list. If the Extra card is selected also it simply means the word is in the first column at the number reached by totalling the values of what other cards have been picked up. If the Extra card is not picked up, the word will be at the same number but in the second column. And there is never any trouble telling which cards have been picked up from a distance because of the colors. When working close and without colored cards, have the dot marks on backs and tell the person to turn face down all cards not picked up. Therefore, if VAMPIRE were thought of cards one, four and eight would be the ones picked up. This totals 13 and that word in the second column is VAMPIRE. However if cards one, four, eight AND the Extra card were picked up, the word would be 13th in the first column which is MURDER. And that's just about what you are getting away with.


I have a nice version of the sympathetic cards that allows of its being performed before a goodly sized audience. It has enoiigh flash to it in the working to interest the ones not participating and certainly the selection of the cards from their decks (especially the second) couldn't be fairer in appearance. It all bolls down to two forces - of the same card - from two decks. When at a private party or club it may be possible to borrow one of the two decks,„all of which helps in the build-up and after effect.

Using a small stand of the sort popular for 4 Ace routines makes the second part of this effect stand out to the rest. In the presentation of the trick, two decks are brough out and two spectators selected, one on either side of the audience and they may stay in their seats. With the 2 decks still in their cases the performer approaches one and asks that they chose one of the decks. The remaining spectator gets the other. One now is given the selection of a single card from his deck and he keeps this Instead of returning it.

Passing to the other, the performer takes the second pack and returns to the front. Giving the pack a shuffle he starts dealing in into four face down heaps in a row on the stand. The second spectator is told to say 'Stop' at any time during the deal and at this time the performer turns the card stopped at face up on its' pile. He continues dealing and the spectator says 'Stop' three more times so that there is one card face up in each of the four piles. In short, four piles are dealt and ANY card in each pile is turned face up on command of the spectator. A big die is tossed by the spectator and it selects one of the four turned up cards. This card is held for all to see and the first spectator shows his card. They are alike!

Attractive to the spectators and audience is the selection of the second card. It is done in front of them and they see how the entire operation is left entirely to chance (?). However, I have never seen nor concocted an effect that was so completely dependent upon forcing.

One of the two decks is unprepared but has the card to be forced on the bottom face up and the back out. The second deck consists of 39 indifferent cards and 13 duplicates of the one to be forced. These duplicates are distributed through the pack four cards apart starting with the third from top. Both packs are in their cases arxi you know which is which. Start by allowing one spectator to choose a pack. If he takes the first one, toss the second deck to another spectator to hold and begin right there. If he should select the second one let him have it and taking first deck to another start there. I suggest forcing the card from the first deck by the method I have described in this issue under the title "Still They Come." It is a showy method and clean working.

For the more, dealt out all fall turned up




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