Keep Sight Of These Two Cards

Spread the rest of the cards around everywhere -- just drop them helter skelter but do not fully cover the two Key Cards. You must not lose sight of them.

Place tips of right fingers on one Key Card and tips of left fingers on the other Key Card and shuffle all the cards around to make it appear that you are mixing them up thoroughly. In this way all the cards are mixed up except for the two Key Cards which you have under your fingers. Figure. 25.

Remove your fingers from the cards but REMEMBER WHERE YOU HAVE THE FOURTEENTH CARD AND WHERE YOU HAVE THE SIXTH so that you can spot them instantly.

"As one gentleman remarked. 'It is quite a mixup.' Sir, have you magnetic hands?"

Have a spectator come around to side of table so that front view will not be obstructed. You must always be careful to see that audience's view is good from every side.

Grasp gentleman's right arm at the wrist. Figure 26.

"Point your index finger out at the cards while I move your hand around. If you have magnetic fingers, you will attract some cards and repel others."

Move his hand slowly over the cards and finally hold it over the FOURTEENTH card. Hesitate a moment, then move it slightly away, then back again as though you were undecided. Then press his finger down on the card.

Pick up this card and show it. "A six spot."

To gentleman who transferred cards,

"You transferred six cards from one end of the pack to the other. Correct?"

Take gentleman's hand again and hover over the cards, finally pressing it down on the other Key Card. Lift up the card. It may be any card, but let us assume that it is the Jack of Hearts.

"The Jack of Hearts. That is the card you selected and remembered. Is that right? Correct!"


I am indebted to T. Nelson Downs, world famous coin and card mystifier, for this excellent effect with cards.


Performer shuffles a deck of cards and asks a spectator to think of any number between 5 and 20 and another spectator to think of any number between 25 and 40. Magician deals the cards faces up on the table, telling each spectator to remember the card as it appears at the number each selected. Performer then asks each spectator what his number is. He counts off the cards one at a time on the table, placing the selected cards aside — for instance, the 18th and 38th. Two cards are then taken from the pack at random and shown and placed in an empty envelope. Performer now takes more cards from the pack and puts with them the two selected cards — these he gives to a spectator to hold. He says that he will cause the cards in the envelope to change places with the selected cards in spectator's hand. These cards are examined and it is found that the selected cards have vanished and the indifferent cards are there. The selected cards are then taken from the envelope.


2 -- An ordinary envelope.

3 -- A small table. SECRET AND PATTER:

You will need two people to help you. For convenience we will call them Smith and Jones. Smith should be at left side and Jones at right. Table should be in front of you.

Thoroughly shuffle the deck, preferably giving it a riffle shuffle in your hands.

"You have perhaps noticed, at one time or other, that when you wished to remember a certain thing, if you associated it with some object, you were able to remember it perfectly. Therefore, I am going to ask you two gentlemen to select a card each; and in order to remember the card exactly, I want you to associate the card with a number."

To Smith,

"I shall ask you to think of a number between 5 and 20." To Jones,

"And you think of a number between 25 and 40. Have you decided upon your numbers? Very well. I will count the cards down on the table one at a time and when I come to your respective numbers, remember the card at that number. If you chose 16, remember the 16th card; if 31, remember the 31st card. Of course, do not let me know your number, as yet, nor the card at that number."

Hold deck, backs of cards up, in left hand and with right hand count them out one at a time on table, faces up.

COUNT ALOUD each card as you lay it down until you have counted the whole deck. "Do not forget the card or the number."

Pick up deck from table and hold cards in left hand, faces up.

Turn your right side to audience so that you are looking directly at Smith.

As you start to speak to Smith, you transfer the card facing you to the other side of deck. You perform the OBLIQUE SLIP UP SHIFT with the "Bottom to Top" transfer, explained at the beginning of this lesson.

Deck should now be in left hand with backs of cards up. To audience it looks as though you merely turned the deck over.

"Will you please tell me the number you selected -- the number only, not the card?"

Let us assume that he says 18.

"I will count the cards down to your selected card. One, two, three . . . " etc.

Count the cards down one at a time in a pile, this time with card faces down.

"Eighteen -- here is your selected card. I shall place it over here for a moment."

Place this card aside toward front of table. Do not let anyone see this card. This, of course, is not the selected card. The one chosen by the spectator is now the 19th card in the deck instead of the 18th, since you made the transfer. This card is now the top card of the portion of deck which you hold in left hand. Figure 27.

Turn to Jones at your right and say,

"Will you please mention the number you selected -- the number only?"

Let us say the number is 38.

"Thirty-eight. To continue our count -- Eighteen ..."

Point to card laid aside and count cards one at a time on the table, MAKING A NEW PILE. The 19th or selected card is the first one in this new pile of cards. Cards are backs up.

Continue to count aloud and when you reach 38, say,

"Thirty-eight. Here is your selected card. I will place it also over here with the first selected card."

Place this card near other one which you placed aside. Then put remainder of deck in left hand on the SECOND pile of cards on table. The 39th card is the second selected card and this is now on top of this pile. Figure 2 8.


Pick up the second pile of cards from table and hold it in left hand, backs of cards toward audience so that no one gets a glimpse of selected card on bottom.

"I shall cut the pack once."

Hold pack as you would for the REGULAR PASS. Split pack about in the middle at the forward end to allow you to insert the little finger as in the PASS.

Lift front section over and place it back of other section, keeping little finger between the two sections but allowing front of cards to come together as you do when a selected card is replaced in the deck and you keep track of it.

You are really doing a slow PASS but doing it so that everyone can see that a cut is being made.

With right thumb release the bottom card on top packet, withdraw little finger for a moment and let this card fall on top of other selected card on other packet. Then immediately reinsert little finger above the two selected cards.

You now have this arrangement: Top section of deck. Little finger.

Two selected cards on top of lower section of deck. "Cut it again."

Cut it again. This time selected cards come to top of pack. Allow both packets to come together as one now.

"And shuffle."

Riffle shuffle the deck in your hands, performing a FALSE SHUFFLE. Be sure that selected cards are left on top.

With right hand over back, lift up the top THREE cards as one, as explained in the DOUBLE CARD LIFT (Lesson 9, Figures 7, 8).

Show these three cards as one and call out the name of the card exposed. Assume that it is the King of Hearts. Figure 29.

"The King of Hearts."

Then with left thumb slip off the top card of pack in left hand. Show it to audience and call it aloud. Let us say that it is the Seven of Spades. Figure 29.

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Fundamentals of Magick

Fundamentals of Magick

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