borrowing a red and blue backed deck, the performer apparently forces the spectator to take a card, the duplicate of which the performer has already picked. In short, the magician apparently knows exactly which oard the spectator will ehoose.

Haad out deck to be shuffled, lake it back and the other is handed out at the same time. Hold the deok returned in right hand, thumb at one end and fingers at the other with the deck facing palm. Take the second deok back f»ce up in left hand. Make a slight right turn as you tap the long edge of the right hand deok on faoe of left deck, and at this time the left fingers make a slip, bringing off the face card of right pack onto the face of the left pack. The left hand pack is at onoe turned face down in left hand as performer asks which deok shall be used.

No matter what the selection may be, the right hand deok is spread face down on table or floor from right te left, Turning the left hand deck with faces towards yourself run through them to find a card. At first you notice the oard on face of deck (the added card from other deck) and in running through you look for the duplicate of this card. The cards are being fanned very slightly from left to right and when the duplicate is tound the left and right thumbs behind deck slide the faoe card to left and on top of the found duplicate. The right harei now outs the portion of deok in front of these two to baok of deck. From tne front it appears as though you ran through until you found a card and then merely cut the deok, bringing it to the faoe.

The face card towards performer is now the card of opposite colored back and under it is the duplicate from deok in hand. The right thumb lifts the two cards at bottom and pushes them up about an inch together. Ihe left hand turns deck downward, and these two c:rds are taken between the thumb and second finger of right hand, the left hand placing deck on table face up.

The two cards are handled as one and kept always with back to audience. They are now held in left hand, fingers alo ng lower long edge and thumb on opposite side (upper). The forefinger is at the end.

The spectator is now asked to push forward on the table or floor any one of the fifty two cards he nay want to select. Xeu pick it up without showing and put it with back still outward in left hand between fingers put pulled back about an inch so that neither card is ever out of sight for a secoM.

The left first finger now presses against the back of the set of two at the outer end. The right second finger presses down on the two differently colored backs in front where they overlap so that they may be pushed forward together and the right thumb is overlapping the botton of the second oard In front to act as a stop. As you ask spectator to tell which is his card and which is yours, an easy push forward is made and the

XOUR CARD! (Orvllle Viayne Meyer)

Effect: A spectator draws a card while the deck is being held by the performer behind hlg back. The selection is perfectly free and the deck consists of but 52 cards. However, tne performer states that the drawn card shall not be replaced. The spectator is to keep the card he has selected and the performer will reveal its' Identity In a most unusual manner.

So saying, the magician nold3 tne remainder of deck behind his back and drawing out one card throws it face down on the table. Xhls la repeated with a second card. Explaining tnat it would be otherwise Impossible to indicate the chosen and still missing card, the wizard turns one card to indicate the suit and the other to reveal the value. BO^h ARE CORRECTI

Method: The simplest and most orthodox of principle« la used to accomplish this really effective trick. A stacked deck (either the Eight Kings set up or that of Stebblna may be used) is at hand. After a false shuffle or out, the deck Is held behind back and a card is selected. All you have to do Is cut the deok at the spot from where the oard is taken. The spectator keeps the chosen pasteboard and at this point the thing to do Is give the deck another false shuffle If posslbl.

The pack is placed behind the back onoe more and the two cards which indicate suit and value are produced. It is simply a matter of oountlng down and bringing out the FOURTH card from top, WHICH YIILL BE Of THE SAME SUIT — and continuing to the THIRTEENTH oard from top VirUCH A ILL BE OF THE SAME VALUE!

This principle works regardless of the stack used and It is a nice variance from the usual 'put It back. 1

WANTED ----- Questions and Answers.

All of us nave noticed tnat when magicians get together they invariably start working out an idea that one or the other has thougnt of while day dreaming or in the bath. And I doubt very much if tnere is one of us who hasn1t the idea for an effect of some nature that is stumping us in spots for a practical met.iod.

I'd like to hear from a few regarding the above and start a steady question and answer column, names won't be used unless desired but all questions can be numbered and answered in that way. Khat one can't solve another can, and such an undertaking will bring out of hiding a good many hints, tips and wrinkles as well as plentv of new effects, the one sore spot in tne life of any magical performer. All mall to me at 'Aaverly, New iork.

Uy that title one might thipk I was kidding about this but there have been so mac^ fanciful titles applied to such effects that I couldn't resist the urge to write the above.

This method and presentation has been a great favorite of mine for homes and spots where it could be presented in an apparently Impromptu fashion. Many times one is out for an evening and the opportunity arises when a book may be glaneed at, either from the table or bookcase. At the same time one la alone quite often for a few minutes when suoh a test may be prepared. I'm not telling anyone exactly how to frame this part of the test as conditions always differ. I'm explaining how I've done it time and again and will continue doing it in the same manner.

In effect it differs a lot from the usual routine and build-up. I know that ag original way of having the page and number looked up from the cards is extremely effective and a throw off in every way.

At an opportune moment the performer takes apparently at random two books from a table or bookoaae. deciding he needs three and being at loss as to Just whioh he shall take, a spectator 1b called upon to give him another. This is a little wrinkle but remembered later, 'l'hey are placed on the floor or chair and someone asked to pick up two of them. This Is going to be an out and out force so I may as well explain it as I go along. If they leave the right one behind merely tell them to lay aside the books they have picked up as they won't be needed again. If they Include the right one among the two, ask them to hand you one. If you are handed the wrong one, thank them, pick up the book on floor and lay them aside. If they hand you the right one, thank them, read the title of the book ami mention that you are using for the test a book taken from the case and selected at raniom. Just take this part easy and don't stall or hesitate during it and you have the prettiest foree that you'll ever need.

Now for the cards. Any borrowed deck Is used and fanning them tnrough you get on top a four, a five and an eight spot in any .Order. Take the book in right hand and in covering deck for a second add the three top cards from deck to bottom of the book, right fingers holding them there. How have the deck itself shuffled well. Take baok on your left hand. Ask a person to cut the deck anywnere and discard the upper half. As they do this you drop book from right hand onto the lower half in left and hand the whole thing to the person asking them to go to a far corner of the room and turn their baok. they may also leave the room If they wish as long as they can hear you.

Now you tell them to look at tne three cards on top of the lower half. Tell them to take any two of them and open the book at that page. At this spot you have a neat point. After telling them the above continue and say, 'Just take any two of the three cards and open at that page. If you have a six and a nine you oan call It either sixty-nine or ninety-six - it really doesn't matter as long as the book is opened at a page selected In some mannei -j the cards as I want everything left to chance.' Now tell them to use the remaining card and oount to that word as they read along at top of page. Knowing the word they return and you Wllri ONitf A .'.CRD OR T'AO RfiVaAL XrU, v.ORi; COHiuiCri^;

The real kick I get out of this test Is the handling of the page ami word numbera from the three cards. And I am sure that that point is as fair as any oould be in the eyes of the audlenoe. However, fair as it may seem to the audience and complloated as it may seem to you, Td£R£ ARfi ONLX six i-OiSIBLB 1A0£S AND WORDS THAT CAN Bi ARRIVED AX I

lake three cards as followa and check with this table:

fage 45 *ord 8 That's tne secret in a nutshell. Beforehand you

54 8 memorise the six word3 as per the table. I say memorise

48 5 because I know It to be the best way in the long run. The

84 5 order in wnlca you memorise them doesn't matter a bit.

58 4 I generally onange tnem around and form a sort of mental

65 4 sentenoe made of the six words in their easiest remembered order.

First pick out the books and have the right one selected. If you have been using the cards before, you oan have the three proper cards already on top. ¿ou have nothing else to do after person cuts deck and leaves room except tell them what to do. When they return you know they are thlnkln« of one of the six words you know and it is up to you now to find out which. iJlne times out of ten I pump it out with a question or two or by stabbing at letters. Ask them If it begins with a I eto. If wrong, try a last letter of another. When I say 'Ask them* I m«an 'lell them' but in a more or less questioning manner. iou'll always-get a reaction and know whether or not you are on the right track. As there are only six words you Just can't have much trouble. More often that you would think you'll hit it the first time. Remember that in the mind of the audience you have the most difficult task In the world - that of finding out what word is being thought of. And to the audience tt might be ai^y word in the language.

As a variance I sometimes hand the person a pencil and pad and ask tnem to print the word and put it immediately In their pocket. St»nding across the room you oan invariably spot a letter or two by the pencil action and know the approximate length of the word. In this way you can hit It the first time in practically every case. I do know that under the above conditions it is a fine working and simple book test.


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