Card from the Box
A volunteer is asked politely to choose a card from a deck by means of a double cut.
The card is returned to the deck, which the volunteer is then asked to shuffle .
The magician then takes the deck and after a few words about his ability to read minds and find a chosen card by merely 'catching' an image from the volunteers thoughts, he attempts to find the card in question. He fans through the cards (giving the volunteer a steely look) then produces a card with a flourish, but it is not the selected card! He tries a second time, but again fails. A third time he fails !
Looking suitably depressed he reaches for the card box and with a surprised voice says "Wait there is one card in the box! ", "What was your card ?" The volunteer replies "The 4 of Hearts !". The magician shakes the box and the 4 of Hearts drops onto the volunteers hand !
"No wonder I couldn't find your card - it was in the box the whole time !" says the magician.
You will require two identical new packs of cards for this effect.
Take a card from the first pack - the 4 Hearts -and add it to the second, it should be placed at the bottom of the deck, the twin of that card (4 Hearts) should be placed on the top of the deck. Return the whole deck to the box.
After you have been pestered to perform one of your amazing card tricks you reluctantly remove a pack of cards from your pocket (the one with the 4 Hearts top and bottom).
As you remove the deck from the box carefully leave the bottom card (4 Hearts) in the box.
Now you must force the top card (4 Hearts) onto your volunteer....
For this we will use the Cut Deeper Force.
The card to be forced is the top card of the deck.
Holding the deck on the flat of your hand (or table top) ask your volunteer to cut about one third of the way down the deck and to turn those cards over and place them on top of the deck. Ask them to cut again - this time they must cut about two thirds of the way down - again turn all the cut cards over and replace them on top of the 'tabled' cards.
Pick up the whole deck and slowly pass the face up cards from one hand to the other (showing that they are all different) until you reach the first face down card (the force card).
Ask the volunteer to take the card and to "Look at it - memorise it - and show it to the nearest warm body".
[You have just forced the 4 of Hearts.]
Turn all the face up cards over so that all the cards are now face down.
From this point follow the description as explained above.
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