Bar Trick Card Trick


The spectator chooses a card, memorizes it, and replaces it. Then, the magician shuffles and cuts the deck. Next, the magicians starts dealing cards face up onto the table. He stops after a while and says, "How much do you want to bet that the next card I turn over is your card?" Knowing that his card has already been dealt, the spectator willingly makes the bet. The magician then turns over the spectator's card, which is already on the table, instead of the next card on the pack. The magician wins the bet.


  1. Start by peeking the bottom card of the deck during a riffle shuffle. This will be your key card.
  2. Then, have the spectator remove a card from the deck and memorize it.
  3. Split the deck at the spot where the spectator removed his card.
  4. Hold the top portion of the deck out to the spectator, asking him to replace his card on top.
  5. Put the original bottom half of the deck on top of the spectator's card. Now, the card you peeked should be right above the spectator's card.
  6. Now, cut the deck a few times and perform a single overhand shuffle. You risk separating your key card from the spectator's card with an overhand shuffle, but it is so unlikely that it is probably safe.
  7. Next, start dealing cards from the top of the deck face up onto the table.
  8. When you see the key card that you memorized from earlier, the next card you deal face up is the spectator's card. Remember the spectator's card when you see it.
  9. Continue dealing about ten more cards face up onto the table, and then stop.
  10. Bet the spectator that the next card you turn over will be his card.
  11. After the spectator makes the bet, you are going to do something unexpected. Instead of turning the next card from the deck face up onto the table, you reach down to the table and turn the spectator's card, which has already been dealt, face down. You win the bet!

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