Fourth Method

1. In this you locate two cards chosen under what are very fair and impossible conditions. It all depends on the fact that when a spectator is required to cut the pack into three packets he does so quite evenly. In other words, the packets will be about even. If you are not sure of the spectator doing this, you can suggest this to him. Again you can do the cutting yourself and thus be quite sure. At any rate, the packets are made after the spectator has thorough ly shuffled the pack and as yet you do not have any Key card.

2. After the three packets are cut, you can have each of them shuffled again if you wish. Now one of the packets is picked up, shuffled, the bottom card noted after the shuffle. Then the packet is dropped onto either one of the two tabled packets. The remaining packet is then shuffled, the bottom card noted and the packet dropped onto the tabled cards.

3. All is squared up while the pack is still on the table. Pick up the deck and in handing it to spectator, glimpse the bottom card as your Key. As everything has been handled so fairly up to this point, the glimpsing of the Key can be quite open. As an example, you can take the pack, from above by the ends with right hand, and deliberately hold it up, with the bottom card facing you, as at same time you remark, "Remember your two cards", then hand the pack to spectator for cutting.

4. On getting back the pack, hold it faces towards yourself and locate your Key card which is then cut back to the bottom of the pack. Count 14 cards from the face of the deck and starting with the 15th, spread out the next ten cards. It is practically certain, if the three cuts of deck were fairly equal, that the 1st selection is among the 15th to the 24th cards.

A couple of leading questions as to color and suit in a quick casual way, almost as if you were telling them, not asking, and you boil down to a few possibilities among the ten cards. In handling these possibilities you do so by removing them from the center of the deck and placing them on top and bottom. In other words, do not cut the pack. This will retain the approximate position of the 2nd selection while dis closing the 1st selection. In any case, the 1st selection is named and you disclose it by the Lift, Glide or any other means such as the Fan Deal from Seconds, Centers, Bottoms.

5. After the 1st selection is you must be sure to cut any excess cards that you may have placed on top of the deck, in finding the 1st selection at the bottom of the deck. This time count to the 28th card from the face of the deck and starting with the 29th card spread out the next ten cards. The 2nd selection should lie among the 29th to 38th cards. Handle the situation as before to eventually disclose the selected card.

6. Your success is more assured if you cut the packets yourself but be certain that the action is casual and not studied. The packets will have approximately between 16 and 18 cards each. If, after the cards have been noted, you wish to reveal them both by spelling to them, play safe by assuming that each packet has had 16 cards. Thus, if the card was say, the Ace of Diamonds, which spells with 13 letters, then you would first lose the top three cards in a cut before proceeding with the spell. The spell should be made by turning each card face up. If the selection was actually at the 16th position, then the AD would come out on the letter S. If it does not show on the letter S, do a Double Lift of the top cards still in the left hand. If the selection was at 18th position it will show up on the Double Lift. If it does not show as you do the Double Lift, turn the two cards face down and take top card in your hand, snap it and say, "I forgot to do this". Now turn this card face up and it should be the selected card.

It all appears as if you meant it this way. If you are not squeamish as to how many cards you Lift, then it is always a simple matter to lift up the few cards on top of the deck, spot the actual selection, get a left 4th finger break below it, then do a Lift to show the selection. Even with a bad guess at the cuts you will seldom have to go beyond a Triple Lift.

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