## Crisscross

Effect: The performer writes ori a piece of paper a number and the name of a card, on another paper, a spectator also secretly writes a number and the name of a card. The pack is dealt Into two piles, The performer's card Is found in one of the piles at a position corresponding to the spectator's number; the spectator's card Is found In the other pile at a position corresponding to the performer's number.

The idea of this problem is that the performer makes a double prophecy to start. He writes down a number at which later is found the card chosen by spectator. He also writes down the name of a card later found at a position freely chosen by spectator. While most such effects require manipulation of the papers, this one does not. And while some readers may stand aghast at the implement used to insure success, we can emphatically state that the presentation completely eliminates any thought of the weapon being used to bludgeon the senses of those watching. a most important point to present day subtlety lovers is that after the trick is over one may proceed with any card problems using an ordinary pack of cards.

Method: a Svengali deck of 52 cards is used, the short cards (all alike) being at positions 1,3,5,etc., from the top of deck. The unprepared cards at the even number positions are, of course all different, The pack may be cut indefinitely leaving always a short card on top.

The performer says he will write a number between 1 and 26 and does so. (It is best to take one somewhere around 13) He then says he will note a card in the deck. Riffling pack towards himself he stops anywhere,apparently noting a card. Then he writes upon paper the name of the short oards in the deck. The paper is placed writing side down in full view. Now the spectator is told to write on his paper a number from 1 to 26.The performer picks up deck, holds it vei-tlcally towards spectator, rif

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