had stymied, or held up the others.
Like the proverbial fools who rush in where angels fear to tread I made up a set of indexes to hold and "give" 52 pieces of paper. I used what was handy and followed as closely as I knew how a few written but not illustrated descriptions of the Brook's indexes which corresponding amateur magi had swapped for something probably much to the bad.
The indexes served me well, for it was almost six years later, after I had reached, by devious routes, New York City, that I finally had to make a new set. And after constant use for that length of time (I'll be frank and say I can't remember an engagement when I haven't used an index of sorts) there were but two minor changes that I made — practically for ease in getting ready for a show — not for any decided advantage in the actual working.
So, after 14 years, I honestly think that what can be written here is the last word to date. In that time it's a rough but underestimated guess that the two sets I've made (the second set is petting old and has been patched but after 8 years it is wearing like an old shoe) have seen use on over 700 shows.
To this date (February 24, 1940) only three people have looked at my indexes. I thought too much of them. And those three were members of my immediate family, for even Mr. Baker never saw them. Of late, however, there has been a definite "pick-up" of index consciousness and pocket "pick-outs." It has made a number of the boys run in circles with all kinds of ideas for their paper slip containers. I'm detailing the very best of the effects I could evolve during the 14 years only because I now have the Jinx to keep well fed, and because it's a crime whenever some people try to do a trick without the proper equipment, and I don't want to be an accessory before the defect.
Let's take up the mechanics of the indexes first. With that out of the way, effects and possibilities can be covered.
Use a pack of cards, not of the Bridge, but of the regular size. They don't have to be new, but at the sane time they don't have to be old. It is preferable that the c^rds be of good linen quality rather than of the ten cent store paper type.
Other tools and accessories are a ticket punch, scissors, ruler, 3 paper fasteners of the type about 3/4 in. long with shanks that spread out, and a box of paper fasteners of the V type that fold over the end of papers and then are pinched together. A paste pot and a hammer complete the workshop tools.
The indexes are the size of a playing card and we'll take up the making of one. Both are exactly alike.
First cut up enough cards to make 13 pieces 3/4 in. by in. One card will make four such pieces, the playinc cards in a regular size pack being 3$ in. x in. At 3/8 in. from one of the long sides and equally spaced, punch 3 holes for the shank clips later on. These 3/4 in. strips are to be used as "in betweens" for holding papers later on and are important.
Now there are 14 index parts to cut, each one different from the other. Keep cards in front of you durine this description, check it all with the illustration, and we'll call the nearest (to you) end of the cards the bottom the far end, the top.
Take the first card and cut it cleanly across just two inches up from the bottom.
Take the second card - cut it across from left to right - two inches from the bottom, but leave a tab on its right edge - just 3/4 in. long and 1/4 in. high.
Take the third card - cut it across from left to right - two inches from the bottom, but leave a tab on its right edge 3/4 in long, BUT THIS TAP IS TWICE AS HIGH AS THE FIRST - 1/2 inch.
The fourth card - its tab is the sane width, but it is 1/4 in. higher than the tat on the third card.
The fifth card - its tab is 1/4 inch higher than that on the fourth.
The sixth card - its tab is 1/4 inch higher than that on the fifth.
The seventh card - its tab is the length of the card.
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