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plate from the table nnd placing it beneath the tumbler "to insulate it thoroughly." The performer now adopts a similar procedure with the red and white papers, but this time they are dropped into the glass upon his left. He picks up a pack of playing cards and invites the spectator to choose one and retain it. Now the performer returns to the front.

Taking a small pair of scissors from a fancy case, he extolls their marvellous properties. The spectator is asked whether his chosen card Is a red or black one. The reply is, "Red." "Thank you," says the performer, I will place the scissors in the glass containing the red and white papers. Had you chosen a black card I would have placed the scissors in the other glass." Suiting the action to these words, the scissors are dropped into the glass and a small silk thrown over the latter. Several seconds elapse and then the performer removes the silk from the tumbler. Taking the packet of papers from the glass, the performer asks spectator, "Which card did you take?" He replies, "The nine of diamonds." Then the performer unfolds the papers' to find that nine large diamond pips have been cut from the sheet of red paper and are now adhering to the sheet of white tissue forming a replica of the selected card.

Requirements and preparation: Two glass tumblers, two cheese or bread-and-butter plates, a small pair of scissors, a pack of cards, two chairs, a table, and SIX sheets of tissue paper each measuring 20 in. by 12 in. Three pieces are white, two are red, and the sixth is black. Nine large diamond shaped pips are cut out of one of the pieces of red paper, and these are stuck lightly on one of the sheets of white paper to form a replica of the nine of diamondsj these two sheets of paper are now folded into a packet approximately S% x in. The two plates are placed one on the top of the other, on the table, and the prepared packet is placed under the rear edge of the bottom plate. The pack of cards and the scissors are placed in front of the plates, the nine of diamonds being on top of the paOkl the pieces of paper are laid over the back of one of the chairs, and the two glasses, nested one within the other, stand on the plates.

Presentation: The performer shows the two glasses to be unprepared, and places one on the right and one on the left. The black and white papers are folded, performer holding the small packet at the extremity of hi3 right hand, whilst the left hand pick3 up the top plate. The plate is shown casually, and the right hand drops the packet into the tumbler. Immediately the right hand has released the packet the former lifts the gla3s by the rim, the plate is placed on the chair by the left hand and the glass is then lowered on it. The red and white papers are taken and folded, but this time the packet is held by the left hand, the right hand picking up both the plate and the packet that is beneath It. In turning to the chair on his left the performer apparently passes the plate into his left hand, and the packet into his right hand; under cover of the plate, however, the unprepared papers are clipped against the underside of the plate whilst the right hand carries away the prepared papers. (This move must be carried out without the slightest hesitation). The right hand drops the papers into the tumbler, the plate is placed upon the chair and the tumbler lowered upon it, the unprepared papers resting beneath the plate. The performer now takes the pack of cards and forces the nine of diamonds. The finish of this problem is described in the effect at the beginning.

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One of my currently favorite pets for a

"quick turnover" which doesn't stall enough to bore the onlookers, is a tricky (to figure out) transposition of two card»

With your ordinary deck, and a strong point here is that it may be borrowed, you need but one double faced card. Let us assume it to be the Ace of Clubs on one side and the Two of Diamonds on the other. Prom the deck take the ordinary Ace of Clubs and put it in your right trouser pocket. On the face of the deck have your double card with the Ace of Clubs facing outwards. Under this, the next card, have the ordinary Two of Diamonds from the deck. You are ready.

After a riffle shuffle or so which leaves the two bottom cards in place, turn deck face up and say that you'll need a couple of cards for the next effect. Throw the Ace of Clubs (double) face up on table. Then take off the Two of Diamonds and lay deck aside. Explain that they must watch closely so as to know Just what happens .

You put the Ace on the table and you are holding the Two in your right hand face up. Apparently you now turn the Ace face down on table, using the Two to flip it over. You give them prescience by saying that you will leave the Ace on the table, but face down, following through with a Mexican Turnover of the two cards. However, In this case, the well known sleight is carried one step further. The ordinary Two Is pushed under the right side of the Ace, the card is flipped over, the exchange being made as usual, but the right hand keeps its newly secured card (double) turned over with the Two side showing. In short, both cards are turned completely over during the exchange. The one on the table (apparently the Ace) is now face down with its back showing, while In your hand you are holding the face up Two. The illusion Is perfect, even with a not so good Mexican Turnover. The onlookers have seen a face up Two In your hand before and now see It after. The card on the table, a face up Ace, has been turned face down.

At this point you merely say, "Watch everything closely." Into your pocket you put the Two spot, pushing it high into the upper corner with thumb while fingers bulge the pocket at bottom, where the ordinary Ace rest face out. Hand comes from pocket and you ask, "Now, which card is which? Do you remember?"

The answer being that the Ace Is on table and Two Is in pocket electrifies you. The customer is wrong I You reach Into pocket and pull out the face outward Aoe, at the same time dragging pocket Inside out. The upper cornered card stays hidden. It must have been a magically minded person who first designed them. You drop the card face up on table and ask spectator to turn over the other. It's the Two spot I And, all can be checked, even with the deck, because everything is complete and your double faced card is out of the way for good.

This trick is far from difficult. The Mexican Turnover is a standard sleight and this effect makes good use of it in a trick, rather than just the usual three card monte. It's a quick and very thought provoking stunt.

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