Twentieth Century Cards


Here is a nice card effect for club programs and one that will be found different from the usual run of card tricks. The performer has at hand a deck of cards, a ticket punch, and a two yard length of half inch ribbon threaded to a large darning needle.

A spectator freely selects a card and the performer hands him the ticket punch with the request that he punch a hole near one of the four corners. The card is now returned to the center of deck and shuffled. Picking a card from the top of the deck, the performer shows it to audience and says he knows this can't be the selected pasteboard because there is no hole in it. Likewise the next card is shown and the same thing said. However, the performer continues, with the assistance of two cards he will be able to locate the selected one in a novel manner. Taking the punch, the performer puts a hole in a corner of each card. Handing one end of the ribbon to a spectator the magician threads the two cards shown onto the ribbon about a foot apart. Either two spectators now hold the ends of ribbon, or one person can do it.

Performer now covers the two dangling cards with a large handkerchief. Taking the deck he calls attention to the fact that the selected card is still lost, but will make itself quite evident as soon as it finds out what a good time the two are having on the ribbon. Holding the deck up under the handkerchief it is given several riffles and the handkerchief whipped away. On the ribbon, and dangling BETWEEN the two original cards is the selected pasteboard! And everything can be examined as there is nothing to find!

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