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This week: a killer card trick, complete with a twist at the end... this card trick works BETTER because it screws up!
If Harvard offered a PhD in deceit, this would be it. Award-winning magician Brian Brushwood takes viewers on an inside tour of bar tricks, street cons and scams. If you watch carefully, you'll never have to pay for a drink again!
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The Scammer pulls out a deck of cards, shuffles them, then writes down a prediction. Cards are handed to the sucker, who picks a number between 10 and 20 and deals down that many cards. These cards are picked up, and the sucker is asked to add up the digits of his first number (for example, if it was 12, he'd add 1+2=3), and deal down that many cards.
Before this final card is revealed, the magician opens his prediction, which clearly states "You will pick the 8 of ". But when the card is turned over, it's the 3 of instead! It looks like the magician is screwed, but to "fix" the problem, he holds the prediction over a flame, and magically, the incorrect 8 of transforms into the correct 3 of !
Start with the 3 of spades set up as the 10th card down from the top. No matter which number they pick from 10-20, this is the card they'll end up with. To prep the prediction, first use a regular pen to write "you will pick the 3 of ." Then, use one of the pilot Frixion pens to draw over the 3 of with the 8 of , and you're set!
Brian shows off with a bonus trick for your scamming pleasure.