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Simple card tricks anyone can do with just a little bit of practice!

Aces High, make anyone a card sharp

The Cardsharps, c. 1594, by Michelangelo Merisi de Caravaggio
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The trick: One of your spectators is also a card sharp but they don’t know it yet. You ask him/her to cut the deck into four packets, then mixes the cards around a little and you ask them to turn over the top cards of each pile. The cards on top are all aces! How they did it, they have absolutely no idea, or at least if you practice this they won’t and who knows perhaps you will appear in a modern version of Caravaggio’s the Card Sharp!

The explanation: This trick is so simple is hurts, but it is still very impressive. Before the trick begins you place the four aces (or any four of a kind on top). Place the deck on the table, and ask for a volunteer. It doesn’t matter who comes up, “I bet you’re really a card sharp.”

A little spectator control helps here, but not a lot. You ask the spectator to cut the deck in half (point to the right). You now have two piles, point to the right pile and ask to cut it in half again (point to the right where you want it placed. Now point to the left pile and ask to cut it, (point to the left where you want it placed). This process cuts the pack into four piles, with your aces on your far right.

Now for the mixing of the cards, it is one move, repeated four times (with each pile of cards): The process is said as such “Pick up this pile (point to left pile). Take the top card to the bottom, and the next to the bottom, and finally another to the bottom. Now place one card on this pile (point to a on left), and now one on this pile, (point to next pile), and finally on the last pile (point to last pile). This is done for every pile.

Now all you have to do is turn the top card of every pile, dramatically, and the spectator has performed a miracle.

This trick comes to you from our friend, Andrew J Speirs: Magician, hypnotist, con-man, and all round boring guy, but great at partys. More at

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How to do Card Tricks

You were the chosen one!
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Nearly everyone has seen a magician perform a card trick – the tricks are quite popular and often leave the audience amazed and confused. However, while some tricks are dependant on skill alone, most magic card tricks are revealed to be dependant on trick decks. Magicians practice with these trick decks until they are quite skilled, leaving the audience wondering how they perform their amazing feats. There are four main types of trick decks used by magicians, and each type is designed for a specific type of magic trick. If you’ve been wanting to add card tricks to your magical hat, read on.

Magic Card Tricks Revealed – Deck #1

The first type of trick deck used by magicians is known as the stripper deck.  This deck of cards is designed so that the magician can cut to the card he or she has selected or shuffle a specific card to the top of the deck without the audience being aware that the magician is manipulating the deck.  Stripper decks work even if an audience member has shuffled cards, so the magician often uses this technique as an additional level of proof by allowing an audience member to shuffle the cards at least once during the trick.

Magic Card Tricks Revealed – Deck #2

Another kind of deck that magicians frequently use is known as a Svengali deck. This deck works almost completely on its own, making it an excellent choice for young magicians. The deck looks like a normal deck of cards, but the magician can manipulate it to make a chosen card appear anywhere in the deck. Very little slight of hand is required, and this type of deck is extremely easy to use.

Magic Card Tricks Revealed – Deck #3

Another card deck that is popular with magicians is known as a marked deck. This type of deck can be purchased, but can also be made at home. Subtle markings are added to the back side of the card, worked into the decorative picture or design. These markings allow the magician to know the suite and number of the cards without the audience being aware. When shopping for a deck of marked cards, be sure that the markings are extremely subtle and blend in well with the design of the card. After all, you don’t want your audience to figure out the secret to your magical success.

These are just a small sampling of the types of magic decks available – a deck can be purchased for nearly any trick you’d like to preform. Remember, however, that learning to use a trick deck of cards takes some time. Be sure to put in several hours of practice with close friends and family before attempting your card tricks in front of a larger audience.

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How to do Card Tricks : How to Charlier Cut a Deck of Cards

This is quite a cool trick that shows you how to do the charlier pass, a method of doing a one handed cut with a deck of cards!

Hope you enjoy it!

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Learn the Charlier pass to cut a deck of playing cards before you deal them out in a card game or do a magic trick in thisfree magic trick video. Expert: Chris McKay Contact: Bio: Chris McKay is a professional magician who specializes in cards and close-up magic, currently working the Cleveland and Los Angeles areas. Filmmaker: Christopher Lesinski