Mental Stab

Effect: Performer places a magic Four spot card next to a card that is merely thought of.

1. Remove any 4 spot from the deck and toss it face down on the table. The rest of the deck is shuffled by a specta


tor. On getting the deck, cut off a dozen cards from the top and fan them out.

2. Show the fan to the spectator and have him think of one. Close the fan as you insert it into the center of the deck. The left thumb breaks the deck, at the upper left corner, to facilitate the insertion of the fan of cards.

3. Pick up the 4 spot and insert it face up into the center of the deck. Turn the deck, faces towards yourself, as you ask spectator to name the card he thought of.

4. You will be amazed how often your 4 spot will be right next to the card thought of. This is due to the fact that most spectators will think of one of the central cards in the fan of twelve.

5. In the few weak cases you will find you can easily come out all right by using the 4 spot to count over to the card. At times, a mere slipping of one card will place the 4 spot next to the thought of card. This is up to the performer to think his way out; however, the following procedure, which appeared in the the New Phoenix, #329, will be found most satisfactory. Originally the description of the moves was with the pack face down but they can beapplied as well to the pack when it is facing the performer.

6. As an suppose the 4 spot card was placed so that the actual thought of card is about three cards to the left of the indicator 4 spot.

7. In this case, as you fan through the cards, upjog the indicator 4 spot but continue to spread a few more cards as you remark about the 4 spot being the the only face up card.

8. Now you the cards to leave the face up indicator projecting; however, in resquaring the deck you must obtain a break, above the actual thought of card, with left 4th fingertip.

9. Maintain this break with the left hand while the right hand moves to the inner right corner of the pack. The right fingers, thumb on top and 1st and 2nd fingers beneath, grasp all the cards above the break at this corner. The right hand removes these cards inwards at the same time, the left thumb drops onto the face down indicator in order to retain this card against the face card of the left hand packet as seen in Figure 22.

10. As the move in Figure 22 above is made, both hands tilt downwards. The left thumb retains the now face down indicator against the face of the left hand packet in order to fully cover the thought of, face card. The right hand, which has continued its upward action, now holds the other face up portion of the deck.

11. Holding the position momentarily again ask for the name of the thought of card. On getting a reply you say, "Look, right next to my reversed card." Here the left thumb pushes over the face down indicator card to expose the thought of card beneath it, as seen in Figure 23.

12. In the event the thought of card is to the right of the reversed indicator, the procedure is to again upjog the face down 4 spot but in resquaring the pack get a left 4th finger break below the thought of card.

Figure 24

13. Keep the pack facing you during the next move. The right hand, from above, moves all cards, above the break, forward for about an inch onto the projecting indicator as in Figure 24.

14. The right thumb and fingers now pinch the upper right corner of the

deck and moves this upper portion, plus the upjogged indicator forward and away from rest of deck but at the same time both hands are lowered then separated to end up as in Figure 25, which shows the action completed.

15. The left hand now places its cards face down to one side. The right hand turns its packet face down into the left hand. Take the face up indicator into the right hand and with it, tap the top card of those in the left hand as you ask the spectator to name his thought of card. The left thumb pushes over the top card and, using the right hand card, the thought of card is levered face up as you say, "My card right next to the card you thought of."

16. The move has been described with the deck face up but it can also be used on a face clown pack. (See The New Phoenix#329, page 125. )

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