Composite Routine


Just a few days before this writing, I was talking to Jean Hugard, and he mentioned as a favorite of his, the thought card to pocket effect, an impromptu masterpiece of subtlety. I recollected the presentation I've always glwt it, with actually performing it three time» in a row for different spectators. Jean suggested that I write it up for The Jinx but I explained that there was nothing much original about it all except the routine of three. My respeot for Jean's ability and knowledge always make* me bow low to his views and suggestions, so it is because of that conversation I am putting this down.

In bare effect, a spectator shuffles an ordinary deck, thinks of a number, and notes the card at that number from the top. The performer takes the deck behind, removes one card and places it in trouser pocket. The spectator'« oard is now looked for but has vanished, the performer pulling it out of pocket.

In the three methods I use for the repitition, each has one or more strong point« that stand out in the working. If all three method« could be combined one would have the perfect trick, but by repeating the trick twioe, the audience ia more and more puzzled as they try to oheok, and when it is over they only remember the strong points of each method, and combine them into an unsolvable problem.

The first method is the best known and came out around 1902 in England, being sold for about five dollars. Spectator shuffles, thinks of a number from one to fifteen and notes oard at that spot. Taking deck behind back, the performer removes one card from bottom, brings it to front with back showing and slides it in right trouser pocket, immediately palming it out onto the top of deok. Now ¿he spectator is asked what number he originally thought of. One at a time the per former deals cards off deck face down, and at the number named, tosses that oard towards spectator. asking if that is the oard he noted. He says, "No", and the performer says, "Naturally, because I put your oard in my pocket." And as spectator looked at oard given him, performer palmed off the next oard on deck, plunged hand in pocket and came out with it at fingertips.

Now hand deck to a second person, have him shuffle and note a card from 1 to 10 from the top. Put behind back, but this time rapidly count off the top ten, square them, and bring them around as one card and put in pocket as before. Ask person what number he thought of. He tells you, but then you say, "Here, you do the counting." You drop hand to pocket and do your counting as he does. He says card isn't there, and you draw out the card from pocket.

Take deck back, and while you ask for someone else to help you, palm back the extra cards from pocket. In the deok is one short card, or one with a broken corner at each right end, the same thing. Get this on the top of pack. Tell this third person to think of a number, and when you turn back to count off the cards one at a time face down until he has dealt one lesa than the number thought of. He does so and you tell him to look at the top card of deck, and then replaoe the pile of cards from table on top. You turn, take deck, put behind back, run along end until you stop at the short card. Take out the card BELOW the short, show back of it like the others but put it only half way into pocket, so it can be seen. Spectator looks for card but it is gone. He himself takes it from your pocket.

This routine can be done impromptu with a borrowed deck by using the broken corner for s short. Try it out and then listen to them try to figure it out and argue against each other about what Was done.

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