The effect of this trick
The performer challenges the spectators to arrange six playing cards in any way they like but to be able to lift just one card which in turn lifts all the others, keeping the faces of all the cards visible. When they fail, the performer shows them how it’s done.
Before you begin the trick
The key to this trick is to practise the technique involved as you need to be able to do it smoothly and easily. Use six playing cards from an ordinary pack.
The technique to arrange the cards
Place the first card (master card) vertically, face down on the table. Place the next card (card 2) horizontally on top of it. Around these first two cards you have to tuck in the remaining four – tuck two horizontally behind the master card and then place the other two vertically over card 2 but behind cards 3 and 4. All six cards can be lifted by card 2 and also be turned over to show all their faces still visible.
Spread out six cards face down and challenge the spectators to work out how they could be arranged so that all six cards can be lifted by just holding one at the edges, yet keeping the faces of the cards visible when they’re all lifted.
When the spectators have failed in their attempts, you proceed to succeed quickly and easily!
Occasionally more than one card will correspond with your silent count but if this happens you have to guess which is his card and if he says no then straight away call out the other.