Justice Card Trick

Card tricks that are performed while the magician is blindfolded make a particularly profound impression upon laymen. For this reason it is a good plan to include one such trick in a routine of card tricks. 1. Ask someone in the gathering to assist you, and when you have a volunteer place him on the left side of your table while you stand behind it. Have him shuffle the deck, and when you take it back glimpse the bottom card. Let us say it is the four of spades. Force this card upon your...

Ladies Looking Glass

This fanciful title was given to the feat by its inventor, Comte, a famous French magician who flourished in the early years of the nineteenth century. The trick is one of the great card tricks, and we have retained the title but somewhat modified the procedure. Four spectators each remove a pair of cards from the deck, which are then replaced and the deck shuffled. Three of the pairs appear in rapid succession at the top and bottom of the deck, and the magician tosses the cards into the air...

Grays Spelling Trick

A spectator replaces a selected card in the pack, which is honestly squared and shuffled. The name of the card is then spelled mentally by the spectator, who applies one letter to each card dealt by the magician. On reaching the last letter the spectator calls Stop He names his card. The last card dealt is turned face upwards and proves to be the very card he selected. 1. Hand the deck to a spectator and have him shuffle the cards thoroughly. Take the pack back, glimpsing the bottom card, and...

Egyptian Pocket

This feat is one of the few that are suitable for the stage or platform only. It was one of Alexander Herrmann's favourites, and he it was who gave it the name by which it has been known ever since. Successful presentation of the trick calls for considerable address rather than technical skill. The effect is that a spectator takes a pack of cards and has four cards freely selected by four other spectators. He collects the cards, and they are replaced in the deck, which is then shuffled and...

Everywhere and Nowhere

Nothing is quite so amazing to the general public as witnessing the mysterious transformation of one card to another perhaps that is because it so nearly approximates the popular concept of magic. Here we have a fine feat of this type. The magician, attempting to find a chosen card, shows three indifferent cards. Each of these, a moment later, is shown to be the chosen card still a moment later, everything is as it should be, with the chosen card flanked by two indifferent cards. You will...

Three Cards Across

This trick is one of the finest in all card magic. When neatly presented it never fails to entertain and mystify an audience. It was a favourite with the great English magician, David Devant, and with countless card conjurers since. The plot is simple. A spectator counts off a number of cards and puts them in his pocket or holds them in his hands. A second spectator chooses a card, the value of which is used to indicate how many cards shall be caused to fly invisibly to the cards held by the...

An Incomprehensible Divination

The old war horses, as we have mentioned, are good tricks, if only because they have survived the passage of time. This feat is one of the most satisfying in the whole range of card magic it is easy of accomplishment, utterly baffling to one unfamiliar with its mechanics, and has a simple plot that is easily understood. To perform the trick, quietly remove the following cards in sequence, using any suits A-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-Joker. The ace is the top card, the joker the bottom card. 1. Holding...

Overhand Shuffle Practice Routine

The best method of practising the various overhand shuffles is to go through them in sequence as follows 1. Turn the top card face upward. 2. Shuffle it to the bottom and back to the top again. 3. Shuffle it to the bottom. Shuffle again, retaining it there, then shuffle it back to the top. 4. Reverse the card now at the bottom. Shuffle, retaining the top and bottom cards in position. 5. Shuffle the top card to the next to bottom and back to the top. The two reversed cards should be at the top...

Topsy Turvy Cards

It is always a good rule to begin a series of card feats with a short, startling effect, one that will arouse the interest of the onlookers immediately and stimulate their interest in the marvels to follow. In this effect one half of the pack is placed face to face with the other half, yet, on the word of command, the cards right themselves so that all of them face the same way. Whenever possible you should use a borrowed deck, and we shall suppose that one has been handed to you with the...

Charlier Shuffle

This shuffle is also called the haymow shuffle. It is unique among card sleights in that neatness of execution is not required in fact, it is most effective when done rather clumsily. Although expert cardmen affect to disdain it for that reason, the wise operator values it for its effect on laymen, to whom it is the most convincing false shuffle extant. The shuffle, though apparently thoroughly mixing the cards, really leaves them in the same condition that a simple complete cut would do. The...