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For a startling and different club and drawing room effect the magician begins by having a card selected from the deck. From here on there are two methois of preservation evolved by myself. (a) The performer has the card marked and returned to the cleck. Opening a common grocery-type of brown paper sack he drops the deck within. Through the sack he threads a sharp bodkin or needle attached to which is about three yards of tape. The ends of the tape are held by spectators or tied to chair backs, the sack hanging at center. Lighting a match the bottom corners of the sack are ignited. Almost immediately, as the sack blazes, the deck falls through to the floor. The sack burns out to a mass of ashes upon the tape. However, the tape doesn't break. The magician offers to show a strange combination of events has occured. He draws a pistol and shoots close to the ashes of the bag still suspended. They disintegrate and leave the tape free except for a card seen pierced upon the tape. The name of the chosen, marked card? The spectator himself removes the card. It is his J

(b) The card is chosen (but not marked in this case) and returned to the deck. While the spectator shuffles, a sack is shown and threaded upon the tape. Flame is applied to its bottom and the sack burns away to a mass of ashes on the tape. The performer takes the mixed deck and stands behind the tape. He asks the name of the card. Then he springs the cards at the bag ashes — as in the familiar waterfall flourish. The ashes are swept away with the cards and, revealed upon the tape, is the chosen card.

(Note by Annemann: I like this latter (b) method best because patter might emphasize that nothing is in the sack and it is burned to prove you're not a liar. Then the springing of the cards makes the chosen one appear impaled. Of course, someone may wonder why the sack is used at all, but that must remain a'magician's license or be covered by an excuse. Frankly, we like it as a silent stunt after the selection of the card.)

For method (a) a force of the card is necessary. It, like the ribbon, is prepared against fire. And when the card is returned to the deck it is brought to the top. In this case the sack is unprepared. It is held open in the left hand while the right puts the deck within. The right hand patas off the top card and then holds the sack by one side with fingers inside and thumb outside. The fingers move the palmed card down as much as possible and the left hand pierces the side of bag and card with the needle, and then pushes it through the other side.

For method (b) a secret pocket is made on one side of the sack and a fire-proofed duplicate of the card to be forced is placed within. Thus all is taken care of at the tape end, after showing the sack empty, and it is necessary only to shower the shuffled deck, after spectator has replaced his card himself, upon the ashes to make the pasteboard appear on the tape.

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