There are lots of variations of this game, and various names
One version I found didn't use cards, but rather used magazines (so it could be more easily seen by a large group of people), and called itself "Nine Magazines". I imagine that there is a card game version of this called "Nine Cards".
What you refer to as "the gift" is that Player 1 has a magazine in mind, and he follows a rule where he somehow signals that magazine. Say that the "correct" one is the one in the lower right.
The trick is in the location where you tap each magazine cover. For our example above, you would tap each magazine in the lower-right corner.
It can be very difficult to figure out this trick. Make the location on the cover more obvious each time. Or, try it with 4 magazines. It's better to stop after a bit more than half the group has figured it out.
In other words, when you point to one and says "Is this the one?", you are touching the card in the bottom right corner. Someone who has figured it out would know that the correct answer is "No" for all cards except for the bottom right card. A player who has figured out the rule has "the gift" and might take over as the player signaling until more players figure it out themselves.
A more tricky rule is that only the first card (or second card, etc.) that you point to signals the card you have in mind, while the rest of the point locations are arbitrary.