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Not more than ten small (business size) white cards and ten envelopes (flap-on-end type), into which they will fit, are employed. Prepare one_of the latter by snipping one-eighth inch off the bottom end. (Fig. 1). Cut a l/4:r space (a size that can be concealed easily by the ball of your thumb) from the FACE at the bottom edge, (Fig. 2) and arrange the envelope as the lowermost one of a stack cf 10, cut-out side down.

Hand out the cards, instructing the spectators to write any questions they wish and then hold the cards writing side down. Also give an envelope to the last person to receive a card; retrace your steps to the others and hand them each an envelope, finally returning to the first man who, by that time, should be finished writing.

On the pretext of showing him what is to be done, take his face down card, insert it in the remaining envelope (the gimmicked one) and seal it in full view, showing it on both sides as you explain, not only to him, but the other writers as well, the procedure to be followed. As you hold the envelope aloft, remark that !!it should look like this::. Tell the first spectator, before who you stand, that he is number 1 and that you will so mark his envelope for later identification. Lay the envelope on your left palm (flap side up) with the open (slit) end nearest you, and WRITE 10 WHILE APPARENTLY WRITING 1 along the left edge (lower corner Fig. 3). Cover the small figure with your left thumb and gather the other sealed envelopes and number them always writing the numbers one behind thus:

(bottom) 10 123456 789 (top) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10)

Return to the front, holding the envelopes high above your head in full view. Once there; bring the stack down in front of you, in the action turning it completely over (with the help of the right hand), so that it may be held by your left fingers on the side towards the audience, and by a moist left thumb at the rear over the cut-out and resting on card number 1 (envelope 10 Fig. 4). If the penciled numbers have been placed properly, 9 will be covercd by the left fingers.

Recapitulate and explain that what you hope to do is to hold the envelopes up one at a time and divine the contents of each, "like this1'. As you utter this phrase, press lightly with your left thumb on the exposed card, and, with your right fingers, pull the prepared envelope off the stack. BEFORE THE EYES OF THE AUDIENCE, YOU HAVE REMOVED A CARD FROM AN ENVELOPE. The card remains on the rear of the stack, completely out of the spectators' sight, but with the writing in your full view. Replace the empty prepared envelope under the stack (on the side nearest audience.)

There are two courses open at this point: (a) with your right hand pick up the envelope AND the exposed card nearest you (envelope is marked 1, but contains card 2) and hold it to your forehead, or above your head. While this position is being maintained, the stack in your left hand can be turned over casually to demonstrate without comment that everything is in order; or (b) you can pull out the envelope numbered 1 and hold it aloft, leaving the exposed card on the rear of the stack, this being accomplished because your moistened left thumb is pressing on the card. At this point, the upheld envelope can be turned casually, so both sides are visible. It is a good idea to alternate (a) and (b) as the remaining questions are answered, which will prove most confusing to the onlookers. In either case, there is ample time to ascertain what has been written, when first the card is removed from the envelope.

After answering the first question, if (a) has been used, push the envelope back on the stack under the left thumb, so that about half of it extends over the right edge of the stack and slightly above the latter. Or, if (b) has been used, place the envelope in the same position, but between the exposed card and the stack, and then push the exposed card to the right with your left thumb until the card is directly behind the envelope, which was held aloft in your right hand.

Utilizing both hands, shift the position of the envelopes and visible card until the stack and card can be gripped by their upper edges between the little, third and middle finge.rs on the side nearest the audience, and by the fleshy base of the thumb on the side facing you. (See Fig. 5). Attaining this position will free the left thumb and forefinger which grasp and hold the extending edge of the envelope while the right thumb and fingers tear off the end. Shift envelopes to position as shown in Fig. 6 and with the right forefinger and thumb, withdraw the card therein, apparently verifying the information you have just revealed, but really reading what is on the number 2 card. Bring this card toward the left hand, apparently with the intention of securing the clipped envelope. Slip card 2 under the left thumb, grasp the other card (1) and the extending envelope between the fore and middle fingers of the right hand., and withdraw both to the right, at the same tins retaining card 2, just left by the right hand, by pressing tightly against it with your left thumb.

The picture to the audience is that you have picked up a sealed envelope bearing the figure 1, held it to your head, divulged the contents and opened it for verification.

When you return the card and envelope held in your right hand, spectator number 1 discovers that it is really his card and apparently his envelope too, for it bears the Number 1.

Utilizing either (a) or (b) depending Unon which method was used first, proceed in exactly the same manner with the second question, lifting off envelope Number 2, but actually containing card 3. After answering, return card 2 and envelope marked 2 to the second spectator.

Continue the foregoing procedure until there is but one envelope remaining. .. .number 10. On tho side facing you will be the number 10 card. After answering the question, turn the envelope end for end in a vertical plane, which will bring the gimmicked end to your right. Tear it off, thus getting rid of ail the evidence. Apparently remove the card from the envelope, actually pulling it off the back with your right thumb a perfect illusion. Pretend to check the written question and then return both card and envelope to the person who wrote the question.

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