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Slap The Cards Magic Card Reveal Trick

Slap A card is an easy yet very effective way to reveal a spectator's secretly chosen card. Learn how to do this cool piece of trickery by following the directions on this page.

This impromptu sleight involves a spectator being asked to choose a random card from a fanned out deck. The spectator then memorizes the card and then places it back in the deck. The magician then proceeds to reveal the secret card in a most unusual and amusing manner. The spectator is asked to clamp the deck between two fingers. the magician then slaps the deck a few times leaving the spectator with one remaining card. the card is then turned over to reveal that it was their previously chosen card.

How To Do The Trick

Inmage showing a fanned out pack of cards.

The deck of playing cards are fanned out in front of your spectator and they are given a free choice of card to pick and memorize.


Pack is split in two and held open for spectator to place back their secret card. Note the pinky break on the top right of the photo.

The cards are then squared up and then held open for the spectator to place their card back in the pack as shown in this photo.

Obtain a pinky break on top of bottom pile when inviting the person to place back their card.

They will unknowingly, place their card on top of your fingertip.

Obtain pinky break so that spectator's card will rest on yop of your pinky.

Next, put the top pile back on top of bottom pile. Two packs are easy to separate due to pinky break.

Break not visible to spectator due to viewing angle.

Take the top pile and place it on table. Now take the bottom pile that's still in your hand and place it on top of the other pile.

Deck is shown held firmly between first and second curled fingers.

This looks like you cut the deck to lose their card.

Their chosen card is now on bottom of the pack.

Now ask your spectator to curl their first and second finger and hold deck firmly between these two fingers.

The magician now slaps the deck with a swift downward movement a few times until only one card remains in the spectator's hand.

The magician now announces that they will will use the enchanted deck to find the card.

Now, slap the deck in a quick downward motion a few times until only one card remains sandwiched between the spectator's fingers. This card is turned over and is their chosen card to their amazement.


This is an entertaining stunt and is very visual and fast paced and is a good routine to get a crowds attention. The trick got a great reception when a version of it was performed by movie star, Chriss Pratt on some television chat shows.

Make sure that the spectator has a firm grip on the pack when holding it with their curled fingers. Don't forget to ask for some help with the clean up as the slapped cards can end up all over the place.