Insert this piece of paper and flap into the other envelope so that the gummed flaps both face the same way and fit well together. This insert acts as a wall.
We shall call the space in front of insert A and the space behind it B. See Fig. 12.
In space B place the piece of paper with the number 45 cut out of it and the cut-out numbers 4 and 5 also. Wet the gummed portion of flap 2 and paste it onto flap 1, as illustrated in Figure 13. Sometimes I glue down the whole flap, not just the edge.
Open up envelope. To all appearances it looks like an ordinary envelope with nothing in it. Audience will never suspect that it has a false partition and a prepared paper in it.
Have prepared envelope, piece of paper, book, card, pencil, and knife or dagger handy on nearby table.
"There are some effects in magic that I do not know whether to believe or not, myself. They are just as puzzling to me as to my audiences. I do them and then wonder how I did them. Here is a trick that I have often wondered about. I have here an empty sir, be kind enough envelope and a piece of paper. Would you, to examine this piece of paper?"
"Quite ordinary, is it not? And yet, I sometimes think quite extraordinary. I picked it up in a quaint old book store. Found several sheets of it in an old second-hand book I bought. One of these sheets had written across it these words, 'Someday a magician will use this paper. Prize it highly for you may never obtain any more of it.' Rather odd, don't you think? I wish I knew who put the paper in the book. In the back of this same book were several envelopes and this knife (or dagger). This is one of the envelopes. I could find nothing queer about them except that they were empty. I thought that maybe there might be money in them. Can you, sir, see any money?"
Show inside of envelope to spectator. Envelope looks empty, of course.
"And will you please place this piece of paper inside of the envelope yourself?"
Spectator places paper inside and you seal the envelope.
"Let us seal it inside, then run this knife (or small dagger) through the envelope. I will just set it here in full view."
Run blade of knife or dagger through front side of envelope as in Figure 14. Set envelope up against something on the table in full view of the audience, or give to someone to hold. Spectator should hold knife (or dagger) with envelope suspended on it.
Pick up card and book and pencil from table.
"I do not need to tell you that this is a book, this is a card. . ."
"And this is a pencil. How good are you at mathematics? I suppose all of us can count to ten. That's all we have to do is to count to ten. We have nine numbers to select from. I want several of you to call out numbers and I will write them on this card. Call them slowly that I can write them down. All right, sir, start the ball rolling. Just call any number from one to nine."
Someone calls number—say, for instance, five. You write it down.
"All right, another number from someone else. You may call any number or repeat one that has already been called."
Put down the next number called—say, seven. See Figure 15.
AFTER YOU HAVE WRITTEN DOWN THREE NUMBERS ON THE CARD, LEAVE A SPACE FOR A NUMBER TO BE WRITTEN IN LATER, as shown in Figure 16.
Then proceed writing down the numbers called. But as you write the numbers, ADD THEM MENTALLY UNTIL YOU REACH A SUM BETWEEN 36 and 45.
If the sum should happen to be 36, you may call for another number. The most that this number could be is nine so that you run no risk of exceeding the sum you want—45. If you reach a sum greater than 36, however, call for no more numbers.
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