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Princess Card Trick

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The Princess Card Trick is a magic effect where a small packet of cards is shown to a spectator and told to mentally think of one card. The cards are turned around and the magician pockets on of the cards. The faces of the remaining cards are then shown revealing that the spectator's mentally selected card is now not among the group.

Henry Hardin is credited with inventing the Princess Card Trick[1][2] and Joe Berg is credited (?) for naming it after the Princess Magic shop.

We suppose it's because it was first advertising as THE PRINCE'S CARD TRICK?


  1. Ad in Mahatma, 1903 December, page 68
  2. Ellis Stanyon's description in Stanyon's Magic, Vol. 5, No. 10, July 1905, page 79.