The classic split deck trick is one of those gimmicks that everyone loves. Especially when working small groups or inviting people in for a street performance.
The effect starts with you, the performing, showing the spectators a deck that has been seeming cut in half diagonally. You then fan the deck of cards with the face up, proving to the crowd that they are thoroughly mixed. At that point, you turn the deck back so the cards are face down. Then invite a spectator to carefully select one card from the top half of the deck. Once hey have, a second spectator selects a card from the bottom of the deck.
When the respective cards are flipped over the spectators find that both split pieces are from the same card. It’s a sure winner that is great for small performances, street magic or entertaining family and friends for a special night in.
Slight of hand and card tricks go together like apple pie and ice cream. This split deck gimmick is a natural step up in card tricks for a lot of burgeoning performers who are evolving in their stage craft. It’s great way to step up from practicing in private to learning how to interact with multiple spectators, holding their attention as well as everyone else in the crowd.