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MARKET HARBOROUGH TO DERBY

HAXTON - WARLOCK

ON the 30th May, Francis and I travelled by train to Derby, where we were to join Wilfred Tyler, and go by car to Buxton, where a meeting of the British Ring Convention Committee was taking place. At Market Harborough, both Francis and I had had our fill of the " Observer " and " Sunday Times " respectively, and we started thinking about magic. Between Market Harborough and Derby we tackled two problems which I had put forward, and this month here are two variations that Francis proposed. In all we had about ten methods using various subtleties.

THE FIRST PROBLEM

BASIC EFFECT

For this effect you will require two packs of cards, one having blue backs and the other red backs. Both of these packs may be shuffled and replaced on the table. The performer picks up the blue pack, has a card selected from it, returned and shuffled into the pack. This is then handed to the spectator, who chose the card. A card is then selected by another spectator from the red backed pack. The spectator holding the red backed card is now invited to call stop at any time he likes whilst the blue cards are being dealt. When he calls stop he places the red card he is holding on to those cards dealt on to the table, following which the remainder of the blue cards are dealt on top or placed on in one complete packet.

The cards are now picked up by the performer and fanned, when it is found that the red card has been placed into the pack at the position occupied by the chosen blue backed card ; thus showing, apparently, that the second spectator called the first spectator to stop on his chosen card.

METHOD NUMBER 1

Commence by having the two packs of cards shuffled and placed on the table. Now have a card selected from the blue pack, returned, shuffled and then it is secretly brought to the top by your favourite method. This pack is then handed to the spectator. Any card is now selected from the red backed cards by the second spectator. The first spectator is now invited to deal his cards face down in a pile on the table. Obviously, the first card dealt will be the chosen card. At any time whilst the dealing is going on the second spectator who has by now chosen the card from among the red backs calls stop and places his card on to the dealt blue cards, following which the remainder of the blue cards are placed on top of the tabled packet.

You now pick up the pack and fan the cards face down in the right hand, being assisted by the left hand. This enables you to pull the bottom card of the fan (which is the chosen one) by means of the right fingers along underneath the fan to a position just above that held by the red card, (this readers will' recognise as the Super Supreme Force). The fan is broken at this point and the cards in the right hand, which will be that section above the red card, are now turned up to show the chosen card, which is seen to be next to the red card.

METHOD NUMBER 1

The effect with this method is the same as above excepting that when the card has been chosen from the blue backed pack and returned, it is immediately handed to the spectator to shuffle and the performer does not take the pack back until the conclusion of the instructions given to the spectator.

VOLUME 13 No. 9

To enable this to be done you will require a short card in the blue backed pack, this card you force and then allow spectator number one to shuffle it back into the pack. You do not, of course, know the position of this and in fact do not obtain control of it until' a later period in the effect. The card chosen from the red backed pack by spectator number two and the procedure of spectator number one dealing the cards from the blue backed pack into one pile is the same as above. Spectator number two calls stop and places his red card into the blue deck which is then assembled.

You now pick up the assembled pack, rifle to the short, and chosen, card and cut this to the bottom. The effect is now completed as described in Method Number 1.

The following effect arose out of our consideration of the basic effect and really might be described as a variation for it does not follow exactly the conditions of the basic effect. However, for those who are interested I will describe it.

EFFECT

The blue and red backed packs are required as in the first method. The performer has both of the packs shuffled and placed on the table. Picking up the red pack a card is chosen from this by a spectator, the blue backed pack is then laid face down on the performers left hand and the spectator holding the chosen red card is invited to place it on top of the blue pack. When this is done the red card is cut into the blue backed pack. The performer now hands a paper knife to another spectator and invites him to thrust the knife into the blue pack at any place he so wishes whilst the performer is rifling the pack. This he does, whereupon the performer breaks the pack at that point to show the card that he has been stopped on. The packet which will now be in his right hand is returned to the talon of the pack and the whole is squared up.

The pack is now fanned and the red card and the blue backed card next to it are removed and shown to be the two chosen cards.

METHOD

Both the red backed and blue backed packs are totally unprepared and may be thoroughly shuffled. Place the blue backed pack on your left hand face down. Have a red backed card chosen from the other pack and placed on top of the blue cards. You now double under-cut the red card into the pack which leaves it at the bottom. Now have a card selected from among the blue backs by rifling and allowing a spectator to insert a knife at any point. Break the pack at this point, holding the top section in you right hand with the fingers at the outer end and the thumb the inner end of the packet.

Show the card at this point, but in replacing the card on top of the rest of the pack you execute the " Master Move," which will bring the chosen card directly underneath the red back card at the bottom of the pack. Cut the pack and spread the cards on the table. You then remove the red backed card which will readily show among the blue backs together with the blue backed card below and turn them face up to show that the two chosen cards have come together.

THE SECOND PROBLEM

The problem as originally posed was this: —

Three members of an audience each select one card each, which, after noting, is returned to the pack, the latter then being shuffled. The pack is placed on the table and covered with a handkerchief. Each selector of a card respectively gives the performer a sixpence, penny and a florin. The coins are vanished and when the handkerchief is lifted from the pack it is found that the coins have found their way to the pack, the sixpence lent by the first chooser is lying on top of his selected card, the penny on the second card and the florin on the third. There is a method but we preferred to use the basic plot from which with many deviations we arrived at the following effect: —

On the performer's table stand four stemmed glasses each large enough to contain a playing card but instead of pips or pictures each card bears a square of colour. One square is red, one blue, one green and one orange. The performer addresses himself to a spectator. " Sir," he says, " will you please think of the card with the blue square as your card. To help you, I'll give you a disc of the same colour (a large poker chip). So that you won't lose it, here's a small envelope you can keep it in."

Three other spectators are respectively asked to allocate the three remaining coloured cards and they too are given coloured discs and envelopes.

The four cards are then removed from the glasses, turned faces from the audience, mixed and then placed one in each glass with its back towards the audience. Each spectator holding the coloured disc is now asked to seal it inside the envelope that accompanied it. The envelopes are collected by the performer, who mixes them and fans them in his hand. To a spectator who has played no part in the proceedings, he makes a request that he choose one envelope and then indicates one of the cards. When this is done the chosen envelope is clipped to the chosen card. The same spectator is requested to make a second choice of both envelope and card, again the chosen envelope being clipped to the chosen card. This procedure is once more repeated, and the fourth envelope is then clipped to the last card.

Now turning to the first spectator the performer stresses the freedom of choice with the spectator. " You, sir, had the colour blue in your mind, don't you think it would be a little strange, if the envelope attached to the blue card (at this point one of the cards is removed from one of the glasses) should prove to contain a blue disc?" Taking a pair of scissors, the performer cuts a sliver from the top of the envelope and turning it over allows a blue disc to fall from it. This procedure of finding the appropriate discs attached to the correct cards is repeated with the other three cards.

REQUIREMENTS

1. Eight thin poker chips, two blue, two orange (or yellow), two red and two green.

2. Some very small square envelopes. The kind I mean are smaller than pay envelopes, the square type.

3. Four stemmed glasses.

4. Four very small bulldog or springback clips.

5. Four cards specially prepared.

PREPARATION OF CARDS

Obtain some blank faced cards with a back pattern, poker size preferably. Next find some cardboard thicker than the poker chips you are using and cut a piece to the shape shown in the accompanying illustration. Its overall size is equal to the size of the blank faced cards and the cutout is of such a size that it will accommodate quite comfortably the poker chips you intend using. Glue this piece of cardboard between two of the blank faced cards. Finally, on one surface, paint a square of colour. One square is blue, one red, one orange (or yellow) and one green. You will require a pair of scissors.

THE PREPARATION

Into the slot in the " blue " card place one of the blue poker chips. Take the remaining three coloured cards and into their slots place their complementary chips. The cards thus prepared are placed slot uppermost, one in each of the glasses. The clips lie one beside each glass and the chips and envelopes are each in a pile at the right of the table. The scissors are also on the table.

PRESENTATION

The cards in the glasses are indicated and the first spectator handed a chip appropriate to the first card, together with an envelope. This is repeated with three other spectators. Each places the chip inside the envelope, sealing the flap. The cards are removed from the glasses turned backs to the audience and mixed, the cards then being replaced one at a time inside the glasses. Now the envelopes are collected and also mixed. A fifth spectator is asked to designate a card and envelope. As the selected envelope is taken with the left hand the remaining ones are placed on the table, the right hand taking hold of the clip. Now as the left hand with the envelope comes to the card with the purpose of attaching it by means of a clip, the poker chip is allowed to roll to the side so that when the clip is applied to the envelope and card, the poker chip should be held by the clip. One thing more, the envelope should protrude over the top of the card by about a quarter of an inch. Now the picture should look like this: —

A similar procedure is adopted with the remaining envelopes.

Now the spectator who had the " blue " card and chip is addressed. Taking the pair of scissors and removing the " blue " card, still back to the audience from the glass, the top of the envelope attached is snipped off, the card is turned and the poker chip in the slot allowed to fall out into the glass. From the audience's point of view it has fallen from the envelope attached to the card! The card is then turned round to show that the colour matches the chip. The procedure is repeated with the remaining cards.

Naturally, you don't have to have coloured cards. You could have numbered cards or representations of playing cards. In fact, you don't even have to have glasses, a simple form of slotted card stand would make the handling very easy indeed.

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