Jordan

Any pack, shuffled by anyone may be used. Take it and pass the cards with their faces towards a spectator slowly, one at a time from the left hand to the right, counting them aloud and putting the second under the first so that the same order is retained. The person notes any card mentally and remembers its number from the top. A card must be selected before you reach the middle of the pack. This done, while the cards are upright, pull the top card of the right-hand lot on top of those in the left hand, square the pack and cut it as nearly as possible in half. Again run the faces of the cards in the top half before the spectator's eyes so that he can be sure his card is still in it. It is there, but unknown to him, it lies one card higher than he thinks owing to your having pushed off one card from his packet.

Hand the top packet to the spectator, you take the lower one. Deal one card face down on the table, the spectator deals his top card on yours, counting one; deal a second on this and he deals his second card on top, counting 'Two' continue thus, dealing alternately until he arrives at one number less than the depth of his card in his packet. At this point pick up the pile of dealt cards (the top card is the selected card) with the right hand and as you ask him to name his card and deal it face down on the table, place the right-hand packet over the cards in your left hand as if to square them but hold them upright and with the left thumb pull the top card of the right-hand packet on the top of left-hand pile. Put the right-hand packet down, then deal the top card, the card just transferred, face down on the table. He names the card he thought of and turns his card, it is another card altogether: you turn yours, it is his card.

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