Verne Chesbro

Several methods for doing similar effects as given here have been invented, but my ideas will be found to give maximum effect for the least trouble. No memory systems are involved, neither are there complicated formulae or procedures to drive the magus to distraction.

The effect is simply this: A spectator is allowed to remove a card from the pack. The performer, running through the cards but once, proceeds to mentally eliminate all the cards but the one held by the spectator, thus naming it. There is a popular belief among the masses that certain gifted people are able to do it genuinely, altho* the following methods deal exclusively with duplicating the feat thru trickery.

ONE: The deok is set up in Si Stebbins or Eight King fashion. After a false shuffle the deck is fanned for selection. The cards are cut at the point of removal so that the one just above the chosen card goes to the bottom. The deck is given several genuine riffle shuffles keeping that key card on bottom. The set-up is destroyed. Explaining that 51 cards remain, the performer says that he intends running through the cards once and eliminate all but the missing one. He then deals them singly into a face up pile, and, upon seeing the last one, counts one ahead in the system and names the card.

TWO: The first method can be enhanced by allowing three or four cards to be selected, as each choice is made, the card above it is slipped to the bottom by the side slip or any other method. Two or three dovetail shuffles destroy all order but leave the key cards on bottom. After running through the deck once, all missing cards are named for the indicators are staring the performer in the face from the face up top of the pile dealt.

THRBB: This is my favorite method for it is very convincing and, importantly, Impromptu. In one or two preliminary shuffles while explaing what he will attempt, the performer sights the three bottom cards. These are cut to the center of the pack and the cards fanned for selection. It is not at all difficult to have one of these three taken, a much easier feat than forcing a single card. Let us suppose the three sighted cards are the 5D, the 6H, and the Q3. The spectator takes the middle card of the three, we'll say, and this performer knows at once that it is the 6H. The remaining two previously sighted cards are now cut to the bottom. .Now, with a show of concentration the performer runs through the deck, from top to bottom, turning up tht cards one at a time into a pile. As he comes to the last few cards he slows down, and stops when he has the last two cards face down on his left palm. He deliberates a moment and then announces, "I have seen every card in the deck except the five of diamonds, the six of hearts, and the queen of spades." Turning over the last two cards he goes on, "Here's the five Of diamonds and the queen of spades; the six of heart3 is the only card I have not seen so that must be the one you have". The spectator turns his card and proves the performer correct.

Please bear in mind that these awfully simple method duplicate exactly, in the minds of those watching and taking part, the feats which heretofore have taken much study and concentration on the part of the performer. And the audience doesn't have to be extremely quiet.

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