The Pile Trick

Materials:

Deck of Cards

Procedure:

1.) Shuffle and cut the deck of cards in plain view of your audience

2.) Ask for an assistant from the audience. This can be anyone.

3.) Now, for the "magical"  part of the trick. Put down the top card face up. Then, put the number of cards down, that will make it have the sum of 10.

Example:

If the card that is lain on the table is a three, then you would put down seven more cards, regardless of the number. If the card is a face card or a ten, then no more cards are put in that pile. If it is an ace then it is a 1, so nine more will be placed on an ace.

4.) When all of the cards are down on the table in piles, ask your assistant to pick three piles with four or more cards in them. Tell him to flip over the three piles and do not,  I repeat, DO NOT mix up the cards.

5.) When the three piles are flipped, collect the rest and put them in a pile all together. Tell the assistant to flip over the top card of two of the three piles. These cards are the cards that were on the bottom of the pile when the cards were face up. Tell the audience that you will now find the card that is not flipped over. One by one, deal all of the cards in a pile. Count the number of each card in your head while you do this. When you get to number twenty, start at one again. When you are done,. add up the two cards that are flipped over from the beginning of this step. Subtract the number of cards after twenty from the sum of the two cards.  This number will be the card.

Example:

The two cards that are flipped over are an ace and a three. This equals four. The number of cards after twenty is seven. Seven minus four is three.  The card that is not flipped over is a three.

6. Flip over that last card, and show the audience member the card. You are done