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T performer obtains a visiting card from each of four spectators. He spreads a large dinner napkin upon the table. Then the master of chicanery deals the four cards onto the four corners of the miniature table cloth.

Two of the cards are covered with a menu each, a half torn theatre program, or a half sheet of note paper. One of these left visible is taken in hand and pushed upwards from beneath the outspread cloth. It is shov/n to have evidently penetrated the fabric for next it is seen-beneath one of the coverings. This mystery of the fourth dimension continues untilall of the four cards, IK THE CORRECT ORDER OF NAMES, have appeared under the same cover.

The exceptional part of this trick is that tut FOUR cards (borrowed) are used and the effect is actually impromptu in type. They are obtained from the audience members and may be dealt out in any order. However, the performer must remember the name on the card dealt in the No. 4 position. Let us say now that the front left is No. 1. the front right Ho. 2, left rear No. 3 and right rear No. 4.

The covering papers are oblong in shape and are held (long side) one in each hand v/ith the thumbs on top. They first are lowered (but not released) over cards Nos. 1 and 2; then over

2 and 4. With No. 4 still covered, the left hand paper is moved to No. 1. Cards Nos. 2 and

3 are next covered,( No. 2 with the right hand) the performer explaining, as an excuse for these movements, that the papers cover the cards in a satisfactory manner and that when two are covered two are visible, etc.

Now comes a crucial move. The papers again are moved to cover cards Nos. 2 and 4 (No. 4 with the left hand). In doing this the left hand secretly picks up the card (purposely left close to the edge of the napkin and, if possible, crimped upward) under the cover. This cover, with the carc underneath, is dropped onto card No. 1, while, at the same instant, and in a manner to cover the move, the right hand drops its cover over the vacant space at No. 4.

The cover at No. 1 now covers two cards (but supposedly one only).

The performer now picks up the visible card (No. 3) in his right hand, end at the sane time grasps the left hand rear corner of the napkin with his left hand (thumb on top)..Looking at the card he says,"We now will pass Mr. —'s (calling the name on No. 4*s card) card com pletely through the cloth." So saying^™ du —- his right hand with the card under the napkin and seems to push it upwards. Then the hand is withdrawn from underneath - empty.

The card was, in fact, trans-fered to the fingers of the left hand still under the napkin. The right hand now lifts the cover at No. 1 (showing the two cards there) and transfers it to the left hand to cover secretly the card there. (This transfer of the cover from hand to hand is a natural movement to enable the performer to pick up and read at a glance the card at No. 1.) Knowing this he drops the cover, with card beneath, over the other two cards. (Under the cover at No. 1 are now three cards.)

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