Any Card

I HOPE this effect will suit the reader as it has been a favourite of mine for a long time. It is my method of presenting "Any card called for, produced from the pocket."

Arthur Lloyd "The Human Card Index", featured this for years and made a very good income from this one effect alone.

I remember buying the pocket indexes from Waite of Manchester, "as used by Herbert Brooks," and it became a craze during the war to produce meal tickets, season tickets, pawn tickets, ration cards and fourteen days leave tickets from the trouser pockets of a khaki uniform.

Billy O'Connor, Tom Fagan and others did the effect without the cardboard fakes; Arthur Buckley wrote up his version in a manuscript.

In presenting this to my usual Club or Drawing Room audience, I present it as a feat of memory. Here are two systems for locating the selected cards.

FIRST METHOD

First with the "Si Stebbins" set-up. The pack is divided into four groups of thirteen cards:—

CALLED FOR

1st Group

2nd Group

3rd Group

4th Gr

A.C.

A.H.

A.S.

A.D.

4.H.

4.S.

4.D.

4.C.

7.S.

7.D.

i.e.

7.H.

10.D.

10.C.

10.H.

10.S.

K.C.

K.H.

K.S.

K.D.

3.H.

3.S.

3D.

3.C.

6.S.

6.D.

6.C.

6.H.

9.D.

9.C.

9.H.

9.S.

Q.C.

Q.H.

Q.S.

Q.D.

2.H.

2.S.

2.D.

2.C.

5.S.

5.D.

5.C.

5.H.

8.D.

8.C.

8.H.

8.S.

J.C.

J.H.

J.S.

J.D.

The first thing to learn is the whereabouts of each complete suit. You know the suits are arranged club, heart, spade and diamond.

In Group 1 are the A. K. Q. J. of clubs, so we call it the Club Group.

Group 2 we call the Heart Group, it contains the A, K, Q, J, of hearts.

Group 3 is the Spade Group.

Group 4 is the Diamond Group.

In presenting the effect the right_hand coat pocket will hold Group 1.

The right-hand trouser pocket will hold Group

The left-hand trouser pocket will hold Group

The left-hand coat pocket Group 4.

Should anyone call for a club, immediately think of the Club Group, which is in the right-hand coat pocket. Should it be the ace, king, queen or jack, it will be in that pocket.

The 10, 9, 8, in one group forward. The 7, 6, 5, in two groups forward. The 4, 3, 2, in three groups forward.

The same method of counting is used for hearts, spades or for diamonds.

The only thing now is to produce your cards. Learn the order of your cards both forward and backwards, e.g. Forwards: Ace, four, seven, two king, three, six, nine, queen, two, five, eight, jack. (Each card three forward in value). Backwards: Jack, eight, five, two, queen, nine, six, three, king, ten, seven, four, ace. (Each card three back in value). After a time this recitation becomes mechanical.

Place each group of cards in your pockets, faces of the caids to your body, and when a card is called:—

First locate the group pocket. Put your hand into the pocket and should the card be in the first six, recite the order of the cards to yourself, picking up each card until you come to the desired card. Then take out all those cards, showing them as one card.

Should the card called be in the last seven— Recite your order backwards, taking the whole packet in your hand, but counting the cards off with the thumb until you come to the desired card. Leave this card on the face of the remaining packet, remove the whole packet with the card on the face, and show as one card.

In each case, replace the packet of cards (apparently one card) and you are ready to produce the next card.

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