2 Memory Card Tricks

memory card trick

Here are 2 amazing memory tricks you can perform on stage, at parties or for friends. All you need is a deck of cards. The technique can also be used to win card games.

The method is based on the Peg System. If you are not familiar please take some time to learn it then come back to this post.

Card Pegs

Each playing card has a peg which is a word which represents the card. For cards Ace to 10 the peg is a word which begins with the card suit and ends with a consonant sound which represents a number in the phonetic alphabet. eg. 2 of Clubs begins with the letter C for clubs and ends with the N sound which represents 2. You could use cone, coin, can, etc, we’ve used can. For Jacks, the suit is used eg. club, heart etc. For Kings and Queens the peg word is a word which begins with the suit letter and rhymes with the card itself eg. Queen of Diamonds – dream. See the table below for a complete list of pegs.

ClubsHeartsSpadesDiamonds
AC - catAH - hatAS - suitAD - date
2C - can2H - hen2S - sun2D - dune
3C - comb3H - hem3S - sum3D - dam
4C - core4H - hare4S - sore4D - door
5C - coal5H - hail5S - sail5D - doll
6C - cash6H - hash6S - sash6D - dash
7C - cock7H - hog7S - sock7D - dock
8C - cuff8H - hoot8S - safe8D - dive
9C - cap9H - hub9S - soap9D - deb
10C - case10H - hose10S - suds10D - dose
JC - clubJH - heartJS - spadeJD - diamond
QC - creamQH - queenQS - steamQD - dream
KC - kingKH - hingeKS - singKD - drink

Memorize Pegs

For each peg choose a clear and distinctive image in your mind. Make sure none of the images are the same as any image you have for numbers 1-52 as there are 52 cards in the deck as you need to peg them to the card images and don’t want any confusion. Now take some time to learn them.

Trick 1: Memorize a deck of cards in order

Get someone to read the cards out or show them to you. To memorize them in order peg the card image to the number image. Try and make the resulting image as unusual or strange as possible so it sticks in your mind. eg. if the first card is the 5 of Spades you should peg 5 of Spades (Sail) to the number 1 (Tie). For instance imagine a boat that instead of a sail has a giant tie!

If the second card is the 8 of Diamonds peg the image for 8 of Diamonds (dive) to the image for the number 2 (Noah). You could imagine Noah diving into a swimming pool.

To do this have the number peg word in your mind before the card is called. As soon as the card is called make the association in your mind. When you have memorized the deck you can recall them in order of have someone call a number and you can tell them the card in that position.

Trick 2: Identify missing cards

Another trick is to have someone remove a card or cards from the deck and you can identify the missing card/s. To do this when the card is read out picture the image in your mind then spoil it. For example if the 4 of Hearts is called picture a hare with no ears. If its the King of Diamonds imagine a spilled drink. Just picture the image for a second and that should be enough.

Once all the cards have been called out run through the whole deck in your mind and the images which are not spoilt are the missing numbers. Go through the suits in the same order each time and with practice you will be able to do it quickly.

Good luck learning these amazing tricks and if you win big in Vegas card counting don’t forget where you got the idea 😉

Credit: Harry Lorayne

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