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6 A MAGICAL CLUB PROGRAM

6 A MAGICAL CLUB PROGRAM

I think that because of its simplicity and effectiveness this item will find a spot in a good many programs. Everything is unprepared except one card in the deck which has its back touched up with spots of diachylon (lead plaster) in the corners, the middle of the sides, and in the upper center and lower center. This card is on top of deck to start.

One card is first freely selected from pack. It is also very effective to have the spectator write his name across the face of it to begin with, and then hand him the punch. He puts a hole in any one of the corners, about a half inch in being best. Undercutting the lower half of deck, the performer has the card returned to the top half and upon this drops the under half. The selected card is thus stuck to the back of the original top card. Knowing its approximate location, an overhand shuffle brings it close to the top. Spreading a few of the top cards of the face down pack, the performer with his left thumb can almost at once 'catch' the double card and this is the first to be shown face out. There is no hole in it, which is a convincing detail. It is tossed to table face up (on the back of it is stuck the selected card) and another card selected and shown in the same manner. Now the deck is laid down and the two cards picked up and holes punched in them.

In the double card, the hole is punched to coincide with the hole in the rear card. The two cards are now threaded onto the ribbon, the double one going first and face out, followed by the other and unprepared card. Thus the rear cards of the stuck together pair is between the two on the ribbon.

Have the ends of the ribbon held. The two cards dangling freely is very convincing, and no one ever has thought that they aren't what they seem to be. Covering ribbon and cards with a handkerchief, the performer puts the deck underneath and riffles it several times with one hand while tthe other separates the two by pinching and sliding them apart until they break. The rear selected card is then left at center for the climax.

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