The mage puts a Tarot card face down on the table and, taking a regular deck of cards, shuffles it. He asks a spectator to deal any number of cards in a pile on the table - a number that may or may not have some significance to her.
When the spectator has done so, she is asked to take the tabled pile and deal it into three piles, representing the past, the present, and the future. Her past, present, and future? Or the world's? Or someone or something she knows?
When she has done so, the mage recaps: A freely chosen number, the cards handled exclusively by the spectator. The spectator now turns over the top card of each pile: The number formed is 666, the "number of the beast". The Tarot card is then turned over and it shows "the beast" with the number "666" below the picture.
A search engine on your computer, like Google, will give you dozens of background sites for "the number of the beast". You can make the routine tell virtually any story you want. (Some have even argued that "the beast" was former U.S. president Ronald Wilson Reagan, because his name has six letters in each individual name; this would make some sense - if the original Bible were written in English, which it wasn't!). Depending on what routine you come up with, the justification can be that the spectator has conquered the best, has called up the beast, has been captured by the beast, or whatever you think will work with your audience.
Have fun with this sleight-free routine.
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