No individual enters the world with a large enough stock of instincts to
start him doing all the things necessary for his welfare. Instinct
prompts him to eat when he is hungry, but does not tell him to use a
knife and fork and spoon; it prompt... Read more of The Instinct Of Imitation at Mind Reading.ca
Effect: This piece of perfect leger de main begins with you fanning out the of cards to the spectator and asking him (her) select a card. After the card is returned to the top of the deck you begin legitimately shuffling the cards and making cuts. As you do this say, "You must allow me four tries to find your card." Next you show him (her) four cards that are not it from the bottom of the deck. After each card is confirmed "not it". You then put down the cards in order. Sighing you say, "It has to be one of these. Lets check once more." As you say this you put the original forty-eight cards aside and pick up the four. You show the spectator each of the cards and when she (he) says they aren't it, you place them on the persons hand. After in a seemingly desperate attempt, ask the spectator to check (his) her cards. The fourth card he (she) checks is it.
Read the description before reading this. When the spectator is looking at the card, crimp the corner of the third card from the top. If the spectator is particularly difficult to deal with and refuses to take his (her) eyes off of your hands then explain how important it is that (s)he examines the card closely so that he not only doesn't forget it, but also so that he can be sure that you give him back the original card. When you shuffle be careful to keep the top four cards in order and unless you work the packet of cards to the middle, cuts shouldn't be a problem. After a few tries keeping the cards together and shuffling without hesitation should be no problem. Work the packet of four to the bottom of the deck so that the crimped card is on bottom. Show the spectator that card and after you receive the negative response put it on the table. Take the next card and put it on top. If you are questioned, say it is for magical purposes, it is necessary because it will keep the spectator from seeing the same card twice. Next show him the new bottom card. Now use the glide to get the second from the bottom of the deck card on to the table and take the card you showed the spectator and put it on top. Next show the spectator the new bottom card and after you receive the negative response put it on the table. Take the next card and put it on top. Next show the spectator the new bottom card and after you receive the negative response put it on the table. Take the next card and put it on top once again. Now move the original forty-eight cards to somewhere that you can't reach take the four cards on the table and use the glide to get the second from the bottom of the four card. Put this card on the spectators hand. Next show the spectator the new bottom card and after you receive the negative response put it on his (her) hand. Take the next bottom card and put it on top once again. Show him the last two cards and put those on top of the other two. Now take each card from the top down out of his (her) hand showing each one to him (her). The final card is it.
Note: Whenever you place a card down during this trick always place it face down.