C. A. Geo. Newman Burling Hull Paul Rosini Pablo Hoffman Dunninger Dunninger John Scarne Joan Brandon Gali-Gali Tarbell

Memories: When Barkaan Rosinoff (Now Roger Barkaan) used to call himself The Poetic Prestidigitator, writing scads of rhyme and rhythm for all the tricks he presented. When Baffles Brush wrote for The Sphinx himself and didn't add postscripts regarding his sometimes less than noetic opinions. And when "Gen" Grant first talked to a person he thought was a Tarbell student not yet through the course. He didn't appear, at the moment, like the course said that a magician should, it was Tarbell.

On top of all the publicity regarding the (a little more on page 508)

DOOBLE REVERSE (continued from page 505)

Here's how: When the magician spreads the half given him, he notes the card on the face; that is, the card that was originally the bottom card in the pack. He turns that card down so that it is face to face with the others. He then draws ANY card from his heap WITHOUT noting it, and lays it face down on the table.

ion impossible with any of the older methods. Attention being divided between two persons, the trick offers no problem whatsoever, except to the witnesses.

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two and a half inches square at the start, and it is this that you openly can cut into the 4 equal squares that you use. Or, these squares may be cut from the end of an ordinary index card and the rest of it tossed aside. At any rate, when the squares are obtained, on the center of the back of one is attached the blackened punch out bit. Prom another white card punch three pieces, leaving them in the punch.

At that point, the magician is turning toward the table, and he holds the half-pack in his left hand, the thumb and fingers upward. That is, the half-pack is simply lying comfortably across the magician's palm. But he is holding it so that the single card, the one he noted, is on "top". The half-pack looks notmal, but it is really composed of one card face downward, with the rest face up, beneath it. This "dummy" card, we may as well admit, is the Nine of Hearts.

When the magician takes the spectator's card, and buries it in the half-pack, it is naturally reversed, because it goes in among face up cards. But when the spectator takes the unknown card that the magician laid on the table, and buries it, he loses it. For the spectator happens to be pushing that card face down into a normal group of cards.

He»e comes the misdirection. Reaching with his right hand for the spectator's half of the pack, the magician swings his left hand toward the right, simply turning over his hand, so the knuckles are up. The move is simplicity, totally unnoticed, because attention is on the right hand. Coolly, the magician adds the left hand's heap to the right hand's.

The magician now has the pack just as he wants it. Somewhere in the upper half is the spectator's card (5C) face up. Midships in the pack is the 9H, otherwise the "dummy" card, also face up. A couple of cuts. a riffle or a shuffle, during which the magician obligingly names his own card.

But he doesn't name the card that he took from the pack; the one that the spectator pushed into a pile. The magician doesn't even know <t that card. All he knows is 9H, so he says it was his card. The spectator admits that his card was the 5C, and when the pack is spread, there are both the culprits, staring face up. The magician hasn't worried about the dummy card at all. He has used it to get a doubled effect, of two reversals. As for the spectator, he can be very wise and still have a headache. No matter what he thinks about his own card, he can't get over the fact that he, personally, buried the magician's "card" in a pile; yet it turned up afterward.

Thus attention is divided, leaving two problems instead of one; and in this very simple routine, the use of half packs allows misdirect-

Page prepared card and cut yourself four equally sized pieces. Hold them in the left hand with its back to the audience and the thumb towards yourself. It is just as well not to have a light behind you. The prepared square is on the side of the packet nearest you with the attached bit facing you.

As you reach for the punch with the right hand draw back the three hindmost cards until the center of the front card is exposed. Punch a hole in the center of the front card (presumably all four cards), and let the four little punched out bits fall to the table or floor.

Put the punch aside, take out a sharpened pencil and poke it through the hole (s) from behind forwards. As soon as the point is withdrawn slide the three back cards even with the front one. Turn the whole packet over which brings the attached piece to the front and the genuine hole to the rear nearest you. As you are holding the packet in front of you, everything appears normal. This is especially so when the right fingers withdraw the back card, and as you explain that the spectator shall assist in the feat, those watching see, for a second, more than one punched out hole without it being specifically called to their attention. Toss the right hand card to the spectator and ask him to pick up one of the punched out bits. You pick up the other three pieces being certain to hold the squares in view so that there cam be no question of your making a switch. And during the action your left first fingernail removes the black dot and keeps its absence covered for the moment. You may now appear to moisten the picked up bits at your fingertips and actually swallow them with alacrity and comparative immunity.

The three cards are snapped, openly shown, and tossed out. The spectator is still struggling (we hope) with that itty witty bit of punched out pasteboard in an effort to do what you have done with the greatest of ease.

Loose ends gathered up. Ink a card on BOTH sides, instead of but one, and punch out the decoy bit. Then it won't fall to the floor wrong side up, when flicked off, and give them a fifth piece to worry about. It might also be effective to hold the original card and let one or more people sign it in different directions, on tne unprepared side, of course. Then you cut it in four pieces and proceed. Afterwards, they can put them together, one with a hole and three restored (?) and be certain of no exchange. People often are very suspicious of a magician.

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