Miracle Prediction

The following effect is my version of a well known Al Koran trick which I have found lends itself very nicely to use with a Double Flap Switch Envelope. I have re-named the effect "Miracle Prediction".

EFFECT: The magician points to an envelope on his table and says that inside is one playing card which is a prediction. He picks up the pack of cards lying next to it, shows the faces, and begins to deal them one at a time face down onto the table. A spectator is asked to call stop at any time.

When he does so, the card he has stopped at is placed next to the envelope containing the prediction. The magician shows the faces of the next few cards which would have been dealt if he had not been stopped where he was, and also the faces of the few previous cards already dealt, in order to emphasise that many different cards could have been chosen.

Before the chosen card is looked at, the magician removes his prediction card from the envelope for all to see. When the chosen card is turned over, it matches.

REQUIREMENTS: 1. A Double Flap Switch Envelope. 2. Two double faced cards with four different card faces. 3. A special pack which is compiled so that every other card is one of the four cards printed on the double facers. So if the cards on the double facers are the 4C, QS, 3H and 9D, then your special pack should be set up in the following way from the top:- 4C, indifferent card, QS, indifferent card, 3H, indifferent card, 9D, indifferent card, 4C, indifferent card, QS, indifferent card, 3H, indifferent card, 9D and so on for all the pack. This means that in total six of each force card will be needed.

PREPARATION: Put one double faced card into each of the pockets of the Double Flap Switch Envelope. You must remember which card is in which position in the envelope. Close the flaps and lay the envelope flap side down on your table. The pack is also on your table.

PRESENTATION: Call attention to the envelope on your table and say that inside is one card which you have put there as a prediction.

Pick up the pack, give it a few false cuts or a false shuffle if you think it is necessary, fan the deck and flash the faces. Square the deck and hold it face down in the left hand dealing position.

Start to deal the cards one at a time into a face down pile asking a spectator to call stop whenever he likes. As you deal the cards, silently count to yourself. If you are stopped just after you have dealt an even number, then pick up the last dealt card and without showing it, place it next to the envelope. If you have just dealt a card at an odd number, take the next card and place it as the chosen card next to the envelope. This will ensure that a force card is always chosen.

With the chosen card placed aside, you proceed to show a few of the cards that could have been cho sen. Deal face up, one by one, the next four cards, calling out their values. Note, in doing so, which two force cards are amongst them. Then turn face up the last three cards you dealt before stopping, noting the force card amongst these cards. Collect all the pack together again and place aside.

The purpose of the previous actions was apparently to stress to the spectators that a slight difference in where you were stopped meant a totally different card being chosen. Your real purpose, however, is to note which of the four force cards is missing, since that will be the chosen card.

Let us assume that you have seen the 4C, QS and 9D. This means that the chosen card face down next to the envelope is the 3H. You are now going to pick up the envelope and remove the 3H from inside. How you do this will depend on firstly, which pocket the 3H is in, and secondly, which way the 3H side is facing.

Pick up the envelope so that the flap opening into the pocket containing the 3H is at the top of the vertically held envelope. The flap side is towards you. Remember that the audience have only seen the address side of the envelope and so have no idea which end the flap is supposed to be. The top flap is opened by the right hand and the lower one held secretly against the envelope by the left hand.

With the envelope held in vertical position two procedures are possible. If the 3H side is facing away from you, then simply reach inside with the right hand and pull out the card, since the correct side will be facing the audience. If the 3H side is facing towards you, you must turn the envelope round and hold it in the left hand as in Fig. 3. so that the lower flap, although not bent back, is nevertheless hidden by the back of the left hand. The right hand can then reach inside and pull out the card and the 3H face will be showing.

A little handling practice will soon show you that this is not difficult, but the most important thing is to try and do the necessary moves naturally. After all, at this stage no one, including you, is supposed to know the name of the face down selected card, so the fact that you are removing your prediction from its envelope should not provoke suspicion.

Once the card is out of the envelope, lay it on the table next to the selected card. Recap on the freedom of choice which the spectator had in choosing his card, and that the 3H is your prediction. Finally ask the spectator to turn over the card he selected and just see his reaction when they match.

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