Four envelopes are introduced and laid on the table, in a row. A fifth envelope, wallet or whatever, is said to contain a prediction. This is left in full view and need not be touched by the performer again.
A spectator rolls a die and the performer openly counts to whichever envelope falls at the number thrown. This envelope is opened by the spectator, who finds that it contains half of a torn playing card. The spectator then opens the prediction and finds, inside, the other half of the same card. The other envelopes can be shown to contain completely different cards.
— Five envelopes
— Four playing cards
Cut or tear the playing cards in half. If you decide to cut them do so with a jagged edge, like that shown in the illustrations.
Select one of the cards (say the five of diamonds) and place one half in the prediction envelope. The other half is placed in one of the remaining envelopes. Mark this envelope in some way, so that you will recognise it.
Into the remaining three envelopes, place one of the other half cards; a different one in each.
Working & Presentation Remove the prediction envelope and lay it on the table, to one side. The remaining envelopes are laid out as in fig. 1. The one with the card, matching the prediction is second from the left.
The spectator rolls the die. Regardless of what number it shows, the required envelope is forced:—
Spectator throws a six Count from left to right as in fig 2.
Spectator throws a five Count from right to left as in fig 3.
Spectator throws a three Count from right to left as in fig 4. Spectator throws a two Count from left to right as in fig 5.
This just leaves the numbers one and four. When either of these numbers turn up, say that, as you can see the number on the top of the die, it would be better if the spectator were to look at the number on the bottom. In this way, you will not know the number, until the last possible moment, thereby prevent any opportunity for Ichicanary! The spectator will thus be compelled to choose either one (if a six were thrown) or three (if a four were thrown). Either of these can be dealt with as above.
WALLET - WITH DRESSING Mo Howarth
This routine is going to send shivers down the spines of many elose-up workers, who will cringe at the idea of using brightly coloured ribbon and two large bulldog clips, to dress up a Card in Wallet. Rest assured, however, that in a cabaret, dinner or standing close-up situation, it adds a great deal to the usual effect.
1. The Wallet. This should be of the type shown in the illustrations and not of the smaller "hip pocket" variety. Also, it needs to have an internal zip fastener, which opens directly into the innermost compartment. This type of wallet is very common in the U.K.
2. Two large bulldog clips. The longer they are, the better.
3. A piece of brightly coloured ribbon, about two inches wide and three yards long.
4. A pack of cards and a pencil or pen, which will write upon the face of a playing card.
5. A smal piece of thin dowel (wooden meat skewer)
1. The wallet. Using a sharp knife, cut a slit in the wallet, like that in fig 1. The slit should be sufficiently wide to admit a playing card. It should be about % inch from the end of the wallet, so that, when the bulldog clip is placed over the latter, as in fig 2, the slit will be held closed and concealed.
It is best, when cutting the slit, to place a piece of heavy card or thin wood inside, to ensure that only one surface is mutilated.
Having made the slit, cut and insert the dowel into the upper end of the wallet as in fig 2. This will help retain the clip in place, during the handling and prevent it from riding off the end.
The wallet is placed in the inside coat pocket, in whichever position you find it easiest to insert a palmed playing card, through the slit. Some prefer the slit to be towards the body, others manage better when it faces the opposite way.
2. The Clips and Ribbon. Tie, sew or otherwise secure the ends of the ribbon to the "handles" of the clips as in fig 3. Place these in a convenient pocket. Finally have the cards and pencil somewhere handy.
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