C 10s Qc 6d 4d 8d


values except the 9 are represented among these and there is an even mixture of colors.

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2 deck is ordinary but slightly arranged. The first six cards given here are arranged in that order from back to face of its packet. This also is done with the second set of six. Another very important detail is that each set of six cards consists either of odd or even cards. Put the even value set on the remainder of deck and any nine cards from the deck on top. Turn the decs over, face up, and put the odd value set face down upon it. Add nine cards from the deck itself, face down on these. This two-backed deck is place in your left side coat pocket with the even stacked side nearest body.

Select a spectator for the test. Take No. 1 deck from a case and give it to him for a shuffle. After he does this ask him directly to look the cards over and see if they really are mixed. This is an important action and should not be neglected because of any fear on the performer's part. The spectator's look-over satisfies any skeptic in your audience, and, as he gets in his glance at the cards, you follow through with a request that he give them another shuffle for good measure. Tell him to go some distance from you and hold the deck on his left hand, face down. Then ask him to cut the deck with his right hand and note the card cut at. He is to replace the cut and shuffle some more as he returns.

This maneuvre can be made very effective by the individual performer - in other words, impressive and absolutely fair. Take the deck from him and explain what is to happen further. He is to put the cards into his side coat pocket and remove one at a time from the top, spelling the name of a card, letter by card, as he does so. In explaining this you put the deck into your left coat pocket, standing it up on end near to body. "For instance", you say,"if you were to be thinking of a Nine of something, you would draw out cards and call them N-I-N-E-O-F, and continue that way."


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