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are brought forward and a spectator asked to take two of them. Usually he will take two that are different which is exactly as It should be. If he takes the two like magazines immediately hand the one left to. another spectator, then ask the first man to hand back either one of his two, thus always ending up with two people holding different magazines and you have a duplicate of one of them.

For the moment you lay your magazine aside, but close at hand, and concentrate upon the person holding the odd magazine. From your pocket take a small pad and pencil. Say that you desire everything left to chance. Pass to four or five people, each of whom whispers a single figure in your ear, and in every case you write down the figure before that person's eyes. Then you hand the pad and pencil to the man with the magazine. He totals the column and opens the book at that page. It's forced quite simply and cleanly. Let's say you previously picked page 42, one having reading matter. You put down the figures as given you but silently add them to yourself. When the total hits 33 (9 less than 42) or more, start back towards the man and his magazine. You know the exact figure needed to make your desired total. You stand before the spectator. Say, "Here's a column of figures taken at random. You total them, and no matter what the result is, open the magazine at that page." As you talk you openly draw a line under the column, but a bit below the last figure, and as you indicate that he is to add and total what's there, merely add in that needed figure.

He takes pad and you return to front and pick up a slate and chalk. He totals and gets the page. Now ask him to THINK of a figure himself, 1 to 9. He Is told to count along the first line of reading matter on the page, noting the word at that number. You pretend to write letters of the alphabet on the slate, where, quite visible, is a lead pencil list of the nine words on that page. You have judged his counting across his page. Start from where you think he is and pump. "It's a long word." "It's a word you can picture. A name of something." "The word you have In mind denotes action. It's something a person does." "it's a very simple word that's common." Such pumping does not hurt a bit. You are reading a mind. You get a first letter. If wrong tell him to think of the next letter, you naming the second letter of another word. It will never take as long as it reads in print. Once you are 3ure write it on the slate and have him call it out. Then show the slate.

The foregoing is far from original but it has points which fit in this test and build for the second. Regardless of how hard It is, say, "You're a difficult subject. It's hard to get impressions. You should make a good poker player." And turn to the other person. Put slate aside. Point to someone and ask for a number not over 50. Then point to someone else and ask for a number from 1 to 9.

Have the second man stand. Be serious. Tell him to open his magazine at the page called. At the same time pick up your magazine saying,"Hold it up so no one but yourself can 3ee the page." Illustrate, and open your magazine to the correct spot. Keep your finger there. He does his part. Then tell him to count along the line to the second number. Again illustrate, stressing that no one must get a glimpse. Only a glance gets you the word In your duplicate magazine. Lay it aside. Now make your climax strong.

At the HOBBY HORSE to the MOTOR CYCLE.

ABORIGINAL DUG-OUT „ QUEEN ELIZABETH. BABYLONIC BRICK MARCONI GRAM.

So ire the Illusion» of <b-day, compared with The Coming Act of WALTER CERRETTA JEANS, M.I.MC., LON.

The £ 1,000 CHALLENGE DIAMOND STAR !• not an Igni. Fatuui, or a MYTH, it it in the po»e»ion of " THE MAGIC CIRCLE," LONDON. The Star i> in.ured with LLOYDS, to most be A.l.

All com», in re term» of challenge, etc, CHRIS VAN BERN, 34, Cranbourn Street, W.C.2.

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three. The card removed, keep on running along through the 21st, and hold- deck apart for the replacement after which the cards are fairly squared.

Deal the pack to the spectator and yourself, a card at a time, starting with him. Ask him If his card Is among the 26 he has received. It won't be, but don't act surprised. <

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Start dealing all over again, using your own pile of 26, and again starting with him. Ask if his card is among the 13 dealt him. Be a bit more surprised when he says it is not.

Keep this procedure up and finally you will have but 3 cards left in your pile. He gets the 1st and 3rd, you get the 2nd. He still hasn't got his card, and when he names it have him turn over the one which is in front of you. Be amazed by the remarkable coincidence, and try to take credit for being a skillful card sharp.

robert weii/x

Correct I The title of this "gag" trick really is "I'M S0RHYI" There's only a bit of mystery. Essentially, the stunt is for a laugh unexpectedly, and it can be used where they don't want cards. You start with nothing but a deck, and Just as the committeemen are voting on your expulsion you wind up with glory. (And if there is a stall and they get to you first, you'll wind up goryI Ed.)

The effect and the blueprint will Just about cover everything. The magician gets three assisting spectators and plays his part very straight" during the preliminaries. He tells all that It's merely a test of observation. Those who love to patter can talk about accidents and remind that seldom can there be found two people who afterwards recite the same story or give the same description. And how many of those who have been held up by'bandits can agree with other victims as to helghth, color.

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shape, and dress of the armed gentry? Anyhow, I'm giving you gabby Ideas even If I don't use them myself.

The top card of deok Is shown one spectator to remember. Then the card is fairly placed on his outstretched palm. The next oard is shown the second person and'he gets It likewise. So it goes with the third. The magus says, "You have looked at cards, each of you, and right now you are holding them. What was your card, pleasef" The first person names it. Without a pause the wonder worker asks the same thing of the second person. This man names the same card I And without blinking, the necromancer turns to the third. He, also, names the same card as the others!

The modern Merlin says, "It just can't be — even though you do agree. Show your cards to the audience," The three spectators show their cards. All three are blankl

In mock despair (I'm despairing myself, and it's not mockl Ed.) the conniving conjuror lets go of deck, It opening out in a curtain, four wide and about ten long, each card bearing a large letter. He yelps, "Maybe this is a good time for everybody to get his eyes tested. Here is an Eye Examination Chart I"

The deck is gimmlcked as per illustration. This Is after CARD CURTAIN idea of Orrin from his book RING UP THE CURTAIN. The drawing shows the construction across the top, and one of the four "strings" which drop down. You can use the transparent tape so common for the "strings" which are accordion pleated. Make these first, and then, after closing them, tape them side-wise so all assemble into a deck. Put small tabs on the outside top cards. With one in each hand, and the deck released, the curtain opens. All dealers now handle blank cards, or perhaps you can use one of the popular letter game decks and save some work.

The top three cards held by spectators are also faked. Take three blanks and three regular playing cards. Put a playing card behind each blank and paste them together at one end. These are on top of the curtain deck. Show each person a card by lifting the free end of a double card. Let it drop and deal the card onto his hand. When he shows It, it's blank. And they all NAME the same card because the three playing cards behind the blanks are alike, say the Ace of Spades. Have I made myself clear? (Yeah. Very transparent. Ed.)

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Between more startling tricks, the following neat bit of eliminating magic may be welcome If for nothing else than Its difference "face".

The selected card Is noted and returned. It is necessary that the performer control it to the extent that It eventually lands 22nd from the top. This can be left to the Individual prowess of each reader, but a simple and impromptu method is to start running the cards for the selection, counting them In groups of (back to page 386)

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