This is another neat trick,
but is fairly simple in operation. Cards are of course somewhat ambiguous (you
will by now be getting used to the fact that this is true for much in our world
being like that) and so you will have to give them some sort of solid imagery.
Thankfully the world of the
mnemonist has com to our rescue here, and there is a well established system.
Because they are so simply
and logically created you will find that you will be able to hold the
information with around 30 minute of study.
The system combines the
phonetic letter and number system together with the first letter of each of the
suits to create a new word and therefore memorable object.
Just a word of note before 1
divulge this secret: the court cards.
The jacks are simply pictured as the card suit that they are. So the jack of hears is a heart.
The queens Apart from the queen of hearts (which is simply a queen) the letter of the suit has been substituted for the first letter of the word queen, and then the closest rhyme used. Its clubs but it works!
The kings Similar
to the queens, the only anomaly is the king of clubs, which again is the word
King. See over for the full details.
AC – cat AH –
– suit AD –
2C – can 2H
– hone 2S –
sun 2D – dune
3C – comb 3H – hem 3S –
sum 3D – dam
4C – cote 4H
– hare 4S – sore 4D
5C – coal 5H
– hail 5S –
6C – cash 6H
– hash 6S –
7C – cock 7H
– hog 7S –
8C – cuff 8H
– hoof 8S –
9C – cap 9H
– hub 9S –
10C – case 10H
– hose 10S –
JC – club JH
– heart JS –
QC – cream QH – queen QS –
KC – king KH – hinge KS –
As usual, decide for yourself as to your own imagery.
So here are a couple of fun things to do with this.
First you can memorise whole lists of cards, but to really do well your must do
this in under 5 mins, which is considered average, and under 3 minutes to stand
any chance against the grand masters. But hey, 5 minutes is still good!
It is quite simple, go through your fave peg list, and
associate each card in shuffled order with the peg word.
But how about card counting – that is remembering what
cards have already been played in a game so that you are more readily able to
calculate the odds of a certain hand being possible.
It is not as hard as remembering every card in play,
instead a bit of reverse psychology is used. When a card is played you imagine I
‘destroyed’ in your mind. Now you can do this with imagery – for example run
over it in a steam roller, burn it, eat it, tear it up, freeze it, feed it to a
tiger, or stamp on it. Just so long as
you distort the card each time. Now, if you are waiting for a certain card to
appear instead of having to go through the whole deck or remember a long list
of cards, just ask yourself if it has yet been destroyed. If your card is still
clear of damage then you perhaps have a winning hand. If you play a number of
hands, you may find that it would get confusing to use the same distortion
method. So the recommendation is that you should use a different distortion
‘method’ over the course of 7 hands, before returning to the first method. This
way you will keep most information in your scratch memory.
A similar trick would be for the audience to remove 5
cards from a shuffled deck. Now go through the whole deck and mentally destroy
the cards. Once done lay the cards to one side, and simply go through the deck
in SORTED order in your head. Each time you come to a card that you have not
mentally ‘destroyed’ you can shout it out. If however you can get this last
stage to below 20 seconds (which is doable – the imagination can work quick and
sift images rapidly) then after 20 seconds reveal all cards at one time. In
this way you could claim that your mind has organized the cards and then
‘thrown out’ the results in one go. Heighten the tension with some suitable clock
There are other various things you can do with this.
For example if you use a stacked deck you can create your own individual stack,
and no one would be the wiser.
Here is a nice trick. Work with a partner on the other
side of a stage who knows the system, perhaps even blindfolded. Ask a volunteer
to shuffle your deck. Then proceed to switch (using your fave method) the deck
for your own stacked deck.
Have someone in the audience call out a number between
one and 52. You could do this with a thrown ball, which bounces around a bit.
Make out that this is so that it is a truly random selection and that you could
have had no influence on the deck at all. The volunteer on stage then counts
down the cards to that number. They are asked to look at the card, concentrate
on it. You will not look at it so that you can not be seen to be cheating. On
the other side of the stage your blindfold partner calls out (after the usual
strain!) the card. They know the card of course because it was the number
called out by the other volunteer from the audience.
Another… First, use a fan or other method, cards face
up, to show that all the cards are different, but personally you are memorizing
the 3 cards, an order, BENEATH the top card. Palm off by any lift technique
these 4 cards and pass the deck to a volunteer for a good shuffle. Take the
pack back replacing the cards on the top of the deck. Place the deck on the
table and have the volunteer cut the deck into 2 smaller decks, then tell him
that you will take one deck and ask that they touch one. If he touches the deck
containing the top 4 cards thank him for choosing the deck and allow him to
keep it. If he chooses the other deck then remove it from the table. However
you do this, the volunteer must end up with the portion that contains the top 4
cards Now ask your volunteer to remove the top card and place them on the
table. As you know these cards you can use them in another illusion, or else
reveal them in whatever way you prefer.
And another … Pre-order a packet of any 20 cards and
memorize the order of the cards – in this case it is important to use a
CIRCULAR STORY METHOD to memorize the order of the cards in that the last card
image links back to the first. Now you are ready.
Place a pack of cards on the table and ask a spectator
to cut the cards, but not to complete the cut. Next to remove the card they
have cut to and place it to one side. Next, they should complete the cut. What
this does is to keep the order of the cards still in the story order, except
for the one removed. Have the volunteer look at the card and remember it, and
then without you touching the pack to place the card back anywhere in the pack.
Because you memorized the pack in a circular story, it doesn’t matter where the
first cut is made because the order of the cards will, in a circular sense,
remain the same. The removed card however should have fallen to the top of the
pack in the story, but of course it will now be out of order. So, to identify
the chosen card simply go through the memorized pack in order from the first
card and see which card doesn’t fit the story. The quick way of course is to
realize that card, IMMEDIATELY BEFORE THE CARD NOW ON THE BOTTOM in the
memorized sequence of the cut deck is the missing card. If you wish you can
just glimpse the base card to name the missing card. Try this trick out with a
simple deck of all the hearts in order backed onto all the clubs in order, and
watch the movements of the missing card. So in this example if the bottom card
is the 2 of hearts, you will know that the moved card is the ace.
And Yet Another…. Palm any 3 cards from a deck and place them in your pocket (though you can do this without the palm and simply place 3 cards in your pocket before the show starts). Ask a volunteer to shuffle the pack as much as they want to and then to deal 4 cards face up onto the table. Ask them to look wit you at the cards on the table and to choose just one card, but not to touch it or to give the game away in any other way. As they are doing this take some time to explain that Derren Brown uses suggestion methods to make people choose the card he want them to, or else is able to ‘read’ the choice of a person by their body language – they must do all they can not to move and you will not influence their choice of card at all. Secretly however during this time of ‘drivel’ you are memorizing the order of the cards top to bottom. Once they have made their choice you should collect the cards IN THE ORDER IN WHICH YOU HAVE MEMORIZED THEM and place them in your pocket ON TOP OF THE CARDS YOU SECRETLY PLACED THEIR EARLIER. Now ask the volunteer to concentrate on their card… As they do so remove one of the originally placed cards in your pocket – one of the three – and look at it, then place it back in the centre of the pack saying, ‘not that one’. Do the same for the next two cards. Everyone now thinks that you have just one card in your pocket whereas in reality you have the 4 cards dealt by the volunteer, and of course one of them is the choice of the volunteer. Now, with a mystical grin (or a knowing one if you can’t do mystical!) ask the volunteer for their choice of card. As soon as they tell you count down to the correct choice in your pocket and reveal it with a flourish. 3 cards done like this is pretty good … But how about trying 9 cards in the pocket and asking for 10 to be dealt! The hardest part is not the memory of the cards, but rather the counting of cards in your pocket. To aid counting, makes sure all the cards lie long edge upwards in your pocket, and each time you place your hand in your pocket pause, as if feeling for the right card. In reality you rotate the 3rd card of the volunteers choices in your pocket by 90 degrees lie up wards) – on the second ‘dip’ count a further 3 from this rotated card and rotate the sixth card, and on the third time count 4 and rotate the 10th card. This makes identification of the spectators card smoother than counting through all 10 as you will be able to quickly identify your marker cards.