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A freely selected card, inserted face up into the face down deck while all is held behind a spectator's back, is further protected by his wrapping the cards in a handkerchief. The performer shows two slates, puts than together, and the deck in its covering placed on top. After an incantation the r>ack of cards is unwrapoed and spread. The card below the faced one is shown. The performer slides slates apart to show its name written on one surfaee. Then the card above the re versed one is revealed. And the performer shows, written across the surface of the other slate, its name, too.'

This is a fast favorite of mine because of the simplicity plus effect gained. The slates have the usual flap. On flap write name of deck's top card (face down). On one slate write name of second card from bottom, put the two chalked sides of flap and slate together. That's all.

Dovetail shuffle deck, keeping the two important cards in place. Fan for a selection. Square deck and have card placed face up on face-down deck. Instruct that he is to insert this card somewhere, in deck while he holds it behind his back. As you put deck behind his back merely turn it over. He inserts what he thinks to be the top card in deck. Then he is told to cut the pack several times. And lastly you take out your breast pocket hank and have him wrap up the deck, still behind his back. No one living could know the result of his action. Yet the face up card he chose now rests between the two pasteboards you have wanted to force, and the wrapping keeps everyone from discovering that the deck was turned.

The slates are shown, put together, and the flap dropped. From here on it simply is a case of revelation as described.

For close work, when it's possible that someone might want to examine slates. I use the Daley slates as On Jinx page 88, writing the names of both cards on the face of one-piece of silicate. I also use a borrowed deck by giving it an additional shuffle of my own and catching a glimpse of the two important cards. While the spectator is busy with his pushing and wrapping business I write, in abbreviation (JH,8D,etc.), on the surface of one of four blank cards, playing card size, in my trouser pocket with a stub pencil. Then I bring out these cards and manipulate them as per the Daley method.

This way of doing the effect is particularly strong because you can emphasize the fact that the spectator thoroughly shuffled his own deck at the start and it makes the whole thing impromptu in most respects.

No matter how you feel like doing it, the effect appears utterly impossible to the audience. I take credit for nothing but the routines as mentioned. And if you try it, I can assure that no one in your audience will look like the frozen faced fellow sitting just below.

Pag* 821

"Sunday afternoon he got four."

Pag* 821

"Sunday afternoon he got four."

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