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*pffecti The deck is cut into two halves. The spectator has one and shuffles into it a noted card. The performer does likewise with his half deck and a second noted card. Then the magician takes both halves, holds his face up, the spectator's face down, and gives them one magic, dove-tail shuffle. The cards are spread and the two noted cards are found to have fallen together in the shuffle side by sideJ An impossible example of unparalleled dexterity, as a circus poster would sayi

Workings You don't do any of the things you pretend to do! First, borrow a shuffled deck. Hold on palm of left hand. Ask victim to cut off half and keep it. Then you double lift the next two cards, Show them as one, naming the card aloud. Turn them face down again on the deck and immediately slide the top one off and move toward the spectator. Ask him to cut his half deck so you can insert the card. Shove it in, and ask him to shuffle until it is well lost. The chosen card is actually still on top of your half the deck, but you've kept him so busy doing things he hasn't had time to think.

Furthermore, the rest of the audience gives him more attention than they do you. So you start a shuffle of your own and slip in the next spot of underhanded dirty work. You turn the first card over as it goes into the left hand, so that it is face up. And shuffle the rest of the cards face down onto it. Finishing the shuffle, you turn face up whatever card happens to be on top, show it, and ask that it be remembered. Replace it on top face down. Shuffle. Run off the top card and pick it up on the bottom of the deck as you shuffle off several more. Continue the shuffle, slowing near the end, running the cards singly. And then, when you have only four or five left in the right hand, drop them in a bunch. This puts the two noted cards (one face up) together and within a few cards of the top. If you've got a good false cut, throw it in here.

Now take back the spectator's shuffled half deck. Turn your own half face up, his face down. Dovetail shuffle them together, merely making sure that the first half dozen of your cards fall together before the interlacing begins, so that no other card gets in between the two important ones. Now cut once.

The two noted cards will be side by side in the deck, the one the spectator thought he had so thoroughly lost will be face down just below the second noted face up one. The fact that his card faces the other way from those in your half the deck apparently proves that the card was in his half'when he shuffled! It's a new location.'

THE. MYSTERY OP STEWART (JAMES

Note by editor: Sir. Janes has furnished us with several of his strangely conoocted mysteries. Both he and his effects are known for the tangent lines they make while shooting away from the boring similarity of most magicians and their magic.)

FÜRTHER THAN THAT

Presentation: "Magicians have had to alter the workings of many of their mysteries to the trend of the times. Illusionists to-day, croon a night Club floor and surrounded by people, can perform miracles never even / dreamed of but a decade ago. I have been asked as to what a card manipulator can do to-day that wasn't possible a few years ago. This is one thing. Will you help me, sir?

"Old time performers would fan the deck of cards for you to make a selection, BUT, as I am demonstrating modern, streamlined magic this problem goes further than that.

"Take the deck in your own hands. Name any number between, say 10 and 20. Seventeen? Very well, count 17 cards, one at a time, into a face down pile on the table. Put the rest of the deck aside for now.

"From your packet of 17 cards I am goin« to have you select just one, and select it in a way directed entirely by chance. If you wrote 17 you would make a 1 and a 7. Should you add these figures your total would be 8. Just count 8 cards face-down onto the table, look at and remember the eighth card, and drop the rest of your

Page packet on top. And now you may place the bunch of cards back onto the deck.

"You probably expect me to search through the deck and try to pick out the card you have in mind, but this trick goes further than that. Without glancing at the face of a single card I merely hold the deck to my forehead. Modern day methods of chicanery immediately inform me that the card you looked at was the Ace of Spades. Right?

"But this trick goes further than that. I spell A-C-E, dealing a card for each letter. In this next oile I"deal cards for each of the letters S-P-A-D-S-S. And, on turning over the next card what do we have? The Ace of Spades.

"But this trick goes even further than that. On turning over the ACS pile we find it to be all Aces. And, on turning over the SPADES pile we find all Spades. Further than that, the Spades are in correct order: Two,Three,Four, Five,Six,and Seven.

"And this trick goes even one step further that that because, in case you wonder where the rest of the Spades are, I have merely to flick the deck like this and deal them off the top ITT CORRECT ORDER: Sight,Nine,Ten, Jack,Queen,and King."

METHOD: Reading from the top of the deck down the Spades and Aces are stacked simply: 2, 3, 4, i, 7, any A, any A, any A, Ace of Spades, 8, 9. 10, J, Q, Z. A false shuffle and cut helps, otherwise the trick is self working. The . volunteer has a choice of any num- ber between 10 and 20. The second time you have him count to the total of the digits in the number named. It's automatic.

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