Thought Location


Spectator is asked to shuffle deck of cards, then to count down any number he desires and remember the card at that number. Performer's back is turned while spectator does this. Magician then takes pack and says he will locate the card and place it in his pocket. He removes a card from deck and places it in his right trousers pocket. Cards are then counted down to spectator's number in the deck and selected card is found to have vanished. Performer then removes selected card from his pocket.


Give deck to spectator to shuffle. Have him hold deck with back of cards up.

"Now, sir, count down any number of cards you like and remember the card at that number. For instance, if you counted down eight cards, look at the eighth card. If it should happen to be the Nine of Spades, say to yourself, 'The eighth card is the Nine of Spades.' Do not disturb the order of the cards as you have already shuffled the deck. Remember your card and number so that we can locate the card readily later on."

Turn your back toward spectator while he counts cards and remembers one at selected number.

"After you have noted card at selected number, square up the cards evenly."

When he has done this, turn and face spectator and take deck in your own hands.

"Because of the fact that you have chosen your own number, looked at the card at that number, and squared up the deck, it would seem almost impossible for me to locate your card instantly. Yet that is just what I am going to do. I am going to remove your card from the deck."

Reach into deck and quickly remove a card about from the middle of it. Do it in a hurry so that spectator cannot see just where the card came from in the deck.

"I shall place the card in my pocket."

Keep back of card to audience and place it in your right trousers pocket. Audience believes this to be selected card.

When hand is in pocket, PALM the card and remove right hand with card in it. Place right hand on top of deck in a casual manner, leaving the card there. Whatever number selected card happens to be, this card adds one more number to it.

"Naturally, you are a bit suspicious as to whether the card I placed in my pocket is really your card. First of all, let me ask you what the number of your card is."

Assume that spectator says his card is twelfth from the top.

"The twelfth card from the top. Let us count down twelve cards."

Count off twelve cards, one at a time, into spectator's hand.

"Please look to see whether the twelfth card is yours."

The moment his attention is MISDIRECTED to see what the twelfth card is, PALM off the thirteenth card in your right hand and place it in your right trousers pocket. This is the selected card.

"The twelfth is NOT your card. you say. Well, perhaps, the one I placed in my pocket is your card."

Remove card from pocket with back of it to audience.

"What was your card, may I ask?"

Spectator names card.

"The Nine of Spades. I thought so."

Turn card over and show to audience.

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