Figure

To bring the aces to packet No. 4 assistant deals the cards as above STARTING AT PACKET No. 1.

If PACKET No. 2 or 3 is chosen:— If either of these packets are selected the performer retains the card he took from assistant's pack, keeping it in his hand. To bring the aces to packet No. 2 assistant deals the cards as above STARTING AT PACKET No. 4. (By retaining the card the first ace is now the third card down in the pack instead of the fourth).

To bring the aces to packet No. 3 assistant deals cards as above STARTING AT PACKET No. 1.

When the assistant has dealt sixteen cards from his pack (four on each packet on the table} he is told to lay the pack down.

The position now is. Four packets on the table; the top four cards of each packet are face down. Supposing packet No. 3 to have been selected, the performer turns up the four top cards of packets Nos. 1, 2 and 4 showing them to be indifferent cards. The assistant is asked to wave his hand over packet No. 3 and then to turn up the four top cards. He discovers these to be the aces which have appeared in the packet he himself chose.

THE RAMBLING COINS''

By EDDIE JOSEPH

The invisible passage of coins singly, from one hand to the other is one of those §uujnD8J 8L|4 u| A|u|eai saij |eadde ieaag ■A||je|ndod ui subm J3A3u \\\aa LpiL|M s;D3^a nature of the effect.

It is a recognised maxim in conjuring that effects of a recurring nature gain added strength by repetition. But this conflicts with the familiar thesis that one should never repeat an effect before the same audience.

Since one cannot ordinarily embrace the one rule without violating the other, a reconciliation line between the two has to be discovered. This adjustment must, therefore, be found in our line of action. Instead of following one set course throughout, if we were to vary our manner of approach with every repetition; we heighten the mystery progressively.

I shall first detail the various stages of the "RAMBLING COINS" as seen by the audience and then disclose my method for obtaining the different results.

You begin by asking for a trustworthy collaborator, prefacing your request with: "Our present experiment concerns money. Should there be anyone present with kleptomaniac tendency—please remain in your seat".

When someone volunteers, you ask him to collect five coins. These may be of any denomination but they must all be of the same value. We shall, for explanatory reasons, suppose that FIVE half-crown pieces are offered.

As the volunteer advances with the borrowed money, you remark "I disclaim all responsibility—so you better take a good look at his face. You may want to recognise it later".

It is but natural for the assistant to stretch out his hand with the borrowed coins towards you for acceptance but you stop him at this point with "No! No!—one at a time please."

The assistant is standing on your left. You stretch out your left hand and he drops the first coin on to it. Close fingers over the coin and say "If I was to vanish this coin from my hand you would call it a trick. But —if I vanish it from yours it would then become a miracle". As you say this, you hand coin to someone else with the request that he close his fingers over it.

(1) Continuing your talk you remark: "I don't wish to be accused of trickery and since I am not a miracle monger, I shall do something else. You will observe that I have nothing in either hand. I shall now take the coin from you and pass it invisibly from my right into my closed left hand. Now watch me closely. "One—two—three !" At the count of three the coin disappears from the right finger tips and when the left fingers are opened, the coin will be seen resting on the palm. You add : "Would you mind picking up the coin and biting it sir?—I just wish you to ascertain that its real hard cash". As he complies, you cut in with "I said bite— not make a meal of it."

(2) Stretch out the left hand and helper drops coin back on it. You now remark : "I am afraid you didn't see it go that time—did you?" The answer will naturally be in the negative and so you add : "I am not at all surprised—I passed it when you blinked that time". You now offer to repeat it. The single coin is placed in the left hand and fingers cfosed over it. Another coin is now taken from the assistant and in the same manner it is invisibly despatched to join the first.

(3) The two coins are now picked up in the fingers of the right hand exhibited. They are then dropped into assistant's pocket. A third coin is now taken and vanished in turn. Both your hands are now empty. You address assistant thus: "Since you don't see the coin in my hands it must be somewhere else." Ask him to reach in his pocket and he will surprisingly come out with THREE !

(4) You now ask him to count the coins singly on to your left palm. Close your fingers around them. Take the fourth coin from him. As you are about to vanish this as well—you stop as an after thought—and declare "You'd better hold the coins yourself". At this point you turn over the contents of the left hand on to his free hand and ask him to close his fingers around them. The fourth coin is now tossed towards him but when he opens out his fingers he still finds the original THREE! The fourth has failed to arrive presumably. Tell assistant to say AH! When he opens his mouth, the missing coin is pulled out from within.

(5) The coin just retrieved is stuck between helper's teeth and he is asked to retain it there. Taking away the three coins from him, you explain that the reason why the coin did not join the others is because he held his hand the wrong way. You illustrate this by closing your own fingers over the coins and raising hand above head, Assistant is asked to imitate your action with the three coins which you now hand him. You take the last coin from him and vanish this as well. When the assistant opens his hand he now finds FOUR instead of the three coins he supposedly held.

(6) He is now asked to count the four coins singly on to your hand. These four you fan out and in the most open manner place on his hand with the request that he close his fingers over them. You now take away the coin which is still stuck between his teeth and say "Of course, some people think that I push the coin up my sleeve like this, but I can never hope to deceive you in such a brazen manner. I merely place the coin on my left hand and close my fingers over it. I want you to see that my right hand is empty and as you know the coin is within my left fist. You may hold my fist as an added precaution. Are we ready? One— two—three—" When you open your fingers the coin will be missing. It has joined the others in assistant's hands for he now has FIVE.

And now for the secret operations. To begin with you will require an extra coin of your own as well as an elastic coin. The latter is just a coin attached to one end of an elastic cord. The other end of cord is pinned at the top of the sleeve near the arm hole The extra coin you drop into the left sleeve just before you are about to present the routine. The elastic coin, of course, is fixed in the right sleeve.

(1} As assistant drops the first coin on to your left palm, you close your fingers around it. Open fingers and very openly drop the coin on to the right palm as you offer it to someone else, according to the patter. While the right hand is handing out the coin, left arm is straightened and thus the extra coin concealed in the left sleeve drops into that hand. The left hand is then closed into a loose fist and the first coin vanished by palming in the right hand. When the left hand is opened they see the coin there.

(2) At this point you have a coin lying on your left palm and one palmed in the right. Simulate the action of dropping the visible coin into the right hand but actually the right hand is turned over while the left fingers prevent the coin in that hand escaping. The left fingers are now closed partly and the right pushes the coin into it. The left actually contains two coins but believed to be containing only one. Another coin is now taken from the assistant and vanished as before. The left fingers are opened to disclose two.

(3) The two coins are displayed at the right finger tips and when dropped into assistant's pocket, the palmed one is added as well. When the third coin is handed to you, you sleeve it with the left hand. Be sure to let them see both hands empty at this stage—without, of course, emphasising the point. He reaches in his pocket and finds three coins.

(4) When you hand him the three coins, do so casually but openly enough so that he could entertain no doubt about their number. You vanish the fourth coin by palming in the right hand. When he opens his fingers he will still have three. You now ask him to say AH! Reach into his mouth and pull out the palmed coin. This, in due course, is stuck between his teeth.

(5) He drops the three coins on to your left palm. You take a step back and as you do so, straighten the left arm and the sleeved coin joins the three others in hand. To disguise the sound of the falling coin, the three in the hand are kept rattling from the time you receive them. These four, presumably three, are placed on his palm and you help close his fingers over them. The fast coin is taken from him and you vanish it by palming, as before. When asked to open his fingers, he finds FOUR !

"J^lmost in Qonfidenee"

by VICTOR FARELLI

THE DOUBLE CARD TURN-OVER (Third and Final Instalment)

Gentlemen,

As promised in the last issue of this magazine, I shall describe a somewhat easier method of performing the Double Card TurnOver. I assume, of course, that you have already studied the more advanced method already explained.

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