It would work in Italian also (OF => DI, MAGIC->MAGIA) except for the King, that would be “RE” … too short.

I will try with “UN RE” (a king) as in the very good spanish suggestion above.

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*shrug*

]]>*I* am sorry. It’s a great trick.

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The numbers have to be 3 or more letters (and less than 9).

“O-F” has to be 2 letters (this moves the magic card to the middle 5th position)

Suits have to be 5 or more letters (does nothing to the magic card position)

MAGIC has to be 5 letters. ]]>

At the start, the magic card is third in your nine card stack. First, you spell out the rank using three (“TWO”,”SIX”,”TEN”,”ACE”), four (“FOUR”,”FIVE”,”NINE”,”JACK”,”KING”) or five (“THREE”,”SEVEN”,”EIGHT”,”QUEEN”) cards to do so, so the magic card is now on the table. Since you dealt out the cards one by one, the order of the dealt cards has been reversed, so the magic card is now third closest to the bottom of the dealt cards. When you restack the dealt cards into your nine card stack, that makes the magic card seventh in the stack.

For example lets assume the nine card stack is initially 7♣ 6♥ 2♣ A♠ 6♦ K♠ 6♣ 8♠ Q♣, so the magic card is 2♣. So when you spell “TWO” you’ve got 2♣ 6♥ 7♣ in a stack on the table and A♠ 6♦ K♠ 6♣ 8♠ Q♣ left in the stack on your hand, so after you restack them, you’ve got A♠ 6♦ K♠ 6♣ 8♠ Q♣ 2♣ 6♥ 7♣ in the stack on your hand.

Next, you spell “OF”, which always takes the top two cards, switches their position, and sticks them at the bottom. Neither of them is the magic card, so this just moves the magic card from seventh to fifth.

Continuing the previous example, after dealing out the A♠ for “O” and 6♦ for “F”, we’ve got K♠ 6♣ 8♠ Q♣ 2♣ 6♥ 7♣ in our hand and 6♦ A♠ on the table, which we restack to get K♠ 6♣ 8♠ Q♣ 2♣ 6♥ 7♣ 6♦ A♠, leaving the magic card, 2♣ , in fifth.

Now we spell out the suits. “CLUBS” is the shortest with five letters, “DIAMONDS” the longest with eight, “SPADES” and “HEARTS” both have six. But since all are at least five letters long, we’re assured that our magic card will be dealt to the table. And since it was fifth closest to the top before it was dealt, it will now be fifth closest to the bottom of the table stack. Once we combine what remains in our hand with the table stack, it will still be fifth from the bottom, which is the same as fifth from the top since we have nine cards total.

Continuing the previous example again, we deal out K♠ for “C”, 6♣ for “L”, 8♠ for “U”, Q♣ for “B”, and 2♣ for “S”, leaving 6♥ 7♣ 6♦ A♠ in our hand and 2♣ Q♣ 8♠ 6♣ K♠ on the table. Once we restack, we have 6♥ 7♣ 6♦ A♠ 2♣ Q♣ 8♠ 6♣ K♠ in our hand with the magic card, , 2♣ , in fifth.

Lastly, we spell out “MAGIC”, revealing the “C” card. A showy way to get to the fifth card in the deck… which is exactly where the magic card is! Presto, matho, the trick is done.

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