Time Zones Edward Marlo

Set-up: As in "Time For Si Stebbins," the deck is previously set in Si Stebbins order.

Method: Table the deck and request that Spectator A cut the pack several times, giving it straight cuts. As this is done, turn your back to the audience.

Next ask Spectator A to think of any hour on the clock and to remove an equal number of cards off the top of the deck and so on, following the procedure already outlined several times in this manuscript.

When he has finished following your instructions, turn around and pick up the talon. In squaring the cards or in the process of handing them to Spectator B, glimpse the bottom card. Remember it for-it keys your first force card--the one Spectator A will eventually select.

Instruct Spectator B to repeat the same actions of Steps 2 and 3. Once again you turn your back. Turn around and pick up the remaining cards and place them aside or in your pocket. Use any ruse for logically handling the talon as you glimpse the bottom card. As in Step 4, you now know the card Spectator B will eventually select.

Pick up each 12-card packet in front of each spectator (in turn) and deal them into a pair of clock configurations, placing them side by side. At this point you can go into some business about "different time zones'' and that Spectator A's clock dial represents Eastern Standard Time and Spectator B's clock dial represents Central Standard Time.

Turn your back and ask each spectator to note the card at his chosen hour. Request that both spectators assemble all the cards, having one volunteer shuffle them to further mix them. After some byplay, name both selections. Several patter approaches should suggest themselves. Also the student can work out several handlings on the glimpses and when and how they are taken.

August 23, 1971

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