The Incredible Stab

BOB DRIEBEEK (AENIGMA)

WHEN our friend Fred Kaps was over here during the summer or what passes as sum^ mer in this country of ours, he showed us a delightful card stabbing effect that was an origination of his fellow countryman, Bob Driebeek. We immediately wrote asking if we could publish and received an affirmative answer. Here therefore is a version of the card stab that packs a very powerful punch.

The conjurer has a card selected from a pack and the drawer is asked to autograph it. The card is returned to the pack. A sheet of newspaper is then taken and one half of it torn and placed upon the table. The pack is then handed to a spectator with a request that he shuffles the cards and then spreads them haphazardly over the paper. The remaining half of the paper is then taken and placed over the cards so that there is a sandwich of paper, cards and paper. The performer takes a knife (and for extra effects he can be blindfolded) and brings the point down on the topmost sheet of paper. The paper is pulled away and impaled upon the point of the knife is found the selected marked card.

The preparation consists in doctoring the sheet of newspaper that is to be used. Take a full sized page and about four and a half inches from the top (see illustration) and two and a half inches from the left side paste a pocket of paper measuring four by three and three quarter inches (this is a little larger than a playing card). The ideal method of masking the pocket is to use a piece of paper for it that carries a dark picture. On the opposite of the sheet of paper place a pencil mark that shows the approximate position of the centre of the pocket You will need a small dagger or knife: this should be in your inside pocket. The prepared sheet of paper is placed on a chair or table.

The presentation is as follows :—

The pack of cards is taken and a spectator selects a card which he initials or autographs. The card is returned to the pack and controlled to the bottom. The cards are held in the right hand so that the back of this hand is towards the audience and the faces of the cards towards the performer's body. The left hand now takes the sheet of newspaper and it is then held by both hands (see illustration) the secret pocket being on the side nearest to the performer. Both sides of the sheet are shown and to do this the right hand momentarily relaxes its grip on the corner and the left hand turns it round and back again. Now comes the crucial move. The right hand moves in an arc

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towards the bottom of the paper (see illustration). As the movement of the right hand is made and at that point where the right hand passes the left the right hand thumb slips the selected card to the left and the left hand thumb at the same time slips it off the bottom of the pack. The right hand continues its journey and finally takes the corner of the paper (see illustration). The chosen card is now clipped between the left thumb and the paper and it is the easiest thing in the world to edge it into the secret pocket. The performer looks over the front of the paper and as an afterthought remarks, " I think this sheet is too large," then places the pack aside for a moment and tears the sheet across the middle. Both pieces are then

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shown on each side without comment. Just a point prior to the showing of the two pieces. If the card has not been pushed into the pocket so that it is completely covered—and this can happen —this is the point where a complete coverage is made.

The prepared half is then momentarily placed aside as though it is not needed and the unprepared piece placed on the table. Ask a spectator to help

you and hand him the pack with the request that he first shuffles the cards and then spreads them haphazardly over the sheet of paper on the table. By this direction you force him to keep the cards within a small area. Take the dagger out of your pocket and then pause for a minute. " Look sir," you remark, " let's make it a little more difficult " and taking up the prepared sheet of paper you

place this pocket side down on top of the cards. The remainder of the trick is one of presentation for all you have to do is to stab the paper at the pencil mark and then rip the [email protected] sheet of paper away in a direction opposite to the secret pocket.

One final word. Don't make the pocket too small and increase your difficulties.

We have given the originator's own move for getting the card into the pocket. It is a move that can be subjected by variation according to the ability of the performer. Well done (as we mentioned we saw Fred Kaps perform it), you have one of the most effective card effects suitable both for presentation on platform or in a room. Thanks a lot Bob and congratulations on your fine Grand Prix winning act at the Rotterdam Congress.

THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES IS . . . TALMA

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From the J. B. Findîa? Collection

" He is only a great man, who can neglect the applause of the multitude, and enjoy himself independent of its favour." Steel — " The Spectator."

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