Three different predictions are taken from a pad of
paper and given out, one to each of three spectators. A deck of
cards is shuffled and cut into two halves.
A spectator cuts a portion from one half, turns it face up,
and shuffles it together with the other face down half creating a
topsy-turvy condition (a packet of face up and face down
cards.) The spectator cuts any amount of cards from this face
up and face down portion, turns it over, and shuffles it with the
remainder of the deck which is still face down on the table. The
spectator now cuts a portion from this assembled packet, turns
it over, and shuffles it together with the other packet. This
cutting and shuffling procedure continues until the spectator
feels it is enough and he can continue as long as he wants.
At the end, the first prediction is read and it says, "There
will be 23 face down cards." The spectator counts the face
down cards while separating them from the face up cards and
The second prediction is read and it says, "There will be
15 red cards." From the 23 card packet, the spectator
separates the red cards from the black ones, and counts 15
Then the third prediction is read and it says, "All the
black cards are Clubs." But alas, among the black cards which
turn out to be Clubs, is found one lone Spade, say the 6 of
Spades. Apparently the magician has goofed! But, he picks up
the pad of paper from which he removed the original three
predictions, opens it and, on the last page,
finds a Jumbo duplicate of the 6 of Spades. Above this card is
written "Except the ......
A). Any deck of cards will do, even if it is not complete.
B. A pad of paper large enough to accommodate a
Jumbo card on the back cover.
C. A pen (or felt pen).
D. A Jumbo card (say the 64).
Glue the Jumbo card on the inside back cover of the
pad and write "EXCEPT THE" on the last page of the pad
above the card.
Separate 15 red cards, 7 Clubs and the 6 Spades from
the deck. (See Note 1). Shuffle these 23 cards tog