Controlled Luck

Effects Two spectators are chosen from the audience, and one is handed a hatfull of numbered cardboard squares. The performer explains that these are numbered from one to fifty-two, and they can be examined freely. The assistant is told to mix these thoroughly, and the performer never touches them again.

A pack of cards is handed the second spectator for mixing as much as he may wish, and the performer never touches the cards again.

Spectator A, with the cards, stands on one side of a table, and spectator B, with the numbers in hat, or perhaps a bowl, stands on the opposite side. The performer now stands about ten feet in back of the table and writes a prediction on a pad or borrowed business card.

'A' is then directed


to hold the cards,one at a time before his eyes and look at the face of each himself. Then he is to place it face down on the table, as 'A' holds each card up, 'B' is to reach In hat and draw out a number which he calls aloud, 'a' only looks at each card but does not name it.

This procedure goes on until the performer says, "Stop." 'A'ls now holding a card and 'B' a number. The performer now has a third spectator read what he has written as a prophecy. The prediction reads something like this, "When B calls the number 26, A will be looking at the Six of Spades." 'B' has, of course, just called the number 26 and holds it in his hand, and 'A' holds up his card for all to see. It is the Six of Spades. Climax. And the best part Is that all numbers and cards are found ordinary.


Method: The cardboard numbers are without preparation, and the spectator 'B' draws them freely from the hat or bowl. Some may prefer to use wooden counters numbered from 1 to 52, something like those used in the game of Lotto. The deck used is a Bicycle League Back deck, at the center of which is a three-wing design that makes a perfect reverse mark, not-icable to one who knows from a distance of ten to twenty feet. Hov/ever, there are decks on the market now with picture backs that make excellent reverse designs without being too obvious.

Beforehand, the deck is set with all backs pointed one way except for one card which the performer knows. This is the predicted card. The only necessary gimmick is one of the now popular thumb writers sold by all dealers. The numbers are handed spectator 'B' and cards to 'A*. As performer hands cards to 'A'for mixing, he gives them a little overhand shuffle which serves to 'force' spectator to mix them that way, and which does not disarrange the backs. During this mixing, the performer writes the prediction as given In the effeot, but leaves out the number. He throws pencil on table and stands at a little distance where he can see the backs of the cards as 'A' holds them up to look at faces. 'B' calls the numbers each time, and the performer watches for the reversed card to show. The moment it pops up, performer says, "STOP", at the same time filling in the number just called. At this point he hands the card to a third person and has the prophecy read aloud. 'A' then shows the card he is holding, and it is found that the prophecy is correct. The cleanness of working makes this an astounding effect.

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