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3--A deck of playing cards.

Performer gives deck to spectator to shuffle thoroughly and then to select a card. Spectator passes the deck to two other spectators who in turn each select a card. Performer does not touch pack during selection of cards. Each spectator is asked to place his card in a small envelope and seal it in. Then each seals small envelope into a larger envelope. Performer divides deck into two sections. He shows top card on each section. Then one of the envelopes is selected. Spectator is asked to lift off top card of each section and it is found that they have changed and that one of the cards shows the suit and the other the number of the selected card. Envelope is torn open and the prophesied card is found therein.


1--Three small opaque manilla envelopes, such as used for church collections or pay envelopes — size: 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches.

2--Three standard size manilla envelopes — about 6 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. See Figures 17 and 17A.

3--A deck of playing cards.


To Prepare: Take one of the small envelopes. With the scissors cut off a very fine edge on the lower right side of envelope — cut up about 1 1/4 inches from bottom and about 3/4 inch along bottom. See Figure 18.

On one of the large envelopes put a pencil dot at the upper left corner and at the lower right corner on both sides. See Figure 19. This is done to enable you to identify this envelope at a glance from among the three envelopes.

To Perform: Have envelopes on table nearby. Take deck of cards in hands and fan them to show that they are ordinary playing cards. Never say in words, "I have here an ordinary pack of playing cards." Use the POWER OF SUGGESTION by fanning cards.

"Will you, sir, please shuffle this pack of playing cards. Shuffle them well."

Give deck to spectator to shuffle.

"Now remove any card, look at it, but do not let me see it. Then pass the deck to someone else."

Spectator selects card and passes deck to another member of the audience.

"Take any card out and remember it. Do not let me see it. Then you give the deck to someone else, too."

Card is removed and deck passed to a third spectator.

"In a like manner take out any card, remember it, and do not let me see it. I will take the deck, if you please."

Third card is removed by third spectator. You take deck and place it in full view on table. Pick up an unprepared small envelope and hold in left hand.

"Will the person who drew the first card please place it face down, so that I cannot see it, in this envelope?"

Hold envelope toward spectator so that card can be inserted, as in Figure 20. Wet flap and seal. Take a large envelope from table, open it, and drop small envelope with card into it. Then you request spectator to seal large envelope.

"Will you, please, seal the envelope and hold it for a while?"

Now pick up prepared small envelope. Hold slit corner together with thumb and first finger of left hand. Hold envelope toward second spectator as you did the first one.

"And will you, please, place your card in this other envelope, face down so that I cannot see it?"

Second spectator inserts his card. With first or second finger of your right hand, push card well against bottom of envelope. Wet flap of envelope and turn it toward audience. As you seal down the flap with right hand, WITH LEFT THUMB LIFT UP SLIT CORNER OF ENVELOPE AND LOOK AT NUMBER AND SUIT OF CARD. See Figure 21.

You can see at a glance what the card is inside of the envelope. Let us say it is the 5 of spades. Allow corner flap to fall back in place. Audience is watching you seal flap of envelope, and if you hold the envelope tilted upward, they will never suspect what you are doing, as they cannot see rear of envelope.

Take prepared large envelope — the one with the dots in the corners — from table.

"Again we will seal the card and envelope in still another envelope."

You place envelope into larger one and seal it yourself.

"And I will have the lady (or gentleman) here hold it."

Give envelope to spectator to hold. Take other small envelope from pocket.

"We will have the last card sealed into the envelope also."

Card is placed in envelope by spectator and flap of envelope is sealed.

"And then we will place it also in the larger envelope."

Small envelope is placed in third large envelope and flap of envelope sealed.

"Please hold the envelope."

Go back to table. Pick up deck of cards. Fan it open slightly so that you can look through it hurriedly. You must now locate two cards, one with the suit and the other with the number of the card which you have in the slit envelope. We are assuming that the card in the slit envelope is the 5 spot of Spades. Look through deck quickly for a 5 spot of any suit and when you have found it place index finger of right hand back of it. See Figure 22.

Continue running through cards until you come to a spade. When you do, lift it out with as little movement as possible and slip it in front of index finger of right hand. This places the cards in the following order:

Lower section of deck held in left hand. A spade card of any number. A 5 spot card of any suit.

Upper section of deck held in right hand.

Right index finger is held between lower and upper sections of deck.

Now divide pack into two portions, holding them about a half inch from each other, as in Figure 23.

"Guess that this is a full pack. Oh, well, it doesn't matter."

Place section of deck in right hand under that in left hand and square up cards.

The spade card and the 5 spot are now on the top of the pack. In Card Magic, the top of the pack is always the side with backs of cards up and bottom is side with faces of cards showing. Turn pack over and riffle shuffle it — giving it a FALSE SHUFFLE, so that two top cards remain on top.

Now hold pack in position shown in Figure 25.


Keeping lower edge of deck together, open up upper edge of deck about in the middle. Figure 26. Press hard with left fingers against top card of right-hand section of deck.

Lift out all of right-hand section of deck with the exception of top card, Figure 27. Hold this card securely with left fingers.

When you remove right-hand section of deck with right hand, top card automatically falls against the cards in left hand and so becomes the top card of the left-hand half of deck. Figure 28-

This move in which a card on one section of a deck is slipped over onto the top of the other section is called THE SLIP CHANGE- Practice this over and over again. Keep a firm grip on card to be slipped with left fingers. You must acquire ease and quickness in performing this move. Also study the ANGLE OF VISIBILITY for the move before your mirror.

Place the two sections of deck on table, faces of cards down.

"Let us see what card is on top of this packet."

Take left-hand packet and do the DOUBLE CARD LIFT, lifting the two top cards as one. Call out the card and replace. The top card is really a spade, but the audience is not aware of this.

"Queen of hearts." (Or whatever the "second", card may be.)

Replace pack on table. Do the DOUBLE CARD LIFT on other section of deck.

"The top card on the other packet is the ten of diamonds." (Or whatever the "second" card in this half of the deck may be.)

Replace double card on pile again.

"Do you believe in fortune-telling? Fortune-telling with cards? Whether you do or not, I want to show you something peculiar about card prophecies. Will someone take all three of the envelopes, please — those which my good friends are holding, and mix them up well?"

Someone collects three envelopes and mixes them up.

"Now, spread them out and I will take one."

Reach over and take the one with the dots marked on it.

"I guess this one is as good as any. I wonder what card is in it. I don't suppose the Old Nick, himself, knows. But that is where fortune-telling with cards comes in. On the table we have two piles of cards. On the one is the Queen of Hearts, on the other is the Ten of Diamonds. We will ask the spirit of the great gypsy fortune teller to come down and tell us with these cards which card is in the enevelope. First, good gypsy, tell us the suit. Is it a heart, a spade, a club, or a diamond? Hark, I hear foot prints of the spook."

Lift off top card on left-hand pile. It is the Spade card. Show it to the audience.

"A Spade. Now tell us, kind spirit, what is the number on the card? Is it a deuce, a six spot, a King — or what?"

Lift off 5 spot on right hand section.

"A 5 spot. Then the card in the envelope is the FIVE OF SPADES. Who selected the 5 of Spades? You, sir? Thank you."

Tear open large envelope quickly. Remove smaller envelope, carefully concealing slit corner with fingers of left hand. Tear open flap end, then place forefinger of right hand inside envelope and rip open side and bottom, allowing card to come out. If you have a knife handy, you may slit side and bottom of envelope with it. This destroys the evidence of the slit corner.

Hold up card and show it so that all can see it.

"The 5 of Spades is correct. Please tear open the other envelopes and I will replace the cards in the pack."

Envelopes are torn open by spectators and cards given to performer. Magician shows them and calls them in order to convince audience that different cards were placed in each envelope.

Pick up sections of deck from table, replace selected cards, and square up the deck.

NOTE: When you call out cards, put vigor into your voice. Be sincere and convincing in your manner. BE POSITIVE. Do not hesitate or stammer or you will lose your effect. Here again the POWER OF SUGGESTION applies. If you are positive in your actions, you will convince your audience and put over your tricks.


The envelope with the slit corner may be used for experiments in which you do card mind-reading. You can read any card placed in the envelope very easily by simply raising the slit end of the envelope.

You may try a Mind-Reading effect of this nature: Have a selected card placed in the envelope. Follow directions given in preceding effect for sealing flap of envelope and at the same time looking at the card. Then hold envelope to forehead and name the card in it. Then slit envelope open as directed in preceding effect, to destroy evidence, and show card.

In mental effects of this kind, you must use SHOWMANSHIP to work effectively. For instance, in this effect, do not simply say, "The card in the envelope is the Two of Diamonds."

Work your patter up to something like this, "I get an impression — the card is a red one — it vibrates like a heart — No, it is a Diamond — the Two of Diamonds."

I give you this suggestion because I want you to start working up your own effects from the principles I have taught you. You will find it fascinating to originate your experiments and your patter. Start now to try to do this.

Performer picks up a number of cards from a shuffled deck, fans them out, and asks someone to select a card. Spectator who makes the selection is asked to remember which number from the end this card is. Performer closes up cards and places them on table. He then picks up remainder of pack and asks another spectator to remove any card but not to look at it. Magician places this card in his pocket. First spectator then tells what number from the end of first section of deck his card was. Magician looks through this first pile and finds that card is not there. He removes the card which was selected from the second pile from his pocket and first spectator finds that this is the card which he selected mentally from the first pile.


1-- A deck of playing cards.


To Perform: Have deck of cards well shuffled.

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