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A base or pedestal to hold frame.

The upright may be made of metal or wood. You may use a piece of metal piping and paint it black with a wooden base gilded with gold bronze. The pedestal should be about 2 1/2 feet high so that when whole apparatus is put together its height is about three feet. Figures 7 and 8.

SECRET AND PATTER:

To Prepare:

Take any three cards -- in this case, the King of Diamonds, the Eight of Spades, and the Ten of Hearts. Thread them with four other indifferent cards. (Refer back to Lesson 18 for method of threading cards.) Place the threaded cards into the black tin case. Place tin case in tin holder on back of the envelope stand.

Carry the thread through a staple on the floor a little back of where you intend to place the pedestal. Figure 8. Then run the thread off stage to an assistant for him to operate at your command. Or if you operate it yourself, attach an iron washer to the end of it and place on table, eventually to be placed in your trouser's pocket. In this case allow yourself the proper amount of slack in the thread.

Place the empty envelope on the stand. In front and to the right place the pedestal with the metal skeleton frame on it.

Take a deck of cards and remove the King of Diamonds, the Eight of Spades, and the Ten of Hearts. Place them on "Top" of deck in readiness for FORCING.

To Perform:

FORCE the three cards on three different spectators.

Pick up envelope from stand, open it, and show it empty. Give it to first spectator who selected card.

"Just see that the envelope is empty and place your card inside."

Take envelope and pass it to next spectator.

"And will you please place the card which you selected with the other card in the envelope?"

This done, go to the next spectator.

"Place your card in the envelope with the other two and then seal the envelope."

Have cards placed in envelope so that they face to front of it. If you find that cards are not placed in right, just remove them under pretense of showing them to audience again. Then replace them and have someone seal the envelope.

Or, another way of working is to notice which way cards are placed in envelope, facing front or back, and then place envelope on the stand so that cards face outward regardless of which side of envelope is out.

The point of this is to make sure that you do not have the cards rising face outward from the front of the envelope (supposedly) when the spectators placed them in with backs to front of envelope.

Keep envelope always within sight of audience. Place it again on envelope stand. Figure 4.

Go to pedestal. Remove skeleton frame and show it freely on all sides.

"I can see you as well through this side (look through frame at audience) as I can through this side" (reverse frame and look through other side.)

Pick up the pedestal and set it down again.

"Someone said that this skeleton frame on top of this pedestal would make a good lighthouse if it only had a light in it."

Place frame back on pedestal.

Pick up envelope from stand. As you do so, place thumb in front of envelope and fingers behind stand so that you can lift up also the tin case with threaded cards. Do this easily and naturally as though you picked up only the envelope. Keep the tin case well hidden behind envelope.

"I told the gentleman that we'd try to have a little light on the subject and would fix up a lighthouse with keepers and everything."

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