The First Of A New Series By

PETER A. McDONALD

out the set-up deck and have him remove the card, telling him to be sure that no-one sees it.

You now cut the pack at the point from which he drew the card and, by looking at the bottom card, you are able to tell which card he thought about . . . i.e. it will be the one which follows the bottom card in your set-up.

With the Swami gimmick in place, pick up the mirror and envelope, holding them in front of the body, facing the audience. Tell the spectator to think of his card and gaze into the mirror. This gives you ample cover to write the name of the chosen card on the visiting-card by means of the nail-writer.

Now draw off the envelope and visiting-card and place the mirror down on the table, keeping the visiting-card concealed behind the envelope. Transfer the envelope and card to the left hand, still keeping the card clipped behind the envelope. The seated opening of the envelope should be towards the right. Pick up some scissors with the right hand and snip off the sealed end of the envelope. Discarding the scissors, pick up the tweezers and appear to insert them into the envelope. Really, however, you only allow one "leg" of the tweezers to go into the envelope. The other "leg" goes behind the envelope at the back of the card. The tweezers are now closed and the card is gripped and apparently pulled out of the envelope. It is handed to a second spectator, and he is asked to remove it from the tweezers. It thus appears as though you have not even touched the card with your fingers.

He reads out the prediction and the first spectator shows that h!is card agrees with the prediction.

Obviously this mirror device need not be used in connection with cards at all. You could merely ask someone to mention a word or a name and then, after doing the needful with the nail-writer, _you could show that you predicted in advance what the word would be. But to my mind this is ¡not so artistic . One's effects can be TOO straightforward and lose something in their impact as a result. If the spectators see that you know the "word they are more likely to look for some method of writing it on the prediction card AFTER it has been announced. But in the card

effect described above they do not realise that as soon as the mentally selected card is removed from the pack you know its identity. The patter gives a logical reason for using cards.

The performer who uses a book-test which enables him to know the chosen word from a chart, after the page, line and number of the word have been announced, could have his chart attached to the back of the mirror, glimpse the correct word, write it, remove envelope and card, hand the card to the second spectator at that point and THEN ask the other spectator to look at the book and find the word. In this way the prediction is in the hand of a spectator before anyone (apparently) can possibly know the chosen word.

However, it is up to you to adapt the idea, if you like it, to your own pet-effect.

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By EDWARD VICTOR

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