THe Clock A Classic

Many classics achieve a clearer, more direct version when a mnemonic stack is applied. Here is an example using a half stack.

After false shuffling the deck, hand the spectator the half stack and instruct him to give it several complete cuts. Ask him to think of an exact time of day, from one to twelve, and, after you turn your back, to deal into a pile a number of cards equal to the hour he is thinking of. Tell him to place the dealt pile and the rest of the deck together again and to give the cards a couple of complete cuts. You use the unstacked portion to explain this procedure, which justifies your having split the deck in two.

When the spectator has completed these tasks, face him agam andp^ up his pile (the half stack), give it a false shuffle and return it to the tableTwthe other portion, take a card of each value, ignoring suits and usmg a Ja* ^ Q-ÍIelevennnd ,,v,v„ U

ing a clock face. (If you prefer, you could do this at the Degmn g

Gather all the other cards together (the spectator's stacked portion and what is left of the unstacked cards) and shuffle the deck without disturbing the stack.

Ask the spectator to take a pen, which represents the hour hand of the clock, and have him run it above all twelve hours of the clock face. When he passes over the time he thought of, he is to think, "This is it." You turn your back as he does so, allegedly to avoid observ -ing any subconscious movement as ne passes above his thought-of time, u mie


vour back is turned, you secretly run through the remaining cards of the V " searching for a group of stacked cards whose order ,s reversed. CountThTcai in that group to obtain the time the spectator thought of

(F'Turn to face the audience and, looking intently into the spectator's eyes, hold the pen and pass it above the cards, stopping at the time thought of.

N°While you look at the cards with your back turned, keep your elbows against your sides and reduce hand movement to a minimum. Keep your head up, but with your eyes looking down—how else do you expect to divine the hour? NOTE II

Naturally, when counting the reversed group of cards, you reverse them again to bring them back to their original order.

The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

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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