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As the reading and showing Is being done, you drop the deck into your pocket ana come out, at the disclosure, with another deck minus the ten of dubs. This leaves you v/ith a deck containing only one duplicate, and, having been written upon, the one card can be left with the spectator as a souvenir. The following trick should therefore be one which won't make too possible the very unlikely chance that the other card of like suit and value will be seen.

Dear Ted:

In a recent Jinx (!To. 102) was a Poker move by Art Iyle using a double draw. This reminded me of a similar but slightly different move which I think is a little better covered. It was shown me some years ago by an inveterate poker player.

In the first place it can only be used while you yourself are dealing, but it's no detraction for any such dodge is employed but once Sr twice during an evening of play. Suppose you hold a pair of nines, a four , Qieen, and Ace in your hand. Comes time for the discard and you lay the two nines in front of you to your rigjvt, the other three cards go to your left. How you deal the draw around until it comes to your turn to draw — you change the procedure. However, it's a change never to be noticed, simply because about 40% of players, when dealing. draw to thehselves this way. Tne deck is laying on your left palm. The right hand comes over and the thumb levers the top card up in a perpendicular position from the back of deck. This card is facing you. Suppose it is a seven, the next card levered up in the same manner ana it is an Ace. You immediately lay the deck down with the left hand while the right places the seven and Ace on the pile to your left. This is the pile that holds the four, Queen and Ace.

If neither of the two top cards will fit in with the pile of three to better your hand, Ace or Qaeen, you lever up a third card and throw these cards onto the pile of two at your right.

In other words, you draw either two or three cards, to the heap to right or left, whichever the draw will help the most. You really are drawing to either of two hands.

Sometimes you'll have a pair and the other three cards will be all of one suit giving you a chance for a flush. I hope the above is a clear enough explanation. It may not be of much use in a poker deal demonstration where the magician never deals less than four of a kind but it's a handy thing toj know. I sometimes use it in a demonstration showing the auditors just how it works, in short expose it, letting them use their own wits on other deals and stacks.

Another dodge used by the same player I consider very good. It gets a full house on your deal. Get any three of a kind to the bottom. It can be used only when over seven players are in the game, a case in which the discards must be shuffled before the draw. On the first hand the chances are that you'll get a small pair. If not you're liable to get the fourth mate of the three on the bottom. Let's say the small pair. Discard your three off cards, pick up pack and casually ovwrhand shuffle, running the three of a kind from bottom to top. Pick up your own discard and put on bottom. Any player's cards who has passed out of the game also go to bottom. Other's discards go on top. It is best to go around left of you putting the discards on top or bottom. If you have done this your three of a kind are in position for you to get them on your draw. Give a couple of false shuffles, undercut and throw on top making a crimp, set to your right for the cut, and if he cuts at the crimp as he usually does, you have only to deal to get your full house.

Of course we all know that actual table play is much different from a series of demonstration deals but the artifices actually used by the sharks are always interesting to me and to other card handlers as well, I believe. And, as I have said, the material can be used as an out and out expose without detriment to magicians who entertain.

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hibitedf not as mindreading, out merely as a coincidence and the magician pretended the surprise which the rest of us truly felt.

About ten years later I met that same man and got to be quite friendly with him. He told me that he had the names of those with whom he was to have lunch about ten minutes before he went into the dining room. He had spent those ten minutes with th6 stock of telephone directories all hotels have. He found the home telephone numbers of three of the men. He wrote them down and totaled them and memorized the sum. In presenting the trick he sold the idea of each man writing down his telephone number so subtly that later everyone thought that a free choice of numbers had been given. Added to the skill of his suggestion he banked on the fact that he was a stranger to every one and that no one would imagine that he knew their telephone numbers nor would have had the opportunity to have learned them. As soon as the soup was served he had pushed the noodle-numbers over to the side of his soup plate. I don't know what endPage ing he would have had for the trick had he not had the good fortune to have noodle soup. I have used it since as a mindreading trick successfully but have never been able to get as sensational an effect. A few months ago I met one of the men at that luncheon and he was still talking about the amazing coincidence of the noodle soup.

The noodle soup trick was as amazing as the trick Horace Goldin did v/ith my set of cups and balls about twenty years ago. I had just purchased the cups on the way to visit Horace who was ill and kept in bed in his hotel room. He did the trick on top of the covers as he sat in bed. He had just finished breakfast and he used bread pills for balls. They vanished with the most amazing facility. I did not have to wait so long for the solution for when he got up from the bed I discovered he had been throwing the balls of bread under the covers instead or the cups.

With best wishes and the hope that you enjoy your loll, or lolls,__/i „^n „„ -- .

Cordially yours. -

When it comes to "method" this effect can claim utter simplicity. The coins are palmed out of the folded paper and deposited in pocket (except for the hoy's coin). The cover-up is excellent because the audience watches the silly pose of the boy with his finger on his head. And see to it that the first kid with the banana is eating it during this preliminary part. You don't v/ant him to distract attention later during the "flight" of the coins.

A wooden dish, painted white. "A" - Space hollowed out large enough to hold easily a stack of three half-dollars.

"B" - Partition between A and C with two small holes bored thru for hairpin prongs. "C" - Narrow space hollowed out to accomodate the hairpin.

VD" - iVro holes opposite B for prong points. ***************************

This view looks down upon the plate from above. Through the dish is seen the space A, the partition B, the slot C, and the holes D.

Three VT" coins are v placed in A and held up in their compartment by a hairpin to which thread has been attached.

The end of the thread which should have a button on it, is obtained when you walk to the table and move tumbler and saucer towards the edge. And naturally, if this is done while kid is e«ting the banana it never will be noticed. Wait for things to quiet down. You don't rush this becaus« it is a comedy trick and the laughs are better entertainment than the magic.

Act out the flight of the coins. Point to them after you have thrown them, following with your eyes, and get the kid to look where you are pointing all around the room and then above the glass. Tell him they are falling - falling right into the glass. Yank the thread - and they are there.'

If you are going to use the candy-bar finish you have ample time to reach into your pocket and thrust the boy's coin through the wrapper into the candy. "Milky-way" (U.S.) bars are exceptionally good because the candy is in two pieces within one wrapper ana the coin doesn't actually go into the candy although it looks that way when reproduced.

Call first boy up and be concerned to learn he has eaten the banana with coin inside. Then produce it from the front 'of his sweater or inside his blouse. A "smart"'boy is good for this part. He won't hesitate to eat the banana when told.

The entire trick is a matter of kidding the kids while fooling the grownups. P.S. Don't forget to get back the three half-dollars from other kid.

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