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The movement continues and in unison the little finger presses downwards, the second finger well wrapped around the end of the pack presses upwards and the first finger touching the top of the pack presses downwards. The effect of this combined operation is that the three of spades is automatically reversed at the bottom of the pack. As the movement of the fingers takes place the hand is not stationary but is moving either towards the table on which the pack is deposited or towards the left hand which receives the pack.

Let it be emphasised that this is a most straightforward sleight and one which can be mastered in a short time. Its uses are innumerable. Thank you very much, Hugh Scott.



WHEN, THROUGH the columns of the JINX, Paul Fox and Dai Vernon gave to the magical fraternity that gem of mental magic, the ' Brainwave Deck,' there was a general usage, which, in many hands suffered from lack of finesse. In using this effect myself I have made one little addition which has proved its worth many times. This addition has meant that when the faked pack is withdrawn from the case a face card is seen on the apparent face of either a red-backed or blue-backed pack. Readers using this particular pack will know that without any addition, the cards would be backs uppermost at the top and bottom of the pack, a blue backer in one case and a red backer in the other. Not ideal when the audience surrounds you.

The means of achieving this extra piece of business involves no skill on the part of the per* former, the card case in which the pack is housed being responsible for the addition or subtraction being responsible for the addition or subtraction

from two empty cases. First of all dissect the two cases. Now with the aid of some thin strong cardboard and the necessary parts of the dissected

cases make up a card case that will have a flap at each end (Illustration 1). The depth of the case should be capable of accommodating nearer sixty than fifty-two cards. The second stage is the fixing of a small cardboard flap by means of a linen hinge at each end of the case (Illustration 2). When


(x) er case the hinges have been coated with seccotine place a pack of cards inside the case and allow everything to dry under pressure. After the time allowed for drying, empty the cards out of the case. To prepare for the presentation with the assumption that you are using a blue and red backed ' Brainwave Deck' and that your blue backers are black cards and the red backers red cards, load a red-faced card inside one flap and a black-faced card in the other, then sliding the pack inside. So that the pack will be set ready for correct withdrawal, the red-faced card inside the flap should be in front of the topmost blue-backed card.

To facilitate sliding the pack into the case without the chance of fouling either of the hinges, the card case should be opened at both ends and a thin slip of card twice the length of the case, slipped inside as a guide for the pack. When the pack is inside, the case, remove the long strip of card and then close the flaps of the case. A small pencil mark should be placed on the flap to show which side is which when it comes to the withdrawal of the pack.

When a card has been named by a member of the audience the case is opened at the appropriate end, the pack withdrawn and the effect then being proceeded with in the usual way with the advantage that the pack from all angles will appear to be a normal pack. Should the performer make use of a pack of Aviator or Bicycle cards one extra refinement is that in making the case part of a blue case and part of a red case are used in constructing the faked case. The pack lies in the right hand pocket and before asking for the name of the card, it is removed, the hand concealing the side of the case, As the card is named it is placed on the outstretched palm of the left hand in such a manner that the outside colour of the case matches the backs inside.

Many may say that in this addition I am ' painting the lily' (actually most would incorrectly quote than I am ' gilding the lily '). In my humble way I shall contradict such folk for the present addition was evolved through necessity during the war years when performing conditions meant that one had to strive for perfection at all times.



THIS IS an effect which appears to be entirely impromptu. Actually, like most so-called impromptu effects, there is some advance preparation.

The effect.

A pack of cards is shown, fanned, shuffled and cut and placed upon the table.

Taking some visiting cards from his wallet, the mentalist writes in ink upon the topmost one the name of a card. The audience is given a sight of the writing and the card is then placed writing side down on the table.

A spectator is now asked to deal a card at a time from the pack stopping whenever he wishes. Supposing that the card stopped at is the nine of diamonds the visiting card is turned over to show that written upon it are the words, 'Nine of diamonds! '

The requirements.

Twenty visiting cards. Thirteen of these have the name and address of the presenter printed on both sides, the remainder are printed on one side only.

A pack of cards which consists of four banks of the same thirteen cards.

A fountain pen filled with the type of ink which is visible when written but quickly fades away.


On each of the thirteen double-faced visiting cards the mentalist writes in ordinary ink the names of each of the cards constituting the prepared pack. These visiting cards, writing side undermost, are now arranged in reverse order to the cards in the special pack. Under this stack of visiting cards one of the ordinary visiting cards is placed printing side uppermost whilst the remaining six cards are placed on top of the stack printed side upper most. If the stack of cards is now shown there should be a blank side at the bottom and printed side at the top. If the cards are fanned, there should be a series of printed sides. Viewed from either side the cards present no peculiarities. At this stage the cards are either banded with an elastic band and /or slipped inside the appropriate compartment in the mentalist's wallet. The special pack in its case is dropped into the performer's right-hand jacket pocket. The pen should be in the left breast pocket.


Removing the pack in its case from his right-hand pocket the cards are withdrawn, false shuffled, casually fanned to show different faces and after being given a false cut placed face down upon the table. The stack of visiting cards is then removed from the wallet and taking the pen, the mentalist writes the name of a card upon the topmost card. The pen is placed down and the card lifted from the stack, the audience allowed a glimpse of the writing as the mentalist shakes it as though helping the ink to dry. This is a perfectly natural action and helps in the evaporation of the ink. The card is now placed writing side down on the table.

Pointing to the pack, the mentalist asks a spectator to deal slowly one at a time the cards face up on to the table, stopping whenever he wishes. The slowness of dealing which is emphasised serves a treble purpose, i.e.: —

1. It gives the dealer the opportunity of seeing that the cards are all different.

2. It prevents him dealing more than thirteen cards.

3. The stack of visiting cards is held in the left hand, the right hand on top. This must be a casual positioning. However as each card is dealt, the right-hand thumb pressing against the inner ends of the cards releases a card at a time in unison with the dealing of each card. This means that with the stopping of the dealer, the release of one more card will mean that such card has the same name upon it as the card stopped at. A break is held and a double-handed pass made bringing this card to the top of the packet.

With the necessary card on top of the packet, the right hand takes hold of it and the hands separate. Dropping the remainder of the visiting cards into his left hand pocket, the mentalist gestures towards the selected card and the visiting card lying on the table. He stresses the freedom of choice saying, " Before you started dealing the cards I wrote a prediction on this visiting card . . . the prediction was the name of the card which I felt certain you would stop at. I am seldom wrong in such matters." As he utters these words he flips over the visiting card on the table with the card held in his right hand. Actually he performs the Mexican Turnover and changes the card on the table with the one he is holding. The deception in this case is aided by the fact that at the conclusion of the sleight he is holding a perfectly normal visiting card, for by this time the ink will have faded, whilst face up on the table with writing showing and its second face concealed lies the faked visiting card. Finally the visiting card is taken from the table, and holding it in such a way that its second face cannot be glimpsed the spectator is asked to read the performer's prediction.

A point or two. When placing the first visiting card on the table give it a slight longitudinal bend so that it presents a concave upper surface. Secondly see that the table is covered with some kind of material. These two things help in the accomplishment of the Mexican turnover sleight.

If the reader dislikes the idea of using the special ink two courses are open to him. He can use an empty fountain pen and pretend to write upon the card or alternatively he can dispense with ink and use a dummy pencil for the writing. In both cases the strong point of showing writing upon the card before ihe cards are dealt is ' out.'

Two alternative methods might appeal to certain performers.

In the first we'll suppose that the 'Ace of diamonds' is the topmost card of the pack to be used. Taking a visiting card the mentalist writes on it: ' You will stop me at the Ace of diamonds.' The card is then placed upon the table or better still slipped into somebody's pocket. The pack is then taken and either shuffled by the performer keeping the ace of diamonds at the top or alternatively the ace of diamonds is palmed off, and a spectator asked to shuffle the pack, the ace being added as the pack is taken back.

The mentalist then asks the spectator to stop him as he deals the cards one at a time onto the table.

The mentalist now starts dealing seconds, and when the spectator stops him he pushes the next card, i.e. the ace of diamonds, off the top of the pack allowing it to drop face down upon the table. The spectator is now asked to read what the mentalist wrote upon the card at the beginning. He does so. ' Now, sir, just turn over the card at which you stopped me dealing.' The spectator again does as he is told. Climax!

The other method is similar in procedure except that rather than rely upon skill the mentalist uses a rough and smooth forcing pack. He deals two cards at a time until he is stopped, and then the topmost card, i.e. the force card, is pushed off the top of the pack and allowed to drop face down upon the table.

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