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a magical tenĀ» STANLEY COLLINS

This very effective experiment, although built around the evergreen trick of a slate with a loose flap, offers sundry points of novelty in the details. Two slates, after being marked on both their" sides with identifying numbers, are tied together with a piece of tape and entrusted to someone in the audience to hold. The titles of well-known periodicals are called out by various spectators and written down in succession by the performer on plain postcards, EACH NAME BEING VERIFIED AS IT IS WRITTEN by a gentleman who stands at performer's side. About half-a-dozen having been suggested, the cards are openly handed to the man on the stage to receive a shuffling at his hands, which done, he is. requested to retain any one of them and return the remainder to performer. The selected card, the name upon which is only known to the helper, is placed by him in an envelope chosen fr<5m a packet and having been carefully sealed and marked is handed to the person holding the slates. Upon separating the slates a few seconds later, the selected name is discovered written in chalk upon one of them, while the envelope bearing the initials of the second person on being torn open reveals, instead of the card, the title page of the selected magazine.

Despite precautions to eliminate forcing,one of the slates contains a previously chalked name of a popular periodical certain to be called on one side covered with a flap. The title sheet of this magazine is folded and put into an envelope after subjecting it to a little preparation. A triangular piece cut from the top of a postcard is pasted to the sheet's back, so that when inserted in envelope the top edge of a postcard alone visible, the presence of the title is never suspected. The envelope containing this faked sheet is deposited on the top of the packet to be utilised for the experiment.

Now the postcards. Of these, a dozen will be required, five of which are prepared beforehand by writing on the blank side the name to be re-

produced between the slates. Place them on the table with printed sides up and the seven unprepared cards on top of them.

Having numbered the slates,they are placed for a moment on the table while the tape is shown and when again picked up to be tied, the flap, of course, is allowed to remain behind. The next step is to write the called out names of the various journals, and it is at this part of the effect that a very subtle deception is manipulated.

Taking the dozen postcards from table, the performer nonchalantly takes about half of them and hands them to the assistant for scrutiny. He hands them back and the performer puts them on top of the others which he holds in left hand as per Pig. 5. While asking for the first name, the top card is apparently taken in right hand, turned over and placed on the stack as in Fig.6, the bulk of the cards forming a pad to facilitate ease in writing. In reality, however, the TWO top cards are taken as one, turned over as described, and the first name written as called out. Five other cards are added, one by one, each receiving a name given by audience members. Now, while asking for the next name, a peculiar turn over is given to the two packets which should be readily understood by studying sketches 7 and 8. The two packets are caused to make a revolution by altering the positions of thumb and first finger, the former being passed below the packets and the latter above. A slight upward pressure of the thumb causes the revolution and leaves the packets to all intents and purposes the same as a second previously. The card A in Fig.8 will now be the one that was behind the first one drawn, consequently a blank card, and it is quickly placed on B to hide from the assistant's view the name already written on it, and the remainder very deliberately placed on the table. It is advisable to have a friend call out the required name at this stage, i.e., seventh, so that the last name may be verified as were the previous ones. Should, however, the name be called out earlier, it must be written down again instead of the last name called, care being taken that the gentleman does NOT see this. Having written on the last blank card, the packet is handed to the gent to receive a shuffling, which, of course, does not affect the trick in the least as all the six cards will have the same name written on them.

Having made his selection of the cards, the gentleman takes one of the envelopes spread before him, and into this he places the postcard he has chosen. It is handed back to the performer and is promptly changed for the top envelope of the pack in the act of turning to put them on the table. Then, openly, the card (?) seen in envelope is sealed and the flap marked, '//hen opening envelope at the conclusion, care must be taken that the fake piece of card is not exposed as stuck to the rear of the title page.

The Future deck jack vosburgh

To describe this effect as one would find it in most magical catalogues might be a bit presumptious, for the reader will know the secret immediately after without the fun of sending to his dealer and waiting until the reply makes everything clear.

Imagine, though, reading somewhere that the performer says he will write a prediction for one of his spectators.^ He hasn't paper handy so jots down a few words upon the face of one of the cards from his deck. Then he tosses the written on card into the spectator's own hat, never to touch it again. The remainder of the deck is spread face down across the table or floor so that every one is exposed. The spectator points to any one, and this is a perfectly free choice. It is tossed into the hat with the other. The deck is squared up, the spectator himself may dump the cards from their place of safekeeping, and find that you have correctly written on one the identity of the other, tte perfonner then proceeds into any other trick or tricks he iaiows using the entire deck.

That's just the way a magic ad could read for this effect without wasting space here for the "no this" and "no that" phrases. There are the usual number of loopholes, probably less than usual. Bat, withal, the trick is good, and my glorifying of the effect was in effort to convince a reader enough to try it out.

It is such a simple secret it seems as if every person in attendance would immediately see through it; and still I have fooled audiences with it for more than two years. A prepared deck is used, making the trick one very acceptable for those who do only two or three card tricks in their routine.

Take the ten of clubs (for instance) from the deck, and on the face of each card, in the upper left corner near the ind6x write the words 'ten of clubs'. Do this to all fifty-one cards. Then put the Joker on the face of the deck and the ten of clubs itself on top. Put the deck In its case and you are ready.

Take the cards from their case and you hold a deck with a plain ten of clubs at back and a plain Joker at face. The words 'ten of clubs' are written on each of the other 51 cards. Let the Joker be seen and remark that you don't need it. Return it to its case or onto the table beside same. Remark that you'll write something on one of the cards, not having paper ready at hand. Over-hand shuffle the deck,bringing the ten of clubs to the bottom, keeping card faces tilted away from the audience, m seeming to write something in the upper left corner of the face of the bottom card of the deck, write nothing, just wiggle the pencil. Then take the ten ox clubs off and openly toss it into the nearby hat.

Hold the deck face down in the left hand,the writing on the inner end. Fan the cards facing the spectators and they see them all different and well mixed. The writing on the cards is concealed at the lower and almost unfanned end by the left fingers. Next spread out the deck face down in a wide movement which will allow every card to be accessible. Have one of them pointed at, after making it clear that the spectator has perfect freedom of choice. Take this card up and toss it into the hat with your written upon card (?). The spectators have not seen the faces of either of the cards so far. Your word and actions have(and must) been convincing in every way.

Scoop up the deck, fan them as before to show them all different and remark that just one has been selected. Ask tne spectator nearest hat to dump them out and read the written prophecy. Naturally it must be the 'ten of clubs'. And the other card IS the Ten of Clubs.' In other words, the stunt has been worked backwards.

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