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The World Famous 21 Card Magic Trick

One type of magic trick always performed by corporate magicians is those requiring the use of playing cards. Card magic is universal in its appeal and transcends the language barrier being magic of a visual nature. Card tricks can be performed using sophisticated sleight-of-hand technique requiring many years of dedicated practice but they can also be very simple tricks requiring no skills only that of presentation. Here is a simple magic trick with cards that you can use to amaze your friends with.


This card magic trick falls into the category of self working tricks where you are only required to know the secret to make it work and amaze your friends. For this magic trick you will require a total of 21 unique cards from any pack of playing cards. To perform the magic trick, deal the cards into a triple row of 7 cards with the
faces of the cards showing. This will result in having 3 piles (rows) of playing cards making 21 in total.


Ask a spectator to only think of any card in any row and keep its identity secret from anyone else that is watching. Ask the spectator to only reveal in which particular group of 7 their thought of card lies within. Once this has been done, sandwich this group between the other 2 groups as the deck is squared into a single pile.
Once the process has been done three times, you are now ready to choose the volunteer's card.


You now repeat the original dealing sequence by dealing all twenty one cards into three rows of seven face-up cards. You again ask the spectator only to reveal in which row the thought of card is positioned. Once revealed you repeat what you did earlier by sandwiching this group between the other two as the cards are gathered and squared into a pile. If you have followed these instructions very carefully so far, the spectators thought of card will now be at position 11 from the top of the face down pile.


To reveal the spectators thought of card start dealing the cards face up onto the table slowly one by one. Ask the spectator to silently think ‘that’s my card’ each time a card is dealt. Secretly count the cards as you deal them and when you turn over the card at position 11 pretend that you received a fright. Reveal this to be the thought of card to amaze the spectator and any friends that are watching this miracle.

Although this card magic trick reads as a simple and self working magic effect, the result can be very stunning to any friends that might be watching. Do not underestimate the power of this magic trick as it will seem like a true miracle to those spectators that are watching. The skill lies in the presentation and timing of the effect. If you get both these elements correct you will soon have a reputation for being a miracle magician. Remember never to reveal the secrets of how this magic trick works to anyone ever. If you do you will only weaken the strength of this wonderful piece of magic for ever.