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# Card Tricks

By: Dwayne Dockery

Break Studios Contributing Writer

Ever since the invention of magic, card tricks have been some of the most popular. A card trick is when a magician manipulates a deck of playing cards in order to trick or deceive the participant into believing that something magical has happened by a sleight of hand. The best way to describe this action is the old adage that goes “The hand is faster than the eye”. This means that a person who’s practiced the card trick can fool someone who’s looking right at them doing the trick, and is still unable to tell what was happening.

1. The Double Take: This card trick is very simple to perform, and with practice and it works, people are still amazed by it. First the deck can be shuffled as much as the participant likes. The deck of cards is then handed back to the magician, and the magician, using his thumb, picks up the top two cards, but making it look as if it’s just one single card. The magician then shows it around to the audience, and replaces it back to the top of the deck. The magician then snaps their fingers, and picks up the actual top card. Magically, the card has changed from what was shown to the audience. This card trick, and picking up more than one card, is the basis for a lot of card tricks, and should be learned before attempting any other card tricks.
2. The Psychic Card Trick: 12 cards are placed on a table or flat surface, and the magician places the cards in the following order. Black Red Black, the next row is Black Red Red, the next row is Red Red Black, and the final row is Red Black Black. The magician tells the audience member to pick any black card.The magician tells them to next move UP or DOWN to the nearest Red card.Next, the magician tells them to move LEFT or RIGHT to the nearest BLACK card.Next, tell them to move DIAGONALLY To the nearest Redcard.Finally, tell them to move UP or DOWN to the nearest Black card.If the magician follows the directions carefully, the audience members will always end up on the middle card on the bottom row.
3. Elevating Card Trick: This trick uses the “double take method” from the first trick, and adds a few things to the end, however at the end, the magician takes the actual top card and slide it into the middle of the deck as opposed to showing it to the crowd. Now the magician says that he’s “Going to cause the card to rise through the deck and reappear back at the top. Of course the actual card was the second on from the top, and has always been at the top. So when they have the audience member pick up the top card it “appears” as if it had magically came back up to the top.
4. Forcing a Card:This is one of the staples of magic card tricks. The magician used his thumb or pinky to hold the place of a certain card that he or she wants to “force” the audience to believe they’ve picked. The easiest way to perform this is by practicing it a lot. The thumb needs only be inside the deck as little as is required for the magician to successfully lift the top of the deck up to reveal the card that is to be forced. Practice this and the double take the most if the magicians’ intentions are to become good at card tricks, because those two are very important to almost all card tricks.
5. Voodoo:This is the big one, and uses fire. The magician forces a card, and has the audience member to write it down on a piece of paper. The magician already knows the card and has put a small amount of soap on their arm. The piece of paper is then set on fire, blown out, and the ahses reveal the card on the magicians arm. Magic, but be careful!
Posted on: Jul. 24, 2011