Vern Schoneck

card is between the 4 and 6 of diamonds. Remember this total of 10 and place the three cards together with discards on the table.

Having read the past pick up the cards you have designated as the future. Follow the same procedure with this exception; build your reading upon the consultant's question. If the question card is not in the first half of the deck, merely fan the second half, read the query, and proceed as outlined. Do not make the mistake of quoting or mentioning the question during the reading. Let it appear that you,and the cards,have covered the information desired without material knowledge of what was most desired.

In conclusion offer to give actual proof that the cards know all and are invariably correct. Remembering that 10 was the total of the two cards adjoining the question card, use this number as the time of occurance for some event that you predict in the reading.

Place the two portions of the pack to-

f ether and have spectator cut it several times, inally have a portion cut off - and lay the face down card - still supposed to be toe query card - on the lower half. The deck's upper half is replaced - thus burying the card somewhere in the center.

"You will recall," says the performer-fortune teller, "that the event I mentioned will occur in ten months. We will let the cards give us a double-check as proof that this date is important. Please find the card upon which you wrote your question. Remove the cards lying on each side of it. The total of those cards? TenJ The cards never lie."


If it is that the effect counts in magic, this seemingly supernatural happening can be said, and proven by actual performance, to be far above the method by which it is accomplished. While much magic is accomplished by sleights and trickery of a sort that depends upon misdirection and subtleties, the following makes use of subterfuge and downright "brassy" nerve.

Some playing cards are shown to have their faces blank. The spectator takes his pick of one. Next he has free choice of an empty envelope from among several offered him. me blank card is put into the envelope together with a number of loose card-pips of all suits. The envelope is sealed, initialed, and stood in view of everybody.

Prom a regular deck of playing cards one is selected, noted, and returned. The deck is laid on top of the envelope. The master of magic goes into the silences for an interval and tnen picks up the deck. He deals the cards face up into a pile and the spectator who chose one watches. His card has disappeared.'

The envelope, its initialed identity okayed, is next opened. Loose pips fall out with the card inside. And on that card Are affixed pips of the correct number and suit to match the pasteboard selected! The performer then reaches into his pocket, saying, "I had to secure your card, sir,

Page in order to know what you had chosen, and thus be able to make the correct number or the right pips get together with the blank card."

You need a pack of cards, 8 or 10 blank-faced cards with backs to match, a package of business size envelopes, and a lot of card-pips of all suits, which can be cut from any heavy red and black paper.

To prepare,you first must decide upon the card to be produced, say the Fivtf of Spades, for example. Stick five spade pips a bit loosely (not too perfectly) on a blank card and put this, together with a lot of varied pips, in an envelope which you seal and place on the bottom of the pack of envelopes. That's the only preparation necessary.

A spectator chooses one of the blanks you offer. Then you fan the bunch of envelopes (sealed one on the bottom) and he takes one from among them. He puts the card into the envelope and adds the loose pips of all suits which you have thrown upon the table. The spectator seals the envelope and the performer takes it from him with right hand, laying it on top of the envelope stack in left hand as he (performer) digs into a pocket for a pencil. He doesn't find one so transfers the packet to the right hand while the left hand looks into those pockets. The action of changing has turned the packet over. The left hand finds the pencil. The spectator initials the "new" top envelope and retains it. He is asked to put it somewhere in full view.

Prom the regular deck the Five of Spades Is forced, of course by your favorite method. When returned, the card is controlled and palmed off to the pocket as the performer asks the spectator to pick up the envelope and hold it securely. The cards are now dealt face up before this person who can be asked to say, "Stop" when he sees the selected one. Naturally, he doesn't see it. It is gone. He opens the envelope. Loose pips fall from within, together with the card. Lastly the performer, makes a show of producing the missing deck's pasteboard from his pocket. Sympathy between the deck and the blank card with lots of loose pips? Maybe, to the audience, but to the performer, trickery.'

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