After Hours Magic: A Book of Al Thatcher Card Magic

This is really my reason for writing this article. I couldn't explain the trick correctly without describing the Index so figured I might as well cover as much as possible.

Years ago '.'/alter Gibson thought of a cute angle wherein you could hand a deck to a person or he could keep his own in hand, shuffling them well. Turning the deck face up he would then separate the cards, one at a time to avoid any mistake, into two heaps, red and black. These heaps he then turns face down and picks up one. Then he turns over two top cards, adds them together, and counts to that position in the other pile. During this time the performer has written something down and laid it aside. The spectator reaches a card and shows it. Then the paper is read. The performer is correct! And remember that this is done impromptu without the performer touching a deck he has never seen before!

The secret lay in the fact that the cards were dealt sinply into face up piles. The performer stood watching but noted the first two cards dealt into either heap, knew their total, and thus could count the cards falling into the other heap until he saw what card hit the pre-fered position! During the rest of the dealing he busied himself writing the name of this card and putting it out in view. The spectator turned the piles face down and picked up one. If he picked up one pile he could turn over the two top cards and add. But if he picked up the other pile he was told to put it in his pocket for the moment so that it couldn't be tampered with. Then he was told to turn over the two cards on the other pile.

Now imagine this improvement due to the unknown presence of indexes. The performer has the spectator shuffle his own deck while he writes a prophecy (dummy) and puts it in a cup to one side. Of course, he palms it out. Then the dealing is done. The moment the performer learns what card is set in the deck, he has eons of time to secure the correct paper, pick up cup, and move it closer to the dealer or hand it to someone else to hold.

Thus everything is done before the spectator is through dealing, the performer has ostensibly written his prophecy BEFORE any dealing was done, and another spectator is holding the actually correct paper BEFORE anyone sees the card to be chosen, apparently by chance. Could anything be more open and fair appearing to an audience.

ORVILLE MEYER'S TWIN PREDICTION

Two predictions are written, each on a slip of different color. They are dropped into a hat. Two spectators count down to a number mutually agreed upon and note the cards arrived at. The predictions, BOTH of which were written and dropped into the hat BEFORE the pack was handed out, prove to be correct.

The Meyer method excludes indexes and makes use of but ten pieces of paper, each bearing the name of one of the ten Hearts. They are in order and held together with a paper clip so that the Ace side of the packet can be told in the pocket. The ten Heart cards 'of the deck are arranged from Ace to Ten from back to face of the deck and an indifferent card placed between each. An indifferent card is placed on top also which leaves the ten Heart cards at even numbered positions. The deck has a short card at the bottom, and the performer notes and remembers the indifferent card on top.

After a false shuffle and cut the deck is handed to one of two spectators. Pick up a white slip of paper (the set in the right trouser pocket are white also), look at man with the deck and write something (anything). Fold it and drop in full view near the hat. Look at the second person and pick up the colored slip. On this you write the name of the indifferent card on top of the pack. Fold this paper and drop into the hat. Then pick up the white slip and pretend to put that in also, but finger palm it out.

The person holding the pack is asked to name aloud any number frcm 1 to 20. No matter what is called the performer will cause one of the Hearts to be arrived at, as for instance, in the case of 11. Performer would ask helper to count off 11 cards, one at a time (reversing them), then look at the NEXT card, and place it also on the counted-off pile. Had 12 been named, 12 cards would be counted off, and then the last or 12th card looked at and replaced. In either event, a card at one of the even numbers is arrived at, and by halving the number the performer knows the identity of the card looked at.

The helper now drops the remainder of the pack onto the dealt off pile and gives the deck a couple of cuts. The performer takes deck, gives it another cut and brings the short card to the bottom again. Then it is given to the second assistant to count off the same number of cards as did the first man, (11), look at the next, etc. The second man always is told to do exactly wnat the first man was told to do, and this automatically forces the original top card of the pack.

During this last procedure the performer's right hand holding palmed slip has gone to the pocket, dropped it, and removed the clip from the packet of papers so that the Ace side is

Page against the thumb. From here on it is a simple matter to thumb off papers to the proper one, and this is finger palmed.

With the second card noted, the performer reaches into the hat, pushes the palmed slip to the fingertips, picks up the colored slip already there, brings out the hand with slips showing, and hands the correct one to each person. Of course, everything turns out to be perfect, and everything stands examination.

For those who can make a pellet switch by hand, the two original papers (dummy white one and correct colored one) can be left in full view on the table throughout. At the last moment, with the correct slip finger palmed, make a straight switch for the white one in handing it to the assistant.

We know that numbers 7, 13 or 17 will be named more often than others. In the above effect these would represent the 8th, 14th, or 18th cards, or the 4, 7, or 9 of Hearts. By writing the name of one of these cards on the first slip, if one is using the sleight of hand switch, quite often it will not be necessary to make any switch at alii

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