Peek Deck Prediction

MAURICE S. HOWARTH

A PEEK DECK is used, with a nairow force card on top of the deck. Write the numbers on three visiting cards, 1, 2, 3. Then put them in the breast pocket. Take out the deck, false shuffle leaving the force card on top. Take the visiting card nearest to the outside of the pocket, look at it, say " Number one," actually it is the card marked No. 3. On it write the force card; the visiting card is then dropped in a tumbler.

Mr. No. One is allowed to peek a card. Move to Ml No. Two, take out the visiting card from the breast pocket nearest to the body, say, "Number two," actually it is No. 1. On it write the card just peeked. Drop card in tumbler. Let Mr. Two peek a card.

Move to Mr. No. Three. Take the remaining card from breast pocket saying " Number three," actually it is card No. 2. On it write the card peeked by Mr. No. Two. Drop it in the tumbler, if possible between the cards already there, if it does not go between, don't worry.

Tell Mr. No. Three you want him to take his card without letting anyone see it or seeing it himself and he is to put it useen in his jacket pocket and to keep his hand on it.

Riffle the cards asking him to say stop, using the slip force, he gets the narrow force card and puts it in his pocket. Ask Mr. No. One to take the tumbler and to name his card, ask him to take his visiting card out of the tumbler and read what is on it. Same with Mr. No. Two. Then ask Mr. No. Two to take the remaining card from the tumbler and to read it loud and clear, then ask Mr. No. Three to show the card in his pocket to the audience.

FINIS.

I do appreciate the error in showmanship in having the so called spotlight on the assistants at the denouncement, but the point of not touching the tumbler and cards is very strong. The tumbler I use is a shallow whisky glass, the visiting cards are dropped jogged into it. Also the numbers on the cards are made quite large, so that there is no difficulty for the assistant in finding and taking out his numbered visiting card.

I appreciate there are many methods by which the triple card prediction can be done, setups, deck switch, etc., but the peek deck does seem to have been neglected, for such a clever deck. I've been using the peek deck since it appeared in Pheonix and I think, used carefully in a routine such as this, the deck is a wonderful tool for our card armoury.

ADDENDUM FOR "THE NEW INTRUDER"

JUST before receiving the proof of this issue of the Pentagram Jack Avis came up with a nice finish for the " New Intruder " which appears on page 9. Let us suppose for a moment that you have reached that stage in the trick where the chosen card has been shown and the double backer lies underneath. There is also a packet of cards in the right hand. These go underneath the other packet so that the conjurer holds the complete pack with a face up card on top and the double backer red side uopermost immediately beneath it.

The conjurer having proved the point that the spectator picked out the only red backed card in the pack, double lifts and turns over the face-up card and the double backer as one so that the blue back of the double backer is now on top. The double backer is taken off and placed on the table, and with the words "We'll keep this stranger card out of the pack and replace the red backed corresponding card," the conjurer palms the topmost card of the pack (the selected card), then placing the balance of the pack on the table and, reaching into his pocket, withdraws the selected card. The double backer is now taken and dropped into a pocket and the pack ft complete.

MAGIC-GO-ROUND

IT WAS with a great deal of pleasure that on a bookstall the other day we saw and then purchased a modest priced reprint of The Road to En-Dor by E. H. Jones. This book, now with an introduction by that great escaper Eric (Wooden Horse) Williams tells of one of the great escapes of World War 1. More interesting to magicians is the fact that Jones's fellow escaper was Group-Captain C. W. Hill a Member of the Magic Circle. As this gives by itself no magical qualifications it is as well to add that he is a very good magician and his last public performance for the Circle was at a Charity Festival performance which I organised just before entering the Forces in the early forties. His appearance in the show which was held at Rudolph Steiner Hall was appropriate as the Charity in question was the R.A.F. Benevolent Fund. The tale of the escape has an interest for magicians insomuch that part of the means used for the escape involved pseudo spritualistic phenomena.

The book which is entertaining and excellent reading for all members of the household is published by Pan Books Ltd., at the price of 2s.

Jack Avis tells us that 'Sorcerer's Serpent' has proved a most popular item and that he has in hand for the dealers soon a very nice version of ' Take Three' that cuts out any hard work and besides which brings in a point of handling that by itself would justify whatever price he cared to ask for the routine and gimmick.

Looking through the list of Magic Circle Lectures for 1955-1956, three greatly take our fancy. They are ' Don't look back' by Alex Elmsley, ' From Cover to Cover' by Geoffrey Robinson and ' Take a Trick' by Lewis Ganson. We feel certain that in both of the first two there will be some delightful debating points whilst Lew Ganson, will demonstrate in just such a perfect manner that he describes tricks in the ' Gen' moves, tricks and subtleties that are the delight of conjurers when they assemble in numbers.

It is often said that magic is not a draw. In cities there may be a certain amount of truth in such a statement. In the suburbs we feel that this is not so. We have had good proof of this recently for at Wallington we organised a Festival of Magic in aid of a local charity, which though playing in a comparatively small hall was instrumental in raising one hundred pounds for charity purposes.

Michael and Valerie Bailey got away to a flying start with the first edition of ' Focus on Hocus'. As ' Mr. and Mrs. Magic' we feel certain that the present contracted series of six items will be well extended. Congratulations for one of the finest pieces of magical TV we have seen.

On two occasions recently when visiting a music hall to see a conjurer we have met between acts, that delightful inventor magician Eddie Joseph. Eddie has had a great deal of worry on his mind lately owing to the rather severe illness of his wife. We hope that by now convalescence has proved successful in putting her back on her feet again.

THE MAGICIAN'S TEN COMMANDMENTS

By DOUGLAS DEXTER

1.—Never tell your audience what you are going to do unless you have already done it. And never let anyone in your audience even think he knows how some feat is accomplished.

2.—Never disclose a secret, method or principle either intentionally or otherwise, to anyone who is not a magician.

3.—Use dexterity in manipulation as a means to an end and not the end itself.

4.—Do not insult the intelligence of your audience.

5.—Be suave, graceful, polished and commanding.

6.—Find your weakest spot and strengthen it as much as possible.

7.—A short programme well presented is worth far more than a long one poorly handled.

8.—Remember that your services are worth just as much as they can command.

9.—Let nothing be done except according to the first principles of Art. To reveal Art and conceal the Artist is the aim of all true Art.

10.—Ait is not a thing, it is the product of what you do. Do not try to be greater than your Art. Try to be greater than yoti are.

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