This can be performed close-up, but also works as a fabulous stand-up routine. The props have a built-in interest and charisma for lay audiences, because a deck of cards that can be locked is both funny and intriguing.
A deck of cards is shown to have a hole drilled through it in one corner, into which a lock can be inserted -- this is to keep the magician from his uncontrollable urge to perform too many card tricks! For this effect, though, the lock is removed, and a card is peeked at in the deck. The lock is IMMEDIATELY placed through the hole and closed. The locked deck is handed to the spectator to examine and the magician's hands are seen to be completely empty. Taking the locked deck back from the spectator, the magician riffles it a few times, then names the selected card. Once again the magi's hands are seen empty and he gives the deck back to the spectator, asking her to look for her card in the locked deck....She cannot find it! It has vanished from the locked deck, even though the lock never opened. The magician (hands still empty!) reaches into his pocket and removes one card, with its hole still intact! It is the selected card.
Killer effect that is so easy to do, you will fall out of your chair with joy when you read the instructions! Card can be found in any impossible location that you choose -- in your wallet, in your shoe, on the other side of a window, etc etc.
This version also uses a lock with an extra long hasp, which does not change the method or handling, but does make it easier for the spectator to look through the cards when they are locked together. So you get to the climax of the effect sooner.
Made with familiar Bicycle Poker size cards. Brand new with instructions (Apologies for the glare of flash on the chosen card in the photo!)