Further 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 Dile on the table. Put the rest of the deck aside for new.

"From your packet of 17 cards I am goine 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

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

"You probably exoect 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 Spade6. Right?

"But this trick goes further than that. I spell A-C-E, dealing a card for each letter. In this next Pile Ideal 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 IN CORRECT ORDSR: 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, 5, 6, 7, sny A, any A, any A, Act of Spades, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, E. A false shuffle and cut hslps, 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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