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Card Forces - Use The Force

Easy card force sleights that when mastered will allow you to perform lots of amazing magic and card tricks.

To" force a card" is to ask the spectator to choose any card and make them pick the card you want them to pick, while leaving them thinking that they had a completely free choice.

Exaggerated methood of forcing a card on someone.

This way you can create your own tricks. Just before performing your trick, select a card to force. Then, force that card on your spectator, let them view the card without you seeing it and then re insert it back in the deck.

They can then, shuffle the deck.

Ask them to cut the deck in half and keep on doing things that will make your audience think that is impossible for you to tell which card was chosen. After a while you can reveal their card and accept the applause.

Top 5 Ways To Force A Card

Here are five of the most useful ways to force a card on someone.
It is much easier to understand how to do the card forces by watching them being done on video. The video below explains probably all you will need to know to be able to do a good card force.


Elimination Force

Please note that the card to be forced has been turned face up in the photos to make explanation easier. This card would be face down during the actual performance.

Place card to be forced on top of the pack.

1. To do this force, select the card to force and place it on top of the face down deck. Tell your audience that you will extract six cards at random. Extract the top card and five more cards. You must always remember which one is your card to be forced.

Display playing cards in two rows of three in preparation for a smooth performance of a card force.
2. Now, display the six cards in two rows of three cards each. For this example, the selected card will be the third one of the top row. In this case the red king would have been placed face down on the top right. The card is only shown face up here for illustration.
Spectator selects a row of playing cards.
3. Ask the spectator to select a row. If the spectator selects the top row, say -"OK, we'll keep this one...". If the spectator selects the bottom one, say -"OK, we'll take this one out". The idea is to keep the row with our peeked card.
Spectator selects two cards from a row of three that he can see on the table.
4. Now, ask the spectator to select any two cards. There are three possibilities. If the spectator selects the first two cards, say - "let me remove these two cards and you take the remaining one". If the spectator selects the last two, remove the first one, leaving the second and the third, and repeat the process. If he selects the first and the last, remove the second one and repeat the process.

Stop Force

Cut the deck to position the force card.
1. This force, looks even better, because you actually ask the spectator to tell you to stop any place on the deck and THEY select the card at the stop point. Start by cutting the deck and placing the card to be forced at the top of the bottom portion of the deck.
Do the pinky break sleight to prepare the deck in readiness to perform the card force..
2. Now, you'll be doing a very useful move named the pinky break. This move consists in leaving your little finger over the peeked card, so you can easily cut to it. This move is greatly exaggerated here for demonstration purposes.
Riffle the deck. with your thumb and ask the spectator to tell you where in the deck to stop.
3. Now, riffle the deck and ask your spectator to tell you to stop in any place.
Stop at the pinky break position in the deck.
4. When the spectator calls stop, you'll stop at the pinky break. (requires practice)
Give spectator their selected card.
5. Give the spectator the card he selected.

These are just a few of the many methods of forcing a card as well as the classic card force that are available learn.You may have heard of the infamous second deal card sleight which is a form of card forcing which may be used in the field of cardistry or to give an unfair advantage in card games.

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