Effect. A spectator takes the four 2's from his own pack, replaces them in different parts of the pack and shuffles. The pack is handed on again. The four 2's are reversed in the pack. They are taken out. The spectator holds the rest of the pack. The lights are put out and on again, the 2's are again reversed in the pack, and the performer holds four indifferent cards.
SECRET. In your waistcoat pocket you have four 2's from a strange pack, the back pattern doesn't matter since it is never seen. When the spectator takes the four 2's and replaces them, tell him to be careful not to put any of them within six cards of the top or bottom. When the lights are put out you simply take out your own four 2's, put them in different parts of the pack reversed, take off four cards from the top of the pack and put them in your pocket.
When the lights are on again, spread the pack backs up and the four 2's (your strange cards) are seen to be-face up. Draw them out towards yourself and put them in a face-up packet, being careful not to allow a glimpse of their backs. Run through the pack, saying you will reverse the four cards in different places, any four, you say, but you really reverse the four 2's, this time being careful not to allow a glimpse of their faces. Lights out-put the four 2's (our stranger cards) in your pocket and take out the four indifferent cards you took from the pack in the first phase of the trick.
Lights up-you hold four indifferent cards and the four 2's are again found to be reversed in the pack. The pack is again complete, the stranger cards are safely out of the way and no clue is left.
It is advisable to carry two sets of 2's, one bridge size and one poker size, you are then prepared for whatever cards may be used.
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