The performer removes a deck of cards from a card case and fans the cards showing a mixed deck. He then removes the two jokers and puts a rubber band around the middle of the deck. The performer lifts a portion the deck to illustrate how audience members are to peek at cards while the rubber band is around the deck.
The deck is then tossed to FIVE different people, without any secret switches. Five people peek at a card anywhere in the deck. After peeking at a card, the person remains standing.
Important Note: One worry with the old tossed out deck is that if a participant accidentally let an extra card or two slip off his thumb, the method would be exposed. The Knockout Deck eliminates that. If a person lets a few cards riffle off his thumb either accidentally or purposely, the method will not be exposed!
The performer asks the five people to think of their cards. He then invites the audience to think of random cards to attempt to confuse him. The performer claims he will READ only the thoughts of the five people standing, despite being bombarded with thoughts from the audience.
The performer says that he thinks that TWO of the standing volunteers have somehow peeked at the same card, an amazing coincidence.
HERE IS WHERE THE ROUTINE IS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER VERSIONS:
The performer says he will call out the names of cards that he is getting the impression of. He tells the participants, when I call out your card SIT DOWN. This is different from the old method, where you call out all the cards first, then say, "If you heard your card please sit down."
With the knockout deck routine, you tell them BEFOREHAND, when you hear your card sit down!
There are several ways to end the routine and two are shown here: