What are the most common layperson's card tricks?

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Philippe Noël
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What are the most common layperson's card tricks?

Postby Philippe Noël » February 20th, 2016, 8:13 am

From your experience, what are the most common layperson's card tricks?
I suppose that the 21 card trick is one of those...

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Re: What are the most common layperson's card tricks?

Postby Jack Shalom » February 20th, 2016, 8:37 am

Funnily enough, around these parts anyway, I don't see the 21-card trick among younger people that much anymore. I'm much more likely to have a teen show me "Whack your pack."

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Re: What are the most common layperson's card tricks?

Postby Brad Henderson » February 20th, 2016, 9:12 am

different regions seems to have different card tricks. The most common i encounter are the 21 card trick, a trick using the glide to show that ones card is not in a small packet followed by slapping the cards from the hand as per erdnase, and the one ahead trick where the spec removes two of three prenamed cards from a pack - the final being removed by the magician.

less common is the hotel room mystery, mutus nomen, and a mathematical trick based on casting out 10's.

key card tricks are occasionally attempted usually resulting in the magician grabbing the card from the wrong side of the key.

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Re: What are the most common layperson's card tricks?

Postby Bill Duncan » February 20th, 2016, 11:41 pm

A layman friend of mine used to force a card with the Hindu Shuffle force, and pass the pack to someone other than the person who selected the card to shuffle. He'd then remove the selected card, noting the bottom (face of the pack) card and force that. Repeating two or three times.

Other than that, the four burglers...


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