Confound

After choosing a card, the spectator cuts the deck into three piles in an attempt to locate it. He does not tell you whether he has succeeded. However, he doesn't need to because his card unexpectedly reverses itself in the deck.

WORKING

Before commencing, secretly reverse the bottom card. We would also recommend putting an inner corner crimp in the card now third from the bottom to aid with a Triple Turn-over later.

1. Hold the cards face-down in dealing position and riffle down the outer left corner as you ask a spectator to call stop. When he does, lift off the upper section and ask him to remember the face card. Replace the upper section executing Final Control to shift the selection to the bottom,

2. Give the deck a few False Cuts then place it face-down on the table. Invite the spectator to cut off about one-third and place it to one side of the deck. Then ask him to cut off a similar size portion and place it to the other side of the deck (Fig.1). We now have three piles in a row—the selection is at the bottom of the middle pile.

3. Say, "It's possible that you've cut to your card. Just possible, though the odds are against you. Let's see." Turn each pile face-up, as you continue, saying, "But don't tell me if you have. Let me guess."

Study each pile, saying, "Hmm, I detected a slight smile on your face so I'm guessing that you've managed to beat the odds here. But I don't know for sure."

4. Pick up either of the end piles, study the card, then flip the face card over so that it's face to face with the packet, then replace it on the table, saying, "That might be your card."

Pick up the middle pile, and as you study the card get a break under the upper three cards. The crimp makes this easy. Now flip over three as one then replace the pile on the table, saying, "Maybe."

Pick up the last pile and treat it as you did the first, flipping over the top card then replacing it on the table.

5. Pick off the face-down card from atop each pile and place each card into your left hand. With your right hand gather the three piles together— the middle pile finishing in the middle. If necessary, give the deck a cut to centralize the reversed card. Leave the deck face-up on the table.

6. Mix the three cards around keeping the middle one in the middle, then slowly turn the bottom card face-up, saying "I don't think this is your card." They'll agree. Then turn the top card face-up. Again it's wrong. Ask directly below the reversed card.

Selection on bottom for the name of their card, then turn the last card over. Again it's not the selection.

Then say, "Well, maybe this is your card!" as you reach down and spread the deck across the table revealing one card face-down in the middle. Ask the spectator to name his card once more then turn over the face-down card to reveal it.

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