Second Method

1. If you have become quite proficient in the First Method of Estimation, then you can use just the idea of Above or Below 26th Card. The Key card is spotted later.

2. The pack is shuffled by a spectator and the deck is tabled. He cuts the deck anywhere, notes the card cut to, replaces the cut and squares the pack. You now pick up the deck in order to hand it to him for cutting, but in the process, you spot the bottom card of the pack.

3. After he cuts the pack and hands it to you, all you do is locate the Key card and cut it back to the bottom. Now count over to the 26th card. Here, depending on how the spectator cut the deck, above or below the 26th position, you handle it exactly as in the First Method. Again you have a ten card leeway, and by now, the student should be able to estimate within ten cards.

4. If you should run into an unusual bad streak of luck wherein even after the question as to color and suit would leave you with a half a dozen of that particular suit, then always assemble only two cards at the bottom and the rest on top. Also in numerical order, from top down for easy remembering. Through the use of Lifts and a Glide, you can show any of the other cards that may not be at the top or bottom.

With a little more imagination, a more ingenious method can be devised. I have one such procedure but, at this writing, it would take me too far off my present purpose.

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