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Reference to "DOING THE SPLITS" in the Crosthwaite Issue (Vol.6 No. 10). . . I'll probably 'get the devil' for messing with a clergyman's routine, but here goes anyway. . .

If anyone actually did follow the recommendation at the bottom of page 918 "to read Scarne on Cards" — he should have discovered that Black Jack is played EXACTLY OPPOSITE to the procedure described in the Crosthwaite routine, in that. . .

a) The DEALER is not authorised to SPLIT or DOUBLE DOWN.

b) The dealer's DOWN CARD is not turned up (unless he has a Black Jack) until AFTER the players' hands have been played out.

c) Whenever a player splits aces and/or doubles down — if the one card he receives with those aces (one per ace) happens to be a 10-count card, making a total of 21, this is NOT A BLACK JACK - just a 21-count hand. (Black Jack only occurs when the first two cards received have a total of 21).

The classic theme MAGICIAN VERSUS GAMBLER (Jean Hugard's ANNUAL OF MAGIC, 1937, page 43) can still be retained as in the Crosthwaite handling by making a couple of minor changes in the patter/procedure/set-up.

Argument between gambler and magician about who is the better card man. They agree to settle by actually playing a game of Black Jack - ?100 limit.

Gambler deals (as performer deals out cards) cards, first to magician, next to himself FU, next to magician, and fourth to himself. (An extra card above set-up at start can be used to show how, in Black Jack, the top card is first 'burned' — see Scarne).

Gambler peeks at his DOWN card — sees he has (say) KD (here, you show the dealer's (gambler's) down card), making a count of 20.

Magician looks at his cards — sees he has two deuces, starts to turn them up to split them — when gambler sees how weak the magician's cards are — he sneers, "Ha, Ha, I guess this will show who is the better card man — want to raise the bets to ?200 limit?"

Magician agrees, saying, "Back home we have a saying DEUCES NEVER LOSES," so he just splits one deuce right down the middle, etc a la Crosthwaite routine. . .

This makes the magician's hand total up to 4 beautiful 21-counts and he wins $800! (NOTE: As stated above these are not BLACK JACKS, just 21-count hands).

Naturally, since Reverend Crosthwaite is "a man of the cloth" he is not expected to know all the finer points of games with "the devil's playthings" — but is it not true that he, Father Cyprian and Brother John Hamman have their Bibles partially hollowed out to hold a deck of cards and a copy of the 'latest card book'????

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