The magician displays
a pile of cards in his hand. He places few cards on the table in face down
position one by one. The rest of the pile, he places on the table in face-up
He squares up the face
down cards, i.e. pile 1 and spreads them in face up position to show that the
cards in this pile are totally different to the already face up 2nd pile on the
The magician then
picks up the 1st pile and asks the spectator to keep the cards in his pocket.
The magician asks the spectator to point to any one card of his choice from the
2nd pile spread on the table and call it out loudly so that others also get to
know his choice.
The magician now
squares up the 2nd pile of cards, holds it between his palms and touches the
spectator’s pocket where he has kept the 1st pile. He says that he is invisibly
transferring the selected card from his
hand to the spectator’s pocket. The spectator is now asked to take out the 1st pile
of cards and to his and the surprise of the entire audience, he finds his selected
card is now in the pile that was with him all this time.
To strengthen this
effect and to make it foolproof, the magician spreads out his cards to show
the chosen card is really not there.