This is another knife location. In this case, the deck is not wrapped in paper. EFFECT:
A card is freely selected by a spectator. It is then returned to pack and shuffled into it. Spectator is asked to run a knife blade anywhere into the deck. Performer separates cards and shows that selected card is at place where knife was placed.
2--A pocket knife. SECRET AND PATTER:
Have spectator select a card from deck and remember it, then return it to the pack.
Perform the SIMPLIFIED PASS to bring the selected card to the TOP of the deck.
Do the DOUBLE CARD LIFT, showing the two top cards as one to the spectator who selected a card.
"Did this happen to be your card? No? (Replace top cards on deck. Show bottom card.) Nor the bottom card? Then your card is lost somewhere in the shuffle."
"This is a magnetic knife from the land of 'Floor-no-Hoofa' where magnets grow, -so called because the people have so much personal magnetism that they walk on the ceiling most of the time. They are a race of stickers."
Request someone from audience to come up to assist you.
"May I make you chief custodian of the Magnetic Knife? You have never been in Floor-no-Hoofa, have you? Will you, as chief custodian and royal executioner, be kind enough to place the blade anywhere in this deck of cards? Just any place you choose, because the knife will go anywhere it chooses anyway. (To gentleman who selected card) And you, sir — will you think hard of your card?"
Assistant is at your left. Hold cards backs up and have knife inserted anywhere in pack. Figure 37.
"Betwixt the magnetism of the knife and the concentration of the gentleman thinking of his card, it happens, naturally, that the knife falls in love with the card and goes to find its loved one."
Hold deck securely with left hand and place right hand over section of deck above knife. Here you perform THE SLIP CHANGE (see Lesson 9):
Raise upper portion of deck with right hand, swinging deck away from knife blade. Be sure to have left fingers tightly pressed against right-hand edge of cards. Figure 38.
Swing arms to right about twelve inches, away from knife blade. Under cover of this movement slip upper portion of deck except top card about three inches above lower portion. Figure 39.
Selected Card automatically falls on top of lower section. Immediately swing left hand to the left. To the audience it appears that you have just swung the cards away from the knife, separated the two sections divided by the knife, and swung one section to each side. Figure 40.
With left thumb slowly slip off top card of left packet, and as you do so, turn cards with faces toward audience so that audience can easily see selected card. Figure 41.
"The Queen of Hearts. Was that the card? RIGHT!"
You will find your next lesson very interesting as it deals with Card Magic in combination with the use of fruit. You will appreciate the clever principles you will learn:
1 -- An orange is passed around for examination and given to a spectator to hold. A card is freely selected from a deck by another spectator, who tears the card into a number of pieces and retains one corner. The torn pieces suddenly vanish. The orange is cut open, and the selected card is found in it, fully restored except for the corner held by the spectator.
2 -- Performer has a banana examined and a card selected. He says that he will cause the card to vanish and appear in the banana while the banana is held by a spectator. The card vanishes but fails to appear in the banana just then. After special communication with "The Devil," however, it appears in a most mysterious manner. This effect has a good comedy finish.
3 -- A banana is examined and peeled. The audience states the number of pieces they want the banana to fall into. Suddenly it falls apart into the selected number of pieces.
TARBELL SYSTEM, INCORPORATED, Chicago.
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