## Stop at the Same Time Second Version

This version is based on the fabulous effect, "Double Stop" by Franklin V. Taylor, which 1 have adapted for a half stack.'1

The half stack is on top of the deck. After a shuffle that leaves everything as it is, a spectator cuts a small packet (A) from the top and sets it aside. He then looks at the top card of the talon and leaves it there. After this, he cuts a small packet (B) from the bottom of the talon and sets it aside as well.

He cuts the remaining packet-the central portion, carrying the card noted on top-to lose that card. You now take that portion and openly glance through the faces, working from the rear of the packet and search-mg for the first card that belongs to the stacked half. Let's assume that card left0f^(<S(F,g tM t0POSiti°n'CU"inghVdVeCafdSt0,he tj 1 J -bct everything to one side on the table.

He p ? ShUffle U'ith a cut ,ooks -1' the new top card.

and drops it onto B <lr*f ^ ^ fr°m thc loP of lhc dcck>3 comPIeh?a" r^^1^ second card sighted). This packet, A ♦ B- has p 106 '" ' ° " '' ^ 195°- P- 786; and Bruce Elliott's Vv Best of Mis* <19561

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not been touched by you, and will not be. One spectator picks up this packet and his partner claims the rest of the deck.

Turn your back to the audience and instruct the spectators to deal cards in unison from the tops of their respective portions, _

turning each face up as they deal it into a pile on the lable^^Z Jrp only to deal a card every time you Cap your hands They follow you stop after having clapped your hands twelve times, saving, , feel thing-each of you set the next card aside, face down." Turn to face the audience and continue, "Strangely enough, both cards aided up in identicalposition^ deyite your shuffles and the fact that I have never touched them. Furthermore, I fell it is exactly here, at this position, that both cards lie in each packet. And, if that weren't enough, I fell your card was the Queen Clubs." You turn it face up. "And yours was... " Turn over the other card and, at the same time, as if you knew its name before you saw it, name it while looking at the spectators. ...the Scixn of Clubs."

The effect is tremendous, the conditions are impossible and the final subtlety is disarming. It's quite easy to reassemble the half stack: Lay the Q* face down on top of the packet it came from. Then cut the face-up twelve-card packet that contains the stacked cards to leave the 34 on (he face Drop that packet face down over the Q* to reassemble the half stack. The remaining cards are gathered in a chaotic jumble and placed on the bottom.

## The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

The pathology of the poet says that the undevout astronomer is mad the pathology of the very plain man says that the genius is mad and between these extremes, which stand for ten thousand analogous excesses, the sovereign reason takes the part of a moderator and does what it can. I do not think that there is a pathology of the occult dedications, but about their extravagances no one can question, and it is not less difficult than thankless to act as a moderator regarding them.

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