Third Method

This makes use of an Estimated Key but it is more definite. The procedure is the same with the spectator shuffling and tabling the deck while you demonstrate how he is to cut and note a card.

2. During your helpful demonstration, you cut off a packet of cards, but you use the Nail Gauge to cut an estimated number. Of course you also look at the card, thus you now know a Key at an approximate position from the top of the deck. Assume the Key card is a 7D and that your Nail Gauge, which you tested previously, gives you approximately ten cards.

3. When the spectator cuts off a packet of cards he is bound to cut off more than ten and if he doesn't, the job is simple to find the card. Let us assume, however, that he cuts off more than ten cards. As soon as he has looked at the card he cut to, instruct him to cut the packet several times.

4. If you were to take the packet from him now, you can easily locate the card as you would merely look for the 7D Key and then count over about 12 cards including the Key 7D, and cut the packet at this point. The chances of the noted card being among the top three is strongly in your favor. It is a simple matter to disclose the card after first having it named.

5. By carrying step four a little further you can lose the most astute cardmen as to your method of locating the card. It is based on the use of Three Key Cards which are obtained in the course of the effect as follows.

The first Key would be your Estimated Key, plus its Estimated Position. In this example, it would be the 7D and the Estimated Number would be ten. The spectator has cut off his packet, noted the card, then cut his packet several times.

6. During the time the spectator is cutting his packet, you casually pick up the remainder of the deck. In doing so note the bottom card and remember it. Suppose it is the 8C. Overhand shuffle it to the top and in setting the deck back on the table, note the new bottom card. Suppose this card is the 5S. Remember the new bottom card, the

5S, as your First Key Card. Remember the 8C, now on top of the deck, as your Second Key Card. The 7D and your estimated number are the third thing to be remembered.

7. After the cards are back on the table, have the spectator return his packet, which you insist he cut several more times to be sure even he could not know where his card could be, on top of the tabled cards. Have him pick up the complete deck and give this several cuts also.

8. On taking the deck you first locate the 5S, your First Key, and bring this to the face or bottom of the pack. Next, locate your 2nd Key, the 8C. Now all the cards beyond this 8C comprise the original packet of cards cut off by the spectator. Thumb through the packet and locate your 3rd Key, the 7D. Then count twelve cards, assuming your Nail Gauge number was ten, including the Key, and cut the packet there to bring the possibilities to the top of the packet.

9. Remember that the packet, which has your 3rd Key card, is treated just as a separate packet and the count is made with this packet only. The rest of deck has been eliminated by the use of the previous two Key cards. Of course, eventually the whole deck is face down in left hand but with the possible selection on top of the deck.

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