Effect

Hold deck with right hand and pick up paper from table with left hand. Figure 28. "A part of the daily paper, you see -- both sides."

Place cards against paper, backs toward audience. Hold them in place with left thumb. Figure 29. With right hand wrap deck in the paper. First fold up the bottom of paper. Figure 30 Then fold down top edge of paper over cards. Figure 31. And finally, fold both sides of paper over to middle. Figure 32.

"Under cover of the daily news I wrap the cards securely therein. Now, I need a gentleman to hold this package for a while. Thank you, you'll be just the man."

Ask spectator to come up from audience to help you. Have him stand at your left. Pick up knife from table.

"You have heard, no doubt, of X-Ray vision. That is seeing through a brick wall or seeing things that nature did not intend you to see. This knife is no common knife — it is a miniature X-Ray. The point of this knife can look into the middle of next week -- through the side of a house — or a Scotchman's pocketbook. (To gentleman assisting) I'll take the package of cards and I'll let you hold this X-Ray knife."

Give spectator knife and take the cards.

"Have you ever done X-Ray work, sir? A gentleman over there thinks I said extra work. No, I said X-Ray work. Hold the knife in your right hand and point the end of the blade toward the package."

Hold package of cards up with right hand, long edge of cards toward spectator.

"Bring the point of the knife up to about an inch from the cards."

Assistant brings knife up toward cards. Figure 33.

"Somewhere mixed up with the other cards is the one which the gentleman over there selected. Can you see it, sir?

Perhaps not, as it is too well wrapped in paper. But the end of the knife sees it ~ it looks right through the paper. Push the knife blade through the paper and into the deck."

Assistant pushes knife blade into deck.

"Hold the knife tight."

As soon as the knife has been run into deck, move it up and down to cut a slit in paper running to within about a half-inch from each end of the cards. With knife blade again in the middle, push left thumb into space above where knife separates the cards and right thumb into space just below knife. Figure 34.

Pull two halves of cards apart a little. BE SURE THAT AUDIENCE CAN READILY SEE THAT YOU HAVE YOUR THUMBS IN THE PLACE WHERE KNIFE IS.

Now turn slightly toward left, your right side toward audience. As you do so, pull deck downward away from knife and tear halves of deck apart with a sudden, quick movement. Figure 35.

Tear package completely apart, and as you do so, turn the left hand packet, which is facing away from audience, with face of bottom card toward audience. This must be done very quickly. This shows the selected card to audience. It appears that this card was found by the knife, whereas in reality this card has been on the bottom of the deck all the time. Figure 36.

"The eight of diamonds? Was that your card? Correct."

Make this statement positive and distinct, naming whatever card was the selected one. This is a CLIMAX and should be EMPHASIZED.

The whole movement with the left hand in turning the left half of deck should be very snappy. The audience thinks that the knife was actually inserted at the place where the selected card was. They do not suspect that you turned the cards to face the audience as your left hand swept upward. The cards held in right hand are faced away from audience and are screened by paper and hand so that spectators do not know which way the cards face.

While you are tearing the deck apart, the flat side of cards should be toward audience and not the edges.

"A remarkable knife that -- it never fails to find what it is looking for."

Take knife from spectator and place it on table.

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