Speaking Of The Clock Marvin A Johnson

Marvin A. Johnson, after seeing me perform several versions of the Clock Effect, made a couple of worthy additions of his own. They were published in M-U-M (December - 1970: Volume 60, Number 7).

The First Variation consists of setting up the deck in a Memorized set-up such as the Ireland or Nicola Stack. Shift the bottom card to the top, moving each card in the Stack down one notch or position. Give the deck a false shuffle.

Ask the spectator to think of an hour, remove the same number of cards, placing them in his pocket (or they can transfer cards from the top to the bottom). This is accomplished while your back is turned.

When you turn around and take the deck, say: "Take time...Steal a watch!" If you place your watch on your right wrist, as you pull back your right sleeve to look at your watch with your left hand (which is holding the deck face-down in a dealing position), execute the Gambler's Hole-Card Peek. The top card keys the hour chosen by the spectator.

This well-known peek is described in several books. For example, in Arthur Buckley's Card Control - "Sighting The Top Card - Third Method," p. 32.

There are two options: (1) Deal cards face down into the clock configuration, starting at one-o'clock. The spectator notes the card occupying the position of his chosen hour. The performer's back is turned during this action. At this stage, the performer can compute the spectator's selection, doubling the known number of the chosen hour and subtracting 1. For example, suppose that after glimpsing the top card, you know the spectator's chosen hour is six. Double six to obtain twelve, subtract one, and obtain eleven. The card the spectator chooses will be the eleventh card in your original Memorized Stack. You now know the hour and selected card. The spectator may gather all of the cards and shuffle. With your back still turned you can name both items.

(2) Although it is weaker to deal the "clock configuration" cards face up, especially if your back isn't turned, a simple variation is to glimpse the top card as previously described. Have the spectator deal the cards face up into the clock diaI, beginning with one-o'clock. Have him note the card at his chosen hour. Turn around briefly and say, "Have you noted one yet?" When you turn around, momentarily glimpse the card at the position you know the spectator's chosen card will be. Then turn around again. Ask the spectator to gather and shuffle the cards. With your back turned, name his card and hour.

Marvin Johnson's Second Variation is similar to the device used by Audley Walsh in "The Mystic Twelve." Johnson suggested shuffling a pencil-dotted card to a position thirteenth from the top of the deck. Now when you go through the usual procedure for the clock effect, when the spectator begins dealing the cards into the clock dial, reversing their order, note the position that the pencil-dotted card falls. Count backwards or counter-clockwise from twelve o'clock until you reach the pencil-dotted key. This will give you the spectator's chosen hour. The pencil-dotted card is a known force-card as well as the key card. Conclude the effect as usual.

December -1970

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