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8 a club of magic the cards around the front of the room and call them the employees who were lined up by Mr. Farley who read off their names.

the cards around the front of the room and call them the employees who were lined up by Mr. Farley who read off their names.

Now, with ceremony, start the count-off, counting aloud and turning down each fifth card. After the second card goes down, the audience warms up and snickers start. When the fourth is down stop for a moment and say, "This lone person left finally gave up hope after seeing himself slowly becoming outnumbered to an alarming degree and decided not to wait." (The audience has had the chance to see that this last card was also fifth and this action gives you a slightly different turn down for the finish). Now step forward and close it by saying, "And so, my friends, I've given you my conception of politics in our democratic land!"

As a club item this is superb comedy. Many performers work lodge meetings where the members stay seated along the sides and back of the room. In such a case, hand the cards along one side of the room and work to the other. Have the ten persons keep the cards facing outward so they can't see the faces. After all is over tell them they can then see what they are holding and just where they stand. You'll often hit prominent members who are avowed Republicans and this apparent change of horses with the resultant keeping of their job won't stop the laughter any. Don't ever mention the fact that the Republicans are the only ones getting the sack. It is as the audience notices it themselves that it gets funny. Just emphasize that Mr. Farley wanted to be fair. Some may try out the effect with the backs outward after a pretended mixing, and after eliminating the five, turn the cards over for a climax. The first is better because of no monotony of just counting backs.

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