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particularly to the beginner, who will, for the first time, have access to the real secret enabling him to perform basic sleights in an undetectable manner. Even the most enlightened card worker will find considerable food for thought in this chapter.
In Part 2 the author gives his personal methods for twelve effects. The object of this chapter is to provide further examples of how misdirection is utilised in each trick. In short you are told exactly HOW TO DO the tricks in a way that will ensure that ' everything you do will appear ordinary ' thus ensuring that the result will be ' extra-ordinary.' That is magic.
To sum up. It is my personal opinion that ' Diverting Card Magic ' is one of the most important textbooks on cards ever to appear."
The method depends on an old and obscure mathematical force, combined with a classic psychological force. If the procedure outlined above (tripling, adding, and dividing) is followed, it will guarantee a result of 37. Happily enough, 37 is also the target of a tested psychological procedure.
When the second spectator confesses ignorance as to the first participant's number, the performer says, "Don't feel bad — after all, you are new to this sort of thing. I will give you a little help. . . It is a two-digit number, less than fifty. Both digits are odd, and they are not the same. Please write down your guess. . ." Given these conditions, the spectator is far more restricted than it would appear. In fact, there are only seven answers that will meet the restrictions: 13, 15, 17, 19, 31, 35, and 37. Of these, it is a psychological likelihood of overwhelming percentage that the spectator will choose 37. In this event, of course, you have a perfect three-way match, and can make the most of it.
Should the second spectator write down a different number, do not despair. If 35 is chosen (and this is the second most likely case), you can congratulate the spectator on making such a remarkably "close" guess. Similarly, should 31, 13 or 17 be chosen, you can point out that the spectator "received" one correct digit, a significant accomplishment for a first-time experimenter. . .
Should 15 be chosen — and this is entirely unlikely — you will simply observe that mentalism is quite difficult, as proven by the lack of success of the spectator — as opposed to your own perfect results!
Again, the technical basis of this routine is quite simple, but I assure you that the presentation is not. It depends on your building the idea in the minds of the spectators that they are witnessing something impossible — rather than something "cute".
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