## Tell Me Three Times

Effect: The performer hands out a shuffled deck and turns his back. The person holding the pack is instructed to cut it, complete the cut and deal the three cards cut to the top face-up onto the table. He then mentally selects one of the three. The performer asks that the spectator name the three cards for him, but that he lie about the identity of his selection. Without a question, the performer determines the fictitious card, then divines its real name.

Method: A stack is again at the root of the mystery. The stack can be any of the common systems; e.g., Eight Kings, Si Stebbins, Hungry Jackass. Give the deck a false shuffle and hand it to someone. Turn your back and have him give the pack one or two cuts before dealing the top three cards from left to right in a faceup row.

"I want you to think of one of those three cards. Have you got one? Good, Now name the cards aloud from left to rightâ€”but when you come to the card you're thinking of, lie. Name some completely different card in its place. Do you understand?"

You know the three cards must be in your stacked sequence. To ascertain the counterfeit then is a matter of simple logic. Ask yourself these questions:

1) Do the first two cards named follow the stack arrangement? If they do, the third card must be the mental selection and its true identity is the next card in the sequence.

2) If the first two cards do not follow your arrangement, do the second card and the third? If they do, he must be lying about the first card, and its real identity is that of the card preceding the second in your sequence,

3) Do neither the first and second nor the second and third cards follow the arrangement? Then the second card must be the selection, and its identity is that of the card following the first in the sequence.

Here are several examples to illustrate the method of deduction. In them it is assumed the arrangement being used is the Eight Kings stack, with the suits ordered in CHaSeD rotation.

The spectator calls out the king of clubs, eight of diamonds and ten of spades. He must be lying about the second card, as neither the first nor the last pair follow the sequence; and since the three of hearts follows the king of clubs in the proper sequence, this must be the card chosen.

He names the four of spades, ace of diamonds and nine of diamonds. The first two cards follow the arrangement, so the third card must be the false one. The card that should follow the ace of diamonds in the sequence is the six of clubs. This, then, is his card.

Don't merely blurt out the name of the card when you have determined it. Play with the situation. Have a little fun with it and build the drama. Here is an example of how this can be accomplished:

You have just identified the selection for yourself as the third card of the row. "I need a few more samples of your voice when you are lying. Will you pick up the card on your left, hold It in your left hand and say, 'I am holding this card in my right hand.* Humm. Now say. This is not my card.' Yes, that sounded like the truth. Put that card back in the pack.

"Pick up the card now on the left of the row and say, 'This is the card.' No, that was certainly a lie. Put that card in the pack.

"Now pick up the last card and name the suits: hearts, diamonds, clubs, spades. Yes, I think I got that. Now name the values: ace, two, three and so on, up to the king. Fine. Now say, 'My card is the queen of clubs.' No, that's not quite right. Try this: 'My card is the six of clubs.' Yes, that's finally the truth! That's it!"

The trick is baffling, easy to do and most entertaining, as a few performances will prove.

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