March

There's one thing about a new trick — it takes a second reading and twice as many tryouts to convince the reader of its worth. Magic has always been that way.

You can do this one after the first reading. You'll appreciate it more and more depending upon upon how many times you present, it. For once you will get a trick, depending upon the simplest of secrets, a trick which is a psychological nystery because its finale embodies (?) more than its preparation to the onlookers might presume.

The spectator shuffles his own deck. From it the performer has a card chosen and returned. With no magical move the pack is handed the audience assistant for mixing. And at this time the performer turns his back.

After shuffling,the spectator is told to cut the pack into three face down heaps. Then he is told to look through each j heap — and say when he has found his card.

Next hfe takes his card from where he finds it — pushes it into the center of one of the two remaining piles — and squares them all.

You — with sky sense — glance through the piles —tell the subject where he found his card — tell him where he then put it — name the card — and then turn it face up from among all the others.

It all depends upon a "key" and a "force.1' The effect, however, is worth it. First you force a card. Then you notice the bottom card of the deck. Undercut for the chosen (?) card's return. The noted card goes on top of the card you have forced. Silly? But .watch.

The spectator shuffles. There's a chance in a thousand that he'll break the pair. Conservative members of our cult can dispense with the shuffle and merely have him cut. You glance over the piles, looking first for the key card. That's the one from which the selected card must have been taken. And knowing the identity of the selected card you knew into which pile it has been put. When the selected card is found it is cut to the top.

You look the spectator in the eye. The revelation is immense. You not alone tell him from what pile he took his card but then disclose what pile into which he hid it.

Then you proceed to name his card — and wind up by turning it face up — you've had It ready for this denuement after cutting it to the top when you-found it during the general all around looking through the piles. This is the first trick in years to pay off three to one on the performer's efforts.

hubert -weu.iott

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