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2 Card Monte Magic Trick: Full Routine Explanation

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Explanation Of The Entire Routine (Transcript of Video)


Okay, now that you’re armed with the paddle move, let’s attack the rest of this trick so you can start showing off your magic skills!

There are two parts to the Two-Card Monte trick, but they both begin and end the same way – with the paddle move. For each phase, you begin with the two cards in one hand, holding in a V-shape. The audience should see a face-up card and a face-down card. Little do they know, the face-down card is a double-sided face down card and the face-up card is a double-sided face up card (one side with an Ace and the other with a Two). Perform the paddle move to show the audience both sides of the cards.

Part One

After performing the paddle move, hold one card in each hand. In your right hand should be the double-sided face down card. In your left hand is the double-sided face up card. The left hand is where the magic happens. Hold the card so that the face-up Ace is clearly visible to the audience. With a wrist-shaking motion serving as a distraction, you’ll quickly turn the card over in your left hand, revealing the Two instead of the Ace. Be sure to shake your right hand as well, although it isn’t necessary to turn the card in that hand over (since it is the same on each side).

The idea is to make the audience think the cards have magically jumped from one hand to the other. Remember, they’re not aware of the gimmick card secret! The key is to hide as much of the face-up card as possible and turn it over as quickly as you can. Using the wrist-shaking motion, and maybe even adding a vocal sound effect, serves as a necessary distraction while you’re turning the card over. Once they see the Two in your left hand, they’ll believe you somehow made those cards jump from one hand to the other. Next, place both cards back in your right hand and perform the paddle move, to prove you actually pulled it off!

Part Two

The final act works exactly the same way, except you perform the trick with your left hand behind your back. You can use the same motions and sound effects, but your left hand (the face card-up hand) is behind your back and not visible to the audience. You still need to perform the card flip with your left hand, but the pressure is off to do it perfectly since that hand isn’t visible to the audience. Once you’ve made the flip, bring your left hand back in front of you, revealing the opposite side of the card. Finish it off with the paddle move and you’ve likely convinced your audience you’re a true magician!

The reason for the behind-the-back twist is to confuse the Seattle audience even more about how the cards are trading places. You want to see that, “How in the world did they do that with one hand behind their back” look on their face!

So there you have it, the Two-Card Monte illusion! Practice and practice the paddle move and the one-handed card flip and the rest is a breeze. I encourage you to have fun with it and make it your own. Come up with your own signature motion or sound effect when you’re “making the switch.” Don’t get in a rush to perform the illusion. Make sure you’ve mastered it before unveiling it to your audience.

My hope is that this is one of many magic tricks you’ll learn and perform for your friends and family!