5 Jul / 2017

Simple Card Tricks for Beginners

Have you ever found yourself sitting at the bar with strangers wanting to make conversation and just not sure what to say? Ever wanted to be like the guy in the movies who knew how to impress every stranger he met. Keep a deck of cards in your pocket and you can be that guy! You will have new friends and a pocket stuffed with numbers wherever you go!

Trick 1: The magically returning card.

Step 1: Shuffle and cut the deck. Ask the viewer to help you out so that they are confident that you did not stack the deck.

Step 2: Here is the trick, it is all in the slight of hand. One must slide the top two cards off the deck, making it look like you have just taken the top card off the deck. Keeping the cards together, so it looks like you only have one card in your hand. Show the viewer the “card” you flipped, this is the bottom of the two cards.

Step 3: Return the cards to the top of the deck. Have the viewer take the top card and place it anywhere in the deck. Then magically tap the card that is now at the top of the deck. Voilà! This is the card that they saw and “stuck back in the deck.”

Trick 2: I can read your mind!

Step 1: Shuffle and cut the deck. Ask the viewer to help you out so that they are confident that you did not stack the deck.

Step 2: After the final shuffle one must notice the card at the bottom of the deck. Do this while you are talking up your magical abilities; make sure the viewer does not see this card or see you looking at it. With the cards face down in a stack, thumb through the cards. Ask the viewer to tell you when to stop.

Step 3: Here is the trick! Pull the cards towards you when they ask you to stop, slyly pull out the bottom card. Make sure this card lands at the bottom of the top half of the cut deck. Do this without looking at the cards. Show the top half of the cut deck to the viewer. Tell them what the card they see is! They will be guessing how you did it for days.

Trick 3: Pick a card, any card! 

Step 1) Shuffle the deck. With the cards face down, spread the cards in a fan. Ask the viewer to choose a card.

Step 2) Ask the viewer to stare at the card and to try very hard to remember the card they chose. Ask them to picture it in their mind’s eye.

Step 3) Here is the trick. While they are staring at the card, cut the deck. Slyly take note of the card at the bottom of the top half of the deck. Ask them to place the card between the two cut halves.

Step 4) Flip the deck and fan-out the cards (face up). The card lying on top of the card you noted is their card. Try hard to look like you are searching the deck, looking for the card they chose, using your magic abilities. Then pick out their card.

Remember two important tips.

To do these tricks effectively you must practice a lot. They key is mastering small hand movements. Fortunately, it doesn’t take much time.

Be charismatic and funny, doing card tricks is all about distraction, a laughing person will never be able to see the trick coming.