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For the needle trick,- everything is on the metal tray.

Teat this new way of threading needles a few times before the first performance of the trick.

The two 3lates are on table and set to go. This is strictly a 'force' effect, and up to the individual performer. I suggest using names of deceased famous men and presidents. Personally, for this effect, I've had the name of a president appear on one slate, and a short message on a popular or unpopular law appear on the other. The slate effect fits in well as a bit of spiritualistic fakery, the strong point being the finding of something on BOTH slates, and the fact that they can immediately be thrown out.

Have the frame for the Finale Trick on floor in front of the chair, and the whole thing back a bit so those who come forward will not be close to it. Have the blank and unprepared sheet laying on the chair set.

Everything else concerning the routine is covered specifically in the directions, and there is nothing in the placing of the various items t hat will conflict with each other. Improvements and variations on the Lemon and Dollar, the Needle Trick, and the 20th Century Cards will be found in Jinx No.18 - Page 99.


Counting fifteen cards onto the hand of a spectator, the conjuror asks him to recount them, to verify the number. To prevent mistakes the conjuror again counts on spectator's hand, requesting that two cards be handed him from the pile. They are vanished and reappear among the spectator's cards which are counted once more. This effect is repeated,and finally the fifteen are vanished and found in the helper's pocket I

It is all in the count, so to speak. To commence, at a suitable time slip fifteen curds into somebody's outside coat pocket. This is con-paritively easy at a get-together. Then pick upon this person to assist, and tell him you intend to give him fifteen cards, and ask him to hold out his hand palm up.

Count the cards one at a time onto his hand, counting as follows, "Fifteen, fourteen, thirteen, twelve, eleven, ten, nine, eight, and 2 are ten, and 2 are twelve, and 3 are fifteen." On these last three counts, you drop 2 cards, 2 cards, and 3 cards respoctively. There will be smiles at this novel bit of counting, but you ask him to verify by recounting one at a time in the or-thodix manner, onto your left hand. This he does, and there really are fifteen.

At this point, your right hand is in trouser pocket where, beforehand, you have put four cards. Palm two of them now, while spectator is counting onto your hand, and when he has finished, add them to the pile on your left hand. Say to him, "I see you are suspicious, sir, so I will count them again. Fifteen, fourteen, thirteen, twelve, eleven, ten, nine, eight, seven, and 3 are ten, and 2 are twelve, and 3 are fifteen."

The spectator now actually holds 17 cards, and you ask him to give you two of them. These are vanished in any suitable manner. I usually pick up the remainder of pack from table, fan them out In right hand, hold the two cards to be vanished in left hand, and in a downward sweep of the fan steal the two cards, the left hand turning with back outward, and a bit of fanning is done and hand shown empty, the deck being laid aside again.

Say, "Wow the two cards have returned to your cards." He counts them one at a time onto your l'eft hand and there are fifteen. While he is counting this time, again palm out two cards from right trouser pocket, and add to the counted pile. Again you count to him, "Fifteen, fourteen, thirteen, twelve, eleven, ten, nine, eight, seven,and three are ten, and two are twelve, and three are fifteen." Ask him for two cards and vanish them as you did the first time, or in a different manner, as you choose. He confirms the fact that the cards have returned to his packet by counting them for the last time, and finding fifteen. Finally you take the fifteen cards off his hand and vanish them, saying, "The cards are very fond of you, sir, even though you have continually doubted them. No doubt that fondness has resulted in their returning to you." He looks through his pockets and finds the 15 cards you have previously loaded there.



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In this strange but cute variation of the familiar spelling trick, a new bit of effectiveness is brought into play. There may be other ways of doing it by slelght-of-hand, and which would give a wider range of selection, but the following method is practically automatic.

The performer shuffles and throws out three face down cards at random^ one of which a spectator merely thinks of after looking at them all. During this time the performer can turn his back. The cards are lumped together, returned to deck, and shuffled a bit more.

How the name of the thought of card is asked. The performer spells off say the Ace of Spades. One card with each letter he spells, A - C - E. lie shov/s this last card. It is an Ace I He continues with 0 - F. He again shows the card he is at. It is v. Spade I Remarking that such a coincidence is sort of a good omen, he continues, S-P-A-D-E-S. On the last letter he turns the card face up. It is the Ace of spades 1 And this effective coincidence (?) works with any card of those chosen.

It all depends upon the simplest of setups.

Take out the Ace of Spades, Four of Hearts, and the ween of Hearts as the cards from which one is to be chosen, with deck face down in hand have on top any two cards, then any Ace, then any four, then the yueen of Spades, and then any two heart cards, on top of these seven cards put the removed Ace, Four and itfieen in that order.

Now dovetail shuffle the deck, leaving the top ten in place, and throw off the first card. Repeat this until three are in a row. Or, if you wish, riffle through deck three times, and throw outa card each time, slipping it from top to the cut each time you riffle through.

Have spectator look at cards and finally think of just one. During this you turn back as he looks, and start fanning the deck, counting ten cards from the top. Hold a slight break at this point. Gather the cards together with the right hand, keeping them in their correct order, let deck open slightly at break and drop cards in. it looks as though you merely gather the cards together and push them In deck at random.

Have spectator name his card after you have given deck a riffle shuffle or two, keeping the top 13 In place. The rest of the effect Is automatic, and just a bit different from the usual.

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