Vernon

The trick depends upon a special move. Take any pack, hold it firmly at the inner left corner between the thumb and first and second fingers. Press downward to the left forcibly with the thumb and the pack will break cleanly at some point. Close the pack and repeat the action, the pack will break at the same point. If the pack breaks at more than one spot, use greater pressure.

To apply this principle to a trick: borrow a pack after having had it well shuffled. Ask the spectator to take out a pencil and paper and under cover of his doing this, test the pack for the break as above; cut if necessary, to bring it at a point about one-third of the way from the top, after glimpsing the index of the card at the bottom of the portion that slides. Write this card on the paper, fold the slip and hand it to the spectator. Give him the top card and, holding the pack in position for the sliding move, call attention to its being squared perfectly and show all sides. Tell the spectator to thrust the card into the pack, face up, anywhere he pleases, but you take care it goes in under the natural break. Now move the inserted card so that it protrudes diagonally from the corner opposite your left thumb. Raise the pack with the left hand till it is upright, make the "slide" motion, pushing the upper portion an inch to the right, at the same moment seize this packet and the inserted card with the right hand and draw them away. The bottom card of the packet is shown and your prediction read, they coincide.

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