This card location with no cards is a challenging effect to perform. It is a bold and somewhat complicated version of the old "Magician's Choice." It forces you to think quickly, react instantly, and It is rarely less than great and often miraculous. The performer writes the name of a card on a piece of paper and places it aside. A spectator then chooses, by his apparent free will, a value and a suit. The performer's written prediction matches the spectator's choice.

¿TLP ¿?NlL - Write the prediction on a piece of paper, fold it, and have someone hold it. You will now force the spectator to decide upon Seven for a value and Spades for a suit. (If doing this for a woman you'd write down the Seven of Hearts.) Of course, he must never consider that he is being manipulated, and we have developed the guidelines and catch phrase that follow to prevent the spectator from such a realization.

You must adopt a certain attitude. You must appear totally confident, you must appear unconcerned with the spectator's decisions, and you must proceed with absolutely no hesitation. Don't stammer or flinch, hesitate or cause. You must appear to have done this a million times and you never have missed. You should act almost as if you are bored by it all, :hat you are hardly paying any attention.

Sounds simple so far, right? In fact it is! Use the same opening line every time - with pen poised above paper "The interesting thing about this trick is that I don't do it... you do it, name a value of a playing Ace, King, Three...any value" By naming those three values you'll most surely eliminate all the picture cards, the Aces, Twos and Threes from being named by the spectator. He will usually name a mid-range value (hopefully Seven). If he does name Seven (which is the "target" value) say, "...Fine, now name a suit," and go onto Suit Decision. If he names a non-target value say, "...Fine, and another value?..." Whatever value he names, write it next to the first value. If it is a Seven say, "...Fine, now name a suit" and go onto the Suit Decision. If it is a non-target value say, "...and another?..." and write this third value down forming a row of three.

Always react instantly to the spectator's answers, as if this is how the trick goes every time. If you perform this regularly you'll be surprised how often the first or second value named is Seven. Remember to never pause, and always go unhesitatingly to your next sentence. Now, if the target value is not named among the first three values, ask for three more by saying, "...and another...and another...and another..." and form a second row of three values below the first. Continue this, making up to four rows of three values, until spectator names the target value. Always complete a row to be consistent. You may end up with one, two, three, or four rows. You may end up with four rows and the value Seven in none of them, that is. Seven is the only value that has not been named - a strong way for the Seven to be "chosen."

The best eventualities are when the spectator names Seven first or second, and when he names every value except Seven. In either of these cases go directly to the Suit Decision, which I'll deal with shortly. For the other cases in which you have the target value in a row, you must force Seven from among the series of values the spectator has given you, See the following section on the forces to see how you can always force the target value. Clearly, the longer it takes the spectator to name the target value, the more contingencies you will have to deal with. In any case, when you have the target value accounted for, always say, "...Fine, now we're going to do this a little differently, give me a suit."


SJQ.P T\VO - With the Suit Decision there are four possibilities. First, the spectator may name Spades right off the bat. In this case you write it down and say, "Okay, remember I said that you do this trick, not me" and place the paper in front of him and hand him the pen.

Second, the spectator names a non-target suit. Say, "...and another..." and write his second suit below the first. If it is the target suit use the same catch phrase again, "...fine, now remember I said you do this trick, not me..." and give him the pen and paper.

Third, the spectator names all three non-tar-get suits. Interrupt him, so he doesn't name the fourth (target) suit, and repeat the catch phrase given above.

Finally, the spectator names the target suit third. Say, "...fine, and that leaves Clubs (or whatever non-target suit remains)..." and write it below the other three. Continue with the catch phrase above, and hand the spectator the paper and pen.

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