Magic Tricks Revealed: The Mind Reading Card Trick

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Here's a quick and simple magic trick that never fails to impress almost any crowd. All you need is a deck of cards and a table. And the best part is, you don't even have to touch the deck to do this trick.

Here's how it looks to your audience. You turn your back, and tell them to pick any non face card. Ace through ten. Then have them put a number of cards on top of their chosen card, equal to the chosen card, on the top of the deck.

So if they pick a three, then they'd put three cards on top of the three, and then put this new stack of four cards on top of the deck.

Then you come into the room, or turn around, and ask them to spread the cards out on the table, from left to right, or right to left, or in a circle. Then, without touching the cards, you powerfully sneak into their mind and tell them which card they chose.

No matter how many times you do this, it takes a pretty astute reverse engineer to figure out how you do this. Because this is a pure mathematical trick, there is no sleight of hand to give it away.


Once you learn this you'll be amazed how easy it is. Once they start laying the cards out, start counting, but start from the second card.

As soon as you get to a card where the card's number is the same as your secret mental count, that's their card. The best way to do this is quickly and silently, while they are laying the cards out. That gives you more time to do your psychic impression.

This trick works well at parties, when you can actually give them the instructions, including laying out the cards when they are finished. That way you can walk into the room, glance briefly at the table where they've laid their cards, and put on your mind reading show.

Be forewarned, as there is about a ten percent chance that two cards will actually match up with your mental count. Don't worry, you can play this off pretty easily. Pick which ever card you like, and then choose it as their card. If you're wrong, they'll question your mental powers, and start giving you a hard time, which is when you say "just kidding," and then pick their real card right away, as if you knew what it was all along.


Have fun with this. This is a great trick to do with kids, as they can learn it quickly and show it to their friends.


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