Published : 09/09/2010 10:33:23
Categories : Party Tricks
If you know a few neat party tricks then they can often be used to great effect, either boosting your own popularity, breaking the ice a little, or just winding your friends up through sheer frustration and confusion. Whatever your motivation, through this blog we'll be happy to help you along the way. I've already described a few easy party tricks which you could try, but last week I left you with something of a mystery.
A few days ago I described a party trick which probably sounded unbelievable, and yet irritatingly I suggested that it was incredibly simple. Of course, in true style I waited before giving you the answer, but the good news is that I'm going to come clean today, put you out of your misery, and explain how you could be carrying out a seemingly impossible party trick with virtually no effort and virtually no preparation. In case you missed the party trick I described last week, let me just describe from the audience's point of view what appears to happen.
To begin with you either take out a pack of cards, or borrow a pack of cards, and hand them out to someone to shuffle, and then have any volunteer you like choose a playing card. It's important to emphasise that this is a completely free choice, and the best way of doing this is to actually offer the pack of cards face up, fanning them out if you're capable of doing that without dropping them all over the floor. If you do fan the cards out and, because you've already had a couple of cocktails, they end up on the floor, simply do what any good conjurer would do and pretend that was all part of the trick, helping to emphasise the fact that this really is an open and honest trick!
Once your volunteer has selected a playing card, and they're happy with it, you then pick up the phone and dial somebody that you know. It's important that that person is nowhere near the room, and they literally can be anywhere in the world. You dial the number, and utter only a single word, "hello", just to confirm that they have answered and that they are there ready. You then immediately had the phone over to the volunteer standing in front of you, who is then told by the person on the other end of the phone which card it is that they have just chosen. Seems impossible, doesn't it? Perhaps already you can understand the way in which this is likely to become a talking point for a considerable amount of time.
The best thing is that you are able to repeat it in the future without any problem at all, and with any card too. There really doesn't seem to be any way that it is possible, but there is, and now I'm about to reveal how you can carry out this outstanding party trick. Let's say that your volunteer chooses the seven of diamonds. Once they've chosen that card, pick up your phone and dial your friend. Hopefully your friend will answer fairly promptly because they will be prepared for your call. Once they pick up the phone you must react and behave as though it's still ringing, but the moment they answer the phone they will begin counting, from Ace to King. Once they reach the number seven, subtly clear your throat as though in preparation to speak. Now that they know the card is a seven, they will begin naming the suits, Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds and Spades.
The moment they say "diamonds" you say "hello", and immediately had the phone over to the volunteer in front of you. As far as your audience is concerned the phone has only just been answered, and you simply said "hello" to confirm that there is somebody there. However, because you interrupted your friend's counting, they now know exactly which card your volunteer in front of you chose, the seven of diamonds.
Of course, how your friend reveals this is entirely up to the two of you. They could just announce the card, or they could use a little drama to draw it all out, perhaps asking the volunteer to concentrate on the card whilst they use some sort of telecommunications vibration telepathy nonsense to pick up their thought waves. It's up to you, ham it up however you like, but make sure you have fun with it!