A manila pay envelope is removed from your pocket. You tell the spectator that inside are six playing cards. You say these cards have been specially selected for this experiment because they cover all the different human personalities. The person is told that you will pass the cards before them one at a time and they are to remember the one card that stands out to them more than any other.
The cards are now removed face down from the envelope. You start to perform but remember that the top card of the packet has been giving you trouble lately. So you remove this card, without showing its face, and replace it into the envelope. “Now we are ready for the experiment,” says the performer. “In fact, I won’t even look as I show you the cards,” and so saying the performer turns his head to the side.
The cards are turned face up and held in one hand, and then transferred to the other hand one at a time, as the spectator is told to remember the one card that sticks out in his mind more than the others. “In fact, ” says the performer, “the others will seem almost non-existent. As the person is looking at the cards he becomes aware of the fact that of the five cards he has just seen, four of them are blank and the fifth (in this example) is the (King of spades). The magician, acting as if nothing is wrong, asks the person if he has mentally selected a card. The spectator, with a smile, will say that he has.
The five cards are squared up and turned face down again. The magician removes a handkerchief from his pocket and covers the cards. The magician explains that while the cards are undercover he will remove the selected card with one hand and place it on the bottom of the packet. A movement is seen under the hanky. The handkerchief is removed from your hand and placed aside.
You tilt the packet of cards toward yourself and glance at the bottom card. You ask the person if his card was a King. He will smile and nod in assent, thinking he is playing along with your joke. You now show spectator the bottom card and this is where he is surprised; because there is a King, but of a different suit from the selected card. And when the other four cards are shown they are no longer blank, but all are red faced cards. There are no blank cards evident.
The spectator tells the magician that his card is not in the packet. The magician acts surprised and asks person what card he was thinking of. When told the exact name of the selected card the magician states that was the very card he was having trouble with and had placed it in the envelope before he started. He opens the envelope and the chosen card slides out!
Note: The cards named in the above were just examples. The cards you receive may be different from those named or pictured but the effect will remain the same.