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cards below the reversed one« These are moved aside as counted. Then pick up the next card and turn it over. There is an "out" in each case fCARD OF TFT2 GOSsI

Any deck is well shuffled by a spectator who then cuts off about a third of the cards. Ke is tola to look them over and finally settle his mind upon one.

You now take the packet and appear to try finding the thought of card. But what actually is done is that you look for two spot cards of like value, preferably from 6 to 10. They are kept together and placed in the packet so that the second of the two will be at its number from the top of the pack. Thus if you use two "nines", one will be eighth and the other ninth from the top. If two "eights", one would be seventh and the other eighth.

Professing failure you now say that you'll deal the cards into a face up pile and ask the subject to watch for his card and remember its position in the packet. The performer counts the cards as he deals them into the face up pile.

You now put the packet on top of the remainder of the deck. And then the following method of shufflinr takes place. It is extremely simple and there is little to forget. Undercut about half the pack, slip one card, injogging it, and shuffle off the rest. Cut under the jogged card, shuffle run the number of cards you stacked, injogging the last, and throw the rest on top. Square and cut below the jogged card placing two piles on the table. Remember which is the top half and which is the bottom.

At this time you tell the spectator that although it sounds impossible and strange, he has the intuition necessary to locate his own card. He is to pick one of the two piles, and, unless he picks the correct one, the test must necessarily fail. However, it is impressed upon him that he cannot help himself from taking the right heap.

You are perfectly safe all of the time. If the spectator indicates the top half you merely turn it completely over revealing one of your stacked pair. If he picks the bottom half you turn over its top card which is the other one of the set pair. Saying that the revealed card will find his thought of pasteboard you now ask him for the location of his card in the original pile. It may have been seventh, tenth, fifteenth, etc.

You then take his number together with the value of the card showing, subtract the smaller from the larger, count to the resulting figure in one of the piles, and the card there proves to be the one on his mind.'

There is but one thing to remember at this point. If the spectator's given figure is lower, or less, than the value of the card turned up, the counting is done in the bottom pile. If the spectator's figure is higher, or more, the action takes place in the top pile.

Telling the spectator that he will always be right in his pile selection is important and has much to do with the impressiveness of the feat. The turned up card either finds the thot of card in the opposite pile, or in its own, and this is logical in each case. If in the top pile (which has been turned over completely) the packet is turned over and the counting done. If in the bottom pile (the top card of which hns been turned face up) the indicator card is turned face down and the counting done.

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and have found it, but this business of paying dues with each hand, subscribing to two magazines, and dropping in on both conventions, does not encourage such belief. Perhaps the right answer is to celebrate 1941 as the fortieth anniversary of thé "Order of the Sphinx", and try to grasp some of the fundamentals that were being considered in 1901, so as to analyze them, in light of subsequent experience.

At least, there is one fundamental which should provide the basic is this:

Magicians, in themselves, constitute a natural fraternity, whose mutual interest is the secret knowledge, and specialized ability which they possess.

What need, then, of monkey trappings, and petty politics? 'Hhy pass-words, rituals, or sham importance of elective office? Those belong to synthetic fraternities, wherein artificial clap-trap and meaningless secrets are needed to create an atmosphere of mystery where none exists.

With magicians, the knowledge is inherent, and cannot be revoked. A true magical society should begin by recognizing magicians; not by expecting magicians to recognize the society. To eject a qualified member from a true magical fraternity is a Joke, whatever the charges, because the secrets of the craft will still be his, in whatever proportion he possesses them.

Kject enough such men, and you will have them supplying the very tricks that member in good standing (five bucks and three signatures on an application) are buying at magic shbps in the afternoon, and mangling at the evening meetings.

Ethical conduct is valuable among magicians, but it should be encouraged through persuasion, and not by dire threats no more formidable than an untoothed buzz-saw. Furthermore, the rules of such ethics should be formulated by practicing magicians, not by members of other professions, who happen to take up magic as a hobby, and think they can apply their own regulations to it.

When merit of performance, knowledge of the art, and professional experience become the highest qualifications to office in all magical societies, there will be no trouble in amalgamating such groups, because they will automatically become one.

Aside to Ted Annemann: By an interesting coincidence, a letter arrived while I was writing this article. It was signed by two persons who had evidently read my "Magician's Manual". They wanted to know how to join the Magician's League of America, which happens to be simply a name which was used to sponsor the Manual. Frankly, what should I do: write than separate letters, and tell one to join the S.A.M., and the other the I.B.M.? Or just advise them to double up on a subscription to the 'Jinx' so they can stay friends?

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