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Now the performer gathers up his piles, apparently in hap-hazard fashion, but actually the left-hand pile goes on the second pile and the two are placed on the right-hand pile. The spectator is then told to gather up his piles IN ANY ORDER HE PLEASES, but the performer MUST NOTE THE RELATIVE POSITION OP THE INDICATED PILE, that is, whether the pile containing the spectator's thought-of card is placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd from the top.

Each then deals his cards into FOUR facedown piles, looks through the piles and indicates the pile in which his card has fallen, after having glanced them through. Again, since the performer has not even thought of a card, his indication is of no consequence, but HE MUST GATHER HIS PILES UP BY PLACING THE LEFT-HAND PILE ON THE SECOND, THESE ON THE THIRD, AND THESE ON THE FOURTH.

The spectator is told to gather his four piles in any order he wishes, but again the performer must note the POSITION FROM THE TOP AT WHICH THE INDICATED PILE IS PLACED.

For the third and last time the cards are dealt out, this time again into FOUR piles. The piles are looked through as before, the pile containing the card is indicated, and again the performer picks up his piles in 1,2, 3,4 order while the spectator is allowed any order he wishes. The position of the pile containing the spectator's card is again noted by the performer.

Two things have been accomplished. First, the performer's cards are back as they were at the start. He therefore knows every fifth card and the 48th or bottom card in his pack. He also has the necessary information to tell the position of the spectator's thought-of card in the spectator's deck. Tnia is accomplished by means of a very simple formula, namely:

A minus 3B plus 12C in which A,B, and C are the respective positions of the spectator's indicated pile as placed by him In the xhrea times that the piles are gathered up. Thus, suppose the spectator's indicated pile goes on top of the first assembled pile (A equals 1), goes third from the top the second time (B equals 3), and third from the top the last time (C equals 3). The spectator's card will therefore be 1 minus 9 plus 36 which equals 28th from the top of his deck.

THE USE OF THIS FORMULA. IS COMPARATIVELY EASY SINCE PLENTY OF TIME IS AVAILABLE FOR MAKING EACH MENTAL SUBSTITUTION. In the above cited case, the performer remembers the number first obtained (one), then when the value of B is obtained he subtracts three times B from A and in this case gets MINUS 8. He keeps this in mind until the last value is reached (C equals 3) and can quickly take 8 from 12 x 3 to get the final result of 28.

So far so good. The performer does not know the 28th card in his own pack, but he does know that the 30th card is the 6 of diamonds. (30 divided by 5 equals 6). So he says to the spectator, "We have each mentally chosen a card. Obviously I do not know your card, nor do you know mine (this is true). Neither do we know the position of the other's card since we each had the priviledge of gathering up our cards in any order we wished, and please note that I always gathered my cards before you did yours.

"Now my card was the six of diamonds. Let us deal face up our cards simultaneously and in unison from our face-down decks, like this, (here the performer deals out, in this case, two cards face up which brings his 6 of diamonds to the desired 28th position) and if the Universal Law of Coincidence is working, our two cards will fall together. Before we deal, may I ask for the first time what your thought-of card is? (While this is being said, the two dealt off cards are casually picked up and returned to the BOTTOM of the deck) The nine of spades? Let's go.'"

Dealing face up the cards in unison will, of course, result in the 9S and 6D falling together. Several points may be mentioned in conclusion.

First, if the spectator's card is calculated to be at a position corresponding to a multiple of 5 or at 48, then obviously no illustrative deal is necessary. Otherwise the performer states his card to be that at the next multiple of 5 beyond the number at which the spectator's card is secretly known to be.

Second, if desired the transfer can be made secretly by means of a pass. Third, if the performer is a bit rusty in his algebra and does not like to deal with possible negative numbers, he can avoid this by using the formula in the form of 12C plus A minus 3B, but in this case he cannot make his mental substitutions until after all three deals have been made. Fourth, at the conclusion of the trick, if the performer's dealt off cards are returned to his deck, and the cards that have been transferred to the bottom are returned to the top, the deck is in its former position and condition and the trick can be repeated at once.

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