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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 one 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 Prince's Card Trick[1][2] and was later described by T. Nelson Downs in The Art of Magic(1909).



  1. Ad in Mahatma, 1903, Vol. 7, no. 6, December, page 68
  2. Ellis Stanyon described two variations in Stanyon's Magic, Vol. 5, No. 10, July 1905, page 79.