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Tricks - Card Magic Tricks
This trick is a good example of a simple, straightforward, and easy trick to perform. The presentation isn't the most entertaining, but for a simple card trick you'll find it is something that will fool those who are not "in the know". Once you learn the secret, you'll find simillar card tricks based on the same principle.


Let's be honest...the presentation in the above trick...well...stinks.
It lacks any entertainment or mystique.  From a viewer's perspective, the magician didn't present an entertaining effect, but merely a puzzle.
Is this the ho-hum reaction you want from your audience?

The staff at Kapoof.com don't think so....we're striving for better entertainment value.

So how do we improve it?

1.  Start with the premise.
From a theatrical point of view, what is the motivation or reason to perform the trick in the first place?
Why is the magician carrying 5 cards instead of the usual 52?
One Possible Premise:  What if the magician were to demonstrate how he uses his keen powers of perception to determine the spectator's card?

2.  What is the entertaining method or approach to reveal the selected card?
You could demonstrate your power of perception by using an offbeat revelation technique.

3.  What is the ending of the trick?
Simply revealing the card falls flat in presentation.  Is there a way to end the trick so it ties back to the premise?

4.  Write the script

SETUP:  PLACE THE 5 CARDS ON TOP OF THE DECK WITH ALL PIP POINTS FACING UP.

A lot of people think magicians use a lot of hocus-pocus, flim-flam or shills to read minds.  
I'm gonna share with you a lesson that my magic teacher taught me years ago.
The reality is magicians don't use any of that stuff.  Instead they rely on something all of us have - the power of perception!
I'll demonstrate with a few cards.  I could use the entire deck but that'd take all day and we only have a few minutes.

PUSH OFF THE 5 CARDS AND TABLE THE DECK.   
Do you see the motivation of why the magician is using 5 cards?

Please select one.

SPECTATOR SELECTS A CARD.  AS THE SPECTATOR LOOKS AT THE CARD, TURN THE REMAINING CARDS 180 degress.

Please replace the card and I'll give them a shuffle.

LET THE SPECTATOR REPLACE THE CARD AND GIVE THE PACKET A QUICK OVERHANDSHUFFLE.

FAN THE PACKET AND GLIMPSE THE ONE CARD WITH THE UPSIDE DOWN PIP.
This is the selected card.

Now I know since we have 5 cards, I have a 1 in 5 chance of the card.  A 20% chance are not the best odds so I need to use the power of perception to improve the odds.  Ofcourse, the only way my power of perception really works is if you actually SING the name of each card.  Now it doesn't have to be American Idol quality, just sing like a nursey rhyme.
Go ahead give it a try.  I'll even do the first one.

SING IN A BARITONE VOICE - THE FIVE OF CLUBS.  THE FIVE OF CLUBS.
If the spectator resists, encourage everyone at the table to join in and sing the name of the card.

REPEAT UNTIL EACH CARD HAS BEEN SUNG.

Wow...that was actually pretty good.  However, I could tell one of those cards sounded a little off key...and that was the:

NAME THE SELECTED CARD

My magic teacher's lesson taught me a lot about the power of perception and by the sound of it, we may need a few singing lessons over here too!
Any one ready for some Karaoke?

Comments

Remember, just having someone pick a card and having the magician reveal it isn't much of an ENTERTAINING card trick.
Writing a script will help you analyze, revise, and edit the presentation.  All too many magicians skip any scripting and approach their presentation (or lack there of) in an adhoc fashion.  Without a script, you'll end up with uneven results.  Give the above presentation a try and let me know the results.  

 

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