Stephen C Simpsoists

(Editor's note: Mr. Simpson has, to us, discovered a new system of almost immediately computing the location of the spectator's thought of card after he, himself, has handled the cards alone. It is a vast improvement over the old "27 card trick".or the method (requiring tables) by Jordan for use with the entire deck, or the more complicated method of figuring as written by Stanyon. Combined with another deck for a coincidental effect it makes an amazing problem.)

EFFECT: Two ordinary decks of cards are used, the spectator having free choice of one, the performer retaining the other. The cards are examined and shuffled, and the spectator and the performer each merely think of a card. The cards are then dealt into piles according to a specified system.

Each gathers up his piles in any hap-hazard order he pleases, the spectator picking his up AFTER the performer does. At no time does either see the faces of any of the cards of the other deck and the performer has no idea of the spectator's thought-of card at any time.

Yet, at the end of the experiment the two cards are found TO OCCUPY THE SAME POSITION IN THE TWO DECKS. There is no appreciable sleight-of-hand and the trick can be repeated immediately any number of times WITH THE THOUGHT-OF CARDS BEING FOUND AT DIFFERENT BUT CORRESPONDING POSITIONS EACH TIME.

METHOD:. There is a partial set-up of the two decks. In each case, the

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cards occupying positions 5, 10, 16, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, and 48 from the top are the AC, 2D, 3H, 4S, 5C, 6D, 7H, 8S, 9C, and 10D respectively. Note that the order of the suits is that used in the game of bridge (although the CHaSeD system may be used, as well as the individual performer's own favorite order) and the denomination can be found by dividing the position number by 5. In other words, the performer knows and can easily remember the name of every fifth card (and the 48th) and yet no set-up is apparent if either deck is examined.

The spectator is given his own choice of decks. He Is told to examine it if he wishes and to shuffle it thoroughly. Meanwhile, the performer false-shuffles the remaining deck. Each then discards 4 cards, leaving a deck of 48. The performer is careful to discard the four BOTTOM cards which of course does not disturb his % set-up.

Each then glances through his deck and thinks of one of the cards. The performer need not burden his weary brain at this point, for he need | merely pretend to think of f a card. Now each simultaneously deals his face-down cards one by one into THREE face-down piles, dealing from left to right. Each then looks through his three piles and indicates in which pile his card happens to be.

So far as the performer is concerned he can indicate any pile he pleases, but he is careful to note the pile indicated by the spectator.

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