The Dance of The Seven Veils

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the three of clubs (he won't know since it is facedown)—move the thumb which is holding it and feel the back of the card with your fingers without removing it from the spectator's hand and say " Ah! you have chosen her yashmak—I can feel her ear-rings—obviously you want to see if she is beautiful and are not worried about her figure— oh well, we all have our little idiosyncrasies—let me see, I believe you said that the three of clubs represented her yashmak?" When he assents, turn over the card showing it to be the three of clubs. Then say, " Now the last veil is very flimsy and I really believe you could blow it away if you tried hard—just blow on the back of the card, sir." As he blows (usually a fair puff) say, " Oh! I say, sir, gently please—you'll give the poor lady a cold in her spots." Then have him name the card again — "I believe you said this was the seven of hearts, sir? Yes? Well, if you'll turn the card over you'll find that perhaps your breath is stronger than you thought. — I should be careful about blowing down ladies' necks in future!" Spectator turns card over and to his surprise sees the nude queen of his original choice.

Should he, however, choose the gimmicked queen, patter to this effect " Ah! I thought your knowledge of the fair sex would betray you in the end—despite my precaution of holding your hand obviously you can still recognise her figure —of course, the last veil is very flimsy—I can practically see through it myself. Perhaps on second thoughts we had better remove her yashmak first and see whether she has any wrinkles —we'll leave her the veil for a few seconds to keep her warm." Then patter and proceed as before, feeling the back of the card with your finger-tips to see that it really is her yashmak. During the resultant laughter (I hope! if not, change your friends!) pick up the main pack, palm off the lop card (regular queen) and drop pack on the discarded "veils," casually dropping regular queen in pocket. As the amusement subsides, say, " Well, I don't know what I'm going to do now when I play cards—unless I play strip-poker— you've spoilt the pack for me, leaving the queen in that condition." If the spectator does not of his own volition pick up the pack to look for his original regular queen patter so that he will look for it, only to find it missing, of course.

" His hand went to his pocket and reappeared with a pack of cards. " Shall I show you a few simple tricks to while away a wet afternoon ? "

Miss Milk shuddered involuntarily. Luckily the opening of the doors dispensed with the necessity for any response." Guy Cullingford—"Conjurer's Coffin."

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This is the ideal routine for the intimate show, for it is designed to get LAUGHS as well as to completely baffle the audience.

Half-a-dozen assistants are invited to select one of their number as the SUSPECT, and this is done by dealing a well shuffled pack of cards. The man who gets the ace of spades is the SUSPECT, but he DOES NOT REVEAL THIS to you or the other assistants, for the cards are dealt face down. Each man then marks his thumb-print on a slip of paper—one print at each end. They then tear their slips in half, keep one half and place the others in a heap on the table. Now the VICTIM is selected from the audience and the audience decide upon the CRIME. The VICTIM is taken to each member of the IDENTIFICATION PARADE in turn and, WITHOUT FAIL, he IDENTIFIES THE SUSPECT—WITHOUT KNOWING QUITE HOW HE DOES IT. As a check the victim selects one of the thumb-prints from the pile on the table, and this MATCHES the print of the suspect he has identified. The suspect is asked to show his cards, and sure enough he holds the ACE OF SPADES. This routine comes to you in a neatly printed and illustrated book, with full presentation and patter leads so that you can get every ounce of mystery and comedy out of this unusual routine. The only requirements—a pack of cards, pad of paper, and a constable's arm-band and convict hat (which you can make out of paper).

REMEMBER—The Spectator Does All The Work—Without Knowing " How."

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