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The "Out" used in the Mental Stab Miracle is the one I originally described in The New Phoenix., #329. The one to be detailed here is similar to the "Out" used in Mental Stab when the selection is above the indicator card; however, the handling is always the same, just

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as if the indicator card was above the selection whether the selection is to the left or right of the indicator.

1. Assume you have placed a face up indicator into the pack and are now holding the pack facing you in readiness to spread it in order to up-jog the face up indicator.

2. Suppose that the actual selection is to the left of the indicator. As you come to the indicator card you up-jog it but continue to spread the cards for the purpose of showing it is the only card reversed. As you continue the spread you will come to the selection and when you do, the left thumb pushes this card downwards thus in-jogging it. Of course, you continue spreading a few more cards and then close up the spread leaving the selection in-jogged at the back end and the indicator up-jogged in the front end.

3. Grasp the inner right corner of the deck between the right thumb on top and right fingers beneath. Displaying the pack in this manner you comment about the position of the indicator. Replacing the deck into the left hand the right hand now comes over the pack to grasp it in a position similar to Figure 27.

4. While the hands are in the position shown in Figure 27, the right thumb presses down on the in-jogged card thus a break is obtained, with the right thumb at the back end. Now the right hand removes the cards above the break to the right. At the same time the left thumb falls onto the face up indicator to hold it in place against the left hand packet. Thus the indicator ends up lying at an angle across the face card of left hand packet which is, of course, the selected card. Naturally, the move is made just as you ask for the name of the selection.

5. Now suppose the selection is to the right of the reversed indicator. You would in-jog the selection before coming to the reversed indicator which is, of course, upjogged.

Now the spread is closed and the pack is face up. The situation is similar as before except the indicator is below the selection; therefore, you can't do the same move, unless you take the pack, at its inner right corner with the right hand, to display it as before and in returning it to the left hand you turn the pack over face down. Thus the indicator is still upjogged but now face up.

6. Now the right hand comes over to the deck as in Figure 27 and the right thumb pulls upward on the in-jogged selection to form the break. The right hand now moves to the right as the left thumb holds back the face up indicator. The right hand turns its packet face up to display the selection. The situation is similar to Figure 28 of the Super Mental Stab.

7. As you can see, the idea here of holding back the indicator card, is the same as in the "Out" for Mental Stab except the position of the right hand is above the packet and holding it by the ends.

8. The moves have been described with the pack being handled face up but the same basic handling will apply to the pack when it is handled face down. In the case of a selection above the indicator, the deck would first have to be turned face up in order to disclose it as being next to the reversed card.

9. Incidentally, you can pull a cheeky bit that will work when the selection is above the indicator. In this case all you do is lift off all the cards up to the break or selection. At the same time, the left hand turns palm down. The left hand turning conceals the fact that the indicator still has some cards above it and appears as if the left thumb is keeping it in place. The right hand turns palm upwards to display the face card of its half as the selection. The right hand drops its packet, then comes over to remove the indicator from the left hand cards before turning the left hand palm up again.

If you prefer you can arrange matters so that the selection becomes the top card of the left hand portion. In this case, after the right hand removes the indicator card, use it to tap the top of the cards in the left hand as this hand turns palm up. With the aid of an indicator card, held by the right hand, lever the top card of the left portion face up onto packet to disclose the selection. Using this Wrist Turn bit and this method the deck need never be turned over when the selection is below the indicator.

Sensitive Fingers

Effect: Cardician locates a selected card apparently by sense of touch.

1. On getting back a shuffled deck have a card noted with the Fingertip Peek Estimation thus the card is approximately in the 14th position from the top.

2. Undercut the pack, run 4 cards, in-jog and shuffle off to the break. This brings the selection to 18th from the top.

3. Openly square up the deck as you say, "I will find your card by sense of touch alone." Here do the Fan Spread Estimate, then in squaring up get a break below the last card of the spread. Raise the right hand packet so it is held above the cards in the left hand. The left thumb and 2nd finger still frasp the sides of this packet. The right and grasps this packet from above with 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers at the front end, 1st finger curled on top and thumb at the back end. Both hands are tilted rather forward to allow you to see the bottom card of the upper packet.

4. The right fingertips, at the front end, push inwards to bevel the packet. The ball of the right thumb at the back end now does the Push Down Glimpse. In other words, as the right thumb moves down it engages the edge of a card, then moving down a little more engaging the edge of another card, etc. until about three separated cards have thus been pushed down. Due to the separation of the cards and the tilted position of the hands you can clearly see the indexes of these cards as is shown in Figure 29.

Figure 29

5. Maintain the separation as in Figure 29 above, as you ask for the name of the selected card. If it is not any one of those you glimpsed, then it has to be one of the cards in the lower portion.

For the present let us assume it is one of the cards you are glimpsing and also, that you did this badly, and it happens to be the 3rd card from the face of this packet.

Remember you are maintaining a break on these glimpsed cards and they are more or less separated; therefore, it is very easy to simply drop off the excess cards, onto the lower portion, as you make a Side Squaring action of the upper packet. This is made easier if the left 4th finger moves into the packet and does a Pull Down Move on the cards belowthe selection.

6. As you make the side squaring action, in order to slough off the excess cards you say, "I told you I had a sense of touch." By this time you have turned the right hand packet face upwards to disclose the selection at the face of this portion.

7. Suppose that the card is in the lower half, but of course you are not sure if it is the top card. In this case the following handling will be found most satisfactory. The right hand drops its packet face down to the table. During this the left thumb casually spreads the top 3 cards to over the side of the deck just far enough so that if the packet was turned face up only the indexes of these 3 cards would show.

Figure 30

8. The right hand, having released its original packet to the table, comes back to take the cards from the left hand. The right 1st finger should curl on top to keep the 3 shoved over cards in place during the next move, which is simply to grasp the packet by the ends, then turn the right hand clockwise. This automatically brings the face of the packet into view as well as the 3 side jogged cards. The left hand, which has its 1st finger curled on the face of the packet, comes up to retake the cards. This plus the glimpsing action is all seen in Figure 30.

9. During this turn around gesture you have glimpsed 3 cards and you know the position of the actual named card.

Ask again for the name of the card, then do either a Single, Double or Triple Lift depending on the position of the named card, to disclose the selection on top.

10. This combination of glimpsing and disclosing the card can be used in a mental effect wherein you are left with six possibilities, or limit it to six. Here you can deliberately state that you will cut to the card they are thinking of, and work through it as outlined above.

11. Some may prefer to use the Fan Spread Estimation for both the selection and the final disclosure of the card; however, the use of two different methods is much better.

In 1946, Carmen D'Amico prepared a manuscript of effects titled, D'Amico's Deviltries, which he submitted to Joe Berg for publication. Due to unsatisfactory financial arrangements the book remained unpublished. One of my own contributions to D'Amico's manuscript was the following Stab effect and is here reprinted, with permission, with its original title -

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