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The Five Card Mind Read

By: Ryan Johnson


The following is a trick that I learned when I was really young. I have not seen anyone do this before. Whenever I show this trick to anyone they are always surprised. I'm sure this trick is out there somewhere but it is truly amazing.


Effect: The performer has the spectator shuffle the cards and take any 5 cards they want out of the deck and the spectator is asked to memorize one of the 5 cards. After the spectator memorizes one the cards are shuffled back into the deck and the performer takes 5 cards out of the deck and asks the spectator if their card is in this pile and keeps going when the spectator says yes the magician shuffles the cards into the deck riffles down and asks the spectator to say when to stop when the spectator says stop the performer reveals the chosen card. Secret: There is two ways you can do the trick you can do the trick the easy way or the hard way. The hard way is a lot more better and I am going to teach you how you can do this routine so good in the future it would probably fool the top magicians if the easy one doesn’t already. Well on to the secret the secret to the effect is really easy I am sure a 4 year old can do it but tweaking it to where it is the best effect ever is whats difficult. When you have the 5 cards in your hand you got to separate them to where all the 5 cards that the spectator saw is in the middle of a different 5 card packet. Method1. Have the spectator shuffle the cards and pick any five cards that they desire and tell them to shuffle the 5 cards they have in their hand. 2. Place two cards from the deck and lay them on the table and tell the spectator to place any of the 5 cards that he has in his hand on top of the card you put on the table. ( I said card because you want to double lift the two cards and place both of them on the table and make it look like there is only one card but if the spectator sees that there is two cards on the table that’s OK too but it would be better if he thinks it is just one card). 3. Now you want to do a quadruple lift and place the four cards on top of the card that he has on the table. Try to make it look like one card or at least dont let your spectator know how many that are in the packet of cards. 4. Continue to tell your spectator to place any of the 3 cards he has left in his hand on top of the card (4 cards) that you just put down. Keep repeating this till all the cards are out of the spectators hand. 5. When the spectator has no cards left in his hand and his last card is on top of the packet that is laying on top of the table you want to place to cards on top of the packet. 6. Place the packet that is on the table on top of the cards that you have left in your hand and false shuffle. 7. Next you Pick 5 cards off the top of the deck and ask the spectator if their card is in this pile if they say no than drop the 5 cards on top of the table or put them at the bottom of the deck. Continue to do this step until the spectator says that is card is in the pile. 8. When the spectator tells you that you are holding the pile that contains their card, their card will be the middle one of the 5 cards you have in your hand. 9. Next what you want to do is get your spectators card to the bottom of the deck anyway you can.


10. Riffle through the deck and ask the spectator to tell you when to stop when they say stop you pull their card from the bottom of the deck you have your 4 fingers on top of the deck and your thumb on the bottom of the deck your thumb pulls the bottom card (spectators card) while you are separating the two packets and the spectators card should slide to the top card packet so the bottom card of the top card packet will be the spectators card reveal the card to them while they are in shock. This trick is really good and the reason why I like it so much is because you can do so many tricks with it there is many ways that you can reveal the spectators chosen card. One very valuable tip that you should use while doing this trick is when you have the 5 cards in your hand and the 5 cards are facing the spectator try to cover the last card with your hand so that when you ask the spectator if their card is in this pile you see them looking over trying to see the card you are covering up you know that their card wouldn’t be in the pile because their card will be in the middle so you can just tell them nope I doubt it is in this pile. To learn more amazing magic tricks please click here this guy has an amazing course on mentalism effects for less than $5 for the first payment. If you want more tricks like this please visit my blog.


The 5 card Mind Read