Magic tricks - Trick-A-Month - Card tricks
CONTROLLING A CHOSEN CARD TO THE TOP or Bottom.
There are thousands of cards tricks that can be done if you can learn to get control of a freely chosen card. - That is one that is not forced on the spectatror in any way. - We will take a closer look at Forcing a card in a later Lesson.
So for now let's study "How To Control a Card"......
First of all, what do we mean by controlling a card? - Well it simply means getting a freely chosen card, that is chosen out with your influence or control, to a position where you can discover the name of the card or reveal it in an unusual and startling way.
The best place to have a card, where you can do many things with it, is either ON TOP of the Pack or ON THE BOTTOM of the Pack.
So let's look at a couple of ways of getting a chosen card, which has been freely returned to the centre of the pack, back to the Top or Bottom of the pack in a very natural way.
After the card has been freely chosen by a member of your audience, you start to shuffle off a few cards from the pack in to you left hand (or whichever hand you comfortable shufle or count cards into), - Then ask the member of the audience to remember the name of their card and just replace it anywhere in the centre of the pack, as you continue to casually shuffle the pack.
This really looks as though their card is completely lost in the pack. However, it will be safely on the top of the pack, if you follow the following simple instructions.....
Before you instruct the audience member to return their card anywhere in the centre of the pack, you hold the cards in your right hand in the normal position ready to shuffle the pack and immediately start to peel off a few cards. - Then as you speak to the spectator, you peel of a few more and you hold out your left hand, instructing the spectator to return his chosen card to the centre of the pack, offering the cards that you've just casually shuffled off.
As soon as he has placed his card on top the those you have already shuffled off you continue with the shuffle, paying attention only to ONE SIMPLE MOVE.
The NEXT CARD OR CARDS YOU SHUFFLE OFF ON TOP OF TEH CHOSEN CARD YOU MUST PLACE ABOUT HALF AN INCH OR SO OFFSET, BACK TOWARDS YOURSELF. - See FIG. 2 - This is known as INJOGGED. - We'll place the "chosen card" Face Up for clarity.....
You just continue to shuffle all the cards from your right hand into your left hand and on the final shuffle you simply PLACE YOUR RIGHT THUMB UNDER THE CARDS IN YOUR LEFT HAND AND PUSH UPWARDS GRASPING THE CARDS BELOW THE "INJOG" AND BRINING IT TO THE TOP AS A FINAL SHUFFLE.
See how the thumb simply pushes up on the cards, which are jutting out slightly at the back of the pack. - These are the cards that you "INJOGGED" right on top of the chosen cards as it was replaced.
You then just have to grasp that bundle of cards and place them on top of the cards in your lefy hand in a sort of shuffle movement and its done.
THE CHOSEN CARD WILL NOW BE AT THE TOP OF THE
PACK - - - -