Annemann

Ever since Charles Jordan first brought out the endless chain principle of a dovetail shuffle around 1919 (and I believe the discovery of the principle belonged to Arthur Finley) I have deplored the one shortcoming in the location of a selected card by this means. I mean the necessity of going through the deck five or six times to follow the loops of the chain, and it never could be hidden that the performer-was bobbing his head around and checking up on something.

On August 7th of 1937, I was playing with the trick while waiting on a show, and literally fell into the idea which now makes this a super stunt which has since fooled some of the best card men. They knew, of course, by the handling of cards at the start that the chain principle was in action but the location was by far cleaner and more decisive than ever before. To make everything clear (I know one friend who will snort at that) I'll start at the beginning for those who may not be acquainted with the principle.

When a deck is dovetailed, the shuffle may be genuine but the cards actually lie In two chains. Each half, interlaced with the other, lies in the same order as at first, although the cards of each half may be separated by the shuffle by cards of the other half. For instance, if one suit is arranged from Ace to King and then dovetail shuffled into the remainder of the deck, those thirteen cards, despite being mixed throughout the deck at random, will still lie in the same order, from Ace to King, In relation to each other. If all four suits were to be so arranged, stacked on top of each other, the deck cut exactly at center, and the halves shuffled together, the same rule would apply. The cards and suits would be mixed, but the relative order of each suit would be the same. Subsequent shuffles still keep the order of the suits, but on the second mixing there are four chains instead of two, and one must go through the cards four times in an endless chain to cover the cards of each suit. However, they STAY IN RELATIVE ORDER!

Take a deck right now. Separate the suits and arrange ea?h set Ace to King reading from the face. Now put the paokets together reading from the face of the pack Clubs, Hearts, Spades and Diamonds. This is according to the old code word CHaSeD, but you may use your own arrangement of suits. Put deck face down on table.

(1) Cut deck a couple of times.

(2) Cut into two parts (about even) and dove-tall shuffle them together.

Qive deck a couple of more cuts. Cut into two parts and again shuffle. Another complete cut or two. Now cut into two piles.

(7) Look at the top card of EITHER pile. Put it back into the center of the SAME pile.

(8) Now dovetail shuffle the two plies

(9) Finish by cutting deck once or twice.

Could anyone expect you to find a card after that procedure? Jordan did it, as I've said before, by starting with the right hand card of the paok after they were spread faoe up on the table, and following the endless chain over and over, time after time through the deck (a possi-

Page billty of eight times) until such a time when one card would be found out of place in relation to the cards of the same suit which originally were on either side of It in the original stack. In this case you need only go through the deck once, starting at the right hand end of spread.

Put your finger on the first card. Whatever it may be, let your eyes move to the left along the spread and look for the card of the same suit next In order (one higher). It shouldn't be far away. If you are pointing at the 4H, look for the 5H. If the KD, look for the Ace of the next suit in order, and then, after finding it, move your finger to the second card. How look for ,the next card (one higher) of this suit. Continue in this manner, never missing a card as you continue moving your finger. To the onlooker (your head is looking down and a couple of feet from spread) you are touching each card in order. A little practice and you can move along quite rapidly.

All at once you'll touch a card, and in looking on will see, not the next card in the chain, but the one after. You may be touching the 10S. Before you reach the JS you'll hit the QS. Something is undoubtedly askew. First, glance back to the right a bit and look for that Jack. If it is there, It is the selected card. If it isn't there, glance back to the left again until you find it. If it is found to the left beyond the Queen (and it must be beyond or It wouldn't be out of place) then the Queen is the right card.

This rule applies to any card in the deck that may be out of place. The best way to finish, after noting the right card, Is to close up deck, run through it and toss the card face down on table. Spectator names and then looks. And the best way to practice, as suggested by Chester Morris, whose favorite it has become, is, not to look at the card during the shuffling and selecting, but to pencil mark the back. Later when you find the face up pasteboard you can verify It by the mark.

Extra talk about this feat Is a bit unnecessary. Those who try it out will swear by it (if not at it) as the most perfect and genuine of all locations. To the onlooker there is no answer, as he does all the mixing, cutting, selecting, and added mixing while your back is turned. THERE IS NO VISIBLE TRICKERYJ If you know the factory arrangement of any certain brand, you can have a new deck opened while your baok is turned, and the selection made. My claim is only for the evolvement of a more practical way of finding the card without giving the chain idea away by incessant head rotations. And,if it isn't clear, please don't write. This Is the fourth time I've put It down on papet, and I can't make it more to the point. I'll just have to wait until the time presents itself when I can do it for you personally. But don't say I didn't tell you!

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