## The Puzzle

BASIC PRINCIPLE :-

Have spectator facing machine. Place 55 into machine, ask spectator to "ADD TWO NUMBERS TO 55 and MAKE IT LESS." Method is to hit 3 and 7 to place 5537 into the machine window. When machine is turned around 5537 reads LESS. Now we understand the method, here is a presentation dressing for this effect.

PUZZLE DRESSING:-

"A man's income = £55 per week, and he is contented with this." (Hit 55 into machine) "He wins £37,000 on the pools and the interest from this brings him a steady income of £5,537 per year." (Hit 37 to register 5537 in machine

### An old dog learns new tricks

I WAS fascinated by a pack of " miracle" trick playing cards demonstrated to me by salesman ■\Valt Lees at a preview of latest Christmas toys — yes Christmas — at Ham-ley's the Regent Street toy shop.

Guess who purchased one of the first packs ?

None other than our premier wizard Harold Wilson.

window) "However, after a few weeks he finds that he is financially poorer than before he won the pools, do you know the reason?" Turn machine around as you say "Well, 5537 is LESS."

The climax of the routine is not a new idea, and is an item I have used with all types of calculating machines for as long as I can remember, in fact it is the best effect I have seen with the machines.