R Metastasis

John Crimmons, Jr.

The spectator fans a deck he has shuffled, thinks of a number between 5 and 10, notes and remembers the card at that position from the top of the deck. The performer takes the deck and slowly counts cards onto the spectator's hand until a few more than the number he thought of have been put into the pile. An elastic band is put around the group and they are placed into the spectator's pocket by himself.

The magician then counts off a second pile of cards —- the same number of cards. Fanning these he picks out one himself, shows it to several of the audience, excepting the first spectator. This group is encircled also with a rubber band and placed in the pocket of another onlooker. The magus commands the two cards to ohange places. The first man opens his pile, but is unable to find his card. The audience calls out the name of the magician's card and it is found therein. Then the spectator names his card and it is found by the second spectator in the wonder-worker's pile.

When you hand the deck to first spectator, you palm off three cards — one of which is a duplicate of the card you later are going to select, say the King of Diamonds. After he has made his selection and returned the deck you add the palmed cards to the top of the deck. Ask him the number he selected and proceed to count off that number plus two upon his hand. This leaves the selected card on top of deck. He cuts his pile once, slips a band around it and pockets the bunch. Then he writes the name of his card on a oard or paper and hands it to someone elso Just for a checkup.

In the meantime you are counting off the same number of cards from the pack. At least that's what you say you're doing, but actually you miscount so your pile contains one extra card, including the duplicate King of Diamonds. Fan these, draw out the King of Diamonds, show it to several of the audience, and put on top of your pile or bring there with a shuffle. Palm it in right hand and reach for an elastic band. The card is left behind. The packet is banded and pocketed by a spectator.

The trick is over. The first spectator's card has left his packet to be found in the other one --- and likewise, the card you have shown audience has traveled over to his. It is all a variation of the ancient "Card to Pocket" trick, but proves to be of more interest because more of the audience are included in its presentation.

Paul Curry's new "Stamp-it" trick suggests a further detail. When you have made your selection and shown it to the audience, stick a postage stamp to its face. When found later In the spectator's pile It still bears the stamp. It is necessary only to have a stamp previously affixed to the duplicate. However, be sure to have the spectator (first) count his oards face down after unwrapping, otherwise the climax will be reached too soon.

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THE 20 CARD TRICK (continued from page 428)

one pull brings them both. As they come out below your range of vision under the blindfold you see the face card of the pair. This is trans-fered to the other hand, and then you repeat its name saying, "That was number 1." Then show the other saying, "And the -— of --- was number 16." Tear off the blindfold, and as the hand starts take remainder of deck from pocket and let it dribble to the floor. If you are going to pick up the 20 you already have dropped, you may as well pick up 52, and this finish is nice showmanship.

One last kink. Once you have become proficient and sure of yourself, you'll have many occasions when, during the selection, you'll get glimpses of the cards taken. Remember two or three of them with their numbers. Then, during the production process, say, of a sudden, "Who took the --- of ---1 Call your number." And you have It. It's a cute variation.

Please stay away from any "hooey" as a buildup. Simply make it a card problem of 20 cards being chosen and found. Make it more or less of a card trick to end ail card tricks. If possible, make it the only card trick in your show. In short, make It THE card trick.

Don't try to halve it and use 10 cards instead of 20, please. It's the magnitude of the thing that counts, plus speed. Exouse the blindfold as an aid to concentration --- and excuse me now while I pray you'll try it out yourself instead of waiting for someone else to do it first.

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