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    A collection of my favourite

    easy to learn tricks.

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    Most tricks are mainly misdirection and

    showmanship.

    The three important tips are

    1.Never get flustered, everything is part of

    your act.

    2. Practice makes perfect.

    3.Showmanship makes a performance, so

    be confident in what you can do.

    I would recommend performing the-

    se in front of a mirror before showing

    an audience as some tricks involvehiding cards behind others which

    may be seen if held incorrectly also

    make sure you practise every trick

    before showing it so you know what

    you are doing, you dont want tohave to refer to the instructions.

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    Sleight of hand, known as presdigitaon ("quick ngers")

    is the set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate

    objects such as cards and coins secretly.

    Sleight of hand is not a separate branch of magic, rather

    one of the means used by a magician to produce an

    eect. Advanced sleight of hand requires months or years

    of pracce before it can be performed prociently in frontof spectators. Sleight of hand is mostly employed in close-

    up magic, but it can also be used in stage magic. There are

    hundreds of dierent sleights at the performer's disposal,

    but they can generally be classied into groups such as

    switches, changes, and others.

    This guide hopes to teach you enough to trick your friends

    and family.

    But be careful,

    with great power comes great responsibility...

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    1.Take out a deck of cards and

    ask the spectator to shuffle it .

    2.Then ask him to name any two

    cards (just the name of the card,

    without the suit). After the spectator

    names two cards, you put your handon the deck of cards, and concen-

    trate on it.3. Then ask the spectator to

    turn over the deck of cards

    and fan through it. Astonish-

    ingly, the cards that he

    named are right next to each

    other.

    Pro tip/explanation.-This trick works by probability.

    When the spectator names two cards (remember to tell him not to namethe suit), let's say Ace and Ten, he is really naming four cards of each kind

    since the suit is not specified.

    The theory is that out of those eight cards (Ace of Spades, Ace of Hearts,

    Ace of Clubs, Ace of Diamonds, Ten of Spades, Ten of Hearts, Ten of

    Clubs, Ten of Diamonds), at least one of the Aces in the deck will be next

    to one of the Tens.

    The trick works 90% of the time ;If it fails simply tell the spectator that youare not concentrating hard enough. When you repeat the trick, it will work.

    You can never find a trick that's easier than this one!

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    1.Offer a fanned out pack of

    cards face down to a spectator

    like so.

    2.Ask them to pick a card at random.

    3.Cut the deck and have them

    replace the card. As you do this

    tilt the top of the deck so you

    can see the face of the card

    above the now replaced card,

    remember it and close the deck.

    4.Very lightly shuffle the deck, just

    so that the card appears lost. Use

    an overhand technique for this.

    5.Turn the cards over, fan the

    deck face up and look for the

    card from when you tilted the

    deck, the spectators card will

    be the one in front of the card

    you remembered.

    -PRO TIP

    -For added validity you can have someone shuffle the deck before

    you fan it, this will prove you do not have a system or that the cards are

    stacked.

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    1.Holding the deck vertical and

    arrange the first 4 cards like

    so, making sure there is a

    secret card behind the 3

    shown cards.

    2.Moving from right to left tap the

    three cards saying card 1,2,

    and 3.(but you will actually be

    holding cards 2,3,and 4; as

    card 1is the hidden card.)3.Ask a spectator to choose a

    card and remember it, then

    to tell you its designated

    number. (1,2 or 3)

    4.When they have told the number

    bring the cards back into the deck

    (do not let them seen the secret

    card at the back)5.Now, if they chose card

    1,move the top card to

    the bottom of the deck.

    If it was card 2, take the

    top 2 cards, and if

    3,3cards.6.Ask them to give the deck a big

    magic tap and if by magic their

    card is on top of the deck.

    PRO TIP- Some real showmanship can be added to this trick to spice it up,

    feel free to use your imagination with this: maybe the participant did not tap

    hard enough and needs to tap again, or, when you get really good, do thetrick blindfolded. Little extras like this improve your performance and help to

    sell the act.

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    1.First hide the ace of diamonds, this can be in some ones

    pocket or under an object, just make sure it is well hidden!

    2.Arrange the other aces

    like so.

    3.Show the other aces to the

    audience making sure only

    the tip of the ace of hearts is

    showing, this will now looklike the ace of diamonds.

    4.Point out to the audience

    that you are holding the ace

    of clubs, diamonds and

    spades. Now say I will

    magically make the ace of

    diamonds disappear

    5.Put the cards back into

    the deck and shuffle

    them, or get an audience

    member to do it.

    6.Now ask an audience member

    to remove the ace of dia-

    monds, low and behold its not

    there!

    7.Then ask someone to go to the

    hiding place of the ace of dia-

    monds, surprise surprise, its

    magically appeared where

    you had hidden it!

    PRO TIP.- Keep an extra ace of hearts handy in case someone gets wise to

    the trick and tries to ruin it for you, no-one likes to be upstaged and it will ruin it

    for the rest of your audience.

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    1.Ask an audience member toshuffle the deck.

    2.Say I have a magic deck,

    when I tap it, the cards can

    float or something along these

    lines, you can also tap the deck

    and improvise a bit here, pre-

    tend hold the cards down or

    stop them floating away, this

    showman ship improves your

    performance.

    3.Take the top two cards off

    the deck (you will need to

    practise doing this very fast

    so your trick seems con-

    vincing) the audience must

    not see the second card.This is called a double lift.

    4.Show the card to the audi-

    ence and then replace them

    on top of the deck.

    5.Remove the top card and

    place it into the middle of the

    deck.

    6.Grip the deck tightly and

    ask someone to tap the deck

    so the shown card can float

    to the top.

    7.Ask them to tap again

    to stop the cards floating.

    8.Show them the top

    card, and as if by mag-

    ic its at the top again.

    PRO TIP-this works best with old and bent cards as the two cards that you

    lift stick together better.

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    1.Place the four jacks on top of the

    deck and then place three other

    cards, they can be any card, on top

    of the jacks.( Make sure that the

    jacks are fanned so they can beseen by spectators.) The other

    three cards on top should be hidden

    by the jacks.

    2.Display the deck from the front .Thespectators should not see the threeextra cards behind the jacks.

    Push the jacks into the deck.

    Spectators will think that the four

    jacks are on top of the deck, but in re-

    ality, the jacks are at positions four,

    five, six and seven in the deck.3.Take the top (non-jack) card and

    without showing it, place it in the

    lower half of the deck. 4.Take the second and third

    cards and without showing them,

    place them randomly into the

    middle of the deck. Do not push

    the cards in.

    5.Show the top card to bejack by simply turning it over.Turn this jack over and leaveit on top.

    Push the other cards (non-

    jacks) into the deck.

    6.Turnover the top four cards to show

    that the jacks have "returned" to the

    top.

    What you should see.

    What the audience will see.

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    1.Pull out five or six odd number cards. Thecards should be all odd higher cards , say fives,sevens or nines, and you only want to useclubs, spades or hearts.

    2.Odd numbered club, spade or

    heart cards have a center pip that

    points in a single direction. When

    you lay the cards on a table, youll

    need to align the center pips so that

    they face the same direction.3.When you turn around and

    look away, ask a spectator to

    turn around one of the cards.

    4. When you return to the table, you simply look for

    the card that displays a center pip that is upside

    down.

    PRO TIP-When you do this, dont simply look at the cards and then tell the

    spectator. Be sure to hold your hand over each card as you look them over

    and act as if you are feeling vibrations or something. After concentrating awhile, look the spectator in the eye and name the card.

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    1.Make sure all Tens, Jacks ,

    Queens, and Kings have been re-

    moved from the deck. Aces count

    as one.

    2.Have the person you are showing

    the trick to shuffle the cards.

    3.Take the group of cards and spread

    out in a fan shape. Ask them to pick a

    card . Tell the person to remember it and

    to put it back in the deck. 4.Ask them to double the value of

    the card they picked, then to add 5.

    Now have them multiply that num-

    ber by 5. Tell them to not forget thisnumber.

    5.Instruct them to look at another card in

    the deck, and to add its value to the total

    that they had computed before. They are

    to tell you the final total of everything.

    6.In your head, subtract 25 from the total.

    The two digits you get are the same as

    the two cards they chose.

    Pro tip you will want to practise this a few

    times to get the feel of it.

    For instance, they chose a 5 card.

    5(doubled) = 10 plus 5 = 15. Multiplyby 5 = 75.

    They then choose a 3.

    Three added to total = 78.

    You subtract 25 = 53.

    They picked a Five and a Three.

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    1.Start by putting one red

    queen on top of the face down

    deck and the other red queen

    at the bottom both face down.

    2.Give the two black queens to a

    spectator. Start dealing cards off thetop of the deck, laying them in a face

    down pile on the table, until the spec-

    tator tells you to stop.

    3.Have the spectator put the first

    black queen, face up, onto the

    pile on the table (these are the

    cards you have just counted face

    down) Then drop the remainder of

    the deck in your hand face down

    onto the black queen (so the only

    card facing up is the black queen)

    4.Repeat the process above, having

    the spectator put in the other black

    queen, face up, and drop the remain-

    der of the deck on top of the other

    black queen, again face down. Have

    the spectator cut the deck, and com-

    plete the cut.

    5.Now announce that without

    any help from you the spectator

    was able to find the black

    queens sisters. Simply go to the

    face up black queens, take

    them out, and the cards imme-

    diately above each will of

    course be the red queens.

    Pro tip-You can very easily put the two red queens in place

    while you find the black ones right under their noses. As long

    as you don't make a big deal out of it no one will suspect a

    thing.

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    1.Hand the cards to the spectator

    to be examined and mixed-up.

    2.Have the spectator return the cards

    to you. As you take the cards and

    place the deck behind your back, se-

    cretly glimpse at the bottom card of

    the deck and remember it.

    3.Turn around with your back to

    the spectator and ask him to cut

    the cards anywhere he wishes.

    Tell the spectator to look at the

    card that he cut to and show any-

    body else who is watching .

    4.As the spectator looks at thecard and shows it around, secret-ly take the bottom card that

    you've remembered and place iton top of the pile that remains inyour hands.

    5.Ask the spectator to replace his

    part of the deck on top of your pile

    (still behind your back).

    6.Bring the deck out and run through thecards. Look for the card that you remem-

    bered. The card just after this card is theone that your spectator selected.

    Pro tip-When youre glancing at the bottom card, casually show thedeck to the other spectators and mention how there are differentcards and that they have been thoroughly mixed. While this makes itlook as if you're trying to be fair, it's a ruse that allows you to performthe necessary work to look at and remember the bottom card.

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    1.Beforehand, count down 14 cards in

    the deck and write down the name of

    the 14th card on the piece of paper. Fold

    the paper and place it in your pocket.

    2.Hand the dice to a spectator and

    have them roll the dice a few times.Ask the spectator to add the num-

    bers on the tops of the dice to

    those on the bottom of the dice.

    Ask the spectator to name the num-

    ber. He should say "14."3.Hand the deck of cards to the specta-

    tor and have him count to the 14th card.

    Ask them to turn the card over. Then ask

    them to show it to the audience.

    4.Hand the spectator the folded piece

    of paper and ask them to read it.

    They'll find that the folded sheet of pa-

    per correctly predicts the card that theyselected.

    Pro tip Do not repeat this trick too many times with the same people

    as it will be quite obvious how it is done.

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    1.Beforehand, place the four

    aces on top of the pack. Dont

    let the spectator know that the

    aces are in this position.

    2.Ask the spectator to separate

    the deck by dropping cards off the

    bottom of the deck to create four

    piles. This way, the pile with the

    aces will end up at your extreme

    right or left, which makes the next

    steps more logical.For instructional purposes I'm going

    instruct as if the aces have gone to the

    far right, if they are placed differently

    adjust the instructions accordingly.

    3.Point to one of the non-ace piles

    and ask the spectator to pick it upand hold it in his hand. Ask him to

    take three cards off of the top and

    place them on the bottom of the pile.

    4.Then ask the spectator to deal one

    card from the top of the pile that he's

    holding onto each of the three other

    piles.

    With a second, non-ace pile, repeat

    the process of moving three cards to

    the bottom and dealing a single cardon each of the other piles

    Repeat with the third (last) non-ace

    pile.

    5. Now ask the spectator to perform

    the same thing with the pile that has

    the aces. Hell place the top three

    cards onto the bottom of the pile and

    then deal a card onto each of the

    other piles.

    Ask the spectator to turn over the top

    cards of each pile. When these cards

    are turned over, theyll be aces.

    Pro-tip-After the spectator is finished dealing the cards, pause for effect. At

    this point, you can review what he has done: cut the cards and dealt them,

    and emphasize that the cards are all mixed up.