I don't know whara Mr. James got bis title for this mystery, but anytime anyone can produce such a problem I'll be the last to argue over what it is to be called. Certainly no concocted effect haa in yean been ao original in effect upon the watchers.

I have used the problem any number of times since learning it, and I have yet to find people who aren't amazed at the outoame. I won't go Into any reason why it works because of limits In space, but it does work, and that's about the most Important thing.

The performer has a deck of cards and two pieces of paper with a pencil. The deck may be a borrowed one which haa been in constant use. A spectator mixes the cards ,and the performer asks If he prefers black or red. Without touching the deok or seeing any of the cards.performer now writes a prophecy on one of the papers and puts It with the writing side down on the table. The spectator Is now asked to remove the cards from the shuffled deok two at a time and turn them face up. If two reds are together he Is to keep them In a pile before him (we are pretending he wanted red - if black he'd keep black pairs). If two blacks are together he la to put them in a pile before the performer, and if the two are of opposite color, they are to go into a third or discard pile.

The spectator does as directed, talcing the cards off in pairs$ and putting them In their correct pile. As soon as all of the cards are separated in pairs, the performer asks the spectator to count the number of cards his his pile and then the number of cards in the performer's pile. Then the spectator la asked to look at and read aloud the written prophecy which has not been touched. It reads, "Your pile will have four more cards than mine." AND IT'S RIGHT, DESPIT THE PACT THAT THE PERFORMER DID NOT TOUCH THE CARDS AFTER THE GENUINE SHUFFLE BY SPECTATOR.

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