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Once more there comes along an effect which has been tested thoroughly before appearing herein, and. the directness its presentation has much to do with its success. One who can tell fortunes is always the lion of the gathering, and it is seldom that a magician is not asked if he is so gifted. Just giving a straight "spiel" reading is one thing,but I've found it 100$ more effective if one can answer a direct question in giving tWe talk. And the following routine will be found attractive because it can be done practically impromptu.

A pack of cards is borrowed, and the performer stands behind a small table across which he works to one or two spectators at a time. The sitter shuffles the deck well, and then gives it to performer who hands him a piece of paper on which he is to write a question and fold once each way. The written query is openly burned by spectator himself, whereupon peri former fans the deck end: has five cards drawn from dlfferen<_ parts, and oropued face down on table. The spectator looks at" these, olaces then in a row still face down, and then starts turning them over one at a time In any order. The performer gives a short reading as each card is turned, and finally is able to apparently look at them all and answer the important question that has been on the spectator's mind.

Taken all together, it is really the routine and presentation of this effect that makes it a worthwhile number. There are many (too many, in fact) booklets and pamphlets that give meanings for cards, that is, if one wants to be a bit consistent. However, in most cases, just a little imagination and a short, tactful fairy story, made up while you peer wisely at the cards, will suffice. After all, the >:nockout part,it also being the convincing point too, is when the question is answered.

Beforehand have two pieces of paper about 2 inches square. Fold one piece once each way and put in left trouser pocket, tíorroi» deck and have shuffled. Put second piece of paper before spectator, and have dummy in left fingers. Take the deck back with right hand ¡j.nd place face up on left hand over the dummy. Tell spectator to write question and fold. Turn away towards left, and left thumb pushes out two or three of the face up cards and right hand turns them over, backs up. Turn back, take folded -ouper with right hand, put it on t.op(?) of deck under left thumb, and with right hand gesture at the ash tray and ask spectator to light a match. As right hand comes back, the deck is tra'nsfered from left to. right, being turned over in the passing, and which is a most natural move.

Immediately the -deck is over in right hand, the left fingers pick off the dummy and put it on ash try with the remark that it 3hould be burned, as the dummy flames up, the deck Is fanned out in the two hands, all except the la3t few cards of course, and the spectator asked to pull out five at random. Again you turn away, with the request that he look them over and place them in a face down row; At this time you read the question, reverse the bottom cards you turned over in the beginning, and docketing the paper turn back to drop deck some-wheres on table, and go through with the fortune and answer.

The actions for this presentation are so simple,and natural, that It makes a perfect,, and interesting reading method for single sitters. I wouldn't be surprised if someone does take this idea and use it with as great success as did Mogul with the torn center method.

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