or this effect is used the well known penny and dime set but it is an entirely new appli-
Mr. Fischer suggests that those experienced in the manipulation of coins may prefer securing five coins and making them appear singly and audibly in a goblet by the often published sleight of hand method. The number of coins to be passed is immaterial and may be left up to the performer. Ee can also make a certain number travel or force the number as desired. The feature of this effect is Mr. Fischer's clever method for noiselessly stealing the coins at the start.
I A CUTE AMD QUICK LOCATION. (Annemann)
auite a few methods similar to this have been evolved, but I just fell on to it while playing with a deck, and it has its points. The card is selected, noted and replaced as is customary. Shuffling the deck, four cards are dealt off face down in a row and the selector asked to put his finger on any one. The number on it is called, cards counted off the deck to that position and the selected card is found.
Very little preparation Is needed, it being necessary only to have a 6,7,9,10 on top of the deck in that order counting downward. Riffle shuffle leaving these cards in position. Fan for the selection and as you do this, count about 5 cards from the top. Have the card selected from near center and now you count five more cards for the replacement which must be eleventh from the top. As you have the spot just cut here for the card to be put back, and then riffle shuffle several times leaving the top 11 intact.
Deal off the four top cards in a row. Have a finger placed on one. If the 6, have it turned over and called out. Then count off six cards and turn over the next. If the 7, do the same except that you count down and turn over the seventh. If the 9, pick up the three remaining cards, letting them be seen as you do so and drop on deck. Now ask the number on the chosen card, and counting off nine cards, turn over the next. If the 10, do the same as with the last but count dowii and turn over the tenth. Each time the card is reached, take it from deck face down, ask the name of the selected card, and then slap it down on the table face up for the denouement.
cation. An extra dime is concealed in the left hand, say in a second finger palm. The handkerchief is shaken out and thrown over left hand. The fake dime is placed In the center directly over the concealed coin, and partly over the fake dime is placed the shell penny. The left hand grasps the three coins from underneath by their edges between the thumb and four fingers. The ends of handkerchief are allowed to drop down and the right hand twists tightly and calls attention to the fact that the coins are securely held by the cloth. The position of the fingers holding coins will not allow of the outside dime being seen. The twisting will force the dime and penny together Inside. Right fingers now holds hank close to the coins and the left fingers slowly slide the outside dime into view. It makes a very pretty close-up effect and can also be done with the shell half dollars. Dig out that laid away set of coins and have a new effect for yourself.
Newspapers are saying that although Howard Thurston's life is in no immediate danger from his recent stroke, he will not again appear professionally. I can't think of this as being true of one who has, for so long, been an outstanding figure of magic. I've wanted so much to once more hear him close his evening show with, "and now, in a moment, will come our last mystery, a marvelous creation of the Chinese. Good night, Walter. Good night, Pauline. Good night, dad. Good night, ev-erbody."
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| THOUGHTS IN THE AIR. (Annemann)
I have heen using what I consider a very practical and mystifying little conception with a big effect. It is" Impromptu and can be done anywhere and at any time, something that is pretty rare for worthwhile effects of this nature. It can be learned, with an assistant, in five minutes, which is another point in its favor.
No apparatus is needed. Any pack of cards is borrowed from the hos't or hostess. Mixing the cards, the performer requests that the assistant, or medium, he sent to a distant room for the time being. He now states that one person must be chosen and so that it may be left entirely to chance, he will deal the cards around to each until the first Ace shows up which will automatically select him. This is done. This selected person is asked to look through his pockets or her pocketbook and take out some small personal article which they are then to hide somewhere in the room but not on the person of anybody. This person then selects someone else, and they are asked to select a card from the deck. The deck is placed face down on the table and this second spectator inserts their card at any spot, squai-as the cards and leaves them there. Now the performer leaves the room before the return of the medium who spreads the deck face up, moves his hand across the cards and picks out the selected one. Following this he moves around the room and locates the article. Once more in circling the room, the medium gives the article to its owner!
Nothing but the cards is used at any time. Previously the performer and the medium have agreed as to who will be the first subject. And, starting at some spot, the people present are numbered from left to right around the room. The performer, who 1« doing another trick or so, has ample opportunity to set an Ace to fall on this person. If there are five people present, and the subject is number three, the Ace can be placed eighth from the top to hit him on the second round. He is asked to select some small personal object from his pockets and to hide it anywhere within the room. While he does this, the performer gathers up the cards, and runs through them, remarking offhandly that the Joker is the only card with a had influence and should be out of the deck. Really though, he looks for three cards, cards which will tell where the article is hidden! Impossible? Not at all. Imagine the room as being divided into four squares by lines running through the center each way. The sketch will make this point clear. Then imagine each of those squares being divided the same way, and then each of these smaller squares divided again. Supposing the article were hidden behind something in the far right corner of the room. The numbers 2-2-2 would signal the medium into this very cornerl It can thusbe seen that three figures can direct one to any very small portion of the room. He also knows the article to be small, he knows it to be a personal article, and knout that it will be invariably an object that is obviously out of place wherever it m»y he. Knowing these things, and the spot where it lies, it is no trick at all to locate it successfully.
The performer therefore runs through the cards and brings to the top in correct order three cards that signal the correct imaginary squares from the largest to the smallest. And at the same time he locates the card to be forced on the second subject! This person is now picked by the first person and, in his best liked way, the performer forces a card. Putting the deck face down on the table, he asks that the card be returned to any spot, the deck edges squared, and cards held by the selector. Then he leaves the room.
The medium returns, spreads the deck face up on the table and after 'the business' picks out the card. And now the medium knows the three number combination that gives him almost the exact spot where the article is hidden. He walks aimlessly around the room and gradually works into position to locate the object. Then, knowing who the owner of the article is, it is returned after another walk around the room. Whereupon the performer is called back to rejoice, and highballs are in order.
This effect is excellent subterfuge. The only thing that is ever remembered is the location of the object and the return of it to the ov/ner. The use of the cards is incidental, and the card selection accepted as a fill in, and a use for them after the first part. You will find that they are forgotten immediately afterwards and the article business discussed all by Itself. It's really worth working up and using.
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