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The performer breaks open a deck, divides it in half, and, with one portion in his left hand and one in his right steps into the aisle. A spectator on each side of the aisle is asked to shuffle the cards. The magician takes back the packets and walks a few steps farther, asking two spectators, one on each side, to remove a card and mark it. The performer walks a fe- steps more up the aisle and repeats with two more people sitting opposite. Then he turns and walks do'n the aisle letting the cards be returned quite freely. When he gets to the first two "shufflers" they are given back the cards for a final mixing. The halves are combined and the performer faces the audience from the stage.

Without looking at any faces he fans the deck towards the audience and asks one of the four spectators to think of his card. Prom the deck the performer removes one which he places back outward in his breast pocket. Panning the cards again, a second person is told to think of his card, and once more one is removed .to be put with the first. This is repeated twice more and the deck is laid aside. The four cards are removed from the pocket and held face down in a fan. The first person names his card. Without hesitation the performer removes one, shows it correct and tosses it out. This is repeated with the other three.

The trick is a simple location feat, but it is far beyond the usual one card "find" because of the fairness with which the selections are made and replaced, and because of the ease in the discovery of them. There isn't one sleight throughout, but the effect takes on an aura of great skill. If one is going to use but one card trie« in his act, this could well be it because of the need for little preparation.

The Hearts and Clubs of a deck are trimmed "short" about l/l6th of sn inch. The Diamonds and Spades are left normal. The long cards (normal are placed on top (backs down) of the short cards and the dec'-: packeted. It is very effective to apparently break open a new deck for the trie* and toss aside the extra Joker and bridge card therein.

Stepping into the aisle, cut off the long cards and hand them to a person at your right while, at the same time, you hand the other,and short, packet to one person on your left. Take back the packs in jour left and right hands and one-hand fan them as well as you can. Step up the aisle and have persons on each side remove a card each. Tell them they can mark them if thej ■wish and step on a couple of rows farther. Have two more people remove cards. Now, as you talk and say that everybody seems to be taking cards at one r.nd the sasne time, walk a few steps more. Turn around and start back down the aisle. When you reach the first pair they put their cards back anywhere and when you reach the second pair of spectators they likewise do the some. You now reach the original "shufflers" and to them you give the packets for a final mixing. As they do this you turn, in the aisle, to again face the audience.

What has ha opened? In the most brazen manner you have had cards removed from long and short packets and replaced in the opposite packets, merely by walking up and down the aisle. And the cards have been well shuffled both before and after the selections and replacings. Lastly take the two packets back and put the right hand bunch upon the left hand bunch. With the deck thus assembled and squared hold it high and go back to the platform.

The top half of the deck is now "short" with two cards in it a bit longer, while the lower half is "long" hut containing two shorter cards. However, you don't do any locating now. That comes along later, almost taking oare of itself. Make a fan of the whole deck facing the audienoe. Ask the first person on the right to think of his choice. Run your right forefinger back and forth over the upper edge of the fan. Then lower the fan so that the faces cannot be seen and square them up, saying, "I think I have it." The right fingers at the front end pick up the first "feelable long oard and it is pulled out and put back outward in the breast pocket. But as you do this get a glimpse of it.

Now fan the deck for the first person on the left. He thinks, you pretend to feel, and when the deck has been closed you pull out the next long card and put it with the first. You need not look at this one, in fact, it is best to be certain you oan't see it. Thirdly fan the deck for the second person on the right. Repeat the moves but this time you riffle a bit from the bottom of deck at front and draw out the first short oard that clicks by. This one you glimpse. Lastly you remove the next short oard you find and this, like the second oard, need not be glimpsed.

The deck is plaoed. aside. From your pocket you take the four cards and keep them backs out and downward. In a fan, from left to right, they are 1,2,3,4 and you know the 1st and 3rd. The first two are long cards and the second two are shorts. Ask the first person on the right his card. You kno-' it is a long card. If he names the one you glimpsed, it is the first. If he names another, it must be the second. When you ask the first person on the left his oard, he must name either the 3rd or 4th that you hold» and you know the 3rd. Thus each time a card is named you are able to pull it from the faoe down fan which convinces everyone that you really found the cards while people were thinking of them.

This last point will puzzle magicians and it allows of widelatitude in making the effect appear as absolute cleverness. You never are seen to be looking at or watching the cards intently. And you always keep their faces towards the audience. The deception of exchanging the packets is as subtle as possible.

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