David Blaine - 2 Card Monte - Trick

This baffling card trick was actually performed on one of the David Blaine TV specials.
A video of a similar routine can be viewed at the foot of this page. You will need to be very comfortable with the double lift to try this effect.

Effect
David Blaine shows a spectator the queen of hearts on top of the deck and then tells them to hold the queen face down on their hand. He then shows the next top card, the queen of diamonds. After a few confusing switches of the cards, the spectator is told to guess which queen is where? When he turns over the cards, he realises he is holding no queens at all but instead - 2 Aces.

How to Perform This Superb Card Trick:

This card trick requires a fair amount of practice and is for advanced magicians only.

Preparation: Get hold of a regular deck of cards and before performing this card trick, put a black ace on the bottom of the pack, preferably the ace of clubs, as it tends to be less conspicuous. On the top of the deck, place the queen of hearts , then the ace of spades, then the queen of diamonds.

Performance: With the deck pre-arranged as described above, first show the spectator the top card (the real top card!) then tell them to hold it in their hand, face down. Next tell them to look at the card they have, so they are sure that there was no trickery involved.

This is a distraction allowing you the time to prepare to double lift the next two cards whilst they glimpse their card. Next, effect the double lift, and using it, show them the queen of diamonds with the ace of course hidden. Place the cards back on top of the pack, then remove the ace, naturally without showing them the face and make a jokey pretense of switching the cards a couple of times then say someting along the lines of: " Are you sure which Queen is which? OK I'll help you sort it out! "

However, on this occasion, effect the switch very slowly, and really do switch the cards. (try to make sure that they don't look at the ace in their hands) then, very quickly and as discretely as possible, take the queen of hearts which you are holding and place it on top of the deck. Next, "steal" the card off the bottom of the deck (Ace of clubs) and hand it to the spectator, asking them if they can now tell you whichis the Queen of hearts. When they've had a guess, ask them to turn over their cards and they are sure to be stunned!