Stop When Ready

Stop tricks are legion, but this impromptu version which does not allow of a single visible sleight or change may find use in the hands of more than a few magicians.

The effect is more or less as of yore. A selected card is returned and shuffled into the others. Cards are dealt until the spectator is bored or satisfied and the next card proves to be his own. In this method no table is needed. It is all done with the deck in hand.

Take a deek in hand at this reading. Assume that you have had a card chosen, and upon its return to the deck have brought it to the top by one of a thousand methods, but necessarily in your favorite way. Then you shuffle once or twiee, preferably by riffling, and on one of these occasions let one extra card drop on top of that selected, making it second down.

At this time you explain that you will not find the card yourself but will have the selector discover it himself by intuition. Ask him to concentrate for a moment and then name any number up to 20.

As he does so you turn over the top card endwise, from front to back, saying, "This isn't your card Is it? Sometimes the oard does get to the very top by chance and it makes things difficult. The spectator naturally says, "No," and you finish by saying, "Then we'll call that oard No. 1."

During this space of a few seconds you have prepared for a double lift of two cards and as you make the last statement you draw these two back about lj Inches on the deck, the sides being kept squared. The position of cards now is this: The deck is in hand squared; on top ia a face up card drawn baek, and underneath this drawn back face up card is the selected card face down.

Having called the face up card No. 1, you pull off the next visible face down card from the front of the pack, calling It No. 2, as you turn It face up onto the first face up card. Likewise the next card is drawn off from the front, called No. 3, and turned face up on those gone before.

This action is continued until the named number is reached but not turned. Stopping at this point the performer squares ALL oarda of the deek, saying, "You haven't seen your card amongst those dealt so far, have you?" and at the same time he fans the top part of the deck to show the face up cards thereon. The answer must be negative and the face up cards are drawn off into the right hand while the left hand extends the face down part of deck. The performer says, "The next oard is at the number you named, so turn it over yourself. By the way, what WAS your card?" The card is named and then turned. It HAS to be correct. The face down card, originally second from the top, and kept secretly under the first face up card turned, has now become the top oard of the face down deck, and resides at the correct number position as called by the spectator who chose it.

The important detail is to keep the deck In a position or angle almost flat towards the spectators so the two cards together can't flash.


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