Step-By-Step Guide to the "Do as I Do" Magic Trick

Holding a Deck of Cards in the Form of a Fan
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  • 01 of 08

    An Easy Magic Card Trick

    “Do As I Do” Magic Trick
    Wayne Kawamoto. The Spruce Crafts, 2007.

    “Do As I Do” is a trick that is often performed by magicians that are just starting. It’s a great trick that offers lots of audience interaction, can be performed at any time that you have two decks of cards, has lots of opportunities for comedy and the ending is surprising with an inherent build-up.

    Once the trick is over, the secret is long gone. There is nothing for spectators to find.


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  • 02 of 08

    Getting Started

    Getting Started on an Easy Magic Card Trick
    Wayne Kawamoto. The Spruce Crafts, 2007.

    The magician brings out two decks of cards. The spectator gets to choose one and takes it in his hands. The magician takes the remaining deck. The magician asks the spectator to “Do as I do.” The spectator is to perform every shuffle, mix and cut that the magician performs. In this manner, the cards are thoroughly mixed.

    The magician and spectator trade decks and each cuts to a card and memorizes it. The card is replaced in the deck, which is cut again and then exchanged.

    The magician and spectator perform one more cut and then look through their decks to find their selected cards and bring them out. The cards are found to be the same.


    Two decks of cards. Be sure that the decks have no missing cards. It also helps if the decks are different, say, one is red, and the other is blue. This is not necessary, but it lends to the effect.


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  • 03 of 08

    Spectator Chooses

    Spectator Chooses
    Wayne Kawamoto. The Spruce Crafts, 2007.

    Bring out the two decks of cards. Allow the spectator to select one of them. Take the remaining deck.

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  • 04 of 08

    Time to "Do As I Do!"

    Do as I Do Magic Trick
    Wayne Kawamoto. The Spruce Crafts, 2007.

    Tell the spectator that he is to follow everything that you do. At this point, you’re free to shuffle, mix and cut the cards any way that you wish. And your spectator should follow suit. At the end of this segment, you’ll need to secretly sneak a peek at the bottom card of your deck and memorize it. This is the secret.

    For demonstration purposes here, the bottom card that we will use is the "ace of spades." In practice, the bottom card, after mixing and before looking at it, can be any playing card.

    Some suggestions for sneaking a peek. You can hold the deck up in one hand with the faces toward you and tell your spectator to concentrate on the decks before you undertake the next steps. Or you can say that by focusing on the decks for a moment, you are creating a communal spirit that will lend itself to a surprising outcome. Use your imagination.

    Once you have the bottom card firmly in your mind, you’re ready to go. We find it helps if you repeat it three times in your mind.

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  • 05 of 08

    Exchanging the Decks

    Exchange Decks
    Wayne Kawamoto. The Spruce Crafts, 2007.

    Exchange decks with the spectator. Resting the deck in front of you, cut the top half of the deck and rest it to your right. Take the top card of the remaining half (on your left) and tell the spectator to remember this card. You’ll ignore this card. You only need to remember that bottom card from the prior step.

    Of course, you don’t see the spectator’s card, nor should the spectator or anyone in the audience see your card.

    Rest the card on top of the right-hand portion of cards.

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  • 06 of 08

    Complete the Cut

    Complete the Cut
    Wayne Kawamoto. The Spruce Crafts, 2007.

    Complete the cut by taking the left-hand half of the deck and resting it on the right-hand half. The card that you memorized is now sitting on top of the spectator’s card.

    Cut the deck.

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  • 07 of 08

    Exchange Once More

    Exchange Again
    Wayne Kawamoto. The Spruce Crafts, 2007.

    Exchange decks again.

    Cut the deck.

    At this point, tell the spectator to look through his deck for his card and to hold it face down. You’ll do the same. Look through the deck for your memorized card. The card underneath it will be the spectator’s card. Bring this card out.

    Note: In rare instances, your memorized card may be on the bottom of the deck. In this case, the spectator’s card is the top card. The cutting has separated cards but has not changed the order.

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  • 08 of 08

    The Revelation

    The Revelation
    Wayne Kawamoto. The Spruce Crafts, 2007.

    With the two cards held face down, count to three and reveal that they are the same.