Matching The Cards

EFFECT: A pack of cards is handed out to a member of the audience who is asked to shuffle the cards and to then choose any one, but not to look at it or show its face to anyone. When a card has been chosen, the magician slips it into a small empty envelope and leaves it on his table, thus isolating the card.

The performer now removes a second pack of cards from its case and placing it behind his back, says that with touch alone he will try to locate a card that feels the same as the one placed in the envelope.

After a moment or so a card is brought into view and placed face down on the table, The chosen card is removed from inside the envelope and turned face up. The card pulled out from the second pack is also turned over, and the two cards are seen to match.

REQUIREMENTS: 1. A Peek Envelope made from a pay envelope. 2. One normal blue backed deck. 3. One normal red backed deck. 4. A red backed thick card (two jokers stuck together).

PREPARATION: Set up the suits of the red deck in an Ace to King order, the Ace on top, and then reassemble the pack so that it reads, from the top downwards, Clubs, Spades, Hearts, Diamonds. Put the thick card between the KS and the AH. Put the cards in their case and have them on the table along with the unprepared blue pack and the peek envelope.

PRESENTATION: Hand out the blue backed deck to be shuffled and have one card freely chosen. You say that to make sure nobody looks at the card you will isolate it by slipping it into a small envelope.

Pick up the peek envelope, show it empty and slip the selected card face down inside. As you go to put it down on your table, your right thumb secretly pulls down on the loose unstuck corner at the bottom right of the envelope and catches a glimpse of the reflected corner index of the card in the envelope. It only takes a fraction of a second and there should be no pause or delay to arouse suspicion.

You now know the name of the selected card, and for the sake of description we will calls it the 4S.

Remove the red pack from its case and you say you will attempt to locate a card in the red pack which might be in some way sympathetic with the unknown chosen one in the envelope. However, to make it difficult for yourself, you will attempt this by sense of touch alone.

Place the cards behind your back and start to count down to the duplicate of the selected card. I have found that the best way to avoid losing count is to count in three's. So you push off three cards and mentally count 'one'. Then another three and count 'two', and another and count 'three' and then another and count 'four'. Finally push off a single card, which completes the counting of one suit.

Of course you would stop at whatever card was chosen, in our example it was the 4S.

So you count through the Clubs, then push off one group of three cards in the Spades, and the next card is the one you want. Counting in this way is very quick and you are less likely to lose your way in the middle.

If the selected card is a red card, you simply cut the thick card to the bottom of the pack leaving the red suits on top of the deck ready for counting down. This speeds up the counting process and avoids unnecessary 'stage waits'.

Once you have found the duplicate of the selected card in the envelope, you place it, without looking at it, on the table. You then remove the selected card from its envelope, show its face and slowly turn over the red card to prove that it matches!

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