I THE "SO SIMPLE" FORCE. (Lynn Searles) |

In this force, the moves are so natural and to the point that even you, yourself will, at times, wonder at its working. Take any pack and, noting the bottom card, overhand shuffle it to the top. Or, if you wish, use any peek so as to know the top card. Again, if you are using your own deck and intend forcing some particular card, have that card a short one so you can put it on top when ready.

Hold the deck face down in the left hand between the thumb on one side and the fingers on the other. Approach a spectator with the request that he cut off any number of cards, and as he does so, have him replace them face up to mark the cut. You now have a pack with each half facing outward.

Now turn the left hand with back up and just spread the cards on the table. Thus you have turned the deck over, giving It a new top, and by pushing out the face down card at the division of face up and face down packets you force the card desired, as it actually is the card which was on top of the deck.

Not alone can this be used as a force, but as a minor trick. Knowing the top card you may write a prophecy, have deck cut, make the spread, push out the card, have prophecy read and the card turned over. It also makes a neat and fast discovery. Bring the selected card to the top and then have spectator cut and apparently find his own card in this manner.

s fDICE AMD A BOOK. (Annemann)"]

Very few magi haven't a set of the five dice used in Heath's I>ycipherlng Dice Trick, it being one of the few highly effective pocket tricks of the past several years. After using it for a time I discovered several points which make for a subtle test In connection.

Produce the five dice and mention that they are used for some money game,(without going into that part further) as an excuse for their being numbered with three digits to a side. Let someone shake and roll them. You line them up in a row, and turning your back ask them to add up the figures and get the total. Then ask them how many figures are in the total. You know, oif course, that there are four but ask them anyway. They reply and you tell them to look at the first two and the last two. Toss them a book, apparently picked up at random, and have them open at the page represented by the higher of the two numbers, and taking the other number, count to that word and renemoer it. xou iaKe an ordinary pocket notebook, jot something down on a page, tear it out and hand it crumpled to another. The word is now disclosed. Your paper is read and you have divined the v;ord!

A monstrous variation of this is possible for those who are at hone with a set of books or encyclopediae with the pages running consecutively through the volumes as high as 3,911. In such a case, you tell them to look through the set and find the page represented by the entire totall Then they are to add together the figures of the total reached and count to that word. You successfully reveal the word in this case tool

I have found that, to the onlookers, the use of the dice make the test appear very fair, and there is never a thought that in the moment of putting the dice in line, or as you tell the subject what to do, you have learned the total by the short cut process possible with this trick. The opinion they have is that there can be hundreds of variations.

As a fact, there are only 27 different grand totals possible, and going still further, if one separates the four figure totals in half, using them a3 large and small two figure numbers for page and word, there are only 15 possible words that can be selected! Thus, on the inside cover of your notebook, you have the list of the 15 words followed by the 15 smallest figures in all possible totals, and your information comes from there as you jot something down and tear out the page.

For the encyclopedia variation, there are only 27 pages that can be selected. When you add the four figures of any total you get 14 in every case except two when it is 5. Your notebook in such a case, carries the 27 totals with the correct word after each.

In the first method of the test, the combinations are as follows:

Page Word Page Word Page Word

39 11 34 16 29 21

38 12 33 17 28 22

37 13 32 18 27 23

36 14 31 19 26 24

35 15 30 20 25 25

Only a few will use the enclopedia version and the 27 possible totals are easily figured. You'll find, upon use, that this method for a book test is very convincing in its fairness.

Often performers are called upon to exhibit their talent in a Poker dealing trick, yet very few know how to stack packs or employ other card table artifices. The following enables the performer to deal out a four handed game of poker with each member holding a pat hand, yet the performer who does the actual dealing holds the highest and best hand, the same thing occuring after each dealing for several hands.

Requiring seme showmanship, the effect otherwise needs ho skill and it looks impossible to the audience. There is a bit of prearrangement beforehand, but I will endeavor to show my reader how this is overcome so that it will appear as though no such thing ever could have oc cured.

I do not recommend cms aeal as a singĀ±e magical effect, but by all means put it in your regular card act, especially when someone pulls the usual remark, "I v/ouldn't like to play cards with him." This would be the logical time to switch packs for this occasion.

Prepare the pack as follows: First take out all of the high cards, i.e., Aces, Kings, Queens, Jacks and Tens. Separate these twenty cards and arrange as follows: JH, QD, KS, AD, 10H, QC, JC, AS, 10S, QH, KD, AH, 10D, JS, JD, AC, IOC, KH, QS, KC. Now reverse their order by dealing one at a time in one heap so that afterwards the King of Clubs will be the top cards while the Jack of Hearts will be the bottom card of this heap. Place these cards on the bottom of the rest of the deck and all go into the card case.

To perform, remove the deck and instruct a nearby spectator to cut the deck into two about even heaps and dovetail shuffle them together. This apparent shuffle takes away all thoughts of a stack, but because the upper half is only shuffled into the lower half, the arrangement of the bottom twenty cards is not disturbed although they are separted a little by the mixed in cards. Now state that in order to get the highest hands possible, it will be best to use only the high cards. Turn the deck face up and deal off the cards singly, dealing the high cards into a separate pile, which action brings them out of deck exactly as stacked but now in reverse order, but as they should be. Put the rest of deck aside and taking packet of twenty in hand, deal a four handed game without yourself as fourth man. These cards are dealt face down each time and the hands then turned up but kept in order.

The first deal around will show the first man with four Tens, second man holds three Queens, the third man has two pairs, Jacks and Kings, while y<5u have four Aces.

Begin picking up the hands of cards in clock fashion. Pick up your hand first, face up, and then around to the left putting each face up hand on top of yours. Turo packet face down, false cut if you can, and deal again. This time each player holds a high straight, but you hold a royal flush of spadea.

Pick up the hands as befora but pick up the third hand first and so on around the table clockwise. Deal face down. The first man holds a pair of Tens, second has a pair of Aces, third has a pair of Kings, and you have a straight.

Pick up the hands again but start with the first hand. Deal as before. The first has two pair, Jacks and Kings, the second has three Queens, third has a pair of Tens, and you beat them with three Aces.

For still another deal, pick them up again starting with your own hand. Deal them out and everybody gets a high straight while you have the spade royal flush as in the second deal.

'Write the arrangement on inside of card case flap. You'll find that this business at a card table will make you out to bo quite a n shark."

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It seems as though Mr. Roosevelt called a conference between Mr. Morganthau, Mr. Ickes, and himself. He explained that he had 28 million which had been left over from somewhere, and wanted to divide it equally among the seven different relief departments running at the time. The 28 million was credited to the treasury and the two '.vent on their way.

Ur. Ickes figured thusly: we have 28 million, (write down) and 7 departments (7/28). 7 goes into 8 once with 1 to carry (put after the 2), 7 goes into 21, 3 times, and therefore they get 13 million apiece (write the 13 under the 28).

Mr. Morganthau had a piece of paper and a pencil, too. He remarked that it didn't sound exactly right but the thing to do was multiply the 13 by the 7 (write 13 with 7 under to multiply). 7 times 3 is 21, 7 times 1 is 7, and-21 plus seven are 28. All seemed very


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