Three Card Monte Trick
There are only two moves you need to learn in order to perform the 3 card
monte: The throw, and the bent corner move.
The basic premise behind the "game" of three card monte is that you have three
cards, for example, two black fours and a red ace. You shuffle the cards around
on the table, and the "mark" or "sucker" tries to pick the odd card, in this case,
the red ace. The sucker bets money on whatever card they think is the money
card, they lose, and you take their money. Of course, being a magician, you
take great pains to neither take their money nor make them feel stupid for
failing to follow the red card.
The first thing you need is a set of cards. I prefer for the two losing cards to be
identical, for example, both the four of clubs. This prevents an astute spectator
from noticing that you are showing him the same card twice at a certain point
in the routine.
Next, you need to bend the cards. They are bent lengthwise, so that the backs
are convex. When resting on the table, the long edges should rest flat against
the table, and the middle of the short edges are about half an inch above the
table. You also want to prebend the outer right and inner left hand corners of all
three cards. During the routine, you will bend the winning card in order to
make it seem easier to follow. You later remove the bend from the winner and
bend a loser. Having the corners prebent makes the bending easier and insures
that the bends will look exactly the same in all three cards. I prefer to put both
bends in while all three cards are still in a packet.
The basic idea behind the throw is that you hold two cards in your right hand
and one card in your left. You toss the lower right hand card onto the table,
then the left hand card, and then the remaining right hand card. The thing is,
when you are ready to spring the trap, instead of tossing the lower card, you
To do the fair throw, pick up a loser between your right thumb and second
finger, at the ends. Then pick up the winner, right below the loser, with the
thumb and third finger. Make sure the left long edges of the two cards are
touching. Pick up the other loser with your left hand between the thumb and