Performance

Hand the stack of cards to the young woman (whose card, let's say, is second from the bottom). Ask her to come up on stage to assist you. Hand her the stack, writing side down.

Now, point to the spectator whose card you know lies (let's say) fourth from the bottom. Ask him to stand up and repeat the name of his desired location over and over in his mind.

Next, ask the woman to read aloud the names of the cities one by one. She'll read them from the face, transferring the cards to the back. You watch the man carefully. Listen to the cities as she reads them, and remember the two locations that fall at your previously-memorized position (in this example, second and fourth). The first city, which belongs to the woman, is the second one she calls out. The man's is the fourth.

So, with much dramatic buildup you scrawl the name of the man's desired city on your pad. Have him announce it, and show that it matches! Act as though the effect is over but then, as an afterthought, reveal the young woman's city as well. End of effect.

Further thoughts: So what if someone challenges you to name their city, which could happen in an informal setting such as a house party? The cards are marked, remember? Go ahead and do it.

I don't think it's necessary to identify all five cities. Overkill. But consider the possibilities if you incorporated Maven's Contimental anagram with this effect . . .

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