first. The action is repeated with a third. Mow all of these have been spades. The performer remarks, brightly, "Perhaps it isn't a spade at all...perhaps a club?" The answer is, "Yes." After the next shuffle and holding up of a card it is named as the Seven of Clubs, but is wrong again. The magician jogs doggedly onward. The Nine of Clubs proves wrong and finally, as a last chance he picks the Jack of Clubs. Six face out and wrong cards are now lined up In the stand.

The "world's worst" dejectedly ask3 for the name of the chosen card. He hears that it is the KING OP CLUBS and brightens considerably. "That accounts for it," he smiles. "Here, undoubtedly, is the KING OF CLUBS...after all, one can't go on being wrong all evening."

The last sentence brings a lightning climax which is made to suit the particular audience. As described it is as I work it before Rotary clubs. The stand is turned around and the backs of the cards spell out, in lar^e letters, ROTARY, one letter to each card. As the pack has been constantly shuffled with backs to audience, and the back of each card shewn when selected by performer, the finale is a definite surprise and one which stirs up the club spirit, all of which results in applause.

In describing the method I want to point out certain features of interest. Giant cards may be used to make it suitable for big gatherings. Cards may be prepared either by backing the ordinary, and split, cards with blank ones and then painting on the letters with black drawiig Ink, or one may use ordinary cards and paste on white cut out paper letters on the backs. This latter is very effective with the blue backed Jumbo cards.

The secret? If I tell you "slick and rough" will that be enough? Here are the details. Bear in mind, though, that the club name will vary. Sometimes you will need less than six, but I advise cutting down to initials of the club if the name exceeds that number. A3 described the setup is this. The six carts named are in order for easy production and the effect is amu3lng to the audience who imagine you are trying to find the right card by elimination.

These six cards are backed by the letters spelling ROTARY. The pip faces are POLISHED, and the letter sides are ROUGHED. Then six ordinary cards of any value (except; King of Clubs) are ROUGHED on the FACE and POLISHED on their BACKS. One of each of these cards go on to the letter side of the double faced cards, faoe down. The result is that the pairs cling together and each set looks like an ordinary card. These are placed in various parts of the pack and on top is put the King of Clubs.

This King of Clubs Is forced at the start and returned to the pack. The backs out pack 13 shuffled and the faked pairs cling together so that no letters are seen. Running through deck the performer finds the Ace of Spades, the first card. Lifting out both as one It 13 held back to audience. Learning he Is wrong he returns it face up on top in full view and then puts It on stand, sliding off, of course, the single card with letter on back. Keep the face of pack towards you until this card is placed I

on It each time, otherwise a change in the face card of deck may be noticed.

The routine is followed as described, sometimes shewing the back of the card, momentarily placing it on pack before putting in stand,


(and patter easily covers this up) sometimes by simply cutting the required card to top and shewing it without revealing the back at all, and sometimes using any other subtlety of which you nay think. Under the right conditions I once in a while place the pair of cards in the stand BACK OUT and then notice the mistake. I reverse the card and face it to audience, but In the slight excitement of having made an error I drop the card behind stand, only a thin strip, and pick it up instantly, leaving the single card lying flat on the table out of sight.

That's all there is to it, but with amusing patter, plus a bit of nervousness, the whole thing makes a great little item. At first trials I was worried that the audience would tire at the repeated failures but this is not so as you will discover for yourself. Fumbling at times, and being a bit embarrassed seems to get their hearts. They are "with you" and seem to feel that you are pulling their legs. And the finish hits them on what the ball player calls the "home grounds."

£ucker dummy

Editor's notes I hate to interrupt, but the American equivaleilt of "sucker dummy" 13 an ordinary baby's "nipple," or should I have said a baby's ordinary "nipple"?)

((Who doesn't watch for Eric Williams at any British Ring Convention? His gag3 and humour are ever being sought out by brother magi... and his scatty Ideas are a constant source for good fun. Eric likes to play gags on the boys which accounts for the stunt he sent me for the Jinx. Try it on your local gang. Cedrio))

The performer picks up a silk from the back of a chair and fairly obvious to any watching conjuror palms something from the back of the chair. He strokes the handkerchief in the manner used with handkerchief ball manipulation, appearing to do a transfer palm. The hands are shown empty now except .for the silk (BIG LAFF THIS). The hank is tucked into left hand and right hand goes to pocket. (The ever wise magi figure for the thumb tip) After these usual moves a small portion of silk is pulled from left hand (just as though you had a tiny bit of cloth in thumb tip). A snicker, laff, grimace or groan will arise always from the boys who

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