Self Control Leroy
The effect is this. A volunteer or spectator is given a deck of cards, they shuffle them and then spread the cards evenly face down on a table.
The volunteer then points to any card they please, and that card is taken from the deck and kept in full view of the spectators. Next the volunteer is asked to think carefully of any card and then names it and that card is the one missing from the deck.
The volunteer turns over the card they selected from the deck and amazingly, it is the card they thought of.
It is a really clever trick anyone can do and worth learning for your table magic work.
This card trick is excellent and can be most effective. When the volunteer chooses a card you pick it up and place it in your outside coat pocket at the top, allowing about half the card to stick out so you can keep it in sight of the volunteer.
Now pick up the
rest of the deck and scan the deck as they name the card they have mentally
selected, run through the faces quickly and as soon as you see the
card they have mentally chosen, move that card to the top without them knowing.
Say that you cannot find their selected card and palm the top card in your right hand. Then give them the pack and ask the volunteer to go through the pack to verify the fact that the card is missing. They also fail to find the "thought" card.
With your right hand apparently take the card the volunteer chose from the deck from your coat pocket and put it face down on the table. The volunteer turns it over.. and is left speechless as it is the card they thought of!!
What you really need to do is to push the card in the pocket right down out of sight and insert the palmed card, bringing it out in place of the other. Magic!!
The method which is best to use entails keeping the card in position using the pinky finger and thumb. It is a relativity easy move, but needs practice. You should practice the trick in front of a mirror so you watch yourself perform.