Card tricks suitable for stage presentation are rare. Bingo Divination
can be performed successfully on a stage or in a cocktail-lounge. It is the logical, up to date version of the classic Nap Hand, without the necessary memory work or sleight-of-hand. Rehearse it carefully, paying attention to presentation, and you'll have a reputation-maker.
EFFECT: The magician introduces a pack of cards. The cards are genuinely shuffled and then dealt into two piles, one containing Clubs and Hearts, the other Spades and Diamonds. The Clubs-Hearts pile is again dealt into three face-down piles, one to each of three spectators. The performer picks up the Spades-Diamonds heap and, from this point on, keeps his back turned to the three spectators. He asks them to each shuffle their packet of nine cards, then lay them out in a 3 x 3 square face upwards. Each square represents a Bingo Card, and the spectators are invited to turn the cards face downwards as they are called.
The magician shuffles his packet of cards then, taking them one at a time from the top, calls them out and shows them; for example, the Ace of Diamonds would be called, "A Red Ace". The person with the Ace of Hearts in her square would immediately turn it face down. This is continued until one of them has turned all her cards face-downwards...and called "Bingo!" The winning player is asked to again turn her nine cards face-upwards then, to climax the trick, the performer 'divines' each of the cards in turn. As an addition you can predict in advance the winner of the game.
1st edition 1970, PDF 5 pages.
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