Norman Macleod

THE SPECTATOR is handed a pack of cards to shuffle and whilst the performer's back is turned deals the cards into face up and face down heaps respectively. He is asked to choose either heap, remember the topmost card, reassemble the two heaps and cut them as many times as he wishes. Despite all this, the performer when he turns round is in a position to locate the chosen card with infallibility.

When we were first shown this effect we were greatly taken with the means to achieve the end. Straight away we will tell you that it is based upon the twenty-sixth card location principle.

The performer hands the pack minus any Jokers to the spectator asking him to shuffle it. This being done the pack is taken by the performer and he shows the spectator what he requires done whilst his back is turned, namely to deal the whole pack into two piles. In this illustration he deals two cards face down and two face up, the dealing taking the normal course. He notes the two face up cards which we will suppose are the ace of diamonds and the two of hearts. The face up cards are then placed back on top of the pack followed by the two face down cards. A; this point the spectator is asked to cut the pack and the performer turns away. The spectator signifies when he has completed the deal and at that poin+ is asked to choose either pile. " If you have chosen the face up heap," says the performer, "just remember the topmost card. If the face down pile, turn over the top card and look at it and replace it . . ." When this has been done the spectator is asked to place the face up pile face downwards on the face down pile and then cut the cards once, twice or as many times as he wishes.

At this point the performer turns round, then picking up the pack from the table, he fans the cards before him and at the same time recapitulates that the spectator has done all the cutting and shutting. With the cards before him the nearest of the noted key cards to the face of the pack is cut to the face of the pack. We will suppose that it is the ace of diamonds. Leafing through the cards, the performer locates the second key card, the two of hearts and removes the two keys and the cards between, remarking: " Just to make things a little easier, I should like you to tell me whether the card you looked at is amongst these cards." If the spectator says " Yes," the remaining cards are placed aside and turning the cards in his hand face down, the performer asks one more question, " Was your card in the face up or face down heap." If the answer is " face down " the performer commences to remove two cards at a time from those held, placing them face up on the table and at the same time remarking, " It was not like this, face up."

Let's make the matter of removing the two cards a little clearer. Actually one card is taken from the top of the heap and one from the bottom. Almost like a double deal, but instead of the bottom card being concealed the spectator sees it removed. It really amounts to the bottom and top cards being squeezed and slid off together. The performer goes on doing this until he is left with two or three cards in his hand. If he has three, the top and bottom cards are removed and he is left holding one card and this card is the card looked at by the spectator. The performer remarks at this point, " With all the cards face up I am left with one face down card . . . what was the name of the card you had in mind?" The card is named and the performer turns it over. If, however, two cards are left, the bottom card will be the chosen card and, of course, the top card is dealt face up leaving the other one in the performer's hand.

We have assumed that the chosen card lies in the heap having the key cards at its extremes. If the card is not there, the remaining cards are taken and using the same method of removing the cards and ending up with two or three cards the same result will be achieved. If, however, the card was selected from the face up pile, when the performer finishes with three cards in his hand, the topmost card of these three will be the selected card and the two cards under it are kept face down and discarded (when the card is chosen from the face up pile, the performer in discarding cards places them face down, remarking, " It wasn't face down "), the remaining cards being turned face up when it is named by the spectator. If only two cards remain in the hand when the card was selected from the face up pile, the topmost card will be that selected.

Despite this somewhat lengthy description, the effect is most straightforward, and the method for revealing the located card quite impressive for informal work.

" A Man may study every work on conjuring or magic which has ever been published, he may take lessons, work hard and achieve a certain manual dexterity, but at the end of it all he may still be ignorant of what magic is. His knowledge of secrets will not help him to discover that secret."

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