How To Force A Card & What To Do With It
The art of magic is a lot of fun. We all love to be entertained and some of us love to entertain. This is my first attempt at an ebook. I love the art of magic, so I have decided to teach you, the reader a simple but effective card trick.
You will need a deck of playing cards, a piece of paper and an envelope.
Before we begin, I need to explain a couple of things to you.
First is the Forced Card. This is a card that your spectator believes they are selecting from the deck freely and keeping it a secret from you. The fact is, you know the card and have forced it on the spectator.
Second is the term Top Stock. This term refers to the 4 or 5 cards on top of the deck. Maintaining the Top Stock refers to shuffling the cards in such a way that the top 4 or 5 cards remain on top of the deck.
Okay, let’s begin . . .
You can force any card in the deck. For the purpose of this instruction I will use the Jack of Diamond. On a piece of paper write “Jack of Diamond”. If you are artistic you can draw a diamond symbol instead of using the word diamond. Fold the paper and put it in the envelope and seal it.
Next find the Jack of Diamond in the deck and place it on the top of the deck.
You are now all set to do the force and the routine I call In My Dreams.
My favorite way to force a card, in this case the Jack of Diamond, is called the Cut Deeper Force.
Shuffle the deck maintaining the top stock (keeping that Jack of Diamond on top). Ask your spectator to cut the deck but “not too deep”. They should pick up about 20 cards or so. Take the cards from them, turn them over and place back on top of the deck. At this point the “cut cards” are face up. Ask that the cards to cut again, this time a little deeper then before. They should cut cut at least 3o cards or so. Take these cards and again turn them over and place on top of the deck. The cards at the top of the deck will still be face up. Now spread the deck in your hands and say “As you will notice, some of the cards are face up and some are face down. There is one card that separates them.” Push out the first face down card and ask your spectator to take it.
At this point you have just forced the Jack of Diamond
Now say, “Let’s recap, I shuffled the deck and had you cut not once but twice then you selected the card that separated the the face up from the face down cards, correct?”.
Pause for a second here and wait for the spectator’s conformation. Set the deck aside but allow the spectator to hold their card. The following ‘patter” is what I call In My Dreams.
Continue by saying, “Strangest thing, I had a dream lat night that I was doing a card trick for someone, I couldn’t see their face but I could see the card they chose. Even after I woke up I could still clearly see the card, it was so vivid in my mind that I just had to write it down.”
At this point remove the envelope from your pocket. Open it up but do not remove the paper yet.
“Could you please reveal your card to me”. As they show you their card, act a little freaked out.
“Okay, this is weird, a little spooky even”
Pull the paper from the envelope, unfold it and show that it indeed says “Jack of Diamond”.
I hope you enjoy this little card trick routine. With just a little practice you will be able to perform it in no time. There are many ways to force a card, the Deeper Cut Force is my favorite. There are countless “miracles” you can do with a forced card, In My Dreams is one I use often, but you are only limited to your imagination.
One last note . . never tell how you do the magic. Everyone loves to be entertained, let them enjoy that moment. Thank you.