ihls is an Impromptu blindfold test that can be done at any time or place and Is always interesting because of the novelty.

The performer says that through an extremely accute sense of smell he is able to tell different brands of cigarettes purely through a slight smell of the smoke.

About four of those present are asked to take cigarettes, each holding a different brand. Yie shall assume they have Lucky Strikes, Chesterfields, Old Qolds am Camels. The perforaer is blindfolded with & handkerchief and asks that the four spectators now light their oigarettes.

One at a time and in mixed order, these four spec' tators approach the performer and pass the burning oigarette under his nose, and each time he instantly and correctly names the correct brand. And finally he requests that two oome near and hold both cigarettes close at the same time, the correct brands being instantly namedi

The secret is another of those nice little Ideas that are always so welcome. In the beginning the performer sees tnat four people each have a cigarette of a different brand and tnese four are placed three or four yards away from him In readiness. However, the performer, knowing the brand held by each merely takes notice of their shoes! There will always be a difference and a glance at each is all that is necessary.

There is no reason why the performer can't nave noted these even before starting the effect Itself. Ihe blindfold of a handkerchief means notalng more thai: it ever has and tne performer looking downward can see a good two and a half feet in front of him.

Therefore, when one of the four approaches ami holds a cigarette out there Is no doubt in the performer' s mind as to the identity of the person and also the brand of the cigarette.

CARD BOX SXMfJSHX. (Orvllle Kayne Meyer)

This effect while a complete number in Itself makes possible two things heretofore considered impossible. Using i I. tL metal oard box you oan actually ohange ONE or TWO oards and leave the rest u;jCHAi«a££. Secondly you oan ohange oards that have been INITIALED.

Two decks are used in the effect. One nas a red baok and the other is blue. Taking the blue deck the perforaer removes a card which he openly shows and has a spectator Initial, ricking up a metal card box, the performer places the card face up within where it is fairly seen by all.

now from the mixed and face down red deck the person In audience select» a card freely and without It being seen the performer Initials It and It Is dropped face down on the oard selected by performer. The lid of box Is closed and performer hands It directly to a spectator to hold while he explains that his oard was selected first from one deck and initialed by the spectator to prevent substitution. In turn the spectator freely selected a card from the other deck and this was Initialed by the performer.

The spectator opens the box himself and FINDS TUB two initialed cards and TdEC are both alucsi and both decks ark FOU.hD ordiilarx afilp unprepared.

It would be best to follow this explanation with a card box and cards at hand.

In the regular compartment with the performer.' s initials on the face, lies a card face down from the red backed deck. We shall assume it to be the Five of Diamonds.

In the false compartment and lying face up is an extra Five of Diamonds, the color of the back which does not matter in this case as it is an odd card from a deck not In use.

Now, with a f and L card box, if the false lid is not closed but merely let down carefully, the box can be held on the left hand and either the flase or regular compartment opened at will, it looking all the same to the audience regardless of which is done.

In starting the performer runs through the blue deck and removes the five of Diamonds therefrom. He states that this is his selection and showing it openly has a spectator put his initials on the face of it for safety. While this is done the performer picks up the box and opening it at the regular compartment but not allowing Inside to be seen, takes back the card and slips it face up UNDER the blue backed Five of Diamonds already there.

The lid I3 allowed to close but performer Immediately reopens it as an afterthought and this time he opens the false compartment and shows the audience the Five of Diamonds face up and alone in the box.

Now the red deck is shuffled and spread face down while tne spectator pushes one card out of his own free will. Picking it up the performer says that as spectator initialed tne first, he shall initial this one. This the performer pretends to do and then without letting it be seen opens the false Lid again and drops the red backed card face down on top. This time the false lid is pressed firmly shut and the box handed a spectator to hold.

Now when the spectator opens the box the two oard3 found are both Fives of Diamonds and bo th bear initials, ®he deoks may be examined but are now complete and unprepared. The puzzling part of all this is that the performer shows his card openly, the audience sees it face up and alone in the box, and the spectator initials it and then later oheoks these markings.

It will fool magicians and people who know the oard box for the purpose of merely changing a oard.


I know many people who don't care for an effect like that which is to follow In the wake of this« lament but nevertheless there are a few who will make use of it in their spare time.

iihen Mr. Cole showed it to me I thought it rather oute and different in several ways from the usual run of such stunts. I find it nice to do when I have the back of an envelope that is without notes and upon which the lenient victim can make his notations aa well as calculations.

The person in question is asked to first write down his age, azxl this is tnen doubled or in other word3 multiplied by two. To the result of this calculation is added tne figure five and the resulting sua is multiplied by fifty. If the subject is not yet asleep he subtracts three hundred and sixty-five. Now he is told to dig deeply, ascertain the amount of cnange which he has in his pocket and add this to the result and this final number Is given the performer to do with as he wishes.

Practically without emotion (depending entirely upon his ability with figures) the performer reveals not only the age of the person waiting patiently for the finish, but also the exact amount of change in his pocket. Cllmuc.

To moke this combination of figures clear I shall Impose an example upon the reader. We shall suppose that the onlooker in question Is twenty-eight years of age. Next we shall assume (taking myself at the moment) that he has forty-three oents in cnange. The figures will read as follows:

Age 26

Multiplied by 2 56

And then add 5 61

Multiply by 50 3050

Subtract 365 2685

Add change (43) 2728

This last total or result Is glcen the performer and either on paper or in his mind he sdds the figure 115. In this case he reaches the total of 2843. And without further recourse to mathematics he knows that the first two figures (28) is the age, and the last two figures (43) represents the change.

The main angle which prompted me to include this as a Jinx within a Jinx was the 'ohange' business and 'age kink, rersonal angles will always attract more than an Impersonal number regardless of how far the performer may go in order to attract attention.

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