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Remove any nine cards from an ordinary deck, shuffle them, and deal them face down into three piles. Choose any pile and flipping it over as a packet note the bottom card. This is your spectators “chosen or follow card.” Now flip chosen pile back over so the follow card is on the bottom. Then assemble the three piles into one, being sure to place the chosen pile on top.

Suppose the card you chose is the two of diamonds. Spell T-W-O, dealing one card face down onto the table with each letter. Place the remaining cards on top of these three and take up the whole packet. Now spell O-F, and again place the remaining cards on top of these two. Then spell D-I-A-M-O-N-D-S and place the remaining cards on top.

Now pick up the packet and spell M-A-G-I-, dealing the final card face up and announcing  “-C, you’re amazed by my magic skills” It’s the spectators card the two if diamonds.

Remarkably, this trick will produce any card, from the 10-letter ace of clubs to the 15-letter queen of diamonds. It was invented by California magician Jim Steinmeyer and appears in his 2002 book Impuzzibilities

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