The Best of Fives Card Trick

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    Best of fives magic card trick

    Here’s a great easy card trick for beginners and kids. In fact, it’s one of the best. What we like about this trick, even though it is a variation on the old “find a spectator’s card” trick, is that it has a double climax at the end that goes far beyond your garden variety card trick for beginners.

    This is why it’s one of the best card tricks around, and it’s easy enough for kids to learn and perform. This great trick that employs a spectator’s card and four aces is something of a secret.


    A spectator selects a card and returns it to the deck. You spread the cards and find that one card is now face up. However, it’s not the spectator’s card.

    Thinking fast, you state that the face-up card is an “indicator card” that tells you how many cards to count to find the spectator’s card.

    Since the “indicator card” is a “five,” you count down five cards and sure enough, it’s the spectator’s selected card.

    But wait, there’s more. When you turn over the four in-between cards, they turn out to be the four aces. This is indeed the best of five, a great card trick for beginners and kids.


    • A deck of cards


    • A bit of setup with the deck ahead of time.
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    The four aces and a 5
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Ahead of time, before you perform the trick, set up the deck in the following manner:

    Collect and place the four aces and a five of any suit.

    Turn the aces face-down and place the five, face-up, on top of the aces. Place the rest of the deck on top of the setup.

    The next page will show you how the cards should be set up.

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    Check the Setup

    Set up of the deck
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Here’s how the setup of the deck should look.

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    Have a Card Selected

    Have a Card Selected
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Ask the spectator to freely select a card from the deck. Just be sure that the spectator doesn’t select from the five bottom cards.

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    Show the Card

    Show the picked card
    Wayne Kawamoto

    As the spectator is looking at the card and showing it to others, rest the deck on the table.

    To return the card, either you or the spectator can cut the deck as shown in the picture. The spectator’s card goes on top of the pile that was just cut from the top of the deck.

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    Replace the Card

    Replace the Card
    ​ Wayne Kawamoto

    Lift and place the original bottom of the deck on top of the spectator’s card and the rest of the deck.

    The spectator doesn’t know it, but your setup with the aces and “five” are now on top of his card. This is the secret to the trick.

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    Spread the Deck

    Spread the deck
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Spread the deck on the table to reveal the face-up card.

    When the spectator states that it’s not his card, mention that it’s only an “indicator” card that tells you how many cards to count below it to find the card.

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    The “Indicator” Card

    where the spectator's card should be
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Count four card down from the “indicator” card and set the four “in-between” cards apart.

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    Reveal the Card

    Reveal the card
    Wayne Kawamoto
    Turn over the “fifth” card to reveal the spectator’s card.
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    Reveal the Aces

    Reveal the Aces
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Wait a beat and turn over the four “in-between” cards to reveal that they are the four aces.