One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Conjuring. A card (typically a playing card) which is slightly longer or wider than the others in the deck or pack, and used to facilitate conjuring tricks.
2Contract Bridge. A low card from a suit from which four or more cards are held or have been played.
Late 18th century. From long + card.
long card/ˌlɒŋ ˈkɑːd/
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