Lucky Charm - FREE TRICK!

Lucky Charm - FREE TRICK!

A deck of cards is examined, shuffled, and one chosen by a spectator, which is lost back into the pack, and from here on, you don’t touch the deck again. You direct the spectator to think of a small number, something between 5 and 20 and they deal down to their number, but it’s not their card.

‘Now that WOULD have been amazing!’

Suggesting that they might have needed a bit of luck for that to happen, you remove your wallet and from the coin section you remove a large ‘lucky’ poker chip. The spectator touches it to the pack, and then tries again, dealing to their thought of number. This time the card turns up!

It’s always been a good luck charm. What was your number?

The spectator reveals that their number was Seven.

‘That’s my lucky number too! Check it out - turn over the Poker Chip!’

On the back of the poker chip is a large, printed number 7! Everything can be examined.


This is a simple trick, both in terms of effect and method, but because both elements work separately, it’s very deceptive and has a great ‘hands-off’ vibe to it.

First up, you need access to a deck of cards, 15 poker chips, and optionally, a card to wallet or similar.

Prepare the poker chips by writing or printing the numbers 5 - 20 on the backs of them, then stack them in a jacket pocket in numerical order. Assuming you are right handed, place them in your right hand pocket, and have the card to wallet set up to your left inside pocket, or right rear pocket.


Start off by shuffling or having the pack shuffled, and then controlling a selection to the top. To keep things feeling hands-off, I hand the entire pack to the spectator, have them shuffle, and then return all the cards except for one.

This has a very fair feel, and I’ve found seems to ensure that the spectator remembers their card a little more.

Then they return the card to the pack, and I shuffle it to the top using either a lift shuffle if it’s a regular deck, or my Overhand Shuffle technique if I’m using a thick card.

Once the card is controlled, place the whole deck face down on the table and comment that you won’t touch it again.

Direct the spectator to think of a small number - I specify something more than five, but less than like, 20. This keeps the dealing short, and of course, keeps the number in range of your poker chips.

The spectator now picks up the pack, and deals the number of cards face down into a pile on the table. As they do this, your hands casually rest in your pockets, and you count along secretly with the spectator. Say they choose to deal 12 cards. You count up to five with them (silently and discreetly) and then on six, your right hand which has scooped up the stack of chips thumbs off of the first one. You continue doing this as your spectator deals, stopping when they do.

Note that this means that after 5, you don’t need to actually ‘count’, so you can concentrate on talking and presenting, rather than making it look like you are keeping track.

When the spectator has finished dealing, the poker chip on the front of the stack will match their number. Finger palm it, and ask that they take the last card dealt and turn it over. Of course, it is not the selection, and this is fine misdirection to remove your hands from your pockets, with the necessary poker chip in finger palm.

Have the spectator replace the missed card into the dealt off packet somewhere, and then return the packet to the top of the deck.

This, of course, has automatically positioned their chosen card at the required location. You can add a bit of smoke here by taking the deck and giving it a false shuffle or cut, or walking your spectator through the Jay Ose False Cut, or you can simply leave the deck as it is. Your call.

Reach into your pocket to remove the wallet, and load the lucky poker chip into it as you bring it out. Open the wallet, and remove the chip, keeping the number side down, and let the spectator take it and tap it to the top of the deck.

They deal again to their ‘secret’ number (remember, they haven’t mentioned it aloud so you can pitch it as still a secret) and turn up the card at that spot, and of course, it is the chosen card!

Let the reactions settle (you’ll be surprised how strongly this plays, wether you false shuffle or not) and then reveal your kicker - that the chip has the chosen number on the reverse!
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