have the spectator shuffle the pack. Take the deck, and slowly run the cards from your left hand to your right, instructing the spectator to touch the back of any card. When this has been done, openly jog the indicated card forward for about half its length. Continue running through the deck, and have four more cards touched, also jogging,them forward. Square up the pack, and spread the jogged cards (still leaving them in their respective locations in the pack). Raise your hand so that the face of the pack is towards the spectator, allowing the spectator a clear view of the five spread upjogged cards. Instruct the spectator to merely think of any one of these randomly chosen five.

State, "We'll re-mix the cards, scattering these five cards — and all of the others — into new and random locations" This you apparently do, by Hindu Shuffling the pack. In fact, you utilize any of the standard Strip-Out techniques to secretly control the five outjogged cards to the bottom of the pack. Continue shuffling the pack, retaining this group at the face of the deck. Cut or shuffle five or six cards to the face of the pack — so that the group of five cards is near, rather than at, the face of the pack.

Hand the deck to the spectator. Explain that you wish the spectator to remove five cards from the pack — one being the thought-of card, the others being any four cards from anywhere in the pack. While the spectator is doing this, observe which of the five removed cards is taken from the portion near the face. This will be the though t-of selection. Thus, when the cards are handed to you, you will immediately know which is the one to go for — but don't jump at it... take your time, so as to convince the audience that the selection is being identified through mental (rather than physical) processes.

It is your attitude which will sell this effect. The spectator must believe that the initial five cards are genuinely lost during the shuffling, and thus that you've no clues to go on.

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Fundamentals of Magick

Fundamentals of Magick

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