K COuOs Act of Mgo^joc

In this one man magical program for clubs and

_homes there are seven effects, although The

Itinerant Dollar trick runs a little longer than the others and makes use of practically three different tricks. The routine, as a whole, runs about twenty-five minutes and is effective for audience of from 10 to 250 people.

Necessary adjuncts are as follows:

One rubber novelty cigarette.

One bag of tobacco.

One package of cigarette papers.

A cigarette lighter.

One genuine cigarette.

One unopened pack of cigarettes.

a cigarette pull.

Three prepared dollar bills.

One wallet for the "Card in Wallet" trick.

Some business size envelopes.

2 pieces of waxed paper about 3x3 inches.

3 lemons.

A pocket handkerchief feked as described. a pencil.

One set of ten ^Policy" cards. One padlock and eight keys. One ordinary deck of cards.

The program below is listed in the order of performance and taicen from copies of The Jinx to date. The routine, as set, consists of equally effective items and entirely varied in type. There is no confliction of ideas, and the two starting items, which blend together, make an opening that allows of an audience settling down before the real serious business is begun.

Too many times an audience will take their time about quieting down, and if one waits until they are ready, he'll have quite a wait. However, once started, the onlookers villi quiet down by themselves during the first item or so.

In setting up, you need only a small table of any common type, and a chair should be handy. The few articles you use can then be laid out.There are many places where the performer is compelled to set an act practically In front of an audience, but in this routine that is not a difficulty. Have your pocket material set before you arrive, when it is necessary only to place a few articles down while in view.

In the "Policy" effect only 10 cards are used instead of 20 as experience has proven this number to be better. The new arrange ment with 10 cards follows here: D-R-D-D-R-R-D-D-R-R. In this case,however,every fifth card Is eliminated instead of tenth as before in the routine.

Take note of the set up for the pull which i^ much better and more practical

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to use. It give a much longer stretch, and too many pulls make you hold your hand in an awkward position.

For the "Itinerant Dollar" use the pull for the second vanish right on top of the cigarette, and for the third vanish use a pocket handkerchief with a folded paper sewn into the hem. To your inside coat pocket have fastened the regulation wallet for the now common "Card in Vial-let" effect. For the last vanish hold folded bill (not folded as small as before though) in left hand and cover with hank in right. Left fingers carry up the faked comer and spectator holds. You first take hold of apparently the bll through hank with right fingers, and as you hand it to spectator the left hand with bill goes to pocket and brings out the wallet. Snap the rubber band to show it secured and give this to spectator's free hand. Then whip away the hank and bill has vanished. Now take wallet and open it to show bill under the glass. For this last test with the bill, have the owner check it after the lemon bit. Then do the last effect as an afterthought, but tell him to mark his initials on it this time. This is a neat throw off for anyone who might not think the same bill was being used throughout.

Here is the program in correct order:

A Cigarette Rolled By Proxy. No.11 Page 54

The Dixie Cigarette Vanish. No.10 Page 51

Itinerant Dollar.'35-'36 Winter Extra Page 85

A Matter of Policy. No. 9 Page 35

Seven Keys to Baldpate. (new) No.12 Page 58

The Acme Thot Card Pass. No.16 Page 80

The Torn Deck Location. No.17 Page 96

The opening speech may go something as follows :

"Ladies and gentlemen; there are a great many people of the opinion that all magic Is accomplished by the hand being quicker than the eye. That such a belief is wrong I hope to prove beyond any possible doubt, because everything that I shall attempt here will be done slowly and deliberately in order that you may follow closely whatever I am doing. Then, and only then, if you see me making fast moves or underhanded bits of business, can you honestly say that I am a charlatan oh deception bent. And that, ladles and gentlemen, is a magician's way of saying that I wouldn't deceive you for the world.1

With that opening you proceed to show how a magician would roll a cigarette if his hands were full. Good luck from there on.

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Rather unique is this reversal of a chosen card in chat it also is combined, v/ith a version of the 'card to the top' effect. The working will be described along with the effect. A double backed card to match the deck is used.

Place this double backed card on top of the pack and have a card selected. Undercut about half of the pack, have the chosen pasteboard replaced on the top of deck, and cover v/ith the undercut lower half. At this point the chosen card, v/ith double backer directly under it, must be brought to the top. You may employ a pass if you are accustomed to using it, or, if you use the Hindu shuffle, the lower half is shuffled onto the upper half, the top few cards of this half being lifted and shuffled to the top. Then, on top of this, the deck is given a dovetail shuffle and two more cards left on top. The set " up at the moment is, reading from the top down, two cards, the selected card, and the double backer.

Now turn over the top card, and make a double or two card lift, iisk if this be the card. The answer is no, as it is, say the .ace of Clubs. Turn the two cards as one face down, take off top card and insert in center of deck. How turn the next card face up asking the same question, "Is this your card?" It Is the Ace againI Surprised, they say no once more. At this point, the Ace is face up on deck. In -Cuming this over as before THREE cards are turned as one. Then you lift two cards as one and insert in deck together. This action replaces the actual chosen card reversed in deck center. Once more you ask If the top card be the chosen one. Once more it turns out to be the Acel Then you give up and explain that when you can't make a chosen card be at the top, there is only one way to find it and that is by making it turn over. They name their chosen card, you spread them and in the center the card is found face up. The combination Is very surprising and effective.

Many versions of the "You Do As I Do" effect have come to my attention but so far all have used two decks. In this arrangement only one deck is used and but a moment is needed for the preparation, if it can be called that.

Take any deck and note'the two face cards as you hold them facing you. These should be preferably a red and black card. Run through the deck and pass to the top or back of pack the two cards of same value and color. Thus, for example, the top and bottom cards might be the fours of clubs and spades, and the second card from top and second card from the bottom might be the tens of hearts and diamonds.

Start by dovetail shuffling the pacĀ£ so as to retain the top and bottom pairs in their respective places. Then place the deck on the table and ask the spectator to cut it into two piles. At thi3 point you pick up each half and shuffle it overhand style and there is a bit of skullduggery in this that is far from be in/; difficult. Pick up the top half first and overhand shuffle, running the two top cards one at a time and shuffling the rest on top. This puts them on bottom in reversed order. Shuffle once more but the fingers lor the hand holding the cards) against the face or bottom card, hold it there while the rest of the under portion is drawn away and shuffled off on top to the last card which is left on top, and this half of pack is replaced on the table. The other half is picked up and given only one shuffle. The fingers of hand holding the cards rest against the face of packet and retain the bottom card while the under portion of packet is drawn away and, shuffled off on top to the last card. Replacing this half on the table, both halves are now apparently well mixed. However, the top card of each packet (if arranged as described before) is a red ten, and the bottom card of each is a black four. Up to this moment everything has been perfectly aboveboard as the deck was genuinely shuffled to start, then cut by a spectator, and each half shuffled again.

The spectator is asked to pick up a packet and you take the other. Each of you deal a card at a time into a face down pile together until the spectator wishes to stop. Immediately you prove an unseen force at work by turning each packet face up on the table and showing two red tens. Now you ask him to count the remainder of his cards onto the table singly in a pile and at the same time you do likewise. If he has the most, he is to place his top card (as deck stands now) face down on table without looking at it. You turn over your top card (making a two card turnover), show it, turn it over again with back up and deal it on table. Now he turns up his card and it is a black four. You looked surprised and say that to be correct your card should also be a black four. Turn your card over and it is seen to have changed to match his card. If you had the larger packet in the counting, you merely do your turnover first and lay the card out, asking him to turn over his after and finish the same. If both packets have the same number of cards you oall attention to the fact that he cut them himself and that the two packets have a strange attraction for each other. Any way you have him, the cards match and the number of cards in each pile only serves as the excuse for the counting to reverse the packets and make possible the last part of the trick.

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