"The Seven of Spades. I have here just two indifferent cards."

Slide Seven of Spades back onto pack and replace the other three cards on top it.

With left thumb push the two top cards off to right side and remove them with right hand. These are the two selected cards and you must be very careful not to expose the faces of the cards. Audience believes these two cards to be the two indifferent cards which you just showed.

"I shall place them in this envelope."

Place deck on table and pick up envelope with left hand.

Give envelope to Smith at your left.

"First, will you look inside and see that it is empty?"

Take envelope again in left hand and place two cards inside.

"I shall place these two indifferent cards, the King of Hearts and the Seven of Spades, inside."

Seal envelope and give it to Smith to hold.

Pick up about half of the cards of the second pile on table with the King and Seven cards on top. Fan them with right hand, backs of cards up.

"I shall take a few cards and place the two selected cards among them."

Pick up the two selected cards. Place them in different parts of the packet which you have fanned in right hand. Audience must not see these two indifferent cards for they think these cards are the selected ones. Figure 30.

"One here and the other there -- and shuffle."

Shuffle cards to mix them up.

"And I shall ask you to hold them tight."

Give this packet to Jones at your right.

"Are you interested in rapid transit? I shall show you a method that has even subways and aeroplanes outdone. I shall cause the two indifferent cards in the envelope to jump suddenly over into your hands, sir (to Jones), and the two selected cards to fly over into the envelope. No sooner said than done. (To Jones) Will you look through the cards in your hand and see if the card is among them?"

Jones looks through cards and, of course, does not find his selected card.

"Run them through for this gentleman (Smith) and let him see whether his card is there. No card? See, they have passed. Now, see whether the King of Hearts and the Seven of Spades, the two indifferent cards, are there instead."

Gentleman finds the two indifferent cards and shows them to audience. To Jones,

"Will you please mention your card, sir?" Let us assume that it is the Five of Diamonds. "The FIVE OF DIAMONDS." To Smith,

"And the name of your card? The QUEEN OF CLUBS. Now tear open the envelope and take out the cards."

Smith removes cards from envelope. You take them and show them to audience.

"The Five of Diamonds and the Queen of Clubs."



Performer gives shuffled deck to five or six spectators in rotation, having each one select a card. A slip of paper is given to each one on which to write the name of his card. The slips are folded up and placed on a plate. Magician collects cards and seals them into an envelope. A hat is shown empty and placed on table. On it is placed a plate, and on the plate, the envelope is placed. One of the folded papers is selected and the name of the card read. The envelope is opened and it is found that the card named has disappeared from the other selected cards. The plate is then removed from the hat and the missing card is found in the hat.


2--Six strips of paper, about 6 inches long and about 1 inch wide.

3--A medium sized envelope.

4--Two plates, one large enough to cover inside of crown of hat.

5--Six sharpened pencils.


To Prepare:

Have paraphernalia ready on table. To Perform:

Pick up deck of cards. Riffle shuffle it in your hands. Pick up slips of paper and pencils. Give cards to spectator.

"Will you please remove a card, look at it and remember it? Do not show it to me. Then write the name of your card on this slip of paper."

Give spectator a slip of paper and a pencil.

Then pass on to five more spectators and let them remove any cards they choose. Give each a slip of paper and a pencil so that he can write the name of his card on the slip.

Take plate from table. Ask each to fold his slip of paper.

"Please fold the papers up rather small and place them on this plate."

Pass the plate to each spectator. As each places his slip on it, notice one slip which is folded peculiarly so that it can be recognized even when shuffled about and remember which spectator placed this slip on plate. Figure 31.

Should the papers be folded in the same way, fold a corner of one or twist it in some way. It is easy to fix the slip so that you can find it easily. A little ingenuity on your part will solve the problem. As a rule, however, people fold the papers differently so that there is no difficulty in finding an odd shaped one.

"I shall mix them up a bit."

After papers have been collected, shuffle them about. Be sure you can locate the one you have selected.

Give plate to a spectator to hold.

"Now will you please let me have your cards?"

Collect the cards, placing the card of the person whose slip you selected on top of the others. Cards are backs up.

"And will you, sir, just examine this envelope?" Give envelope for examination.

"I shall place the cards inside for temporary keeping and seal it."

Hold envelope in left hand and cards fanned out in right hand, faces of cards toward audience. Apparently place all the cards in the envelope. Figure 32.

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In reality you put all the cards in but the selected one. This is on top and as you push the cards in, you slide this one over the outside edge of the envelope. This side is, of course, away from audience. Figure 33.

Seal envelope. You will have no difficulty in doing this if you press down on lower edge of card, thus raising upper edge and giving the flap room to be inserted under it. Fig. 34.

Turn to right and pick up plate from table with right hand. Show both sides and place it in left hand with envelope. Figure 35.

Note that plate is held so that part of envelope shows. With fingers of left hand slip up the card in back of plate and envelope until most of the card is beyond envelope and is against the plate. Figure 36.

Pick up hat from table and show it empty, holding it in right hand. Then place it on table, open end up.

With right hand pick up plate and with it the card which is in back of it. Figure 37.

it down horizontally, The plate, of course,

Place plate over opening of hat, allowing outer edge to touch front side of hat first. Then as you place it down horizontally, The plate, of course, let the card fall into the hat. screens the card from the

Figures audience when you put it down in this manner 38, 39, 40.

Show envelope both sides and drop it on plate. Figure nMtunir^" 4115-17)

"The Nine of Clubs

Place hat and card on table.

Go down to spectator holding plate with slips of paper.

"From these six slips of paper we will just select one -- just anyone will do."

Reach over and pick up the slip which you had selected. Do not make it obvious that you intended to take this one. Fumble around a little among the slips and then take this slip.

"Will you please open this slip and read the name of the card written on it?"

Give slip to spectator, who opens it and reads name of card. Let us say that it is the Nine of Clubs.


Take up plate with slips of paper and place it on table. Then hand envelope to spectator to open.

"Please tear open the envelope, take out the cards, and give me the Nine of Clubs."

Spectator opens envelope and removes cards but fails to find the Nine of Clubs.

"What! No Nine of Clubs? Who selected the Nine of Clubs?"

Person who selected card answers. "You, Madam? Thank you."

Pick up cards and envelope and go back to table. Drop them on plate with slips of paper.

Show your right hand both sides casually. Then lift up plate on hat and place it on table.

Grasp hat at rear end of brim, raise it from the table, tilting it forward to show the Nine of Clubs inside. Figure 42.

Show right hand empty, reach into hat and remove card. Show card to audience.

"The Nine of Clubs never satisfied to stay at home."

Place hat and card on table.


This experiment permits of variation, depending on where you are performing. I have described it for Parlor or Club work, where an audience is sitting fairly close to you.

It is done on the stage sometimes with a committee of six people, sitting three on each side facing front and within a safe Angle of Visibility.

At times it is more convenient for you to open the envelope yourself. If you do so, call off the cards one at a time and drop them from a height of about a foot onto the plate so that all can see them. The selected card has vanished. To emphasize that you have nothing concealed in the envelope, tear it into four pieces and drop them also onto the plate. Then proceed with finish of experiment.

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