The Effect

The performer openly displays a deck of 52 playing cards. The cards are distributed to three spectators with instructions that each is to thoroughly shuffle his portion. The deck is reassembled and one spectator is asked to deal a face-down bridge hand consisting of 13 cards to the person sitting next to him. The spectator receiving the hand is asked to fan the cards in front of his eyes so that only he can see the faces. The performer, with his back turned, asks any anyone to call out "red" or "black." For example, someone selects "red." The spectator with the bridge hand is instructed to discard all the red cards in his hand. Another spectator is asked to call out "Clubs" or "Spades." For example, he chooses "Spades." The spectator is now told to remove any Spade cards in his hand. The performer's back is turned throughout.

At this point the spectator is holding for example, five cards. The performer proceeds to correctly identify four of the five cards the spectator is holding. Apparently having trouble with the final card, the performer inquires as to whether the card is "a big one or a small one?" The spectator replies, "Big." With that, the performer whips out a giant playing card with its back to the audience and asks, "Is this big enough?" Before the spectator can answer, the performer asks him to call aloud the final card in his hand. The spectator calls out, "The King of Clubs!" The performer turns the giant card around and everyone sees that it is indeed, the King of Clubs.

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