Card Reader

Card Reader

In this fast-paced world, it’s important to take time to reflect on things. For great reflection and connection, grab your cellphone and a normal pack of playing cards.

Guide lines
Ready, Steady, Go!

Card tricks require some skill, but not in this case. Cellphones are everywhere - use this to your advantage by placing your phone under the area where you’re displaying the cards.

Lend me your ears

Shuffle the cards or just spread them out, so that others can only see the back of the card. Doing this outdoors should also help increase reflection levels.


Do you mind helping me work on my card guessing skills, I’m getting quite good.

Casually hold the cards over the phone, not too obviously, and avoid looking directly at the phone.


Pick a card, any card.

Seal the Deal and Reveal

As the person picks the card, casually and briefly check what they selected in the reflection of the phone screen.


Is the card a … (as seen in reflection).

This should impress them. And you can continue to guess the correct cards, several times in a row.

Some extra lines you can try

  • It’s important to reflect on things that are important to you, right?
  • This is easy to do when you use more than 10% of your brain.
  • Your guess is as good as mine, except I’m not guessing.
Alternative ending

Keep them selecting for several cards in a row, then start criticizing their choices before they even see what they’ve drawn. “Just make sure it’s not a four of spades… please tell me it’s not a queen of hearts,” etc.

Anticipated responses and retorts

Can you tell me who is going to call me next?

I will call you later… ok?

Can you see the future?

The future is a reflection of the present.

What am I going to choose next?

You will choose to ask me how this works.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to get people smiling.
  • When you want to create some amazement.
  • When you want to have some fun.
Where to use it
  • the office canteen
  • team building events
  • informal gatherings
  • socializing at the pub
  • at a picnic
Getting ready
Items required
  • A mobile phone (preferably a smart phone, with a decent size screen) and a pack of playing cards
  • Make sure the phone is lying in front of you, and that you can see the screen.
Training required
  • Try this on your own first and you will be ready in no time.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • Don’t start grooming your hair in the reflection on your phone’s screen or you will get bust.

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

a mobile phone and some playing cards

size size

the cards and phone should fit in your pockets

durability durability

phones and cards are everywhere

source source

the ether

time to impact time to impact

pretty much there and then

size of audience size of audience

one-on-one or a small group

possible health risk possible health risk

just have fun

reusable how many times you can use it

many times

training needed training needed

play with this on your own for a bit and you will get the hang of it fast

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