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I don't know where Mr. James got his title for this mystery, hut anytime anyone oan produce such a problem I'll be the last to argue over what it is to be called. Certainly no concocted effect has in years been so original in effect upon the watchers.

^■¿r^j^^H I have used the problem any number of times since learning 1IIMI it, and I have yet to find people who aren't amazed at the outcome. I won't go into any reason why it works because of limits in space, tout it does work, and that's about the most important thing.

The performer has a deck of cards and two pieces of paper with a pencil. The deok may be a borrowed one which has been in constant use. A spectator mixes the cards,and the performer asks if he prefers blaok or red. Without touching the deok or seeing any of the cards.performer now writes a prophecy on one of the papers and puts it with the writing side down on the table. The spectator is now asked to remove the cards from the shuffled deok two at a tine and turn them face up. If two reds are together he is to keep them In a pile before him (we are pretending he wanted red - if black he'd keep black pairs}. If two blacks are together he is to put them in a pile before the perforaer, and if the two are of opposite color, they are to go into a third or discard pile.

The spectator does as directed, taking the cards off in pairs> and putting them in their correct pile. As soon as all of the cards are separated in pairs, the performer asks the spectator to count the number of cards his his pile and then the number of cards in the performer's pile. Then the spectator is asked to look at and read aloud the written prophecy which has not been touched. It reads, "Your pile will have four more cards than mine." AND IT'S RIGHT, DESPIT THE PACT THAT THE PERFORMER DID NOT TOUCH THE CARDS AFTER THE GENUINE SHUFFLE BY SPECTATOR.

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Imnediately the performer tells another spectator to gather together the cards and shuffle them thoroughly. He writes a prophecy on the second pieces of paper AND THEN ASKS speotator which color he wants for himself, telling him to place pairs of that color in front of himself, pairs of the other color In front of the performer, and pairs of mixed colors to the side. Again the cards are separated and again the two piles are oounted. The prophecy, this time, reads, "We will both have the same number of cards this time." AND EVERYTHING MAY BE EXAMINED AS THERE IS NO TRICKERY TO FIND.

This trick practically works itself. It is based on the actuality that, if a full deck of 52 cards be so separated after a genuine mixing, the. red and black piles will always contain an equal number of cards. There is no way of telling EXACTLY HOW MANY will be in each pile, but they positively will be the same. Before starting, or during another effect, steal four oards of one color from the deck. We shall say red. By stealing four cards of a color you imbalance the deck so that the red pile will be four oards less than the black when finished. If you steal four black cards, the black pile will be four less than the red. You can also steal two or six cards of a color and the pile of that color will be two or six less, but four is about right. Don't ask me why it works. It does. Put these four stolen cards facing the body in right trouser pocket.

Now have the deck shuffled. Ask first speotator which color he prefers. Then write the prophecy to fit. If he wants the 'short' color, write that his pile will have four less than yours. If he ohooses the other color, write that he will have four more than yours. Now explain how he is to separate the oards and let him go ahead. The outcome will be as you have prophesied. About half way through the oards you drop your hand to pocket and palm the four stolen oards. All eyes and attention being on the two piles, you carelessly (continued on page 151)

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pick up those In the discard, square them, and put back, but you have added the stolen cards which sets you for the second time. No one ever pays any attention to the discard.

The first prophecy having been found correct, the performer, without touching the cards, asks that they be picked up and mixed again. This time you write the prophecy BEFORE asking the spectator which color he wants. As the deck is now complete, the piles will be the same and it doesn't matter. Now try out this masterpiece and you'll find It to be one of the best card mysteries in years.

["the candy kino. Stewart JamesT"]

And now comes a variation of the card principle Just explained but in an entirely new dress for those who have children's shows with which to contend.

One boy and two girls from the audience assist. The performer explains he is going to teaoh them a kissing game. One girl is given a picnic plate painted red and bearing two dozen candy kisses in red wrappers. The second girl Is given a white plate with two dozen candy kisses wrapped in white paper. a third plate, half red and half white, is placed on the stage at center. The boy stands just back of it with at girl on each side.

A crown is placed on the boy's head and he is given a paper bag into which the kisses on both plates are dumped and well shaken up. He now removes two kisses at a time, and they are dealt with like the cards in the original version. The colored plates avoid any confusion. When all the kisses have been distributed, each girl counts hers and the winner announced. The paper bag is now turned inside out, and in large writing is not only the prediction of who shall win, but also how many more kisses they will have. They are given their kisses and retire contented and happy.

a variation of the revealment is to have a cardboard crown, gold .outside and plain inside. It is held together with paper fasteners at the back. At the finish the crown is opened out flat to reveal the prediction written across the inside.

This is a really effective stunt for children, and at the same time a real puzzler for any adults who are present. The result is varied by having two or four (always an even number) kisses less of one color. The other color will then be the winner by that many kisses.

| A MENTAL TEST REVAMPED. (Herbert Hood) |

Back in the March, 1935 issue of The Jinx, (No.

6) there appeared a billet reading method of great value. The test, in that case, used a news paper and on a torn out piece a word was encir-oled. I have found that many are not in a position to read the paper stolen, and this variation in a slightly different dress, will make for greater ease in the reading.

In your left coat pocket have a deck of oards and a match or two. Give the pack to a person with the request that he look them over well and merely think of one. Take deck back and put it in pocket again. Hand him a slip of paper with the request that he write down the name of his thought of card. 'Then he Is to fold the paper once each way. You take it from him, holding the closed corner of the doubly folded paper to the upper left and tear the paper through center the long way. Put the outside or right hand seotion in front of the other pleoe and tear these In half. Put the right hand pieces in front and the left thumb draws back with the folded middle of the slip still untorn. The right fingertips take the loose pieces In view and deposit them on an ashtray as the left goes to coat pocket, leaves the torn out center and brings out a match. The match is given the writer to burn the pieees. There should be no difficulty in understanding the above moves as they are very simple. In the No. 6 issue the point was illustrated, but pictures are no necessary if you have a piece of paper in hand and try it.

Now, as the paper burns, your left hand drops to pocket and opens the torn out middle against the face of pack. Bringing out the pack slightly spread and fanning it facing towards you as you look over the cards, you read the writing, draw out the correct card and place it face down on the table. The rest of the deck goes back to pocket, with the paper. The thought of oard is named, and the card turned over. This will be found as fine a way as any for doing a thot oard triok without impressions, switches, guesswork, pumping, or preparation of any sort.

1 THE RETICENT QUEEN. (Newton Hall) |

If you have one of the P & h metal card boxes sitting around, this makes an excellent effect as an after dinner or parlor trick. Any card box that locks though, can be used. In short, the spectator writes the name of some dead person on a small card which you give them, and it is placed writing side down and covered with a Queen from the deck. You then put the Queen to your ear, leaving written on card on table, tut she says nothing. You try again, but still no result. Then, with the remark that perhaps she needs a little solitude, you drop the Queen in the box, close, open and listen again. Still no result. You now ask the spectator to put the written on card under the queen himself. This time you listen and correctly reveal the dead name, and spectator can examine all.

The piece of pasteboard upon which spectator writes is a blank visiting card cut to about 2 x5/8" in size. Make two of these and have one covered on one side with a back of a card to match deck in use, although this isn't necessary. Have a deck handy with a Queen on the face, and underneath this Queen at one end, have the piece of card. In the regular part of card box have a duplicate of this Queen face up and have

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