You remove any three "magic" cards from the deck - say, an Ace, Two and Three - and place them aside. You now cut to the four Kings, placing them on the table in a diamond formation as you find them. Next, you pick up the three "magic" cards and drop them on top of one of the Kings. Instantly, the Kings assemble in this pile and the three "magic" cards are found where the other three Kings were. There is no palming and no hidden/extra cards involved.
"Deckless" Delusion Assemble
In this version of the above, the four Kings and three magic cards are removed from the deck then the deck is discarded. The routine is now presented in packet trick style using only the seven cards.
Seven Card Miracle
"Have you seen the Seven Card Trick?" you ask, as you remove six cards and drop them on the table. "It uses six cards!" Which gets a mild laugh. "Actually, to make this the Seven Card Trick we need a seventh card." You hand the rest of the deck to a spectator who removes any card. The rest of the deck is set to one side. The selection is placed among the six cards and the packet is now dealt into a pile on the table: Face down - face up - face down - face up - and so on. "Did you see your card?" you ask. "You did? That's not surprising because...it's the only one you could have seen." You deal the seven cards one at a time revealing that the selection is now the only card that is face up. The effect is now repeated. Finally the seven cards are returned to the deck whereupon they magically reverse...except for one card that remains face down. This is the selection.
A spectator selects any five cards from the deck. You explain that these cards are now inseparable, and to prove this you ask the spectator to remove one of them. You push this card into the middle of the deck. You now take the other four cards and drop them face down on top of the deck, whereupon, instantly the lost card appears face up in the middle of the four cards. Finally you blow on the other four cards and they have changed into the four Aces.
A Nail-writing Trick For Those Who Can't Nail-write!
A spectator names any card - say, she names the Two of Diamonds. You bring out an envelope from your wallet. You open the envelope and remove a white card (or the spectator can remove it) which you hand directly to the spectator. She reads out what you previously wrote on the card as a prediction - The 2 of Diamonds.
Card Two Pocket
You take any shuffled deck and name your favorite card - say, the Ace of Spades. You now ask the spectator to name any other card - say, the King of Hearts. You spread through - no culling - and cut to your card the Ace of Spades which you give to the spectator. You ask him to wave the Ace of Spades as if it were a magic wand! Immediately you reach into your pocket and remove his freely named card - the King of Heart. You now cut both cards into the deck. Upon spreading, your card the Ace of Spades is seen to be the only card face up. But where is the spectator's card? With an empty hand, you reach into your pocket and remove the spectator's card for a second time.
Saved by the Belles
Three spectators each select a card then the cards are lost back into the deck. You state that you have sensitive fingers that can cut to any cards. So you say you will demonstrate this by cutting to the three selections one at a time. You give the deck a cut and deal the top card face down in front of the first spectator. This is repeated for the other two spectators. For the grand finale each spectator turns over his/her card...but all three cards are wrong! So much for your sensitive fingers! Not to worry. "I have four secret assistants," you say, "who normally work unseen in the background. But tonight I need their help and I don't care if everyone sees them." You now ribbon spread the deck revealing the four Queens face up in the middle, and there are three face down cards interlaced between them, Collectors style. These prove to be the three selections.
You hand the deck to a spectator who deals off any five cards. He then selects a card and this is added to the five cards to make six. You shuffle the packet and then alternate them face-up and face-down. You show the fanned packet clearly on both sides. Instantly all the cards face the one way again except for one card - his selection. Removing the selected card, you have the spectator cut it into the deck. He then holds the rest of the packet between his hands. Now his selection magically leaves the deck and is found reversed among the cards in his hands.
You remove the four Jacks from the deck and give them to a spectator. Three cards are now selected and placed, unseen, in a face down row on the table. You open the deck and the spectator places the four Jacks, together, into the deck. After one shuffle, you spread to show that there are now three face down cards between the Jacks. These are removed and placed in a row below the selections to form three pairs. When the pairs are turned over each is seen to be a perfect match.
Five to Three
Three cards are selected and lost back into the deck. You remove the four Kings, saying that they are experts at catching selected cards. So said, you drop the Kings onto the deck and immediately spread to show that they have caught a card, which is face up in the middle of the Kings. Alas, this is NOT one of the selections. You remove the packet from the top of the deck and place the rest of the deck aside. "Ah, well, at least we might make a decent poker hand from these five cards," you say as you count the five cards from hand to hand. Suddenly, you squeeze the packet and deal three cards face up onto the table. There are only three cards - no Kings or wrong card - and these are the three selections!
1st edition 2007; 40 pages.
word count: 8811 which is equivalent to 35 standard pages of text