(continued from page 284) remainder of deck. Now aak spectator to reveal his design, at same time dropping right hand to pocket. As he names it, ask, "Why did you choose the ---? Is such a design connected with your everyday life? Did it remind you of something?" This is the 3llght stall for you to secure the right one of the 5 In pocket and you should have It half out into view as he answers . You finish, "Well, you concentrated upon it very thoroughly and steadily. Some force directed me to that very symbol," Show the card correct and toss to deck.

The deck now contains the 5 added duplicates of the Star (one was already there and you just put in the four from belt). Look at someone else and say, "We shall try it a bit differently. The five designs shall be left on the table." As you talk, you run through the deck with the faces to yourself and apparently remove five different cards. But instead, you pick out five Stars, dropping them into a face down row. Say, "This time I'll turn my back, and leave the selection up to chance alone. There won't be any opportunity for me to take advantage of a possible liking on your part for any particular one. Please step to the table, pick up and look at any one design. Put it back In its place, and then slightly move each card a bit so as to avoid any visible clue."

This is done and you turn back to cards. Pick them up face down onto left palm. Transfer them to right while left hand opens coat and removes (without a word) a couple of letters or papers from Inside coat pocket. Left hand takes packet back, right holds coat lapel a few Inches from body, and left deposits packet In UPPER RIGHT VEST POCKET with thumb and forefinger, the other fingers going Into coat pocket for outside effect. Now open coat out so all can see the pocket. Ask spectator to think hard. Reach in and draw out one. Look at it, shake head, and toss to table PACE UP. Repeat this with the next three, leaving the Star for the last. As you toss the fourth card down, say, "You aren't thinking of any of those. It must be the last. Will you name your symbol and take It out yourself?" He does so, and again the card is his.

The added duplicates are now safely out of the way, and only four different cards are in your right trouser pocket. Continue, "We have tried this by mental selection and chance selection on your part. Now we shall turn about and see whether or not you have a hidden sense." Let a third person shuffle the cards well. Take them face down and put Into trouser pocket, under the cards there. You know the top one of these, as they were put there in order and one removed. Go on, "You, sir, shall stand behind me. When I snap my fingers, reach into my pocket with your right hand, pull out a card and look at It Intently behind my back. No one will see it but yourself." There won't be one time In fifty that this person won't draw the top card. It's the only one he can get quickly without effort. AND JUST AS YOU SNAP YOUR FINGERS AND HE DIVES FOR POCKET YOU SAY, "You are going to select a---1" As it comes out, turn and ask, "What Is it?" Climax.

Remarks are superfluous. The deck is now a complete one, and It Is at this time when all Interested ask for it and look it over. Tricks no end can be done, but this routine has stood me well for over two years on private party engagements, and It has been ironed out through actual performances. Both the talk and the effects are logical, nothing is claimed, and the spectators are left to mull it over themselves.

(continued from page 282) hardly explain that I could instantly supply myself from the wand; but there is a curious faculty about the balls themselves; they have a constant tendency to Increase and multiply. For instance, without having recourse to the wand, I can instantly make this one ball into two" (takes up ball from table in left hand, holding it so that the hand may be seen to be otherwise empty),"and the most curious part of the matter is, that though mathematicians insist that the whole Is always greater than its part, in this case each of the parts will be found to be precisely equal to the whole." The right hand now takes the visible ball, and, in doing so, secretly deposits the palmed ball in the left hand. The right hand is then held In a meaner to prove the one ball only In play, and, when all are satisfied of this, it is openly returned to the ieft hand, which now, unbeknown to the audience, contains two. Presumably the one ball only is now rolled between the hands when, a moment later, the two are discovered; or the performer may pretend to pinch a portion off the one, then roll both Into shape.

(To be continued)


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