Take 21 cards and deal them out into three columns by dealing seven cards in each column. Deal three cards across for the first row, then another card on top of each for the next row, and so on until you have seven rows of cards in three columns for a total of 21 cards. Make sure you deal out each of the rows so you can still see the cards behind it.

Now have someone think of any card in one of the columns, and then tell you which column the card is in. Pick up one of the other columns, then the column he chose, and then the last column, so that the column with the chosen card is between the other two.

Deal them out again the same as before, and have your volunteer tell you which column the card is now in. Again, pick up the cards so that the column he pointed to is between the other two.

Repeat the process of dealing out the cards, having him tell you which column his card is now in, and picking up the cards so that the column with his card is between the other two columns. You have now done this three times, and it's time to find his card!

Hold the cards face down in your hand, as if you were going to deal them out again, but instead ask your volunteer if he has ever heard of the magic word ABRACADABRA. Say that not many people know it, but ABRACADABRA is a magic word for finding things, and that you'll show him what you mean.

Spell the word ABRACADABRA, and for each letter deal one of the cards face down on the table. When you reach the last "A", pause, and then turn over that card. It will be the chosen card! As long as you spell ABRACADABRA right, this trick will work everytime!

## Step 1: Intro

Take 21 cards and deal them out into three columns by dealing seven cards in each column. Deal three cards across for the first row, then another card on top of each for the next row, and so on until you have seven rows of cards in three columns for a total of 21 cards. Make sure you deal out each of the rows so you can still see the cards behind it.

## 5 Discussions

11 years ago on Introduction

... Wow. Copied and pasted straight from the website. If they find out about this, the can sue you for big backs due to copyright infringement. At least paraphrase and cite your sources?

11 years ago on Introduction

hocus pocus works just as well (lay down hocus pocus, next card) btw, the way it works: you always make 7 rows of cards, so from every place in the row you have to take 3 steps or less by putting the row with the right card in the middle you move it closer to the middle of the whole deck, within 3 times it will appear in the exact middle of the deck (the 11th card from the top)

11 years ago on Introduction

my dad taught me this when i was 6, but i had forgotten it. This is still as cool as it used to be though!!!!

12 years ago

oh man this is sooooooo easy to do. I learned this when I was about eleven. weird hu? since the card is always #11. sweet.

12 years ago

pics please