For some magicians a deck of cards is an important asset as a tool is to a mechanic. Playing cards originated in China and India. An Italian magician named Giovanni Giuseppe Pinetti is known to be the first to perform card magic in a theatre in front of an audience in the 18th century. Card magic has its own identity. Master magicians have pioneered techniques which have been passed down through generations.
Performing a magic trick with a deck of cards is fascinating as it brings the magician up close with the audience members. The audience members are provided an up close personal view to the magicians personal space to view the illusion to be performed. The distance that a stage show offers is non existent. The audience members has a more personal feeling compared to watching a stage show.
A deck of cards happen to be a common item at home. They are used to play games. Often, people attempt to learn magic tricks on their own with a deck of cards. Most card tricks involve having a spectator picking a card, returning it to the deck, shuffling the card, then finding the card in the deck.
The video below puts a twist to the standard card trick.