Magician asks the spectator to choose a card from a deck and to memorize the card. Magician takes a piece of tissue paper and asks that the spectator hold the paper between their hands. The spectator is told to stare at the paper and to concentrate on the image and imagine it on the paper.
Now, the magician takes a box of matches and lights one of the matches. He lets it burn for about ten seconds and blows it out. (You could also use a lit cigarette or a lit piece of incense). Immediately, he takes the blown out match and touches it to the paper and a small smoldering starts. It continues to burn in a trail like pattern on the paper and slowly the suit of the card is revealed in the tissue paper. He takes another match and repeats the above, only to display the number of the card. The paper stops burning once it has spelled out the card selected. The spectator is left with a souvenir of the card's number and suit burned through the paper.
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