How to Do the Last 2 Cards Match Trick

Learn how to do the last two cards match trick in this dinner table magic tricks video from Howcast.

A: All right, so this trick, actually the name explains exactly what’s going to happen. It’s called Last Two Cards Match.

B: Okay.

A: Okay, so what we’re going to do is we’re going to spell the phrase or the sentence Last Two Cards Match. I’ll move the cards for every letter that we spell.

B: Okay.

A: I’ll explain as we go along. So pick a pile and you get to pick, whichever pile you like for every word. So which pile would you like first?

B: Let me try that one.

A: That one, okay. So we’ll spell L-A-S-T. Choose another one or the same one.

B: Let’s use the same one.

A: Okay, T-W-O.

B: This one.

A: Cards, C-A-R-D-S, and then match.

B: Let’s use the same one again.

A: All right, M-A-T-C-H. I’m going to put these aside over here. Let’s do this one more time. Choose a pile to start with.

B: Let’s start with this one this time.

A: Sure, that’s last, L-A-S-T.

B: Now this one.

A: Okay, T-W-O.

B: Again.

A: Cards, C-A-R-D-S.

B: And then one more time.

A: And match, M-A-T-C-H. And we’ll put these over here. These are the last two cards.

B: And they’re going to match.

A: I hope so. Ta-da!

B: Yay!

A: Oh, and by the way, so do these, and so do those.

B: And so do those? So how does that work?

A: It just does. Actually, this trick works all by itself.

B: Really?

A: Yeah, here so I’ll show you the setup. What you want to do is you want to get six different cards, but each card has to have a match. So obviously there are not two of the same card in a pack of cards, so there are two ways to do this. One is to get an ace of hearts, ace of diamond, five of diamonds, five of hearts. Any card with what you call it’s mate. So it’s the same color, different suit.

B: Okay.

A: King of spades, king of clubs. Then what you do is you want to make sure that they’re in the same order, too. So king, five, ace from the bottom up. King, five, ace and then you would just invert one of the piles.

B: Great.

A: And it will work all by itself. Do you want to give it a shot?

B: Sure. You may have to help me through it. Okay.

A: So all you have to remember is last two cards match.

B: Last two cards match.

A: So I’ll pick a pile and I’ll choose this one and then you spell last.

B: L-A-S-T.

A: Good, and then two. I’ll use this pile over here.

B: Okay, T-W-O.

A: Then cards, I’ll use the same pile.

B: Okay, C-A-R-D-S.

A: Perfect, and match. I’ll use this one over here.

B: Okay, M-A-T-C-H.

A: Then you take the top two cards and you place them to the side.

B: Place them to the side. So one more time.

A: So then we’ll use this one, last.

B: Okay, L-A-S-T.

A: Two, I’ll use the same pile.

B: Okay, T-W-O.

A: Cards, I’ll use the same pile.

B: Okay, C-A-R-D-S.

A: And match, I’ll use this one over here.

B: M-A-T-C-H.

A: Then you place these two over here.

B: Okay.

A: Now what they don’t know is this pair and this pair also match. So that’s what we call the kicker, so they get excited about this and then you go, "Oh, and this." Then you say these are the last two cards and they should match and they do. And then they think the trick is over and you say, "So do these, ta-da!" And now there is one other way to do this. Another way is if you want to take three different cards, any three cards, and you can rip them in half and then turn the one pile face up and one face down, then you can use it that way. But this is a great way of doing it without destroying a pack of cards.

B: Great.

A: And that’s how you do the Last Two Cards Match.