Card Magic Tricks: An Easy Step by Step Guide

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Everyone loves a well-performed magic trick. It’s great for parties and entertains both young and old.

Because of this, we compiled 3 cool magic tricks to impress your friends and family, along with a step by step guide that even kids can follow. 

Ready to be the next young Houdini? Great! Let’s get started.

Before We Get Started, Here’s the Card Deck You Need

With every great magic card trick, the most important thing you need is a good set of cards. And sometimes, to truly impress an audience, a standard deck just won’t do. 

This is why we’ve dedicated hours to find the best deck of cards available on the market. We’re presenting our favorite choice here. Namely, the Magic Maker’s Ultimate Gaff Deck

Magic Makers Ultimate Gaff Deck isn’t just a deck of cards; it’s a collection of different styled decks and tricks for magicians of every level to learn and perform. 

A Little Sneak Peek Inside the Box

The Ultimate Gaff Deck contains the following:

  • A uniquely printed bicycle deck 
  • An instructional DVD
  • A booklet of printed instructions
  • An exclusive bonus special prop

In addition to this, there’s a total of 13 tricks that are explained in detail in their instructional DVD and booklet. Among these are the notable Full Deck Color Change, Crazy Aces, Queens Gone Wild, Itsy Bitsy Spider, and Trading Kings.

Here’s a little taste of what to expect with the Ultimate Gaff Deck; a step-by-step guide of the 3 easiest tricks!

Chase the Ace 

Chase the Ace has been around for hundreds and hundreds of years. Since the turn of the 15th century, in fact! Also known as 3-Card Monte and Three-card Trick, Chase the Ace is a magic trick that only has one goal: to find the Ace among the three face-down playing cards. 

Easy, right? 

But there’s a twist; the player has no chance of winning whatsoever. 

There are two different variations for this trick, the “Bent Corner” variation, and the “Solo” variation. 

We’ll be discussing the Solo variation. 

Step 1: What You’ll Need 

3 cards – 2 identical and 1 different. 

Step 2: Card Set-Up 

For the purpose of this tutorial, let’s say the winning card is an Ace and the 2 losing cards are Jokers. Hold up these 3 cards in front of your audience side by side in a Joker – Ace – Joker fashion. 

Step 3: The Switch

Hold the losing card along the bottom edges between your thumb and index finger, beside the winning card. 

Remember, the positioning of the cards is Joker – Ace – Joker.  

For a more genuine effect, flick the first Joker before setting it down on the table. 

Do the same to your Ace, but before placing it down – and this is the crucial part –  swap the cards using your thumb finger to the losing card, giving your audience the illusion that you’ve set down the Ace instead of the Joker. 

Once all down the table, ask your audience to choose. They’ll always choose the wrong card. 

This trick relies on your sleight of hand, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t get it the first few times. Practice makes perfect! 

Itsy Bitsy Spider

This is a trick that’ll surely blow your audience’s minds. Imagine this: You have 4 cards with a drawing of a spider on the front. You show them to your spectators, flip the cards over, snap your fingers, and bam! The spiders vanish! All that’s left is their webs.

But there’s a surprise to it. With a wave of your hand, you can bring these spiders back…literally!

Impressive, huh? 

Let’s see how it works.

Step 1: What You’ll Need

In this trick, you’ll be using items only found in the Ultimate Gaff Deck; 5 spider cards, (3 blank spiderweb cards, 1 double-sided spider card, 1 standard spider card), and a special spider prop.

We’re not going to show you how the spider comes into action in this guide – you’ll have to buy the set yourself to see how it really comes into play. No spoilers from us!  

Step 2: Card Set-Up 

You need to follow this card placement, from left to right: Spider card, 2 blank spiderweb cards, and double-sided spider card on top of the blank spider card. 

So when you flip the cards, you’ll have a total of only 4 cards as one of them is on top of the other. 

Step 3: The Disappearing Act 

As you’re showing your audience the cards, turn the last two cards over to show your audience the two spiders. After this, you’ll need to put an act of showing them the rest of your cards. 

This is where your sleight of hand comes into play; you’re not going to show them the empty cards, not really! You’ll instead keep flipping the top card quickly, giving it the illusion that all your cards have spiders on them. 

This takes a bit of practice. No one should suspect you’re doing this, or your trick is spoiled.

To make the spiders vanish, all you’ll need to do is to flip the double-sided card over the deck and viola. The spiders are gone!

Queens Gone Wild

With this, you have a total of 8 Spades and 1 Queen of Hearts on the table. The trick? One by one, you’ll transform every Spade into a Queen of Heart in front of your audience’s very eyes. 

Crazy, huh? Here’s how you do it. 

Step 1: What You’ll Need

You will once again need cards from the Ultimate Gaff Deck

You need 4 double faced-Queen of Hearts and 9 of Spades, and 5 regular Queen of Hearts. 

Step 2: Card Set-Up 

Place the 5 regularly faced Queen of Hearts in your hand, and place the four double facers on top of them. While showing your audience the cards, make sure to avoid showing them any more than 1 Queen of Heart. 

To do this, you’ll need to count 4 Spades before showing them your Queen, before very subtly pulling the previous 4 Spades on top of the deck and counting once again, as if you’re showing them the rest of the cards. 

This is the hardest part of the trick to master. You’ll be able to perform the trick smoothly once you do. 

Step 3: The Flip

After this, you’ll be dealing the Queens face down, and the double-faced 9’s face up. This will show your spectators that you have four 9’s of Spades and four face-down cards. 

This is where the magic happens: while collecting the cards, make sure that you’re flipping the double-sided 9’s to Queens, and show your audience that you managed to turn all your cards into Queens! 

Just be careful not to show them the double-sided cards! 

Final Thoughts 

You don’t have to be Criss Angel to impress the world. Sometimes, all we need is a set of magical card decks. 

And with the help of Magic Maker’s Ultimate Gaff Deck, you may be on your way to being one of the best. Or just simply one who everyone wants to invite to every party! 

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