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And, during the talk,you have pulled out six cards from off the outside of the deck No. 2., laying them face up on your right hand. Now bring out the deck (No. 2, of course) and drop it onto the right hand bunch of face up cards, bringing that bunch back to its original position.

You next start to put this pack into the spectator's right side coat pocket, but stop just short of that action and ask, "Ey the way, tell every-' body the name of the card you looked at and shuffled-up so thoroughly. I can't have you forgetting it at the last moment." And, just as soon as he names it, by the odd or even part of its value, you place the deck into his right picket with that particular stack outwards, away from his body.

Don't hesitate for even as much as a second now, but tell him, "Pull out a card at a time and spell, letter by letter, with each card, the name of the one you picked and mixed back."

You take the cards as they are drawn, holding them with faces towards the audience in a sort of fan in one hand. On receiving the next to the last letter stop himi "The next card is the last one of your card's name. Yes? Take it out and let everyone see it."

It can't be anything else but that one. The spectator takes the deck out of his pocket and gives it to you. You toss it aside or do as I do - use it in the next trick which needs an ordinary deck. I add what cards I hold to the deck, give it to someone nearby to shuffle, and, upon taking it back, fan and start rioting the cards,(those face-backwards from the last trick) saying, "You certainly did shuffle them.'; This saves you extra labor when you get home.

The ones of you who have read this far can visualise the. short but sweet effect from a long description. To thQse few we'll give these tips gained from nine years of practical use. This is essentially a platform or stage trick. You need not be finicky or extremely subtle. On the cards of your No. 2 deck that are important, the big 12, ink in on their back corners a help to you. The even set you number 1 to 6. The odd set you number 1 to 6 also, but with a little line beneath. This is done at the upper right and lower left corners. Now you can take up your deck after a show and sort out the marked cards into two piles. Then you can arrange them in order and set the deck for the next show inside of two minutes. The No. 1 deck never needs any kind of attention, except that given to it by the spectator who never does realise what he has looked at!

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