Peculiar Happenstance

george w. lord m.d. overhoiser

^he performer writes a prediction upon a slip * of paper which is folded and placed aside. He shuffles a deck and gives it to a person for cutting. The spectator looks at the top card of the deck and puts it face down on the table. Onto it he deals seven cards, and then deals eight cards in a pile for the performer.

The performer picks ups his eight cards, remarking that the spectator knows the name or the card at the bottom of his (spectator's) pile, so therefore he will look at the bottom card of his pile -— he does.

The spectator shuffles his own pile of eight cards and then also the performer's pile of eight. Each picks up his packet. Both Simaitaneously deal card after card face down in two parallel rows. The performer then announces the name of the card he looked at in his pile, and asks someone to read his prediction.

It reads as follows: "Your card will be opposite mine."

The spectator then turns face up, one at a time, the cards in the performer's row until he comes to the card looked at previously by the performer. He then is asked to name his card and turn over the pasteboard in his row and directly opposite the performer's card. It is the one he chose.

Method: The deck is both marked and stacked. The performer's shuffle is false, but a spectator may cut. When the performer picks up his pile of eight cards and notes the face card he can compute eight cards back and know the identity of the spectator's noted card. (With either of the two rotating suit stacks the spectator's card will be of the same suit as the performer's card. This will aid in the figuring. With the Nikola system the suits will be different, but one who has learned this arrangement should know each card by its number value of from 1 to 52. In such a case the card performer notes has its numerical value from which is deducted 8, and the resultant figure translated gives the name of the spectator's card.

After the shuffled packets of eight are dealt in rows opposite each other, the performer can locate the spectator's card, the name of which he now knows, wherever it may be in his row. Then he determines the nkme of the card in his own row directly opposite the spectator's card and calls that as his noted card. The rest of the effect is automatically successful.

A neat addition to the effect is to have the spectator first cut the deck and pocket the top card without looking at it. Then the trick proceeds exactly as described. After the denouement the performer, by figuring back 1 card from the one spectator noted, knows the name of the pocketed card and can reveal it as he may wish. Mr. Lord's favorite method is to obtain a duplicate of the spectator's card by use of a set of pocket-indexes. This is loaded into the frame of the now popular "card between glass plates" trick as he brings it forward. The spectator then is asked to remove his freely chosen card and look at it. From here the routine for its startling journey is carried out.

Well marked cards can be secured from most magical marts, or from the many "houses" which advertise gambling ware in the theatrical trade papers and cheap "sensational" magazines. Most of these places have catalogues showing various backs and the systems of marking so you can take your pick. As for the ethical question of using such things we've always figured that if gamblers can use them to make more money them magicians plying their trade, why can't magi use them for truly entertainment purposes?

sit up and guffaw. After seeing A1 work a few times, I realize that it is his technique, and not luck, that makes his stooges (kids from the audience) so funny. A1 left them laughing as usual.

STANUJY AND WILLIE. Good ventriloquial act. Good voice - mouth moves a little too much. Did all the tricks, including drinking a glass of water, stuffing a scarf in his mouth, eto His distant voice was excellent. It's too bad that ventriloquists so rarely do the downstairs and up in the ceiling gage any more. This act proved that they are entertaining.

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