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The Color Card Prediction Trick
Take a look at an easy magic trick using regular playing cards. A spectator chooses a card from several that you display in your hand. Afterward, you show the spectator that the chosen card was the only one that was different, in this case, the only red-backed card in a bunch of blue-backed cards.
This involves some sleight of hand. The secret lies in the calculated way that you display the cards. Another intriguing aspect of this trick is that the end result can change depending on the spectator’s choice.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Materials You Will Need
To perform the trick, you will two regular decks of cards. Each needs to have a different-colored back. In the case of this example, there is a blue deck of cards and a red deck of cards. You will need 10 cards. Five from one color and five from another.
Turn them over and alternate each of the colored cards. Fan them so they look like the cards pictured.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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To Start the Trick
Spread and display the 10 cards to the spectator, face-side up. Be careful that you do not show the backs of the cards.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Spectator Selects a Card
Ask the spectator to point to any face-up card that you are showing; the spectator is free to choose any card. Cut the deck at this card, as shown in the picture. In this example, the spectator has chosen the king of spades.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Show the Card
Lay the selected card, in this case, the king of spades, onto the table, face-up. Take all of the cards that you cut above the king of spades and place these underneath the rest of the cards in your left hand.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Pictured, this is how the trick looks to the spectator. You will be displaying the backs of a pair of cards. In this case, blue cards. And then, you put them on the table face-up. After you have displayed all of the cards, the spectator will think that all the cards have the same colored back.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Displaying the Cards
Pictured is how you display the cards.
The top card from the stack of cards in your left hand goes to your right hand.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Show the Backs
Turn both hands over to show blue on the back of both cards.
The color of the cards being displayed will depend on the card that the spectator chose. As a result, if you are following along and find that you are displaying red-backed cards instead of blue-backed cards, that is fine as long as the cards are consistent when you show them.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Continue Showing CardsYou turn both hands over so the cards are face-up, and then place the card in your right hand into a pile on the table (face-up).Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Your left hand deals the top face-up card into the pile. This is the secret move.
You have apparently shown a blue card in your left hand, but you have actually shown the back card, which is a blue card. You are secretly dealing a red-backed card face-up onto the pile on the table. The spectator thinks all the cards are blue-backed cards.
Repeat the last three steps until you have exhausted the stack of cards in your left hand. This reinforces the spectator belief that all the cards are blue-backed cards.
Turn over the spectator's card to show that it was the only red-backed card in a stack of blue-backed cards. (Or vice versa, if the spectator's selection goes the other way).