Ttakes two

I'm .ilways on the lookout for totally impromptu effects, for when |<miu' Mentulisin, a good stock of them may pay great dividends during Hut«-', you have not come prepared.

Ml Hci I A deck of cards is borrowed for use in an impromptu demon-Nr«ti<>n of the intuition that we all have, but most people rarely, if »vci, ujc in everyday life.

'Ml* performer asks that a spectator, who has been selected to serve as Voiii assistant in this experiment, shuffle and cut the deck to their fltc^it'» content. They are then to cut the deck into five piles, placed in f| Inn' between the performer and himself. Me is then to choose any one "i iIn- live piles, which he is to cut, and then he is to look at whatever $m 'l ends upon top of that chosen pile.

Altei explaining how the assistant could have picked any card, since Sir d<. I. was borrowed and shuffled by someone other than the pfcl>'imcr. the assistant is asked to gather up all the cards and then (hulllc them as much as he wishes to.

V# performer then takes the shuffled deck and proceeds to cut it into In< i datively equal piles. Stating that the assistant should answer the iMtfi timer's questions with his first flash of intuition, the performer ilfeii tin forefinger of each of his hands on top of two of the five piles 4ft!1 1 ■ i -ks which one of these two piles should be eliminated from 'ftwtitil' < aiton. Whichever pile is so indicated by the assistant is pushed •mi iikI is not to-be used again.

Itw ■ i Kan I is then asked to place his fingertips on any two of the now I h>* uining piles, and now it becomes the performer's turn to use lit « intuition to indicate which of these two piles should be elim-|Mir ! i l l pushed off to the side, as was done with the first rejected rife 1the now three piles, the perfomier again indicates which two • 'If i'il the assistant is to choose from and again the assistant has a totally free choice of wliich one of the two should be eliminated. Finally, with only two piles remaining, it's again the performer's choice of which one is to be pushed aside leaving only one pile left to be used.

This last pile is then spread about the table so that its approximately ten cards are all separated from each other in a haphazard manner.

The same cooperative method of eliminating cards as before is now used again, the performer pointing to two of the cards while the assistant chooses which of the two will remain, then die assistant chooses two cards while the performer picks wliich one stays.

Finally only two cards of the original fifty- two remain and it's again die performer's turn to choose wliich one of die two is to stay and which is to be eliminated. After a moment of doubt the performer pushes one of the cards aside, leaving only one card left in the center of the table. The assistant is then asked what the card was that he had freely picked at the beginning of the experiment. He is then asked to turn over the remaining card on the table. It's the exact same card!

Method: Just follow the "Effect" up to the point where the assistant has just replaced the card that he looked at back on top of its pile. Now you go to work. As if a brief aside, you casually place your fingertips of each hand on top of the different piles as you state, "Of course, you had a free choice of any one of these five piles, didn't you?" As this is said, your hands seem to be indicating the different piles that could have been picked.

"It could have been this one, this one, this one, this one, or diis one, couldn't it?", you continue, only when your hand decends upon the pile with the chosen card on top, it pulls the chosen card back towards your thumb, whose nail is placed at die middle rear of it. This will

A view of the top card being nicked by the thumbnail, as the fingers on top of the card pull it back.

muv- a small nick to be created on the chosen card. If done casually, Hut move is totally natural and cannot be detected. 1 know,because it I'Htlrd the hell out of me when I first saw it done. Once the nick is in, , "in work is, for almost all intents and purposes, over.

Huso the deck shuffled and then returned to you. You will notice that tin nick is quite visible if you know what to look for, so when you cut tin dcck into the five piles, just note which pile contains the chosen card.

Place your fingers on any two of the piles which do not contain the . Iioh'ii card, and then ask the spectator which of the two piles is to be eliminated. Place that pile aside and then have your assistant choose my two of the remaining piles. If the chosen pile is one of the two indi-. Jteil by the spectator, you merely eliminate the other one of the two pile», leaving the pile with the chosen card still in contention. Repeat ilus entire process once more, which will leave just two piles, one of which must contain the chosen card. It will be your turn to choose, so you iust can't go wrong. Just eliminate the pile without the chosen card In it.

Have the pile spread about, while you keep an eye on the nicked card. Also, you must count how many cards there are. If there is an even amount of cards, the assistant must be the person to start the elimination process by picking out two piles while the performer chooses which one stays. If there is an odd amount of cards, then the perform-• i .t.irts by picking the two piles wliile the assistant picks which stays ntd which goes. This process will always enable the performer to have ilic List choice of which card will be eliminated, of course, to make sure ili.it the chosen card will be the last card on the table.

I in m .aw "Kandi" do the nail nick location. Although it is as old as the lulls, it look me in badly. In looking for a good application of it, 1 it mr inhered a "Magician's Choice" technique used in the first Larry liokcr book which he credited to Roy Baker. The two principles made for each other so "It takes two" was born.

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