The New Half And Half


(Editor's note: This is the first time that we have featured an improvement on a previous Jinx trick. Heretofore any variations and improvements have been part of a page devoted to such. But, as we noted with "Half and Half's" original. appearance, few would take advantage of the ingenious Stewart James Idea. Now Voz Lyons has what we think is a step-up in the words and general working. I hope that the stunt won't go begging this time as much as it did the first.)

Xn Jinx No. 134 there appeared a Stewart James' miracle of close-up effectiveness. Here is my developed version after using his method and realising how actually impossible the effect seemed to onlookers and participants.

The performer selects a subject and throws a typedon card down before him. (The small replica on next page.) No particular reference is made to it, but it can be seen that it contains a column of figures and a list of the ends of words. The performer then throws down, slightly to one side of the card,'a narrow strip with its blank side up.

Three dice are given the assistant to test by a few rolls. Then he is asked to hold them tightly in his left hand. The performer tears a piece of paper into halves. On one piece he writes what he calls a prediction. This is put in a conspicuous position and NOT TOUCHED AGAIN. Then the assistant throws the three dice for a final total number.

'.Whatever it may be, from 3 to 18 inclusive, he looks at the card first put down, and then writes upon the other half of the torn paper the final letters of the word which appears opposite his number. This writing preferably should be in printed capital letters so "no trouble will be had in deciphering handwriting".

The magician picks up and hands the narrow slip of card to the person. He is told to match the two lists in order to determine what the whole word is. And he also is asked to read some of the other completed words to convince himself and others that all are quite different, any of which might have been chosen by chance.

Finally the spectator is asked to match the pieces of torn paper together and read aloud. It is the same word.' And remember, the performer hasn't again touched his written on paper,which matches the other torn half, since he put it down BEFORE the dice were thrown for a free selection of 824 16 different words.'

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