Paul N. Rylander
The performer writes a prediction on a slip of paper and drops it into a glass. A spectator is asked to think of any number between one and ten and to concentrate on it (for there is very little else that the spectator can do with the number). The performer passes a deck to be shuffled, retrieves it, and places it in his coat pocket. Another spectator is asked to count slowly and as he does so the performer removes a card from his pocket with each count and shows it to the audience. The first helper calls stop when his number is reached. The performer who is holding a card points out to the audience that he was already holding the card when he was stopped, and that unless some unnatural force were at work he should have no control over the number on which he would be stopped or over the card that he would be holding. But as the readers undoubtedly know, some unnatural force is at work for when the prediction is opened by a spectator it is found to read, "When I am stopped I will be holding the -Qf- " which of course turns out
Remove any ten cards from a deck and on the back of each one with magician's wax stick a billet which reads as above except that the name of the card to which it is attached is inserted. Attach no billet to the seventh card for the name of this card is written on the billet that was dropped into the glass. Place these ten cards in the right pocket beside a folded handkerchief and you are ready to begin.
Proceed as above and place shuffled deck on the other side of folded handkerchief. With each count remove a card with the face to the audience, and if not stopped transfer the card to the left hand which also holds the cards with their face to the audience. When finally stopped by a spectator plainly show the card that you are holding and stress the impossibility of the feat. Place cards held in the left hand in left pocket and transfer the card held in the right hand to the left. In doing so pull the billet from the back and keep it in the finger palm position into which it automatically falls.
Grasp the glass with the right hand pressing billet against it and pour out the one it contains into the left hand. Put down glass and as you advance toward spectator pretend to take billet from the left hand but really push billet in right hand into view. This should not be made into a move. It simply should look as if the billet were transferred from hand to hand. Have spectator read the prediction which of course is correct.
This effect can be strengthened considerably if the name of the spectator who thinks of the number is known in advance. In that case his name is inserted on the prepared billets. Of course, if by chance you are stopped on seven you are ready for a miracle. Have the spectator remove slip from glass himself which you have not touched, etc. , etc.
While on the subject of switching billets, it might be mentioned that this is very easy if an opaque glass is used. Have billet fingered palmed in right hand and pick up glass with the left. Tilt the glass as if pouring billet into the right hand but fail to tilt the glass enough to allow the billet it contains to come out. It is not necessary that the glass be tilted away from the spectators as the right hand covers the action.
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