That Third Heap Force

by BILL WEST

Many performers of the delightful "Baffling Bunnies" and similar eifects must often feel a little dubious about the forcing of the third heap. To asK the audience for a number between one and four gives so little choice that spectators are unlikely to be convinced that they have had a choice at all.

The Max Andrews' force of any odd number between one and ten, whilst offering a little more scope, still limits the choice to four numbers. The following is submitted to offer any number up to sixteen. The performer can state, at the point of asking for the number, that there are four heaps of four cards, sixteen cards in all, and therefore gives a reason for limiting the choice to that number.

The method is as follows:—

4. See special note in text.

9. (Counted) 1. 2. 3. 4. (back) 5. 6. 7. (to first heap) (forward) 8. 9.

11. (Counted) 1. 2. 3. 4. (back) 5. 6. 7. (to first heap), (then) 8. 9. 10. (and one back) 11.

12. (Count from right side) 1. 2. 3. 4. (to first heap), (forwards) 5. 6. 7. (back) 8. 9. 10. (forwards) 11. 12.

13. (Spelt from right side) T.H.I.R. (to first heap), (forward) T.E.E. (and one back) N.

14. (Count from right side) 1. 2. 3. 4. (To first heap), (forward) 5. 6. 7. (back) 8. 9. 10. (forward) 11. 12. 13 (and one back) 14.

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