The Killer Prediction

  • 01 of 08

    Introduction to Trick

    White envelope with two playing cards.

    In this convincing trick, the magician shows an envelope and explains that there is a prediction written within. The spectator is given a deck of cards and is asked to mix it and deal cards (facedown) onto the table until they feel like stopping. When the letter inside the envelope is read, it states the exact card that the spectator last dealt onto the table.

    Materials

    • Deck of cards
    • Envelope
    • Piece of paper.
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  • 02 of 08

    Preparation of the Trick

    Piece of paper that reads: Ten of Clubs

    Write the name of a card on the paper. For this example, use the 10 of clubs.

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  • 03 of 08

    More Preparation of the Trick

    Person inserting paper into a white envelope.

    Fold the paper and place it into the envelope. Close the envelope. You may seal it if you wish.

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  • 04 of 08

    Prepare the Deck

    Ten of clubs underneath the white envelope.

    Remove the card that's written on the paper (10 of clubs), and place it underneath the envelope. Rest the envelope on the table and arrange the card so it's easy to grab when you lift-up the envelope. This is the secret.

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  • 05 of 08

    Perform the Trick

    Person holding a playing card next to the rest of the deck.

    After mentioning that an envelope is sitting on the table in plain view, ask the spectator to mix the deck and then deal cards, one by one, onto the table. Tell the spectator to stop dealing when he or she feels like it. Emphasize that the spectator could have stopped anywhere he or she wanted.

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  • 06 of 08

    The Move

    Person holding a white envelope near a playing card.

    Lift the envelope with the card underneath it and rest it on the pile of cards. Don't show the bottom of the envelope or you'll give away the secret. This places the card, the 10 of clubs, on top of the pile that's on the table.

    The spectator will think that the top card was a result of him or her mixing and dealing the cards. But you have just placed a new card, the card written on the paper in the envelope, on top of the pile.

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  • 07 of 08

    Spectator Sees Card

    White envelope next to two playing cards.

    Ask the spectator to remove the envelope and to turn over the top card on the pile. It will be the card that you secretly placed there.

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  • 08 of 08

    The Prediction

    Person holding the paper that reads Ten of Clubs.

    Ask the spectator to open the envelope and read the paper, which will state his or her card. The spectator may examine all of the props because there will be nothing to find.