Easy Magic Trick: The Color Card Prediction

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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    The Explanation

    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.

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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.

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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.

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    Continue Showing Cards

    You 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).
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    Secret Move

    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).