Come forward with deck of cards. Be sure that all marked edges are together. Give cards an overhand shuffle. Hand them to spectator and ask him to give them an overhand shuffle also. The danger of a riffle shuffle is that some of the cards may be turned so that the markings are not all together.
"While the cards are still in your hands, will you please remove one card, remember it, and place it in your coat pocket so that there is no way of my seeing it."
When he has done this, take the cards from him, square them up, glance at the marked edge to see which card has been removed. The three marks in one of the rows instead of four will tell you.
Give cards to another spectator.
"And will you, sir, also remove a card from the deck, remember it, do not let me see it, and place it in your coat pocket?"
This done, take the deck again, square it up, quickly look at edge and determine which card he removed. Place deck aside.
"As you perhaps know, metal is a good conductor, and I find that a watch chain is an excellent means for carrying vibrations. (To first spectator) Will you please just take one end of this chain in your hand, and I shall hold the other end. Now, concentrate on the card you selected."
Suppose the first selected card is the Seven of Diamonds.
"First the color. I get it -- RED. Now the number -SEVEN. And the suit — DIAMONDS. The Seven of Diamonds."
Ask first spectator to take his card from pocket and show to audience, then return it to you.
Now go to second spectator who selected card.
"Will you also please hold one end of this watch chain while I hold the other end. Think of your card."
"First the color -- I see many colors -- must be a court card. Think of it -- concentrate, please. It is a King -- the King of Clubs. Is that right? Thank you."
Take card and hold up to audience.
A marked deck like this may be used in many ways in conjuring. I call it the Devil's Deck.
In Lesson 29, I taught you an experiment with "X-Ray Cards," in which you prepared the cards with holes through the index corners to determine selected cards which are placed between them.
Somewhat similar to this is an effect which you may work with a marked deck instead. Mark the edges of about twenty cards, leaving rest of deck unprepared. Give marked cards to someone in audience and you retain unprepared ones. Have spectator select a card from his packet and place it anywhere among your cards, which you hold behind your back. Offer your packet for shuffling. Take the cards back, quickly note marked card by looking at edge of packet, then hold packet to side of your head and name card. Remove this card from your packet and repeat experiment.
The paraphernalia described in this lesson can be obtained from the Tarbell System at the following prices, postage prepaid.
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