If you haven’t seen this video yet, I think you will really enjoy it. The magician, Justin Flom, retells an old soldier’s story about a deck of cards, using some neat magic with a deck of cards. Be sure to watch the video all the way through as there is a stirring and touching moment at the end that honors our troops.
Here is a transcript of the video:
Hi, my name is Justin Flom. Thank you for watching, and I’d like to share with you a story. And, um, I certainly can’t take credit for the story. In fact, it dates all the way back to 1778, and I heard it from a recording in the late 50’s. And people are still passing around the story today. So, you may know it, but it means a lot to me.
It starts with a soldier overseas at war in his bunker with a deck of cards spread out on his bed. A sergeant walks in and says, “Soldier, what are you doing?” And he says, “Sir, I was just about to spend some time in prayer with the Lord.” He says, “Actually, it looks like you are about to play cards.” He says, “No sir. If you let me explain, I’ll show you something kind of interesting. You see this deck of cards may seem ordinary to you, but it acts as my Bible.”
“You see, in a deck, the Ace reminds me that there is only one God. And the two, is the two halves in the Bible, the New and the Old Testament. The three – that’s the trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The four, well that’s Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the apostles. The six, that’s the six days in which God made the earth. The seven, is the day that God rested. In the Bible, you even have the ten commandments and my absolute favorite, Jesus, who is the king. In fact, he’s the king of my heart.
Now, at this point the sergeant was surprised and impressed. And he said, “That’s pretty neat.” He goes, “it doesn’t stop there, sir. You see, in a deck of cards, there’s four suits, hearts, clubs, spades and diamonds. That’s the four seasons. In fact, there’s thirteen cards in each suit. There’s thirteen weeks exactly in each quarter. Fifty two cards in the deck. There’s 52 weeks in a year. So, you see sir. My deck of cards is my Bible. It’s my calendar. It’s my almanac. And with a deck of cards spread in front of me, I can see all of the things that I am to be thankful for.”
Now, as a magician, I work with a deck of cards for a living, and it’s a really nice story, it means a lot to me. But I take it a step farther. You see, with a deck of cards spread in front of me, I can remember the things that I am thankful for. One of those things just may be a soldier who is oversees giving his life for my freedom.