Casting The Future

Note. We have always tried to plug that lovely sheet the Phoenix for whether you want the latest American news or the latest gen on American close quarter workers you will never be disappointed. Up to number 300 we had a reciprocal arrangement with Bruce Elliot regarding items published in Pentagram and Phoenix. When Jay Marshall was over here, the agreement was continued with the new management. This item to be described comes from The New Phoenix, No. 334. This is an intriguing copy for in it besides effects there are detailed descriptions of three Mario Ace effects. If you want something better than a good crossword puzzle to chew on, get a copy and read these three descriptions. Whether you get down to their solution in the Mario manner is of little moment for in the first March issue, the modus operandi will be published. In the meantime here is a very nice intimate table trick.

In effect the performer successfully predicts the names of four cards that four spectators select from a borrowed shuffled pack and as a climax, a prediction involving colours and also one involving numbers are also proved correct.

There is no preparation involved. Just make sure that the pack you will use contains 52 cards plus a Joker. This Joker is what you will use to write your predictions on. A pair of dice is also involved.

Naturally a force is involved. It is based on a variant of the old principle that when two dice are rolled out the totals of the top and bottom numbers will always be fourteen.

Routine. Have the pack shuffled and then handed to you. Explain that you will remove the Joker and write six predictions on it. As you are looking for the Joker note and memorise the first card on top of the pack, and also the 14th, 28th and 29th cards from the top of the pack as they would lay if the pack were face down. Now throw the Joker onto the table, close the pack up and place it face down on the table.

Then tell the first spectator to write his initials at the top of the Joker, second spectator to write his initials below first spectator's, third spectator below second and fourth below third.

This is the point where you state you are making six predictions. Opposite the first spectator's initials you write the name of the first card, whilst against the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th spectators' initials you put down the names of the 14th, 28th, and 29th cards respectively. Right at the bottom of the card you add two further predictions. They are:—

1. The first spectator's packet will contain four more cards than the fourth spectator's packet.

2. The first spectator's packet will contain two more red cards than there are black cards in the fourth spectator's packet

Naturally you place the initials of the spectators against the spectators instead of calling them by numbers.

Now take the dice from your pocket and hand them to the first spectator. Turn your back and ask him to roll the dice on the table and leave them laying. He is to total the two numbers on the top of the dice and then to silently count down one at a time that number of cards from the pack into a face down pile on the table. This has the effect of putting his predicted card at the bottom of the packet. We'll suppose that the number in the pile is nine. The first spectator is now asked to pass the pack to the second spectator and he is to look at the two bottom numbers on the dice, total them and count that number of cards from the pack into a face down pile. As the total of the top numbers was nine obviously, because of the 14

principle, five will be the total of the bottom numbers and when five cards are counted off into a pile, the second spectator's predicted card will be on top of his heap. The second spectator now hands the pack to the third with the added request from the performer that this time he, the third spectator, must add the numbers on top and those on the bottom together then counting that number of cards onto the table in front of him. This number will be fourteen and the third spectator's predicted card will come out on top of his heap. This complete, the third spectator hands the remaining cards to the fourth spectatpr. It has the 29th card which has been predicted for him on top. All the predicted cards are on top of their respective heaps with the exception of the first pile. As it is necessary to get the first spectator's card on top of his heap a ruse must be employed. You say to him that something tells you that he has miscounted and to make sure will he count

The conjurer must never disdain publicity and the Newspaper Headline prediction of Hans Trixer's in this present issue is an effective means for so doing with the minimum of accessories. In 1952, Hans collected some very good publicity in Rhodesia and before us now we have the cuttings from the Sunday Mail and the Rhodesia Herald.

In the next issue we are going to follow up this particular prediction with one of our own. With the title of " Journey Into Time " we made use of it predicting a Radio News Summary at the Edinburgh Convention of the I.B.M. in 1953. Altogether at the time it resulted in nearly a hundred news clippings, including one or two banner headlines. We feel certain that readers may be able to make use of this as well.

This year sees the Golden Jubilee of the Variety Artiste's Federation. One result of this will be a souvenir booklet available to the public the cards silently again onto the table. This of course has the effect of reversing the order of the cards and bringing the predicted card to the top.

Each spectator is now asked to peek at the top card of his packet, remember it and then shuffle it into his packet. When this is done, the second and third spectators are to hand their packets to the first spectator, the fourth spectator keeping his cards. In this manner the first spectator will always hold twenty-eight cards whilst the fourth spectator will hold twenty-four.

For the first time since you handed the cards and dice over you turn round and face the spectators. The Joker is turned over and each is asked the card he peeked at. Then they are shown the card and the predictions, of course, are right in every case. Finally because of the beautiful principle utilised so well by Stewart James, when the two packets of cards are checked it is found that the colour and number prediction agree.

at a moderate cost. In it will be a number of articles dealing with various phases of the variety profession. We have been asked to take care of the magic side and so under the title of "A Magician in the House " an attempt will be made to show the changing face of magic during the past fifty years. It will show how the big show, partly through changing fashions and partly because of theatre economics, has tended to disappear. One has only to count up the really big shows playing nationally or internationally and they total very few. There are Kalanag, Levante, Richardi junior, Dave Bamberg, Blackstone, Calvert. With a terrific amount of work, expense and enthusiasm, these men of mystery plough a lonely furrow to-day.

Another " Focus on Hocus " show comes on the air on February 22nd.


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