Little Arrows With No Arrows

Aldo Colombini

Aldo realised that with "Little Arrows" (p. 77) the effect could be done without having arrows printed/drawn on the envelopes. He uses five plain envelopes (not seven). One of these is marked in any way that enables you to recognise it. A nail nick keeps everything impromptu here.

Aldo strongly advises against mentioning the money at the beginning as he feels this tips the outcome in advance.

After the spectator shuffles the envelopes, take them back and casually spot where the marked one is. One out of five times the target envelope will already be on top, in which case you don't even need to touch them. Otherwise, let's assume it's third from the top. Explain what you want the spectator to do, and give the example of the number two, then transfer two from top to bottom - then explain that the one now on top is signed. Now give the packet to the spectator.

The spectator then moves envelopes from top to bottom according to the number chosen and then he places his signature on the top envelope.

He repeats the procedure and another spectator signs the next envelope. A third one does the same, and then a fourth one. The last envelope is the performer's and you can either sign it as well, or I keep it as it is. Before concluding, emphasise that the spectator shuffled the envelopes at the beginning.

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