1. Have a deck shuffled and returned. Spread through it, faces toward you, and toss, casually (face down) to the table, thirteen reds and then thirteen blacks. Do it in a, "Yes.these will do.and these." fashion.
2. Pick up the twenty-six card packet and give it one perfect Faro Shuffle so that the reds and blacks are alternated. Spread it face up, in bunches, so that it looks - at a glance - well and truly mixed. Hand this half to the spectator, as you turn your head away, and ask him to spread it faces towards himself and then think of any card in the packet. (He won't notice the exact colour alteration; don't fret.) Ask him to flip the packet face down and cut the cards (full complete cuts).
From the top, ask him to deal twice the amount of cards as is in the value of the card he is thinking of. For instance, if he is thinking of a Nine, he deals eighteen cards to the table. He does so. Ask him to drop the remainder on top of the tabled packet. You can now turn back to look at him. (Agreed, there is little rationale for dealing twice as many cards as his value, but Roger Crosthwaite suggests saying, "Yes.deal the same amount as your card.plus, deal the same for me!" Not bad!)
3. Reiterate the fairness of procedure (for magicians, ham it up - no possibility of key cards etc) and perform one quick Reverse Faro shuffle. Strip out the outjogged cards and drop them on the table; they aren't needed for a while. Glance at the inhand packet and say, "I think your card is here...I'm not sure." As you say these words, flip the cards face up (towards you) and quickly note how many cards of the same colour are at the face of the packet. In our case, there will be nine. (If there are three cards of one colour, he thought of a three - and he initially will have dealt six.) His card is therefore a nine. Immediately drop this thirteen-card packet onto the other tabled thirteen-card packet and say, ".Hmm.no, I think it's here!" Pick up the whole twenty-six card packet and see how many nines are in it. If there is only one, you know what his card is. If there are two or more - use equivoque to find it. Example: Say, "You are thinking of a red card?" If they say yes, say - "A heart?" If they say yes, say - "The Nine of Hearts!" If they say no' to the suit, say - "The Nine of Diamonds!" If they say 'no' to the colour of the card, say - "A club?" If they say yes, say - "The Nine of Clubs!" If they say 'no' to the suit, say - "The Nine of Spades!" Reveal the selection with flair!
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