Magic: Beginner ‘Is This Your Card?’ Trick

These seemingly impossible feats of extraordinary magnitudes have been around men for decades, even centuries, and our minds have not even begun to comprehend how these magicians or illusionists perform their tricks.

From the classic “Is this your card?” trick to the more complex Indian rope trick, any magic trick, performed correctly, will have your spectators’ minds boggling. I will tell some magic tricks and provide an explanation for the preparation and the procedures of the tricks. I will begin with an easy, but still impressive — a card trick.

You start this trick by preparing the deck before you go to your spectators, so they are not suspicious. You have to flip over the bottom card of the deck so that both sides if the deck have the back of the card facing you.

Now, let us move on to the actual trick. You will need another person to perform the trick. With the deck facing normally, ask him to pick a card from anywhere in the deck. Don’t let them see the bottom of the deck! Then ask them to look at the card closely, and memorize it. While they are examining the card, flip the deck over so that the bottom of the deck is facing up. Then ask them to put their card back in the deck. Since the deck is upside down, they actually put the card backward! Then make some hand gestures as to conceal you flipping the deck over again. Now look through the cards, showing them that their card is upside-down in the deck. They will be amazed!

Here are some tips for being able to perform magic tricks such as this one. First of all, the audience will always look at what you direct their attention to. If you are trying to do something that you don’t want them to see, direct their attention. This is part of the reason that hand gestures and special words were introduced into magic tricks or illusions. Another trick if preparing for a trick before it happens. This way, you don’t have to worry about your audience seeing you and discovering that trick. And finally, practice, practice, practice! It helps if you practice tricks in front of a mirror, so you can see what your audience would be seeing when you are performing the trick. I hope this helped, and that this leads you to become a new David Copperfield!