Zodiac Card Mystery Eddie Fields

Since this version has been published in three other books, if you are interested in a complete description, refer to the Appendix and look up the original sources. The important consideration is that the astrological presentation completely lifts the effect into a different realm (of the senses). Fields also used a subtlety that allowed the effect to unfold without the performer having to touch the cards prior to the so-called reading.

Requirements: An astrological chart showing the twelve signs of the zodiac. You also need a pencil with some daub on the rubber eraser.

Set-up: Place the pencil in your shirt or vest pocket so that the eraser is up and outside of your pocket so that none of the daub rubs off.

Method: This follows the same basic procedure of the original Walsh method. Have a spectator shuffle his own deck if possible and then deal a card onto each sign on the zodiac chart. Take out your pencil and point to the signs to demonstrate what you want done.

Tell the spectator that you are going to turn your back; that while you do so, he is to remove any number of cards from the signs on the chart and should pocket them. Furthermore, he is to collect the remainder of the cards and after thoroughly shuffling them should remember the bottom card of the group. This group of cards must be placed on top of the deck. As you conclude these instructions, touch the eraser end of the pencil against the top of the deck to leave a little smear of daub on the back of the top card.

Turn around and have the spectator deal the cards onto each sign on the chart. He may deal them in any order that he likes; however, as in Walsh's method, the card preceding the daubed card is the selection. The number of cards, including the daubed card, left in the deal represent the number of cards in the spectator's pocket.

Since the deal could be confusing, those wishing to play it safe should have the spectator deal the cards clock-wise or counterclockwise as in the original instructions by Fields, beginning the deal at the top or twelve o'clock.

After the spectator tells you his birth sign, pick up the other cards. As you pick them up make sure that the spectator's selection goes to the bottom. Then place this packet on the bottom of the deck or double-cut it from the top to the bottom of the deck and glimpse the selection. If the selection ends up on the spectator's birth sign, well...

As in most cases, after glimpsing the selection, go into a Nelson-type spiel about the spectator's astral color, lucky gem, best day of the week, lucky number, and a brief cold reading or character study. If you use the Nelson charts, you will know how to proceed. As written in The Artful Dodges of Eddie Fields: "The spectator will be so fascinated with these generalizations about himself that your final words will come as a stunning, humorous, and amazing climax."

If the selection actually falls on the proper sign, ask the spectator to name his card (after the readings). When he does, say: "I didn't really have to ask you. The stars always tell me! Any card you thought of would always turn up on his own sign! " Ask the spectator to turn over the remaining card to reveal the selection.

In both methods just described, the mathematical implication is further minimized by not mentioning any numbers. The spectator is handed some cards or chooses some cards. He is not told to deal two rows of six cards and when he deals a card onto each sign in the zodiac, he automatically deals twelve cards. He may realize this; however, the number is obtained logically and is not announced.

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