Anyone who can manage to palm a single card successfully «111 appreciate this routine. It employs two decks of cards with different colored backs, say red and blue for ease In explaining, although, any bridge set may be used. The oards should have white borders.

At the beginning of the routine the blue deck Is unprepared, but on the bottom of the red deok Is a blue backed card REVERSED. Hie red backed duplicate of this card is on the tcp of the same pack. We shall assume that this card is the Ace of Hearts.

Someone is asked to shuffle the blue backed deok while the performer shuffles the red. Take care to hold the top and bottom oards in position, and be certain not to expose the reversed card on the bottom. Probably the best way to do this is to make use of the dovetail shuffle, but instead of lifting all of the oards with the thumbs before the shuffle begins, leave the lower few cards on the table and shuffle the rest of the cards on top of them.

Place the blue deck temporarily aside. Take the red deok in hand and draw about one third of the pack from the center, slapping this drawn out portion on top of the deck Just as though you had made a regular and fair cut. Hold a break at this place in preparation for a force of the red backed Ace of Hearts. After the Ace of Hearts is forced have it looked at and replaced on top of the whole deok. Then place deck on table and give It a single cut.

Make the announcement that without further handling of the cards you will cause the selected card to reverse itself in the pack. Without apparent material means, the chosen pasteboard will turn over in its close quarters. Then pick up the deok and fan cards to expose the reversed Ace of Hearts. Certainly, as far as you've gone, your work couldn't be more free from guile. However, the onlookers do not know the face up Ace has a blue baok.

State that again you will place the Ace in the center. Do so as follows. Close the half of the fan above the Ace and reverse this half. Then close the portion of the fan below the Aoe and reverse these cards also. This places the blue Aoe in the center without exposing its faoe and at the same time automatically brings the red Ace to the top.

Palm off the red Ace aa you hand the paok to someone with the request that he place it in his pocket. Piok up the blue deok with the hand holding the palmed card and deposit it on top. Immediately turn your body slightly to the right (that Is, if you've palmed card in right hand) and overhand shuffle the deok bringing the red backed Aoe to the center. As you shuffle the oards remark that somewhere in this paok Is a duplicate of the Aoe which is now In the center of the red deck. Hand the blue deck to someone to hold or plaoe in a pocket.

With proper showmanship you oause the Aces to change plaoes. Placé the two decks on the table and spread them with backs up to reveal the two odd backed oards. Remove these two and turn them over together for a dramatic finale.

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Explanations for this cute table time waster are unnecessary what with the thorough bit of artistry supplied by Fred Rothenberg. Harry Stern, of Elmira, New York, built it In six minutes flat one Saturday afternoon in Holden's Shop, said It was original, offered it to The Jinx, and because everybody present Immediately made a sketch for their own use, I thought it might be accepted in the spirit with which it Is hereby depicted.

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Cards, counters, and other foreign appliances have no part in this really new conception. The spectators select any page and any line In a Reader's Digest, or similar magazine. They remember the first word of the line, and on a blank card write the page number and line number. The writing is sealed In an envelope. The flap is either Initialed to prevent opening, or wax may be used with a ring impression to build it. The envelope is slipped under the door of a room wherein the performer has been concentrating (t) during the entire process. A minute later the envelope is slipped back, but now, written across the face is, "do to the dictionary and turn to page ---. Count down --- lines In the

—- column. That word is the one you selected."

This Is all very simple but to onlookers and participants it is unbelievable. For some reason they get a beautifully distorted view, probably because the page and word selection is perfectly fair, and the revealing of it new and novel. The performer simply has 3 items in the other room drawer. A small 25 cent flashlight, a duplicate of the magazine, and a duplicate dictionary completes it. By shining the light through the envelope the page and line numbers are read. A few seconds later he has the word. And it then requires but a few more to find it In the dictionary.

The message is written on the envelope and slipped back under the door. It takes an actual tryout of this to realize the feeling of the guests. And there are no forces, mathematlos or whatnot to confuse the operations.

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