Count the cards to the table slowly, letting the suspense build; but hold onto the last card. At this point people almost forget they have chosen a card because they are so impressed tht you have cut exactly the amount of cards they designated just a heartbeat after they announced it. Say, "And what was your card?" When they name it, drop the card you hold, flipping it face-up onto the tabled pile and say, "How did you know it was thirteenth?"
Although 12, 13 and 17 are chosen more often than the other possible numbers, and the procedure is arranged to capitalize on that, a simple method for reaching each number follows:
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