Location Of Cards In A Hat Shuffle

EFFECT:

Several cards are selected, marked if desired, and returned to deck. Deck is shuffled and dropped into a hat. Inside of the hat, cards are thoroughly shuffled around. Spectator is then asked to hold hat. Performer reaches into hat with his right hand and brings out, one at a time, the selected cards.

SECRET AND PATTER:

Deck is shuffled. Have several cards selected and removed from deck. Each spectator may mark his card for identification.

Divide deck into two equal portions and have first spectator place his card on lower half. Place upper portion on this, keeping little finger of left hand over selected card. Riffle front edge of cards to give impression that deck is all together.

Go to second spectator. Divide deck again at point held by little finger and have second selected placed on top of first one. Spectators believe that you merely cut the deck at random each time to receive spectator's card. Close pack again with little finger in position.

Continue this until all selected cards have been gathered up. They are all together on top of the lower half of deck, over which you are holding your little finger.

Do the SIMPLIFIED PASS, bringing all the selected cards to the top of the deck. Also riffle shuffle the deck without disturbing position of selected cards.

"Several cards have been selected and returned to the deck and then shuffled well into the deck. To mix the cards even more, I shall drop them into this hat."

Drop cards into a derby or soft hat with a flat bottom. Place the cards with backs up. Shake the hat vigorously from side to side as though mixing the cards up. In reality, you can shake the hat from side to side without disturbing the order of the cards. Try it. They slide back and forth a little but do not mix. A little practice will give you the knack, Figure 17.

You may even give the hat an occasional shake up and down without disturbing the cards if you do it carefully.

"Now, I shall ask you, sir, to hold the hat up high for a few moments. You can first see that the cards are well mixed."

Let spectator look into hat and have him square up the deck. Then have him hold the hat up high enough so that no one can see into it.

Show both your hands, fingers wide apart.

"Ordinarily, it would be impossible to locate cards in such a mixed condition, yet, I find with sensitive fingers and an impressionistic mind that strange things happen."

Turn to spectator who placed his card in the deck last. His card is the top one on the deck.

"What was your card, sir? The Five of Hearts?"

Show right hand empty and reach into hat. Pull out top card and show it.

"There you are, sir. The Five of Hearts. Next!"

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