Psychicardtric

Two spectators each choose a card, which are lost in the deck. They each then deal cards until they think that they've found their card . . . WRONG! But a wave over the deck and both cards appear face-up.

WORKING

1. Have two cards chosen and controlled—one to the top and one to the bottom. If you do a partial Final Control with the first card (card disengaged but doesn't go to bottom)—this allows you to take a break above it when you replace the upper section. Double Cut the selection to the top as you turn to a second spectator. This time do a full Final Control taking his card to the bottom. (See Vol. 1, p. 15 for description of Final Control).

2. Hand the deck to spectator A and ask him to start dealing cards into a face-down pile. Once he's a dealt a few tell him to stop when he thinks he's reached his card. This is a psychic test. When he stops, tell him to turn over the top card of the dealt pile. But, this isn't his card. Tell him to drop the rest of the deck on top of the face-up card. Spectator B picks up the deck and does exactly the same. Another failure.

This procedure for positioning cards belongs to Herb Rungie—see "Hidden Mystery" (Annemann's Miracles of Card Magic).

3. Take the deck and spread through, passing the first card and stopping on the second. Ask again—just to recheck—and again he says no. Turn the card face-down doing Robverse. Spread again and repeat Robverse with the other face-up card.

4. Place the deck face-down on the table, saying, "It seems that your psychic abilities are not powerful enough, so maybe I'll try a little magic." Mime removing a card—turning it face-up—then inserting it back into the deck, saying, "I think that was your card," to one of the spectators. Repeat the mime with a second invisible card. Finally ask both spectators to name their cards—spread the deck revealing both selections face-up.

Note: If they both deal only a few cards, both selections will be near the bottom of the deck. This being the case, it would advisable to give the deck a cut before proceeding with step 3. So it's best to try to get them to deal about twenty cards. You could say, "I'm not trying to influence you here, but my experience in these matters tells me that your card is at least twenty cards down but it's up to you when you stop."

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