Of A Hermit

Editor's note: Jaks, an European advertising art man and amateur magician,has taken up the science of mystifying professionally because of having been "booted" about from country to country on the continent. In Switzerland he is establishing him-â–ºself as a night club performer with successful runs in 'Zurich, Knchlin, and Oenf comparables to our U.S. theatre restaurants.)

Coincidence tricks using two decks of cards have been many. While methods for such effects have not numerically reached the all tine high point of "four-ace" trick-procedures, there may be some room left in magical notebooks for this to follow. It is highly practical for me at close-up shows and before medium size audiences.

The performer gives two decks of cards, still in their original wrappers, to two spectators. One deck has red backs and the other has blue. While these cards are being removed from their boxes and shuffled, the magician gives a third encased deck to another member of the audience to" hold.

A fourth person is asked to select either of the two shuffled decks for himself, and pocket it. The performer pockets the one not taken. Together, this assistant and the performer reach into their respective pockets, remove one card, and put them, faces down, upon the table. Then the performer puts the spectator's card into his (performer's) pocket and deck, while the spectator is told to do the same with the performer's card.

Both people now remove the decks from their pockets and spread them face down across the table. In each is seen the "foreign" backed card. The performer (or spectator) turns them face up and both are seen to be the same! First climax.

The magician now turns to the third audience member

The magician now turns to the third audience member

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guarding' the deck given him at the start. He opens the case and puts the deck face down on to the table. Then he spells his name, letter by letter, dealing off one card at a time. On the last letter the card at that position is turned up and shown. It is a duplicate of the two cards coincidentally (?) found at firstJ

There are several quite subtle details contained in the method which make this effect worth consideration by those who demand practicability with simplicity.

First remove, say the 4 of diamonds, from both the red and blue backed decks. Put them into your side coat pocket, facing the same way (and towards the body), remembering which color is which. The decks are resealed, still in their almost virginal order, and thus, when given out, they can be shuffled quite freely. Another spectator is given free choice of the mixed packs which he is told to pocket. The performer pockets the one left. You put this deck behind, or below, the two cards already in pocket.

Both you and the spectator take single cards out and place them face down on the table. He follows this procedure fairly, but you bring out the 4 of diamonds card which has the same colored back as the deck pocketed.

The spectator picks up your card and puts it into the deck in his pocket. You then pick up the spectator's card and apparently do the same. But, what you do is thiss put the hand with card into the pocket, exchange it for the other 4 of diamonds waiting patiently there, and push that (4D) card into the center of the deck. Do not remove your hand from pocket as the extra card must be kept separate from the deck, and there is no sense asking for trouble in trying to fumble it away only a few seconds later.

Ask the spectator to remove his deck. You do the same. Both packs are spread face down on table. An oppositely colored back shows up in the center of each. When turned over they are revealed as being the same in identity.

As for the third deck, that which has been held by another party throughout the foregoing procedure, that bit is the simplest of all. It has, however, the importance of an unexpected second climax. Knowing what card (4D) will be coincided with the first two decks, the wonderworker taereiy has "put" that particular card in a position to spell out when the name of the person holding the deck is used. Only a minute is needed to "set" this one card just before the performance, using the name of someone well known, or otherwise, who is present and accidentally (?) picked to hold that particular deck of cards.

(Rote by Annemanni I've tried this out three times, to date, and found it very effective while simple of execution. The pocket (side-coat) angle bothered me a little so I tried a substitute. The two carcte were put into the right trousers pocket and pushed up into the "top of the pocket" position. While the decks were being mixed the right trousers pocket was pulled inside out, the two cards, naturally, staying concealed. The unchosen deck was taken in left hand and the right hand pushed the pocket back into place, bringing down the hidden cards at the same time. Then the deck was put into pocket below the cards. While we don't favor emphasis on such details as shouldn't be given attention by a confident performer who knows an audience shouldn't be given possible ideas, this maneuvre may interest some readers.)

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