## Amnemamn

Just a few years ago I would have taken this idea, put a full page ad In the Sphinx, supplied a book and deok of cards, made a price of about three dollars, and sold frcm 100 to 160. I'm rather proud of the way it has worked out, and It is a direct result of the effeot "Between the Lines" that received much In the way of plaudits In the Hay issue.

Whereas "Between the Lines" was a straight book test with the word revealed at the finish, "Ihe Oss of Ifcasa" is a propheoy. fair and very square, of the word to be selected under the same conditions. Therefore, it makes a very nioe method to follow in repeating the trick. And I mean It when I say that it will oonfound magio-ians because they will know the book used is an ordinary one and cannot be faked. And you needn't worry about anyone figuring it out.

In short, I have discovered a very simple method of arranging cards at will, so that although different combinations show up and may be selected, the word will always be the samel Thus you can write the propheoy on a slate beforehand, and let them have their way.

Pollow this closely. Take a book of straight reading matter. I used "Oone With The Wind." Start with page 12. Jot this number on a sheet of paper and look at the first line. Look for a common word among the first ten, like "and" "that" "this" "to" etc. If you find a word of this type, mark down its position In the line next to the page number like this (12-4). Now continue through the book to and Including page 98 looking for this word among the first ten, putting your findings In a column under your first figures as above. Thua you will have a list of every page on whloh the word appears among the first ten, and the figure denoting its position from 1 to 10.

There must be no duplication of figures In the page number and word position, such as the 3rd word on page 23, the 6th word on page 52, eto. Neither do you look for a word on any page that is numbered with a zero, such as 20, 30, 40, etc. These rules also eliminate such pages as 44, 55, 66, where the two figures are alike. However, the 10th word on any acceptable page is all right even though there is a figure 1 in the page number. That's beoause there is a 10-spot in the deck. Otherwise, the three figures, page number and word position all must be different before they can be listed in the reference oolumn.

Take "(tone With The Wind" for instanoe. I looked for "AMD" and my column looked as it is given here, the first two figures representing the page, and the third one 14-7 meaning the position of the word in 18 - 5 line. There were other "AND" words 19-7 but they were In a position to clash 27-4 with the page number so were left out. 29-7 Now take playing cards from Aoe to Ten 31 -10 from a deck. Look at your table and 34-8 lay the cards out In groups of three .37-9 to represent combinations of page and 42-7 word numbers. You must use up 9 of 43-6

the ten cards. One such combination 47-6 would be 2-9-7, 3-A-10, 4-8-5. In this 48-2 particular case, the 6 spot was left eto.

over and discarded. There are always three or four possible combinations that will use up 9 cards, and you only need one. Now put picture cards between the sets of 3, which are in oorrect order according to table, from back to face. Now the packet readss 2-9-7-J-3-A-10-Q-4-8-5-K. Make up four packets like this from the deck, discarding the six spots, and pay no attention to suits. Put than all together and you have a stacked deck which will select "and" in "Gone With The Wind" or whatever book you are using, and whatever word you are working on.

Put book and deck on table for spectator. 01 ve it a false shuffle and cut it a few times. Tell them you will make a prophecy. Write on a slate and lay it down. Walk away and ask spectator to cut the deck a couple of times. Then he is to deal off three cards in a face up row from left to right. If a picture card Is among them he is to push them all away and deal three more, repeating this until he has three spot oards before him* Tell him to take the first two oards and open book at that page. You explain that if the cards are a 2 and 4, he is to open at page 24, eto. When he has book open he is to look at third card and count to the word at that number* Then the word Is named and you finish by showing the prophecy correct*

In "Gone With The Wind" I found three words. I give them here, together with the stacks that will find them. Cards are given from back to face of deok, and only 12. Repeat three times* THAT - 3-9-7-J-A-6-8-Q-5-2-10-K eto, AMD - 2-9-7-J-4-8-5-Q-3-1-10-K etc. SHE - 2-5-7-J-A-4-3-Q-8-9-10-K eto.

The word "that" appeared only eight times up to the limit page of 98 In a position where it oould be used, and yet it was possible to make up three sets of oards with no repetition of figures. "She" only appeared 11 times. "And" appeared 22 times in usable positions and POOR different stacks can be made to set deok, while only one is needed.

Thus it is possible to obtain words that are not too common if one spends a little time. But for the common words mentioned here, any book can be "cased" in half an hour or less.

This same principle works as well with a magazine like Liberty, Collier's, or The Saturday Evening Post. Just use the pages on which reading matter appears. And for those who really get around a bit and want to use the effeot, it doesn't take much effort to "case" a few of the popular books and current magazines, jotting down the stack in your notebook. You'll hardly find a home or plaoe where you can't pick up one of the copies you have listed, and the effect becomes that much greater.

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