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In both Franklin V. Taylor's original version of Double Stop ("Phoenix" No. 197, page 786 and "Pentagram," Vol. 5, No. 1. October, 1950, page 1) and in Ron. Baillie's improvement (" Pentagram," Vol. 5, No. 8, May, 1951 page 61), it was necessary, when looking through spectator A's packet, to cut at the first red card from the face of the packet, then count from the face of the packet and cut at the 20th card, remembering the number of red cards and the identity of the last one in the group while so doing.

One of these two cuts may be eliminated as follows :—

(a) If there is a small group of red cards on theTace of the packet, count these, remembering the last red card in the group (the chosen card), run through the black cards ignoring their number and continue counting from the first of the next group of red cards at the back of the blacks until the last card is reached. Mentally subtract this number from 26. Suppose the remainder is 8. Run through the cards again but this time start to count on the first of the black cards until you come to 8. and openly cut the packet at this point.

(b) If there is a packet of black cards at the face of the packet, run through these, ignoring them, and start to count on the first red card you come to. Memorise the last red card (the chosen one) but continue to count on into the group of black cards at the rear of the red group until 26 is reached and cut at this point. If you reach the last card of the packet before 26 is reached, carry on with your count from the face of the packet until 26 is reached, and cut at that point.

In either case, all the red cards are brought together with the chosen red card at the rear or top of the red group, and in the correct position for the final dual count down.

These notes should, of course, be read in conjunction with the effect described in the issues or' " Pentagram " mentioned above.

The effect of this trick (and any other, involving a red black separation) is greatly enhancec if the pack is first given a preliminary shuttle. The following false shuffles will prove useful :—

" Blue Ribbon Card Tricks," Samuel Berland. page 27: "Arthur Buckley's Red and Black Shuffle."

"Card Control," Arthur Buckley, page 29: Buckley's Out of this World False Shuttle and Cut" and page 83, "A False Shuffle par Excel -lance."

" Card Magic of Le Paul. The,'1 Paul Le Paul, page 169; "Color Segregation."

" Hugard's Magic Monthly," Vol. 8, No. 1. June, 1950, page 674; "Red-Black Riffle Shuttles."' Vol. 8. No. 2, July, 1950, page 679, " More RedBlack Rittle Shuffles," Vol. 8, No. 3, August 1950. page 689, " More Red-Black Riffle Shuttles," and " Mario's Red-Black Shuffles," Vol. 8, No. 4, September, 1950, page 699. "Red Black Riffle Shuffles."

" Jinx, The," 1937/38 Winter Extra, page 274. " Cardminded," Martin Gardner.

"Pentagram, The," Vol. 2, No. 2, November. 1947, page 13, "The Perfect False Shuttle for Out of this World," Peter Warlock.

"Seven Circles, The," Vol. 1, No. 6. September. 1931. page 10, " Red and Black."

" Sphinx. The." Vol. 46. No. 1. March. 1947. page 11. "A False Shuttle." Jerry McDermott.

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