You begin by shuffling a
deck and placing it on the table. You never touch the deck again. You now
give the spectator your pocket diary which he may examine before placing
it in his pocket. You never touch the diary again.
The spectator will now create a random date. He cuts the deck – this is
a free cut – and turns over the card cut to. The value of this card
will represent the month. This can truly be any value. He counts
the cards that he cut – this will represent the day. This can truly be
any quantity so long as it doesn’t exceed the number of possible days
in a month. You can even offer him the chance to change his mind and do it
again. It will not make any difference to the outcome. The trick cannot
Maybe he cut to a Four spot – the fourth month is April. Maybe the number
of cards he cut is 15. That is APRIL 15th. The spectator opens the
diary at April 15 and reads out what is written against that date. You
explain that the diary will tell him about his lucky card.
The diary might say, “21 DOWN!” But this is not a bizarre crossword
puzzle. The diary is telling him where to find his LUCKY CARD. He
counts to the 21st card in the deck. This card may be the AS. Finally you
ask him to look at the back of the diary where he finds a card. Written on
this card is “YOUR LUCKY CARD IS THE ACE OF SPADES.”
You never touch the deck or diary throughout.
Use any regular deck—no gaffs or duplicates.
The diary can be examined before the trick.
The diary can be examined after the trick.
Only one diary used .
Only one prediction – no outs.
Prediction can be displayed from the start if you wish.
It can be a different card every time.