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Ado
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I do a street magic effect where that starts with me asking a random person on the streets to name a card. Ace of spades about once every five times.

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MagicSarah
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I feel a scientific experiment coming on. .. Smile
Jacob3
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On Nov 8, 2014, Decomposed wrote:
KH, AS, QH and 7D in that order.

I believe this guy is right
Peej
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I agree with not choosing any royal cards Smile

I prefer 7D or 2C. Usually.
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It all depends on what you ask them to think about. There is a huge difference between think about a fairly random card or think about your favourite card that would mean something to you (or represent somehow your personality).

With ladies you have enormous chances of them choosing hearts, quite often the Queen of Hearts will their favourite card, other popular choices are Ace and Jack of Hearts or simply 7 of Hearts, and you can cut them off from picture card by saying e.g. 'now you have a suit, we need to select a value for the card, so just think about the first number that comes to your mind between 1 and 10'. This is pushing them towards the 7.

If spectators want to be more random and unpredictable they will usually go for number card, like 3-4, in my experience Clubs are quite random suit. Guys are harded to predict than ladies, but I guess they tend to go for strong picture cards, aces and spades (not when asked to pick RANDOM card, then they would know that their king is not random).
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On Oct 29, 2015, Shurikenstorm5 wrote:
Ace of Spades, queen of hearts, six of clubs



Mine is similar Queen of hearts, Ace of spades, ten of club or any high value clubs.
interesting, Wonder if there is a reason for that.
brittany_killgore
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Queen of hearts, Ace of spade, Jack of diamond etc.... Mostly Ace, King, Queen and Jack.
Jim_Macdonald
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Ace of Spades, Queen of Hearts, Seven of Clubs.
NWJay
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An interesting topic - useful too for working out a good arrangement for, say, an ID. Here's a site with some interesting stats on this:

http://www.psychologyofmagic.org/research/cards/data.html
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This IS a great question!!
I have found that you can 'steer' someone to a very small set of possibilities by casually stating, "Not an Ace, that is what EVERYBODY says and none of the Face cards, they are too fancy".
As has been mentioned here, even though statistically that only cuts it down by 18 our of 52, people tend to fall in the middle with an odd number (5, 6, 9).
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