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« s dictated to his private secretary Stuart C» Tcrwne the effect is that, while a spectator shuffles his own deck, the performer writes a message on a slip of paper, folds it, and puts it someplace in full view. A second spectator takes the deck, cuts it, and deals out six cards from any places in the pack. The performer picks up these face down cards, fans them, and allows a third person freely select any one of them. The prediction slip is opened by the fourth spectator and read aloud. "One minute after this is written a card will be selected.

Is shown. The card of tomorrow has been namedi

Peats of this nature usually are accomplished by pocket indexes or the use of a force. Both have their strong and weak points. With indexes the performer MOST know the name of the card before he can locate the proper billet. Should he desire the prediction read before the card is looked at, a force must take place, and he cannot allow much freedom in the deck's handling or the card's selection. This method combines both principles in a way that strong points are retained and weak points pared to a minimum.

The deck is borrowed and shuffled freely by anyone. Spectators have free choice of, first six out or fifty-two, and then one out of six. The performer never touches the cards except for a brief moment when he fans them for the final selection. The prediction is read before ANYONE sees the chosen card. Psychologically this is very strong for it drives home the belief that the prediction was written before the

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card was chosen. Only five billets in a simple ready-made index are necessary, instead of 52 billets in bulky indexes. And, finally, once out of every three or four times no switch is necessary at all. the spectators opening and reading the prediction the performer actually wrote.

To prepares The left trouser pocket contains five slips predicting five different cards, folded and arranged in a paper match folder as shown in the drawing. The right trouser pocket contains six cards which you have "stolen" from the deck during other tricks. Five of them match the index predictions and the sixth may be any other card. They are in a predetermined order, are bridged at one end, and go into the pocket with the bridge up. Also have a "dime store" small scratch pad of paper and a pencil.

To work: During the shuffle write your prediction using the name of the sixth card. Fold and place aside. As you tell the second person to cut and deal out six face down cards at random, put your right hand in your pocket and palm out the six cards there. He finishes and your right hand comes up to gather the cards, drop-

?ing the palmed ones on top. Square the cards n your left hand, cut at the bridge and move the top packet of six downward a half inch. Insert tha right forefinger between the two packets of six, at the top, and fan the six added car-, between thumb and forefinger. The dealt-off six will remain squared and hidden beneath this fan. (If followed with cards in hand these simple directions will suffice. Illustrations for the same 6leight, however, appeared in conjunction with "The Time Formula" effect in Jinx No. 96, on pages 591-592.)

Your left hand goes to your pocket and makes ready to obtain the proper billet. Ask the spectator to touch any card in the fan. This done, accent the freedom of choice he is getting, and ask him if he wants to change his mind. This allows ample time for you tcr obtain the proper billet with the free hand in pocket, knowing the order, as you do, of the fanned face down cards.

If he choses the card whose name you actually have written on the exposed billet, forget the index. The trick is done, and the spectator can read it for himself. Ir that card has been placed third from the left in the fan of eix the chances of its being chosen are nearly one in three since the end cards are almost never selected and, of the remaining font, the one just to the spectator's right of center is the most common choice.

If the switch is necessary, have the spectator remove his chosen card and hold it face down. As he does this bring out the left hand with the billet finger palmed, square up the fanned cards, and drop them with the concealed packet on top of the deck. (By the way, any magician who knows "The Time Formula" trick, and suspects that you've fanned six duplicate cards, will get a shock when he looks at the deck.)

Pick up the exposed billet and switch it in any manner you prefer before you hand it to the spectator. The prediction is read. The man who holds the chosen card turns it up for all to see. That's the climax, because you never fail.

Note by Stuart Towne: The fanning sleight herein described by Don Diavolo is, to me, one of the fairest appearing of all forces. It is now the basis of two tricks and should find further application. A Mr. Annemann has sug-

gested a third use. Fan a packet of seven or eight cards. Tell your victim that, due to long practice in having cards chosen, you always know in advance which card in a fan any particular person will take. It's just a matter of psychology. Let him change his mind a few times and then withdraw one without looking at its face. Square the fan, turn the carts over ana fan again witn the faces showing. This time you fan the previously concealed cards. The spectator sees a well mixed group of ordinary playing cards and yet, when he looks at the one he drew he sees a card whose face, instead of bearing pips, is printed with the magician's name, address, phone number, and booking agent, if any. While he is busy digesting that fact, palm off the other business cards.

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