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properties that would add to the magic performed. The key here is that the spectator
will not be surprised that the forced card, in particular, performs some miracle. The
other reason is to create the idea the performer knew the name of the card ahead of
time. For example, the performer spreads the cards on the table and hands a magic
wand to the spectator to touch a card. After the spectator touches a card, the performer
tells the spectator to look at the end of the wand. A small image of the card that the
spectator just selected appears attached to the end of the wand. The key here is that the
spectator will be surprised that a "freely selected" card suddenly somehow appeared.
During the process of selecting a card to use as “just any card”, the force need
not be particularly strong; but should be quick and simple. In prediction tricks, the
force should be strong. Prediction forces can be complicated or simple. In these, the
process of selecting the card is long and involved. Usually these forces convince the
spectator of the fairness of the selection in spite of it being a force.
Then some tricks with forces are cute and entertaining. In these the force need not be
strong however, the force should be quick. The goal in these tricks is to reveal the card
in a novel way that gets a laugh from the audience. For example, you could have a