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three-card trick

a game in which players bet on which of three inverted playing cards is the queen
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  • Now everyone has heard of the three-card trick, though not one in a thousand knows how it is worked.

    Sharps and Flats John Nevil Maskelyne
  • She was a mystery, just as a juggler or the three-card trick were mysteries, and as such she commanded respect.

    Mrs. Bindle Hebert Jenkins
  • The experienced reader will have no need to be told that we are associating with a gang working the 'three-card trick.'

    Sharps and Flats John Nevil Maskelyne

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