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If you drop the 'S' you havt Cuan, ancTon turning these-letters over you get 'HANG1.

Also the deckrtaust-be prepared 00 that each of the card3 bearing a four letter word is slightly shorter than the card bearing the complimentary five letter word. Assembled in pairs, this deck is similar to the "Mene-Tekel Deck" - and functions on the 'Svengali" principle. You may safely "Riffle - Shuffle" the cards - and the pair arrangement will not be spoilt. Also a series of cuts may be given to simulate an overhand shuffle.

The cards are assembled with the complimentary short card (with the four letter word) below the "long" card (bearing the five letter word) in each pair.

Now a word may be forced, "Svengali" fashion, by riffling or cutting the deck by the narrow edge. The deck is cut at this point, (where the spectator chooses his card) to enable you to Spot the complimentary card! This will be a five letter word. From it, the chosen four letter word can be easily derived. However, if you go for "finnesse", the selection may even be made by fanning the cards - (break at this point and cut as you would for a normal ^set-up" deck) or by leaving the deck in the 'spectators hands' and allowing him to pull out a card. In this case, it will leave two short or long cards together - which behave as a "thick card", and the deck may be cut at this point, by riffling. Thus the spectator's card is received - and the revelation Is merely a matter of choice.

NOTE: In the "Svengali" choice - the bottom card of the deck (after the deck has been cut at the chosen card) will be your "Key card! However, if the choice of a card is by fanning, or in the 'spectator's hand' then check to see if the bottom card contains a four or five letter word. If it is a five letter word, it is your Key card - if not then the top card of the deck, (which will also be a four letter word) will be your Key card - and the spectator's word is obtained by adding an 'S' to these letters, and reversing them. (It is easy to add the 1S' in the correct place).

Finally to be able to hand over the deck to the spectator, it is advisable though not necessary, to break the pairs by shuffle. The easiest way to do this is to riffle shuffle the deck in the opposite direction - that is - from the face card up. All previous riffles are from the top card - as would be the case if you were riffling the deck in your hands.

To mix - the "riffle" is the same as for riffling the cards on a table. The subtle difference is that in the first case, the cards are riffled starting from the top of the deck - and thus preserving your pairs, where as in the second, the cards are riffled from the bottom - destroying the pairs by interleaving other cards between them.

This sounds a little complicated in print, but five minutes with the deck in your hand will enable you to put a mental masterpiece into your acti

And a little thinking will give your scores of variations with this deck -

and a welcome touch of novelty to your Card tricks.


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