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The magician, between other card effects, remarks that playing cards are very, very Old in history. He continues that first mention of tricks with cards is found in hooks and writings of 300 years ago. One of the first of these vías the then miraculous feat of making one card change to another.

The performer proceeds to demonstrate this as he talks, color changing the face card of the pack. Then he tells how magic has Improved through the ages and states that the changing of one card's face is to-day considered "small power" in the eyes of the magi. To-day is the age of mass production and effort and the magicians have had to keep up with the times.

The performer now calls attention to the fact that the deck he has been using is blue hacked. He hands it to a spectator requestipg him to remove four cards of the same value, adding, "Take the Jacks out. They're Knaves and shouldn't be left at large anyway." The remainder of the blue backed deck is given to the performer who places it aside. He picks up and shows a red backed deck. He runs through and picks out four cards, apparently, putting the deck aside.

The four cards are fanned to show 4 seven spots and then turned around to show their red hacks. The fan is closed. A pass is made over the face seven and it changes to a Jack of the same suit. And immediately the four cards are fanned to show POUR JACKS. And then the fan is turned around to show BLUE backsl The performer says, as he closes the fan and puts them onto the blue deck from which the spectator removed the Jacks, "and that's how the magician takes «are of difficulties to-day. Ho matter how many cards, faces and back«, all happens at one time. And the wizard keeps his deck complete."

The answer? Roughened cards. The principle so popular to-day is hereby used for an excellent closer to any series of card effects.At the finish of these explanations will be found the most practical formulae for making such cards.

The preparation of these cards, that is. ii what way they are prepared, is shown in thé illustration. The cards are prepared, in their respective ways, either on the top or bottom half of the back or face. Before fanning, the packet of eight cards (apparently four) is squared face down in the left hand, then picked* up by the right hand with thumb at the faces (tura over to page 482)

MEHTAL STUD (c ontinued from page 479)

front of these "hole cards" (towards the spectators and overlapping about half of the card's lengths) the performer continues to deal cards, now face up, just as in dealing for a game, until the 20 cards have been laid out in the 4 hands.

The situation now is this: The four "hole cards" from left to right (performer's) belong to players 4,3,2,1. The first row ACROSS of face up cards (next to the hole cards) belong to player No. 1. The next row ACROSS are those of player Ho. 2. Then come players No. 3 and 4.

Now the performer asks the four players to put their coins in front of the row in which they see their peeked at cards. If they don't see their cards (thev then must be among the face down hole cards) they are to glte their coins to the performer.

Everything now Is set for the climax. Picking up a coin in front of a rowj the performer passes it up and down several times and suddenly drops it onto the correct cardJ This is repeated with all other coins in view, and each time the spectator, or player, acknowledges the correctness. Lastly the performer looks at the one or more coins in his hand which represent hole cards. He asks the player or players to think of their cards In turn, and drops a coin

Page onto a face down card. The player turns it up himself, and once more the performer has found the mentally noted pasteboard!

From the foregoing explanations of the set up after the final deal, the reader should have no trouble in seeing through the deception of the climax. The coins laid on the table in the front of rows need be but placed on the face up cards 1,2,3 or 4 depending upon which spectator placed it there. This same rule applies to the hole cards 4,3,2,1.

The "dates" of the coins is a little detail which allows of the performer turning his back or leaving the room while the coins are put in front of the rows. Two coins in front of one row present no difficulty. Upon his return he picks them up one at a time, noting the date as he waves it to and fro, discovering it to be the 1st,2nd,3rd or 4th person's com and dropping it accordingly. Then he points directly to that player and says, "Your card." This really startling action was not possible in former versions of the trick, nor was it possible to use but FOUR hands of five cards each, "he hole card angle makes this possible and it throws completely out of calculation anyone who knew the old mathematical layout. At times a hole card will not be among those chosen but the percentage is high in its favor. The showmanship of the first discoveries though will make up for the lack of face down discoveries.

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