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pick up those in the discard, square them, and put back, but you have added the stolen cards which sets you for the second time. Mo one ever pays any attention to the discard.

The first prophecy having been found correct, the performer, without touching the cards, asks that they be picked up and mixed again. This time you write the prophecy BEFORE asking the spectator which color he wants. As the deck is now complete, the piles will be the same and it doesn't matter. Now try out this masterpiece and you'll find it to be one of the best card mysteries in years.

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And now comes a variation of the card principle just explained but in an entirely new dress for those who have children's shows with which to contend.

One boy and two girls from the audience assist. The performer explains he Is going to teaoh them a kissing game. One girl Is given a picnic plate painted red and bearing two dozen candy kisses In red wrappers. The seo-ond girl Is given a white plate with two dozen candy kisses wrapped in white paper. A third plate, half red and half white, Is placed on the stage at center. The boy stands just back of it with at girl on each side.

A crcwn is placed on the boy's head and he is given a paper bag into which the kisses on both plates are dumped and well shaken up. He now removes two kisses at a time, and they are dealt with like the cards in the original version. The colored plates avoid any confusion. When all the kisses have been distributed, each girl counts hers and the winner announced. The paper bag Is now turned inside out, and in large writing is not only the prediction of who shall win, tut also how many more kisses they will have. They are given their kisses and retire contented and happy.

A variation of the revealment Is to have a cardboard crown, gold Ā«outside and plain inside. It is held together with paper fasteners at the back. At the finish the crown is opened out flat to reveal tihe prediction written across the inside.

This is a really effective stunt for children, and at the same time a real puzzler for any adults who are present. The result is varied by having two or four (always an even number) kisses less of one color. The other color will then be the winner by that many kisses.

| A MENTAL TEST REVAMPED. (Herbert Hood) |

Back in the March, 1935 issue of The Jinx, (No.

6) there appeared a billet reading method of great value. The test, in that case, used a news paper and on a torn out piece a word was encircled. I have found that many are not in a position to read the paper stolen, and this variation in a slightly different dress, will make for greater ease in the reading.

In your left coat pocket have a deck of oards end a match or two. Olve the pack to a person with the request that he look them over well and merely think of one. Take deck back and put it In pocket again. Hand him a slip of paper with the request that he write down the name of

Page his thought of card. Then he is to fold the paper once each way. You take it from him, holding the closed corner of the doubly folded paper to the upper left and tear the paper through center the long way. Put the outside or right hand section in front of the other piece and tear these In half. Put the right hand pieces In front and the left thumb draws back with the folded middle of the slip still untorn. The right fingertips take the loose pieoes in view and deposit them on an ashtray as the left goes to coat pocket, leaves the torn out center and brings out a match. The match is given the writer to burn the pieces. There should be no difficulty in understanding the above moves as they are very simple. In the No. 6 issue the point was illustrated, but pictures are no neoessary If you have a piece of paper in hand and try It.

Now, as the paper burns, your left hand drops to pocket and opens the torn out middle against the face of pack. Bringing out the pack slightly spread and fanning It facing towards you as you look over the oards, you read the writing, draw out the correot card and place it face down on the table. The rest of the deck goes back to pocket, with the paper. The thought of oard is named, and the oard turned over. This will be found as fine a way as any for doing a thot oard trick without Impressions, switches, guesswork, pumping, or preparation of any sort.

| THE RETICENT QUEEN. (Newton Hall) |

If you have one of the P & L metal card boxes sitting around, this makes an excellent effect as an after dinner or parlor trick. Any card box that locks though, can be used. In short, the speotator writes the name of some dead person on a small card which you give them, and it is placed writing side down and covered with a Queen from the deck. You then put the Queen to your ear, leaving written on card on table, tut she says nothing. You try again, but still no result. Then, with the remark that perhaps she needs a little solitude, you drop the Queen in the box, close, open and listen again. Still no result. You now ask the spectator to put the written on card under the queen himself. This time you listen and correctly reveal the dead name, and spectator can examine all.

The piece of pasteboard upon which spectator writes is a blank visiting card cut to about 2"x5/8" in size. Make two of these and have one covered on one side with a back of a card to match deck in use, although this Isn't necessary. Have a deck handy with a Queen on the face, and underneath this Queen at one end, have the piece of card. In the regular part of card box have a duplicate of this Queen face up and have

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