The telephone trick, in one form or another, is ever-popular although a great many people are familiar with the original method of coding. As long as the performer must do the calling himself, or supply a name to te called other than his wife or a friend knovm to every tody present, no system, however ingenious, will allay suspicions.

My methods for this are planned to mystify everybody as -."ell as satisfy the hecklers. And I make use of a deck which can te found valua-tle in many other tricks. Arrange or purchase a Svengali deck, cne in which all the odd cards from the top are alike and in which the even cards are all different. Trepare the back of each even card and the face of each odd card with the now well know and easily obtainable "roughing fluid". The deck now can be overhand shuffled and fanned with the faces to the audience. No duplicates will show up.

If the audience is a good one and I think the stunt will tear repétition, I force a prearranged card for the first naming. The classical force is used, letting the pairs slip by as one card only and spectator does not withdraw, but peeks at the card he touches. Anyone now telephones the wife and she names the card.

After this I explain that there probably Eire skeptics who believe that if THEY had the chance to select a card and telephone, it could not be named. To satisfy everyone I show a glass easel. It is made of plate glass, the height of a playing card and about 18 inches long. This stands at the usual slight tilt and I now SPREAD THE CARDS, BACKS OUT, OVER THE LENGTH OF THIS. And thanks to the roughing fluid the pairs cling AND IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE SPREADING THE EASEL IS TURNED AROUND AI® ALL DIFFERENT FACES ARE SEEN.

The easel is again turned so backs are out and a spectator is invited to touch any card. He may change his mind, but any card touched must be a force card — the rear card of a pair. It is slowly removed and handed the spectator. Then I let the audience decide whether only the spectator shall look at the chosen card or if it should be shown to several persons, to me, etc. The easel is turned around to show the faces as the pack is scopped off. The wife is telephoned and, of course, names the card.

So far I haven't been asked to submit the deck for examination but I do carry a duplicate pack minus the card to be forced. The fairness of the procedure apparently impresses everyone. The glass easel is not necessary but it seems to add "something" to the fairness.

One important detail. In case I omit the first selection, my wife knows that the first force card is odd while the second force card is even. Thus, on the first call, she gets an "impression" that the card has an odd number of spots. If correct she continues. If denied, the person is told to concentrate more deeply and the second card is revealed.

An excellent dodge is when one can secure a stooge or plant. An ordinary deck can be used. Two or three cards are selected and freely let be seen. The performer does a trick with each in turn, but before he gets to the last one the stooge has slipped out, called the wife, and tipped her off for the last one. It may not be honest but it does impress the committeemen.


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