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As he shuffles a deck of playing cards, the magician talks about how cards and numbers have been used for centuries to predict the future and how it translates into his art. He writes down two predictions on the face of a random card and tables it face down. He grabs the deck and deals the cards two by two — top and bottom card together. At the stop of the spectator, he removes and tables the two selections.
Then, he reveals what he wrote on the prediction card: "27" and "35". The spectator combines the value of one selection (eg: 5 of Clubs) with the suit of the other one (eg: Queen of Diamonds) to make up two cards — in that case, the Queen of Clubs and the 5 of Diamonds.
Finally, the magician deals the cards until he reaches the 27th and 35th cards: They are indeed the Queen of Clubs and the 5 of Diamonds!
Only one deck of 52 different playing cards in use. No gimmicks. Instant reset. Easy to do. The cards are always counted from the top of the face-down deck and can be dealt by the spectator himself. BONUS: Three two-deck versions explained for an even more intense climax.
1st edition 2018, 12 pages.
word count: 2084 which is equivalent to 8 standard pages of text