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THE 229-224 TRICK. Roy Walton
This is a card variation on the mathematical principle used by Gentleman Jack in his 'Pickpockeyt' effect described in Volume: 8 Number :3.
The trick requires an eleven card stack at the top of the pack and the title of the trick helps you to remember the arrangement with ease. Think of 229 as representing the cards from 2 to 9 and this is followed by 224.
The actual stack would be ... 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 2, 2, 4. (i.e. 2 to 9 followed by 2, 2, 4.) Suits are of no importance, although they should be mixed.
Have pen and paper handy and you are all set to perform.
Give the pack a false shuffle and a false cut, then deal out two hands of four face down cards. We will call the hands A and B and the first card dealt was to hand A. Request a spectator to cut the remainder of the pack into two approximately equal heaps, side by side on the table. Both heaps are face down.
Explain that you are going to make a random addition sum by using the values of the cards just dealt. Have a spectator slide out any card from hand A and flip it face up. Now havft him remove any card from hand B and flip this card face up.also. The second card is placed face up alongside the first card on the table. Thus, a two digit number is formed, the first card representing the tens value and the second the unit value. Well assume that the number formed is '85', though it could be any one of 16 possible totals.
Say ... "You have formed the random number of 85."
This is a verbal form of misdirection that will lead the spectators away from the principle used in the trick and should not be omitted from the presentation. Use exactly the same procedure to form another two digit number which is placed beneath the first. Continue this procedure until four two digit numbers have been formed. At the conclusion, you should have something resembling Fig:l.
While the spectators are busy watching and participating in the operations, quietly and casually place the lower section of the main pack onto the upper section but at right angles to it as in the standard 'Cut force' handling.
When the cards have been arranged to form a four line sum of two digit numbers, state the numbers formed iij each line again. For example you might say ... "You have formed the numbers 85, 69, 27 and 43." Explain that you will now add them to find the total. Do this yourself, stating outload your adding procedure as you do so, so that the spectators can add along with you. (Not as popular as 'sing a long' but there we are.) The total you will arrive at will always be 224. Write this figure on the piece of paper.
Build up the haphazard nature of the method used to form the numbers and then lift away the upper section of the main pack saying "Remember that you cut this pack where ever you wished."
Place the upper section aside and repeat that the total arrived at was 224. Slowly turn the top three cards of the lower heap face up one by one and placing them alongside each other to form the number 224.
Make sure that you arrange them correctly from the spectator's viewpoint!
Ed... . I would advise you to have a spectator check the addition or some members of the audience might suspect that you have simply invented the total.
I wrote back to Roy and asked him why he had changed the total from 165 as in the Jack's method to 224. He replied that he had a lousy memory for stacks, hence the 229, 224 idea. I prefer Roy's stack but you might like to note that using the eventual total of 165, you can cut the stack down to 9 cards by using a stack of 5, 6, 7, 8, 3, 1, 1, 6, 5. In this event you would deal only three cards to each hand and the total will always be 165.
If you consider that your eventual prediction could reside outside the deck, you can cut the stack down to 6 cards i.e. 5, 6, 7, 8, 3, 1.
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