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Cut, simply have the card replaced on top of the deck and have the spectator give the deck a straight cut to bury his card.

2. Start to spread through the cards with the faces toward yourself, and inquire, "You didn't select the Jack of Spades by any chance, did you?" The spectator will reply in the negative, to which you say, "Good, because there's something rather interesting I would like to show you with that card."

When you arrive at the Jack of Spades, push over one more card. Cut the deck at that point and complete the cut. Turn the deck face down. The Jack is now second from the top and the selection is the top card. Prepare for a Double Lift.

3. Flip over the top two cards as one onto the deck to show the Jack, saying, "Here's the Jack. Before I show that rather interesting thing with it, I want to test your knowledge. I'll leave the Jack here for a moment." Flip the double face down again and deal the top card face down onto the table.

4. Add one card to the top of the deck, either by a Double Undercut or a short Overhand Shuffle (see End Notes). Now ask the spectator the following questions while performing the corresponding actions as outlined:

a) "How many weeks in a year?" He will reply, "Fifty-two."

Deal five cards one at a time into a face-down pile on the table, saying, "Five." Now deal two more cards on top, saying, "And two, makes fifty-two." Pick up the dealt cards and place them on top of the deck.

b) "How many months in a year?" He will reply, "Twelve."

Deal twelve cards into a face-down pile on the table, saying, "That's twelve, and that's the correct answer." Replace the dealt cards on top of the deck.

c) "How many days in a week?" He will reply, "Seven."

Deal seven cards into a face-down pile on the table, saying, "Seven, and you're correct once again!" Replace the dealt cards on top of the deck.

Look at the spectator, saying, "Now here's a difficult one. How many extra days in a leap year?" He will reply, "One." To which you deal off one card onto the table, saying, "You're right again! One is the correct answer. And now this is where that interesting thing is about to happen." "What was the name of your card?" The spectator names his card. Look at the card you just dealt from the deck, then look at him and say, "Remember the Jack that I placed in front of you at the beginning? Well, it's a jumping Jack and it's jumped right over here." Turn the card over to reveal the Jack of Spades.

Finally, ask the spectator to turn over the card that has been lying in front of him to reveal that it is now his selected card.

To avoid having to add an extra card to the top of the deck at the beginning of Step 4, you can set the Jack second from the top to begin. Now when you come to cut the Jack apparently to the top, you really cut it third from top. This again places the selection on top, an indifferent card second from the top, and the Jack third from the top. You now carry out a Triple Lift instead of a Double Lift, then proceed exactly as outlined from there on in. I prefer doubles to triples and, therefore, prefer to perform the routine as outlined.

77j/s /'s an elaboration on the previous effect. Here something interesting occurs each time you deal the cards. A simple set-up of six cards does it all for you. If the routine sounds confusing as you read it, a trial before an audience will prove that it is not. It is quite straightforward, and it is also humorous.

Set-up the top six cards of the deck without regard to suits as follows, reading from the top down: Four-Ace-Two-Two-Seven-Five-rest of deck.

1. Spread the deck and have a card chosen and noted. As the card is being noted, raise the inner end of the top card in readiness for the Vernon Depth Illusion (Tilt). Take back the card and apparently insert it into the middle of the deck at the inner end. In reality the card goes into the break below the top card (figure 1). Close the break as you square the deck.

2. Explain, saying, "Most of us carry a diary with us. I only need a deck of cards Unfortunately, my deck works backwards, but that's not a problem. Let me show you." You now carry out the following sequence complete with patter that will eventually reveal the selected card.

a) "How many weeks are there in a year? Fifty-two is the correct answer. Let's see if the deck agrees. Fifty-two, that's five and two. If I deal five cards I get a Two. If I deal two cards I get a Five. See what I mean. Either way, we still get fifty-two."

Accompany the above by dealing five cards into a face-down pile and turn over the top card to reveal a Two spot. Then deal two cards into a separate pile and turn over the last card to reveal a Five spot. Turn the face-up cards face down onto their respective packets, then place the larger pile on top of the smaller one. Drop the combined packet on top of the deck.

b) "How many months are in a year? Twelve is the correct answer. That is a one and a two. Again this works backwards. If I deal one card I get a Two, and if I deal two cards I get a One."

Deal one card face down onto the table then turn it face up to reveal a Two spot. Now deal two cards face down into a separate pile and turn over the top card to reveal an Ace (one). Turn the

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