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After effect No. 1, express pleasure because of your success, so you state you will attempt to follow the thoughts of two persons simultaneously, and go into No. 2. Queer Quest, No. 3, follows along very nicely and No. 4 may be presented as a highly advanced experiment, aa outlined in the text of this effect.

You state, however, that you are not alwaya as successful because of adverse mental conditions, etc. In such oases, it is often neoessary to resort to other means, as follows in No. 5. No. 6 is a perfect follow-up. It is next stated that the name of the card itself need not necessarily be used when locating the card, yet something equally pertinent is needed, as, for instance, the spectator's own name. Which you proceed to demonstrate In No. 7, using the broken corner short made for effect No. X.

No. 8 is not an effect strictly within the routine, yet it la a favorite of mine and one too good to be omitted tram any Impromptu routine. You might state which you have been able to locate the correct cards by spelling the name of the card, or the spectator's name, the cards themselves may be taught to do their own deteo-tlve work and that by this time the borrowed deck no doubt is properly "trained."

After this effect the performer points out that in most of the effects presented, the cards have been in the hands of the spectators practically during the entire trick. Yet, there may be some who believe that his own handling, though slight, may have had something to do with the result. Therefore he will demonstrate his absolute control over the cards, even though they be completely out of vls hands at all times.

Thus No. 9 follows, with performer behind a card table, or a stand of some sort, and a spectator on each side of it. Repeat this twice, with, of course, a different result each time, or three times in all.

Effect No. 10 makes a fine climax to the entire routine. For those who might not care to destroy a deck I might suggest some impromptu card rise of two selected cards as a finish. If you use the torn deck trick and the host or hostess seems a bit put out, tell her you'll send her a new one the next day. At any rate, the closing effeot should be a little more speo-tacular than the others, and this one really fills the bill.

Th«re aren't too many repitltione of the same type of selections, shuffles, etc., and the routine as a whole is satisfactorily entertaining.

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Combination effects seem very popular with most club performers, so I want to pass on such an idea whloh has stood me in very good stead.

The basic piece of apparatus used is that excellent fire oracker in tube effect now being sold by the standard dealers in magical ware. As obtained from them, a firecracker is placed in a metal tube from whenoe it vanishes to be found hanging from the back of the boy stooge who assists. Before lighting it, he is told to pull out the wick a bit, and a loud explosion climaxes the feat.

In my presentation, the cracker is shown and placed in the tube whioh is closed. The boy is given tube to hold for the time being. The performer borrows a cigar, lights It, takes a puff or so, and vanishes it. Now, from a deck, he has spectator who loaned the cigar take a card. A corner Is torn off and retained by the person for identification. The remainder of card ia now vanished.

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