(Note by Annemann: I thought that I exhausted the 14-15 deck stack principle long ago but Mr, Vosburgh has a decidedly new angle for its use in a book test. Besides this "break-down" of chances to a three word possibility there is included a revelation via slates which, for the first time to our knowledge allows of the word being foretold (?) by the performer without the use of a definite force.)
Remove two aces from a deck and arrange the remaining 50 cards by values so that each adjoining pair, when added together, total either 14 or 15. (7-8-6-9-5-10-4-J-3-Q-2-K-A-K-2-Q-3-J-4-10-5-9-6-8-7-7-8,etc.) The deck may be cut indefinitely without harm. In the book you will use,note, and remember, but three words - the tenth word on page 28, the eleventh word on page 29, and the third word on page 30.
Take two slates and a flap to fit. On one slate write one of the words. On the flap write another of the words. Cover the slate writing with the flap, its own writing inside. Lay this, with flap side up, on your table. Put the untouched slate on top.
Say, in starting, that you wish a word selected, one in the English language. To prevent your mind and speech from influencing the subject, you continue, it shall be made by chance, with cards and a book. And, you finish, to make impossible the reading of the subject's mind by yourself, of course, you shall write do-m first what thought has come Into vision of your foresight.
Pick up the top slate and proceed to write on it the third word. Without showing, pick up the other slate and drop it over what you have done, flap side down. Lay slates,as they are, in a visible spot.
A volunteer assistant now is given the book and deck of cards. You turn your back. He is told to cut the deck once or twice and then cut it into two piles. Next he is asked to take the top and bottom cards of each pile. You remark that the picking is made as mixed up as possible.
With these four cards in hand, the spectator is to add their values together for a total which represents the page in the book to which he is to turn, '.'/hen he announces that he has it, you ask tfiat he put, the cards back among the others and forget them. Turning, you request that he locate a word on the page by first adding together the figures of the page number at Which he is looking, and then counting across the printed lines until he reaches the word at that spot.
Whereupon, the word being disclosed for all to know, the performer picks up his slates to reveal that he has prognosticated successfully the choice of many thousand words.
It will be seen- that with the arranged deck and the adding together of the top and bottom cards of two cut piles, the total can be only 28,29, or 30. And, the tenth, eleventh, and third words, respectively, are all that can be noted by the spectator.
Two of these are written on slate and flap as described. The third you write on the other slate during the effect, and onto this unshown writing drop the other "casually shown blank" slate with flap side down.
Khowing the positions of these written words inside the slates it is no skillful problem at all to finally take them apart to reveal the proper word of the three. Should it be the one just written,only the top slate need be lifted and shown. For either of the other two the slates must be turned over, allowing the flap to drop from one to the other of the inside surfaces. The "lift-off", in this case, must be more careful, for only one of the written on surfaces is disclosed while the other slate is tossed back onto the table. The action is not reprehensible, in a way, because the audience has seen, at one time or another, both clean surfaces of both slates. And, having seen you write something on one, they accept what is shown as that writing.
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Imagine someone betting you a diamond-studded thumb-tip that he can beat or tie any poker hand you can draw from a pack laid face up on the table J Here are the rules s
You have the first choice of 5 cards. Then he can choose any 5 cards from those remaining. After you see what he chooses, you can discard (if you wish) a£ many cards as you like, and then fill your hand from those remaining face up on table. Finally, it is his turn to discard and fill his hand from the cards remaining, but not, of course, from any of your discards.
cards would you select and how would you play them so that no possible selection of h*s could beat or tie your hand after the draw?
There is only one correct answer, which is based on the assumption that all suits are of equal value, so a Royal Flush in Spades, for example, would tie one in any other suit.
Remember that if you take 4 Aces and a King, your opponent can take 4 Queens and a,King. Then if you don't discard at all, he can do so and draw any kind of a Straight Flush, to beat your Four-of-a-Kind.
Remember also, that ir you take a Royal Flush at the start, he can do the same and tie you before the draw,;the draw being optidnallto both parties, naturally.
Come next Jinx issue we'll tell you the cute, and perhaps valuable, secret.
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