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Effect: The performer mentions that two Is his lucky number and to Illustrate introduces a pack of cards and two envelopes, these later being stood In a prominent position against a book or candlestick. The cards are then brought to a spectator who is requested to deal two heaps choose one and then shuffle the cards he has chosen. After this he is requested to deal the cards, slowly one at a time face downwards onto a table or chair, and another spectator is requested to tell him to stop dealing whenever he wishes. When this point of the effect arrives the card is turned over and proves to be, say the Ace of Diamonds. The performer remarks, "(tttite a co-incidence, because in this envelope 1 placed an Ace." Here he takes one envelope, slits it open, and allows a card which is an Ace to fall out, tearing envelope across and tossing aside. Continuing, "And in the other envelope I placed a Diamond card. " '.?" other envelope is opened and card dumped ov in the same manner.

Requirements : Two decks of caras with similar backs, four double faced cards, two opaque envelopes large enough to hold two playing cards side by'side (the size I use are 4 x 5£). The double faced cards are easily made up by glueing them back to back. The stiffness does not detract from the working for they are only shown by performer and not handled by anyone else. I suggest the following combinations: Ace of Clubs backed by Three of Diamonds — Jack of Hearts backed by Pour of Spades — Ten of Clubs backed by Seven of Diamonds — Nine of spades backed by Queen of Hearts.

Preparation: The Ace of Clubs backed by the 'Three of Diamonds is placed in one end of one envelope and the Jack of Hearts backed by the Pour of Spades is placed at the other end. The remaining two double faced cards are placed similarly in the other envelope and the flaps of both sealed down. Very lightly in pencil, but so as to be readily readable by performer, the names of the eight cards represented by the four double facers should be put on outsides of the envelope directly over the card and on the side which it faces.

The following cards gre now taken from the two packs.

Ace of Diamonds, Hearts, Spades Three of Clubs, Hearts, Spades Pour of Clubs, Diamonds,Hearts aeven of Clubs, Hearts, Spades Nine of Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts Ten of Diamonds, Hearts, Spades Jack of Clubs, Diamonds, Spades .•ueen of Clubs, Diamonds, Spades

Each set of 24 cards is shuffled well and amalgamated by dealing one card at a time from each into a final pack of 48 cards.

in his side coat pocket the performer puts the remainder (28 cards) of one of the packs from which the 24 cards were taken.

The fake deck, two prepared envelopes, and packet in pocket set the stage for the use of the mystery at any time during the show. Subsequent performances require only two new envelopes each.

Presentation: The performer shows the two envelopes, states they contain information which will prove of interest, a*id places them in full view. The prepared deck is removed from case and carelessly shuffled (false) as a spectator is asked to assist. He is given deck, told to cut them, and then deal, a card at a time, the pack into two face down piles. This separates the two sets of 24 cards. Given a perfectly free selection of one heap, the spectator is told to shuffle it well, the performer asking another spectator to stand, and at the same time picks up the remaining unchosen pile and pockets it alongside packet in pocket.

The spectator now deals the cards slowly and the second person stops him whenever desired. This part should be made impressive so that there can be no suspicion that the cards are not completely under the control of spectators.

Now, no matter which of the 24 cards is selected, the cards in the envelopes will reveal it as having been prophecled. This is the part which the performer should practise until he ¡mows his positions and can handle the envelopes easily, carelessly, and without any show of concentration or indecision. He holds the

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envelope each time in left hand, paper knife in right, and with the end of envelope containing card to be shown a few inches above table. Envelope is, of course, also facing so as to show the correct face of card at that end. As he finishes cutting, the envelope is lowered until the card slips out of envelope, resting in an upright position on table held only at one corner by the slit envelope. The fingers of hand are holding the other card in Its place, «»hen exposed card Is at this point the left hand carries envelope back slowly which allows card to drop on table right side up. The envelope is then torn across center which leaves other card uninjured. The action is repeated with the other to give suit of the chosen card. The 28 card packet is then given spectator which makes deck complete for use. (Note by Annemann: This is a very nice club idea. I might suggest a slightly slanted easel for the display of the envelopes. Performer picks ut> each envelope In turn, saying that inside he previously put a card representing so-nnd so. Riat allows him to get set for cutting. Envelope is held so that card falls out against easel. Should be O.K. with giant cards.

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