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There are occasions when the performer may wish to force a card with the deck outside his control, and whilst I should have, and have had, no hesitation in handing a straight forcing with a facing ' outlander ' to a spectator, there are many who have qualms about such a procedure. The following method makes everything not only very easy, but safe from any angle.

Despite the fact that a piece of extraneous apparatus is brought into play, it can once the force has been accomplished, be used in a normal manner.

The means for accomplishing this is contained in what purports to be a glass tray. This tray consists of a frame with two pieces of glass (a picture frame can easily be converted). One piece of glass is taken, and all over its surface are spread some playing cards, faces towards glass. The arrangement must be haphazard as possible, but the whole surface should be covered (see illustration). Over the backs of the cards is now spread a thin layer of liquid glue and over this is placed a piece of green baize equal in size to the glass. (I say green baize, but as this is simply to form a background masking to the table top or what is on it, the baize can be substituted by using velvet, silk or newspaper. Baize is found on most card tables and is, therefore, of greater utility.) The remaining piece of glass is now placed on top and the whole fitted into the frame, extra strips of wood being used to keep the glasses in place. If this tray is now placed on a table, from the top it should appear to be nothing more than a glass tray with a wooden beading (actually a plastic beading would give a better finish). To put this article into use, the conjurer picks up a one-way forcing deck that has an ' outlander' on its face. Assuming that the conjurer has a spectator on the stage, he spreads the deck on the tray so that the surface is fully covered; then handing it to the spectator, the latter is requested to go to a member of the audience. As this spectator leaves the stage, those whose vision allows them a view of the underside of the tray, can apparently see an ordinary deck of cards spread in haphazard order on a glass surface (actually they of course see the cards sandwiched between the glasses). The member of the audience whom the tray-holder approaches is now asked to touch any card and withdraw it from the rest. Thus is another card forced.

ANNOUNCING THE SECOND OF A SERIES OF EXCLUSIVE MENTAL EFFECTS

MODES FOR MENTALISTS

44 CAUGHT THOUGHTS." This is the effect:—After a pack of cards has been shuffled, a spectator is asked to cut several times, finally leaving two heaps. The mentalist who turns away whilst this is done, remarks, " Choose which heap you like and I will take the one remaining." The spectator is asked to pick up his heap and look at the bottom card and impress it on his mind. The mentalist now writes something on a card which he drops into a glass. " Now, Sir, I am going to look at the bottom card of my heap, think of it, and I want you to try and get my thought; there's a pencil and a card beside you." Mentalist picks up his card and spectator writes, dropping his card into another glass. Another spectator removes both cards, reads what is written, and believe it or not in each case the thoughts are correctly " caught."

Please remember that there are no stooges, no carbon or other impressions, no one ahead method, no switches and not one suspicious move. Can even be performed with a borrowed pack.

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