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Stewart Janes introduced this principle in Jinx No. 25 under the title of Nunismatigic. That erudite discoverer of oddities had found that Canadian five cent pieces were magnetic while the like coins of the U.S. were not. (It should prove both interesting and probably practical for residents of other countries ((and we get to 22 other countries, too! Ed.)) to test their own metal currencies for magnetic qualities.) My presentation here is completely different from that of Mr. James. I have also added a subtlety not heretofore used (in print) by those who have made use of magnets. It is simply a realization that, while an object may adhere to a magnet, a magnet can adhere to the object. I suggest that both Mr. James1 effect and mine be used together. Thus the effect is repeated immediately but by an entirely different method of handling.

In a piece of rather heavy cardboard about 2x7 inches cut out five holes to just easily hold five cent size coins. Paste a piece of heavy paper over the bottom of the cardboard and label the holes 1,2,3,4,5. Make a paper envelope to fit over the card, its opening being on the right end. Put corresponding numerals over the numbered holes in the card. Now make another envelope that will fit over both the card and the first envelope with the opening on the left end. Number the outside of this envelope the same as the first.

Secure a small piece of Alnico magnet. The base of one of the magnetic Pups novelty now the rage and sold by magical depots is just the thing from which to saw about a quarter-inch of one end. Have this in a place from where it can easily be secured.

Show the five nickels and give them to someone for inspection. Explain that for the purpose of the test one must be slightly different and that a Canadian nickel has been substituted for one of the U.S. variety.

The cardboard slide is next handed out, together with the envelopes for it. The coins, slide, and two envelopes can be handed four people reasonably near each other so that it appears as if many more than one person are taking part in the proceedings. The performer turns his back and continues his instructions. The first person puts the five coins into the slide held by the second person, noting into which numbered hole he puts the odd, or Canadian coin.

The third person takes the slide and pushes it flatwise, so that the coins cannot fall out of their places, into the envelope, taking care that the numbers on the envelope correspond with the numbering of the coins. The last person now encloses the package with his envelope which goes on in the opposite direction to make the numbers on it correspond with the numerals on the first container. The performer explains that this use of two envelopes opening at opposite ends prevents any glimpse inside as might be possible were there only one in use.

In the meantime the performer has secured and fingerpalmed in his left hand the small bit of magnetic metal. The performer now turns to face the spectators and receives the package in his right hand. He immediately transfers it to his left and during this move the package is slid across the magnet 7/HICH IS ALLOY/ED TO STICK TO THE ENVELOPE ITSELF WHEN THE CANADIAN NICKEL PASSES IT! The left thumb and first finger grasp the left end of the package and hold it flatwise towards the audience, the numbers being right side up, of course. The fingers of the right hand, kept open to let the hand be seen obviously empty, without mention, are passed back and forth in front (audience side) of the envelope. Keep the fingers at least two inches away. Don't let an impression be given that there is any "feel" necessary. Then grasp the right end of the package with thumb and forefinger while the left hand goes back and forth, also obviously empty.

It is this freedom of movement and obvious absence of gimmicks that makes the effect so fair to an audience and so puzzling to the magi. The magnet stays in its place on the back.

The performer now mentions the number from 1 to 5 as his impression of a foreign body among like objects. The package is handed a fifth person to check while the first person acknowledges the correctness of the divination. In this maneuvre the package has been let drop backward into left curled fingers and as it is pulled away from the hand the magnet is disengaged and can be pocketed during the inspection.

(Note by Annemann: A good place to keep the magnet where readily accessible could be against the Canadian nickel itself while in the pocket with the other coins. Hand out the slide and envelopes first. Then bring out the hand-full of coins with left hand. Pick them out and put into the spectator's hand and the magnet remains behind and ready. The super-subtle ma├ži might also have the outer envelope sealed with a stamp around its open end. At the finish,by reaching into the pocket for a knife to cut the seal, the magnet could be left behind with no untoward move. Or is that too perfect?)


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