The answer? Roughened cards. The principle so popular to-day is hereby used for an excellent closer to any series of card effects.At the finish of these explanations will be found the most practical formulae for making such cards.

pie preparation of these cards, that is, ii what way they are prepared, is shavn in the ' illustration. The cards are prepared, in their respective ways, either on the top or bottom half of the back or face. Before fanning, the packet of eight cards (apparently four) is squared face down in the left hand, then picked" up by the right hand with thumb at the faces (turn over to page 482)

MEHTAL STUD (continued fron page 479)

front of these "hole cards" (towards the spectators and overlapping about half of the card's lengths) the performer continues to deal cards, now face up, just as in dealing for a game, until the 20 cards have been laid out in the 4 hands.

The situation now is this: The four "hole cards" from left to right (performer's) belong to players 4,3.2,1. The first row ACROSS of face up cards (next to the hole cards) belong to player No. 1. The next row ACROSS are those of player Bo. 2. Then come players No. 3 and 4.

How the ptrfomer asks the four players to put their coins in front of the row in which they see their peeked at cards. If they don't see their cards (thev then must be among the face down hole cards) they are to gl^e their coins to the performer.

Everything now is set for the climax. Picking up a coin in front of a row. the performer passes it up and down several times and suddenly drops it onto the correct cardJ This is repeated with all other coins in view, and each time the spectator, or player, acknowledges the correctness. Lastly the performer looks at the cne or more coins in his hand which represent hole cards. He asks the player or players to think of their cards in turn, and drops a coin


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