## Allan Howell

This prediction mystery contains a very subtle point of operation. It is Impromptu and also has the distinction of needing no sleights or undercover moves. To the spectators it appears as If everything takes place in their own hands and is under their positive control at all times.

spectator mixes his own deck.

### Another person

Page then takes out a small bunch of cards from the center, putting two or three on top and two or three on the bottom so as to preclude any possibility of the performer's knowing the location of any card In the pack.

The deck Is placed faoe down in full view without any manipulation and the performer proceeds to write a prophecy on a slip of paper. This he puts into the spectator's pocket without having asked a question, and without, of course, having touched the deck.

Stating that the test shall be made In a way so as to leave everything to chance the perform-erhas the spectator who Is to select a card write down a number between 1 and 10 on paper, and at the same time the performer also marks down a number on another paper. This, he says, will be added to the number the speotator Jotted down, and the total of the two numbers will be dealt down to in the deck. The card thus reached will represent interesting events In the life to come of the man who now carries the prophecy.

After this has been done the spectator then deals off the number of cards he wrote on his paper, putting the card thus reached to one side without looking at It.

Two cards have now been taken from the deck and the speotator has controlled both of them. The performer shows his "fortune" card and talks for a few minutes about the things to come for which It is supposed to stand. Then the spectator Is asked to read the prophecy from his pocket. It Is the name of a card. He turns over the one on the table. The prophecy Is correct.

When the deck has been shuffled the performer takes it to fan and show the cards well mixed. In doing this he cuts to the top a glimpsed card. If the deck has been in use it can have been a simple operation to edge nick a card for locations and at the present time cut such a card to the top while the faces of the fanned deck are being shown. This is the card which the performer predicts that the spectator will get.

When he has another person take out a small bunch of cards from the center, putting two or three on top and doing likewise on the bottom, the performer notes carefully just how many the man places on top of the noted card. And that number at which the top (noted) card now lies Is the number he marks down on his own paper while the spectator thinks of any number and writes It on another piece.

The two numbers are added together. Whatever this result may be, another spectator counts, reversing the cards as they are dealt. The card reached is «riven the performer and the small packet of cards are replaced on the deck. By this action the predicted card automatically lies at the number thought of by the spectator.

The deck is given to that person and he, himself counts to his own number and lays the card to one side without showing It. Showing his own card, secured, as he tells It, through the chance guess (number; of the spectator plus his (performer 1 s )psychic astuteness, the wizard launches Into the card's Influence over future activities of the spectator. You need only two "lines"; one for a man and one for a woman. This over, the performer recalls the prophecy. The spectator removes It and reads the contents of the paper aloud. It is the name of a card. And emphasizing the fact that the spectator counted down to his own number in a well mixed deck with no outside influence the correct card is turned over.

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