Easy Magic Tricks


Drop and Turnover

Magic Category: Card Magic Trick with Revelation

Supplies Needed: Deck of cards

Summary: Drop and Turnover is another great revelation or way of revealing the identity of the chosen card (See Step 8). It is a different ending to the Pick-A-Card Trick or Peek-A-Card Trick.

Someone picks a card out of the deck, remembers it, and shows everyone except you, then returns the card to the deck. The deck is cut a couple times.

Amazingly, the card they chose reveals itself by being the only card that flips over when the deck is dropped.

A famous twentieth-century magic inventor and author, J.G. Thompson Jr., once said that if you know 100 ways to find a card and only one way to reveal it, your audience will think you only know one card trick. But if you only know one way to find a card and 100 ways to reveal it, it looks as if you know 100 card tricks.

The Revelation: This is the way a magician announces, reveals or displays the chosen cards identity. We at eJokesNow.com have the simple Pick-A-Card trick paired with a few fun and interesting revelations (ways to reveal it). Below is the basic Pick-A-Card Magic Trick with a Revelations.

Secret: Remember another card in the deck which magicians call the Key Card or the Locator Card and place your spectator’s Chosen Card next to it. In order to find the spectator’s Chosen Card you must know where the Key/Locator Card you memorized is.

The top chosen card on the deck is slide out an inch to the side. When the deck of cards is dropped - the card is flipped over by the force of the wind.

Set up: Ask a person to pick any card and show everyone except you.


Step 1: Choose a card to memorize and put it at the bottom of the deck. (Bottom of the deck is the top card if all the cards were faced up and bottom card if all the cards are face down) We will use the King of hearts as an example.

Step 2: Ask your spectator to select a card. Let’s say they choose the 2 of spades. Turn around so you don’t see the card they chose.

Step 3: Have them show anyone else that is around, so that they can’t try to say they chose another card.

Step 4: Cut the deck in half then have the spectator return the card they chose to the top of the deck. Complete the cut by placing your bottom card (the King of hearts) on top of the spectators chosen card.

Step 5: The King of hearts(Key Card) will now be on top of the 2 of spades(Spectators Chosen Card). You may now have the spectator cut the deck a few times. Your memorized card will remain next to the spectator’s card.

Important: Don't shuffle the deck because the Key Card and Chosen Card might get separated.

Important: Don't make a big deal about cutting the deck of cards or mention mixing the cards because he spectator may want to shuffle them. Just say 'Cut the deck a few times.

Step 6: Now spread out the cards face up in your hands or on the table.

Step 7: Find your memorized card, the King of hearts. The card UNDERNEITH it will be the spectator’s card, the 2 of spades. Cut the spectator’s card to the top of the deck.

Step 8: Drop and Turnover Revelation:
You will drop the deck of cards with them face down onto and surface you choose. The chosen card will magically appear face up in a deck of faced down cards.

Revelation Step1: Get the chosen card to the top of the deck. Magicians call it Deck Control when they move a card to any position in the deck they choose... like the top of the deck.

Revelation Step 2: With the Chosen Card at the top of the deck, pick up the deck from above with your thumb at the bottom (short edge of the deck furthest away from the spectators) and your other four fingers toward the spectators at the front short edge of the deck closes to them.

This way of holding the deck before the Airdrop is called the ‘Bibble Grip’, named after an American magician, Elmer Bibble, who made it popular in his trick called the “Transcendent,” published by Geni Magazine in April 1947.

Revelation Step 3: Using the thumb of the hand holding the deck - Slide, push, or Jog the top Chosen Card slightly to the right or left about an inch with the card still covered by the back of your arched hand from above.

A card is Jogged when someone slides one of the sides of a card of a deck extending that card out from the deck slightly.

Revelation Step 4: With the card jogged a little over and inch, hold the deck above your surface about 15inches or a little less than a half a meter.

Revelation Step 5: Drop the deck. The jogged edge of the card will cause the card to flip over because of the air pressure.

Revelation Step 6: This will not work all the time. Sometimes it will not flip over, but you can recover easily by picking up the top card and saying, “The force of the fall caused the card to force its way to the top.”


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