Pantomime

When I can afford it I am going to get myself the "Buddha Phantasy". I shalf then place the Buddha Shrine in a prominent position on the stage, and have the fan at hand at the side.

I shall then, (under make-up) walk on to the stage as a layman and show interest in the magical apparatus around. A human skull somewhere on the stage will give me a big start and make me walk away. My eyes will then fall on the Buddha Shrine and I will be attracted towards it. A long look at the Buddha will wake all the good that is in me, and I shall become emotional and in humb!e reverence will bow down in worship.

I will then notice the receptacle, which wilf inspire me to make an offering. Gingerly I shall take out my wallet and look for money. To my dismay there will be none. With my head down, and finger at the temple. I shall pause to think, and then notice the yellow silk glaring from my breast pocket.

I wilf take this out and inspect it and then decide that it will do. I shall ball up the silk and put it in the receptacle, feeling very pleased with myself, but somehow, I shall not be able to keep my eyes off the Buddha. I will feel as if I should do something for him. I shall look around and find the fan, opening wh'ch, I shall be taken up with the dragon design on it. I shall with great interest inspect this and on remembering the Buddha will start to fan him.

In the course of fanning I shall discover that the dragon has vanished from the fan. This will alarm me, my first instinct being to run away, and I shall do so, but then the good feeling will desert me and I will want back my yellow silk. Looking frightened, I shall hastily withdraw the silk. I shall open it to assure myself that all is well, but to my horror I shall discover that the dragon design has appeared on it. I will be at my wits end and throwing the sifk down, I will bolt—as a layman!

James A. Roberts,

Ratlam, India.

A New "DO AS I DO" EFFECT

by EDWARD VICTOR

The general effect of all "Do as I do" card tricks ¡s roughly as follows: The performer removes a card (without showing the face) from, say a blue-backed pack and pushes it into a red-backed pack held by a spectator; the assistant then removes any card from his own pack (without looking at the face) and pushes it into the performer's pack. These two cards are later shown to be of the same suit and value. In the method I will now describe one pack only is necessary and the only difference from the above effect is that the two cards involved are not duplicates but

The top end of the card is placed about half-way over the two cards held in the right hand and the fingers of that hand slide the bottom card along until it is level with the spectator's card. The extended little finger of the left hand prevents the card sliding too far over. Fig. 3 illustrates the position of the cards in the right hand.

The right hand thumb is then placed over this card and the left hand removed. All three cards are now held in the right hand as shown in Fig. 4. To conclude the effect the left hand takes the two cards (held as one) from

are of similar values and opposite suits, i.e. Ace of diamonds and hearts, Jack of Spades and clubs, &c., £rc. The only necessary set-up beforehand is the placing of two cards of similar value and opposite suit on the top of the pack, for example the two of clubs and spades. The pack is first shuffled by the performer retaining these two cards at the top; he then removes them with the right hand as one card (doube-lift). They must be held by the fingers and thumb in the position shown in Fig 1. with the face(s) held away from the audience.

The pack is now handed to a spectator who ¡s requested by the performer to shuffle it and then to remove any card and hand it to him without looking at its face. The performer receives this card in his left hand; it must be held exactly as illustrated in Fig. 2. (Note the little finger extended below the lower end of the card). The spectator's card is now transferred to the right hand. It is during this transfer that an essential move is made.

the right hand and shows the face of the lower one. The right hand turns up the card it holds and both are seen to be of similar values.

The trick can be effectively repeated in the following manner:

At the conclusion of the trick the cards will be held as shown in Fig. 5. Place the card in the right hand face upward on the card(s) in the left; the extra card handed by the spectator will be the top card of the three. These are placed on top of the pack and the name of the extra card is secretly noted. The performer patters along the following lines: "Believe it or not, Sir, but I actually wilied you to hand me a similar card to the one I selected; we will try the experiment again and I will inform you beforehand of the card you will give me".

(The performer here runs through the pack and removes the similar valued card to the one noted and shows it to the spectator. Examp'e: Supposing the extra card was the

nine of hearts the performer removes the nine of diamonds).

Showing the face of this card to the assistant the performer continues: "Here is the nine of diamonds". (Performer places this card on top of the pack above the nine of hearts). "You will give me the nine of hearts; please select a card from the pack but do not look at it yet". Before handing the pack over the two top cards are "double-lifted" with the right hand and held as shown in Fig. 1. The pack is given to the spectator who then

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