Finding a chosen card in a spectator's pocket is a great classic card trick. This version is easy to do and will stun any audience.
How It Looks To The Audience
The magician asks a spectator to merely think of a card in a pile of cards and then place the pile in his pocket. The magician then reaches into the spectator's pocket and finds the card the spectator is thinking of!
How The Trick Is Done
Hold the deck face down in your right hand and deal three piles of five cards on to the table. Ask a spectator to choose one the piles, then have a look at the cards in the pile, and then mentally select and remember one of the cards. He is not to tell you which card it is.
Ask him to place his pile back on the table. Then place spectator's pile in between the other two piles i.e. in the middle. Hold the pile of fifteen cards face down and deal five cards on to the table, one at a time, in a row, from left to right.
Again working from left to right, deal another card on top of each of the five cards. Then deal a third card on top of each of the five cards.
Ask the spectator to look at the cards in each pile and tell you which pile his card is in. Once he has found it, ask him to place the pile in his pocket.
Tell him that he mentally selected a card and there is no possible way that you could know which card he is thinking of. Rub your fingers together and then touch his brow with your first finger. Tell him you are trying to pick up a mental vibration about his card.
Reach into his pocket and pull out one car without looking at it. Toss it on to the table and tell him that is not his card.
So, how do you know which card is his? It is simple. The card he is thinking about will always be the middle card of the three! No matter what card he picks, it will always be the middle card. That is the secret!
Knowing this, you can pull out the cards on either side of it first and then pull out the middle card for your big finish.
You should perform this trick at a quick pace, so the spectator does not have any time to work out the card positions in his mind.