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Best Friends Self Working Card Trick

Effect: Two cards are freely selected and inserted face up in the deck in two different places. Magician runs through the deck and drops the face-up selected card and the face-down card next to it, on the table.

When the face-down cards are turned face up, they are seen to be the mates of the selected cards in color and value.

Set-up: Put deck in “Best Friends Order” order.

Image of fanned deck of playing cards set up in pairs in preparation for a card trick.

This set up order is required for this brilliant self working card trick. Put the whole deck in this order with the matching cards together as shown with a few cards in the example above.

Performance: First, you can tell a little story of how loyal the cards in a deck are to each other. Indeed you nearly always find that the same value of cards and colors in a deck are particularly good friends. You then explain, that you will try and put this theory to the test. Spread the deck, face down and have a card selected. Cut all cards above selected card to the bottom.

Have the card removed and replaced on the top of the deck, face up. Undercut half the deck and peek at the bottom card.

If it is a mate to the selected card, remember that the selected card is a before card. If it is not a mate, the selected card is an after card.

Drop the cards in your right hand on top of the face up card. Repeat this 2 or 3 times; if you do it more times than that, it can be hard to remember what cards are what.

Now run through the deck. When you hit an after card, drop it and the card after it on the table.

When you hit a before card, drop it and the card before it on the table.

Flip over the cards, and they match. Be sure to explain the best mates concept i.e best friends always stick together e.t.c. before you flip over the cards.


  1. Cards cut as often as you like.
  2. Cards are freely chosen.
  3. No forces of any kind.
  4. Does not work on Rainbow Deck principle

Best Friends Order:

Image of fanned deck of playing cards set up in pairs in preparation for a card trick.

The whole deck is simply set up in pairs by value and color. Put the two red kings together, the two black twos, the two red jacks, etc.

You can cut this deck all you want. The Best Friends effect wont be affected if a pair is separated, one on top and one on bottom. With another cut, the order will right itself. Clever self working card trick.

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