E ffect: This is an original TRIPLE version of the now standard "you do as I do" trick. Two spectators ana the performer each take a deck of cards and, after shuffling, freely select a card which is passed on to the next man. Upon comparison, all three are found to have taken the same card.

Requirements: Three decks with white borders, and with contrasting back designs.

(a) 1st deck is a. forcing one of all one card, say the 5 of Clubs.

(b) 2nd deck is quite ordinary except that the 5 of Clubs has been extracted.

(c) 3rd deck is ordinary, but its 5 of Clubs is a short card and the 5 of Clubs from the halves, he sucks it full of the strange liquor and transfers the filled straw to a spectator, who caps a finger over both ends of it.

Nov/ the other half of the straw is brought into use. It is empty, but is capped in the same manner by another spectator. One...two...three1 The filled straw is squeezed - now it is absolutely empty and dryi and the dry straw is squeezed - but it is absolutely filled! the liquor squirts out!

The straw, of course, is prepared. The hydrostatic principle is, physically, the secret. But let us go through the maneuvres of preparing the straw. We have, at our side, a jar of vasoline, or wax of some sort not too solid, and a round stick that fits snugly into the straw. There is a mark on this stick that denotes when it has entered the straw to the center. And also needed is a water pitcher deep enough that a straw can be submerged in water except for about a quarter inch at the top.

If you will stick the straw into the pitcher of water and then tightly cap your finger over the top opening of the straw, you will find, upon lifting it from the water, that the straw is full of liquid. Release your finger and the water will run out. That's the hydrostatic principle.

Nov; that you understand what we're getting at, let's go to work. Place the straw upright in the water (real liquor is not necessarily used in the effect - water will successfully simulate gin). Fill the top opening with vasoline. Using the stick, force the vasoline half way down the straw. This, you notice, forces half the water out of the straw. In other words, the top of the straw - when the stick is removed - is empty, and the bottom half contains water. You'll be surprised how freely the straw can be handled. But let me warn you, if an air hole forms throu the vasoline the water will be released, so be certain to pack it tightly.

Nest this prepared straw in a box of straws so you can withdraw it when needed. Patter along, concentrating your talk on the liquid to misdirect attention from the straw which you remove from the box. Tear it in half (above the vasoline) and lay the filled half-straw on the table. Now you apparently fill the empty half-straw. Really you let the water, or cocktail, as the audience believes, flow back into the glass before you reach your finger into the drink in order to cap your finger over the bottom opening of the straw so that (seemingly) none of the liquid will escape.

This half of the stunt is all psychological. But it will amaze you how convinced your audience will be that the straw contains liquid, especially when you apply the showmanship by handling the straw with great delicacy so as not to spill even a drop! EVEN THE PERSON INTO WHOSE FINGERS YOU TRANSFER THE STRAW WILL BE CONVINCED THAT IT IS FILLED!

2nd deck is placed about second from the bottom.


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