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Today I was going to a local shopping mall, and sitting near the main entrance was an older lady, with a cardboard sign like the ones you often see homeless people with, asking for money. But hers just read: "I'm lonely, I need a friend, please talk to me." She looked rather run-down (missing some teeth, odd clothes, shopping cart), and everyone was ignoring her. I felt sorry for her, so I sat down to have a friendly chat.

After talking for a while, she said "Can I show you a card trick?" Of course I beamed and said I'd love that, and she proceeded to pull out a well-worn deck of cheap playing cards, and did the classic 21 Card Trick. It was just all dealing and counting, but I played along, and congratulated her on finding my card. She was very pleased, and said it was the only trick she knew, and thanked me for spending some time with her, and watching her card trick.

You can probably guess where this is going. I said that I like card tricks too, and would she like to see some more card magic? She was very keen, so I did a series of impromptu card tricks for her, and she was absolutely amazed and thrilled. Before I went on my way, she begged me to teach her another card trick, so I taught her a simple key card trick she could do.

I got the impression she wasn't homeless, but may have been mentally ill or in need of special care. Even so, it was a great opportunity to brighten someone's day, by treating them with compassion as a fellow human being, and giving them some joy with the help of card magic.

PS: And for the benefit of anyone concerned about my health after handling that deck, yes hand sanitizer was used afterwards, ahead of eating my lunch 5 minutes later!


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Thank you, lovely and life affirming.

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Wow!! This is such a lovely story.

So often we are told that it's not about the tricks, but about connecting with people and showing them our humanity - who we are. If this experience isn't the epitome of that idea I don't know what is. Two strangers sharing a happy experience in a moment of kindness.

Heart warming. Thanks for sharing.

All the best.

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With this experience you have proved that the art of magic is not only an entertaining show, but also a way to socialise, help and make friends!
Thank you for sharing this experience!

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Thank you for sharing this story with us.

Sometimes people ignore the homeless just because they beg for money but some as the lady in your story was just looking for someone to talk with. You provided the thing she wanted had a chat and shared some magic. 

It is quite a heart warming story.

Have a nice day 

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What tricks did you show her, EndersGame?

Sorry, I never thought to ask in my first post.

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What a beautiful story
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Good on you!
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GregB

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Great story! We really have a wonderful opportunity as magicians to bring some joy into people's lives, especially in this time
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What tricks did you show her, EndersGame?

I had to improvise given the condition of the deck she had.  Harry Lorayne would be proud of me - he always loved performing with other people's decks, no matter what condition they were in!

From what I remember:
- I revealed a selection that she'd inserted randomly into the deck (then controlled second from top with a diagonal shift) and used a DL to make the top card magically turn into hers. 
- A self-worker which I first learned as a teenager under the name "Aces Follow Aces" in a Garcia & Schindler book, and have been doing for years. It's also published as Travelling Aces by Charlie Nagle in Scarne on Card Tricks, and a pile of four Aces instantly changes places with a pile of indifferent cards.
- She told me her favourite card was the Ace of Spades, so I had her point to any card she wished in a spread, and made the two black Aces sandwich it.
- A mentalism routine where I divined her card by a lie detector test, reading her responses.


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What a heart warming story. I spires me to emulate that.
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Nice one, EndersGame.

Any deck, any time, any condition.

Great story.

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Aah, mate! That was fantastic. Just read it out to my wife...got all teary...so did she!
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