Magic Lessons #69 – Behind Back Card Force
The behind back card force allows you to make someone take a playing card of your choosing simply.
I’ve been looking for some of the simpler card forces out there. I’ve found two great methods to force a card. One is extremely simple, while the other is a little more difficult but still very easy to pull off.
The Two Card Forces I Found Are:
- The Behind The Back Force
- The Easiest Slip Cut Ever
I found this simple behind the back card force in a David Ginn booklet that was first published in 1974, titled “Close-Up-A-Ginn”. David has stated that he is unsure of where this magic trick first originated but it was commonly written about back then.
Over the past few weeks, I have incorporated the behind the back card force technique while doing strolling magic bookings. There have been no problems throughout the testing and I didn’t have anyone question the legitimacy of this trick. It’s important to keep talking and act like you are sticking to what you said you’d do. Just act naturally and this will lead you to some really fun card tricks.
Hopefully the behind the back card force will give you the confidence you are looking for. This card force will work great for magicians of all experience levels, so if you are experienced, you may be able to adapt this into something you do sometime in the future.
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So the spectator goes behind you and cuts the deck and bring part of the deck to the front?
Jack Stiff says
Hi Julian. You may recall that I used Sharpie markers to colour the heads of the safety pins, as it’s somewhat difficult to find the beads you use. I’ve come up with a variation to your Behind the Back force. You might even consider this for your own performance. As you ‘juggle’ the cards behind your back, revealing the force card, say 7D, have the spectator and her friends see the card but not reveal it to you. You then have the spectator return the card anywhere in the deck. You then take your wallet from your pocket, and reveal the 7D (duplicate card of course). I’ve performed this a couple times to the amazement of my spectators.
Jack Stiff says
Hello again, Julian. Speaking of your safety pin trick, I don’t reveal the secret, but I have had the odd(?) spectator who wants to inspect the safety pins. I simply hand the pins to him for his inspection. The average person won’t be able to tell that two of the pins have been have been tampered with. If you pick up a few ordinary safety pins, none of them will be found to be perfect. They’d appear perfectly normal, ‘warts’, bends and all. Just a thought.
you just forgot to mention that it´s necessary to peek the bottom card first! 😉