A lady chooses a playing card, looks at it, then replaces it in the pack. The pack is mixed by an onlooker, and the performer then tries to produce the chosen card. He fails miserably, three times.

He has an idea, and from his pocket he removes a cardboard box. Before opening it, he asks the lady to name her card. Opening the box he reveals a layer of cotton wool, exposing a finger which is laid on a face down playing card.

He explains that the finger once belonged, to a gambler who had his fingers cut off for cheating, and the finger now rests on one of the cards which was part of the hand with which he cheated. The lady is asked to remove the card. As she does so (usually very gingerly), the finger suddenly raises itself to a vertical position.

After the excitement has died down, the performer turns over the card and shows it to be the one chosen by the lady.

The mummified finger joke, in which the performer's finger goes through a hole in the bottom of the box is the basis of the effect. The box I use is just over three and a half inches wide, five inches long, and one inch deep. A hole is cut in the bottom of the box, and a layer of cotton wool is laid in the box. A hole is made to allow entry of the finger, and the duplicate of the card to be forced is laid face down at one end of the box, so that the tif>_gf rest on the card. (See sketch'

"J thought holly would be more festive than nails"

"J thought holly would be more festive than nails"

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Fundamentals of Magick

Fundamentals of Magick

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