Magician spreads a borrowed shuffled pack of cards between his hands and asks a spectator to pull three cards out of the pack for about 2/3 of their length. Spectator nominates a card which he is shown and the pack is cut several times to lose the chosen card. Talking about the power of thought, the magician wraps a handkerchief around the bottom of the pack, pushes the protruding cards into the pack and asks spectator to merely think of his card. The thought of card rises from shrouded pack.
A small pellet of Blu-Tack is positioned on the nail of second finger left hand.
1. Spread borrowed shuffled pack face down between hands and ask spectator to pull out any three cards for 2/3 of their length (it could be 4 or 5 cards but we will use three for this example). Try to get cards pulled out so that there are about at least half-a-dozen cards between each selection. Position will now be as in Fig.l, where the dot represents pellet of Blu-Tack.
2. Keeping cards parallel to floor, ask spectator which of the three cards he wishes to think of, (keep stressing that he has 'thought' of a card during the whole of the effect), numbering them 1—2—3 from your right to left.
3. When he tells you, separate the cards to leave selected card at face of cards in right hand and as you do so roll the pellet of Blu-Tack from the nail onto the face of his card using the right second finger-tip. Fig.2 shows this just about to happen. Fig.3 shows position after separation with the pellet hidden beneath right second finger-tip.
4. Keeping left hand cards face down rotate right wrist to show spectator his card and ask him to think of it. Now replace right hand cards on top of left hand cards, square-up but keep the out-jogged cards in position. Fig.4 shows diagram of cards at this stage. Note how pellet of Blu-Tack attaches the card below to the selection.
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5. Just to add some confusion you announce that you will cut the cards several times so that the position of the thought of card will be unknown. Place cards face down on table and perform a series of complete cuts, cutting between the out-jogged cards, Fig.5. It doesn't matter where the chosen card ends up.
6. Explain that by using the spectators 'thought waves' the merely thought of card will reveal itself. Take an opaque handkerchief and wrap it around the lower end of the pack, leaving sufficient space beneath the pack to accommodate the 'plunger' card. With the pack wrapped as explained and held by the sides in the right hand (backs of cards to audience at all times) push the three cards into the pack until flush with bulk. Fig.6 shows how, when cards arc pushed in, the 'plunger' card i.e. the card attached to the selection, is automatically pushed into the handkerchief 'bag' and is thus unseen.
card — holding the pack as in Fig.7 stretch the little right finger so that it contacts the 'plunger' card through the hank and gently and slowly push up this card. Naturally the chosen card will be pushed out at the top of the pack. Ask spectator for the name of the card and withdraw the card from the pack as follows:-
8. Cards are held in right hand, backs to spectator, on the right hand side of the body. Left grasps projecting card and tilts the card to the left, then withdraws it from the pack. This action tends to leave the pellet of Blu-Tack in the pack. Glance at the face of the card in the left hand, if no Blu-Tack showing toss face down onto table asking spectator to confirm that it's his. If the pellet of adhesive is attached to the card use the left thumb to scrape it off as you toss wrapped pack onto table. Pull the card from left hand and show spectator that his thought waves produced his card.
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in a different restaurant, upstairs, The Medieval Restaurant — and that is where yours truly is currently appearing every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It's an odd situation — the room is not too large and probably seats 120 people at long tables, perhaps 20 to a table. The evening starts at about 8.15 pm, when the guests are greeted by a King Henry VIII character who introduces the entertainments after each course. I come on after the main course (top billing?). Being a medieval type banquet there is a certain amount of noise and rowdyism when the Page Boy appears. But we get by, fairly successfully.
Well that's all for this time, but may I wish you and yours a very happy Christmas and a very prosperous New Year.
P.S. I named one, two ... anyway, quite a few people this month. That should sell a few copies. Oh, I forgot — the Blond can't read ...
rveaueis ui mis magazine will soon have a complete index of Volume One — which we will be sending out shortly with the January or February issue.This has been made possible sooner than expected by the kindness of a Dutch reader, Eric Eswin, who has sent us a copy of his personal index. He has promised to repeat this for subsequent volumes and we are very grateful to him.
It is now apology time. In the haste of meeting our publishing dates for the last issue, we omitted to give credit to Francis Giles for providing the cut-out silhouette of Walt Lees used to design the front cover. He has also given us several others for future publication and these will appear as appropriate — they are beautifully done and we would like to put our thanks to him .on record.
If you have ever been present when a friend has given a particularly bad performance Alex Elmsley has collected the following selection of comments you could make:
"Was THAT a show?"
"You'll never do better!"
"Well, you did it again."
"That was a great trick you just did."
"Tell me, was that your regular show?"
"GOOD isn't the word."
P.S. If you are searching for the problem of the bear hunter, he was at the North Pole where all bears are Polar Bears and are therefore white.
This being the final Pabular of 1975, we will permit ourselves a short look back over the year, the magicians we have met, the letters we have received. Quite a few of the latter contain moves or effects that are variations on tricks previously published and Roy Walton's effect Past Help which appeared in October was singled out for comment by Leslie May who writes: "... the names of Maskelyne, Houdini and Chung Ling Soo were greeted like old acquaintances, but the name of Blackstone, I am afraid, met no response. Seeing that a known name of 10 letters is required, I suggest DAVID NIXON is used. There is scope for humour here ..." He suggests the line: 'She was only a conjuror's daughter ... but she preferred Maskelyne ways." (Any readers who missed this trick might have another look as it is too good to pass by.)
Bob Haines visited us recently — and followed his visit with a letter in praise of two new publications from Paul Curry, 'Out of this World and Beyond' and 'Never in a Lifetime'. This last is a new red-black effect and Bob claims it is a thunderbolt for the spectator producing total shock — probably even more than 'Out of this World'. Ed Schuman from Colorado visited us briefly (beating inflation by changing pound notes into dollar bills), and, also from the US, Daryl Smith the Card Detective, consultant to several Casinos, showed us several moves with cards that left us puzzled--as did his statement that anyone who holds cards in the conventional manner when dealing should be suspected of cheating. He tells of watching some Greeks playing cards, who held the cards in the Biddle Position for dealing — which was from the bottom only. Supposedly this was to prevent second-dealing from a marked deck. If this method of dealing caught-on, it would raise some interesting possibilities. With the Biddle Grip the normal hold, card experts would have to practise dealing from the top.
Gordon Bruce, (who plays in the Scottish National Orchestra and is currently on tour in the U.S.) has promised us some effects for these pages. Someone who shall be nameless (though he had all of last month's issue to himself) said he thought Gordon was 'pretty good'. He can say that again!
The Magic Circle was recently honoured by a trip to their headquarters by Prince Charles. He was presented with the Jewel and Diploma together with the Circle's Silver Wand.
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