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You will notice that the words in the rhyme have a phonetic resemblance to the numbers printed underneath. The Queen is represented by "Ladies" which should be pretty easy to remember! Now that we have allowed for the thirteen card values, we must deal next with the suits. To do this, we bear in mind the word "CHaSeD" and you will note that the four consonants represent Clubs, Hearts, Spades and Diamonds and since we must keep them in a fixed order, we take them as they appear in the word CHASED.

Using the value rhyme and the suit order as given, we now "stack" the complete deck. Start with the 8 of Clubs, and place it face upwards on the table, on top of this, always face upwards, place next the King of Hearts and then the 3 of Spades. You will see that each time we move along the words of the rhyme, we move to the next suit. We go on like this until -every card is in its proper position. When the pack is completely assembled in order you ' will note that every fourth card is the same suit and every 13th card is the same value. Just one thing more, every time you reach the end of the rhyme (the Jack) you start again at the beginning (Eight).

Now that the deck is stacked it must be kept in this order very carefully. To do this you handle the pack with reasonable care, see that cards removed are replaced in the right position (see below) and always cut the pack and complete the cut properly to mix. In actual fact cutting the pack will not disturb the stack at all as long as it is a normal method. You may false shuffle but you must be pretty sure of yourself in order to do this.

Let us deal with a simple trick in order to illustrate how to handle the stacked deck and how to work it properly.

The pack is pre-arranged. After it has been given one or two completed cuts it is fanned face downwards and a spectator is invited to remove a card say, from the centre. As soon as they remove their card, break the fan just above the position of their card and casually put the top half of the fan on the bottom half—in effect, dividing the pack in two for an instant and putting the top half on the bottom. Having done this, the bottom card of the pack will naturally be the card that preceded the one that was removed by the spectator. Suppose we see the Two of Hearts on the bottom—we can quickly run through the rhyme and find that the two is always followed by a SEVEN (". . . threaten to save") and since the bottom card is a Heart— the next suit in the order CHASED would be a SPADE so we now know that the spectator holds the Seven of Spades. With a bit of practice you will be able to work all this out in a matter of seconds—it becomes almost automatic.

Once you know the card you are in a position to do one of many good tricks— and it is best to built it up into an effect before you declare what the name of the card maybe. It is not enough simply to have a card chosen and then to name it; throughout this series you will find dozens of tricks that can be performed once you know what card a spectator has chosen.

Before we deal with one or two more tricks, it might be as well to point out that when you look at the bottom card—some sort of mis-direction should be used. If you just turn the pack over and glare at it—you are asking for trouble. One method is to casually place the deck aside—placing it face upwards on the table and hardly giving it a glance. Another is to "accidentally" drop the bottom card on the floor—and look at it when you pick it up. Another technique is to use anything that reflects—such as a minor, highly polished table knife, or spoon, cigarette case or lighter—when the pack need not be reversed at any time.

Last but not least—a method using powerful misdirection. The spectator holds his card, you tell him to look at it and remember it, then you say "now so that I cannot possibly see your card—hold it flat against your chest like this . . ." and holding the pack in the left hand you bring it up to your chest to demonstrate the position and note the bottom card as you do so.

Having revealed the name of the chosen card you take it back. Now it stands to reason that this card cannot be pushed at random into the pack if the order is to be maintained. It must go on the bottom or the top— bringing it back into sequence. If you have had several cards removed— pick them up from the table in the right order and drop them one at a time on top setting the stack as you go.

Some More Tricks Using the EIGHT KINGS STACK

(a) Cut a Queen—any Queen—to the bottom of the deck and then deal out a "Pontoon" hand for two people; the spectator and yourself. You deal out from the top two cards each in the order, him, you—then him, you. He will get a six and a four and you will get "Pontoon", an Ace and a Jack —the top winning hand! If he wants to "twist" on his hand of six and four he gets an Eight—and if he twists again he gets a King and must lose.

(¿>) Hand the pack to the spectator and tell him to do exactly as you say. Take the cards behind his back and cut them—completing the cut. Then to take the top card and to reverse it anywhere in the pack, to square up the cards and then place them face up on the table. You will see the face card of the pack and can therefore name the card he reversed somew here in the middle—since the spectator does not know himself it will seem a real miracle.

(c) Have the spectator take any three cards in a row. These he places in his pockets—each goes in a separate pocket. Cut the pack as he takes his group of cards and note the bottom card when placing the pack aside. Turn your back on the spectator and tell him to remove any card from one of his pockets. You now know that this card must be one of three—to find out which one—you work by a method known as "pumping". Suppose he took the following three cards:—

Eight of Clubs, King of Hearts, and Three of Spades.

You start off by saying "you are holding a black card" . . . and make it sound as though you were telling him and not asking him. If he says "No"— you can reply immediately—sorry—I always have trouble with court cards— it is a red King the King of Hearts. Take out another please. This time you most certainly have a black one—I think it is a spade?" If he says "yes"— straight away you say "and it is the three—which leaves the last card still in your pocket—and that is the eight of clubs". Or, if he said "No"—you reply—"you are you know! You are holding it in your pocket—the three of spades—I thought I would tell you that first before naming the one in your hand—the eight of clubs!"

(2) Si Stebbins Stack

This is another system of arranging a full pack of cards in order. You may prefer it to the Eight Kings System, although by nature they are very similar.

The cards are arranged in the following order:—

3C 6H 9S QD 2C 5H 8S JD AC 4H 7S 10D KC 3H 6S 9D QC 2H 5S 8D JC AH 4S 7D 10CKH 3S 6D 9C QH 2S 5D 8C JH AS 4D 7C 10H KS 3D 6C 9H QS 2D 5C 8H JS AD 4C 7H 10S KD. (The top card in the pack is the Three of Clubs, face down).

The suits rotate in the order Clubs, Hearts. Spades and Diamonds (see "Eight Kings") and to work out the value—all you have to do is to ADD THREE to the last card. You value a Jack as Eleven, a Queen as Twelve, and a King as Thirteen.

To operate the Si Stebbins stack, proceed the same way as for Eight Kings and when you see the bottom card—simply add three to the value and rotate the suit forward one.

(3) The Fourteen Fifteen Set Up

First discard the Ace of Hearts and the Ace of Spades. Now set up the remaining 50 cards in this order:—

7C, 8C. 6D, 9S. 5C, 10H, 4D, JS, 3C, QS, 2D, KS. AC. KH, 2H, QC, 3D. JH, 4S, 10C, 5D, 9C. 6S, 8S, 7S, 8D, 6H, 9H, 5H, 10D, 4C, JD, 3S, QH, 2S, KD. AD, KC, 2C, QD, 3H, JC, 4H, 10S, 5S, 9D, 6C, 8H, 7H, 7D. (Bottom).

There is no "Chased" suit order in this set up as it is not possible. Now if the pack is cut anywhere, the two cards at the cut will always total either fourteen or fifteen. The deck may be given as many complete cuts as you like before using. This can be of considerable use when it is necessary to force a number as for example for a book test. If you know the fourteenth and fifteenth word on a page—by having two cards removed (together) from somewhere in the deck—you force those numbers.

(4) The Odd and Even Set Up

As a magician you will have spent many hours handling a pack of cards. I wonder if you know how many odd cards there are in a pack? Twenty six? No! There are twenty eight—and there are twenty-four even cards—you work it out!

This is a very simple set up—and it is almost impossible to see at a casual glance. Put all the odd cards (King is 13 and Jack is 11) on top of the pack and put all the even cards (Queen is 12) below. Any cards removed from the top half and replaced in the bottom half w ill be clearly visible. This may also be done by having all the blacks at the top and all the reds at the bottom— but it is of course more obvious.

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