Because today is Card Reading Day, our Sunday Scribblings prompt for this week is Card. If you decide to write a post based on this week’s prompt, be sure to go back here and share your link so everyone can see how you interpreted things! Here’s what I did with it…
At some point during my 7th grade year, the English teacher had us do a book report on a non-fiction book of our choosing. And it’s possible that the book also had to teach us something that we would then have to demonstrate to the class in some early form of public speaking.
The book I chose was one about card tricks. It wasn’t a very impressive book. I can’t remember the actual title or who wrote it, but it couldn’t have been more than 50 pages in length. And since I wasn’t much of a reader until I hit college, I’m almost certain I didn’t actually read the thing cover to cover. I only read enough to get a two page book report out of it.
I also took time to memorize one card trick from that book. To this day, it is the only card trick I know. And it’s not even that good…
Seriously, I don’t know how illusionists do it. I’ve looked up YouTube videos on sleight of hand and card tricks that involve misdirection. I just don’t think that performing magic tricks is something I’m capable of. Probably why I never got my letter from Hogwarts…
I have tried to learn other card tricks. But that whole sleight of hand thing throws me off. I don’t know if it’s because I have toe thumbs or if I’m just not coordinated enough to figure it out. As it is, I can still do that one lame card trick I learned in 7th grade. Which is great if I want to impress a small child.
Here’s how the trick goes…
First, as the guy with the cards, you have to choose your mark. Preferably, it should be the most gullible person in the room. Someone guaranteed not to pay close attention to what you’re doing. Someone who doesn’t realize that you know the card they’re going to pick before they pick it. People who are good at card tricks are able to do this in a variety of ways that amaze and astound. Me? I make sure I know what the top card is when I’m finished shuffling. Then I do a thing to make it look like the top card isn’t really on top anymore, but still make sure that’s the card that’s chosen. Let’s say, for the purposes of this example, it’s the Ace of Spades.
The Ace of Spades is chosen and I would tell that person not to tell me what the card is… yet. Eventually they will tell me their card, because me guessing their card isn’t really the trick. In the meantime, make a show of looking through the deck to get a feel for where they placed their card. And while you’re doing that, what you’re actually doing is finding where the Ace of Spades is, then counting off the number of cards behind it. The number you’re counting to is the number of letters that spell out the words “Ace of Spades.” So, in this case, you want to make sure that there are, including the Ace, 11 cards. Anything extra behind those 11 should discarded. Claim you don’t have a good feeling about that portion of the deck… that their card definitely isn’t in there anywhere.
At this point, maybe you have half the deck in your hand, face down. You would ask your audience to reveal their card and they tell you it’s the Ace of Spades. Remind them that guessing their card isn’t the trick. The trick is that you will be able to spell out Ace of Spades, flipping over a card for every letter, and landing on their card when you finish spelling it out. So you’re spelling A-C-E, etc. and flipping over 11 cards. By the time you reach the final “s” in Spades, you’re throwing down the Ace of Spades.
If your audience is older than 12 years of age, they’re likely to be unimpressed. But kids love it.
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