go to the table. Now have one of them remove four cards together from anywhere in the spread. Then say that you want the cards divided and ask the first person which two he'd like to have, the middle two or outside two. Whichever he wants, tell him to take them and the other person gets the other two.

You now know that the person getting the center pair has a total of 14 or 15, and you ask him to add the values together and open the book to that page. Then you ask the other person to add his card's values together and count, on the selected page, to that word, both of them remembering it. WHEN HE COUNTS YOU KNOW THE PAGE BECAUSE 14 WILL AliVAYS BE ON HIS LEFT, AND 15 WILL AMAYS BE ON HIS RIGHT, AS THE BOOK IS OPEN BEFORE HIM.

Now you know the word must be one of two you have remembered. Ask the spectators to think and then say that the first letter looks like —. If right, continue and finish. If wrong, say, "Well, perhaps I should try it backwards. The last letter is —."And spell it out backwards. You merely spell the OTHER of the two words this time. Always start with the 13th word on page 15 and the 16th on page 14 and you'll be right the first time practically always, as there are only six instances in the deck when the others will pop up. And you'll find you have a very clean test.

About three years ago I think, this was produced in a manuscript marketed by Frank Lane. Mr. Braun kindly sent me what I consider a nice improvement in the working, and may be the cause of bringing it back to many to use again. Certainly the effect is a bit different from the usual run of card problems.

Two packs of contrasting backs are Introduced. Removing the blue deck, the performer shuffles and says he will remove one card. Fanning the deck with backs to audience he removes one card, and without showing It, puts deck behind back saying that he will place this card just removed in a oertain position in the deck. Then the pack is brought back to the front and returned to its case. Vow the red deck Is taken from Its case, and handed a spectator who riffle shuffles it once, cuts it near the center and looks at the card cut at, replaces cut and shuffles once more.

Taking the blue deck from Its case, the performer asks how many spots are on the card that spectator noted in the red deck. The performer is told, say 9. He remarks, "You will recall that before you looked at a card, I removed one card from this deck and placed it In a certain position. Isn't it curious that I should have placed the Nine of Clubs (assuming that is the card looked at by spectator) the ninth card In this pack? What was the name of your card?"He names the Nine of Clubs, and the performer then counts down finding the mentally selected card at that spot!

The strong part of this is that the performer never handles the deck in which spectator selects his card. Set the red pack as follows: Fran the back to face - any 6 cards followed by the 13 Hearts with the higher values in the center of the group. Now any 13 cards followed by the 13 Clubs also with tha higher values in center of bunch. Lastly are the seven remaining cards of the deck. If this deck is cut near center and the two halves dovetail shuffled once, the middle group of over 20 cards will be Hearts and Clubs with the higher values near oenter.

Now set the blue deck as follows from back to face; Ace to King of Clubs, any card, Ace to King of Hearts. The card between these bunches is necessary.

To present, take out the blue pack, and just a flash of the cards given of the faces and backs so deck appears O.K. and all one way. Fan them facing yourself and remove one card from below the setup. Also hold a break below the extra card between the Clubs and Hearts. Now put the pack behind your back, and stressing the point that you are going to place this card just removed in a certain position in the pack, replace It on bottom of pack. Now take the bunch of cards above the break and bring them to the bottom, FACING the rest of pack. If the spe»cator happens to look at the King of Clubs, this extra card allows you to count to the King without letting any face up cards being seen. Bring deck from behind back and replace in its case, remembering which side Is Hearts and which Is Clubs.

Now the spectator is given red deck to shuffle once, cut, note card, and shuffle again. At this moment you fish by saying, "A black card?" If an affirmative you continue, and If a negative, you say, "I'm glad because I was a little doubtful.11 Take blue deck fran case with the proper side upwards, never letting bottcm of deck show. Then ask the number of spots. Say 9. Now say what was written before in the effect above, naming the correct suit when you tell them that you placed the Nine of Clubs (or Hearts) in the ninth position. If the spectator had looked at a 6, you would remark that you placed the Six of Clubs In the sixth position. Then count down and turn over the card that matches the one they picked.

The setting up of this problem Is only a very few minute's job. It differs fran all others because the decks are not exchanged back and forth which always is confusing. Mr. Braun's presentation has improved the general appearance of ease In handling and has helped a very nice trick.

(continued from page 155) by the ends and two cards cone up as one and the second card Is seen to be the same.

Replace this and pick up the chosen card from table and place back on top. Again slide Second card out and place on top. Again lift by the ends (short card is now back on top) and once more the chosen card Is back. Again flip over the next card on deck, and again It Is the same card. Replace all as before. Row very slowly take off top card alone and slide half way into center of deck. How If you can ■ake a decent genuine double lift you can show the second (?) card on top which apparently proves selected oard Is at center of deck. Put second card back face down, shove the card completely into deck, tap deck and turn over the top card showing that the chosen oard la back for the last time.

This la a very beautiful and wortladille Improvement for those not any too skillfull with the striotly sleight-of-hand method.

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