Method 1

card and down. Place another card BACK of starting card and bring thread up around this card, across top edges of the other cards you have placed together, and then down in front of selected cards. Place a card in front of selected cards and bring thread up around this card. Now carry thread over tops of cards again and down in back. Place card behind rest of cards again and bring thread up around it, over tops of cards and down in front of bunch of cards again. Place another card in front and bring thread up around it again. Proceed in this manner to thread the whole deck, Figure 64.

When deck is completely threaded, bring thread down around whole deck and up in back. Figure 65 shows the threaded deck as it looks when finished.

Place threaded deck on seat of a chair and run thread up over back of chair and out backstage, where it is secured on a nail in the wall. Assistant can thus get end of thread when time comes for him to pull on it.

Place a silk or pocket handkerchief in front of deck on chair to conceal it.

Have a glass tumbler on chair also.

TO PERFORM:

Pick up another deck, unprepared. Come down to audience and FORCE duplicates of the three cards already placed in center of prepared deck, unthreaded. Have these selected cards well shuffled into deck.

Come back to stage and place this deck next to threaded one behind handkerchief. Pick up glass tumbler

and show it, then replace on seat of chair again. Pick up threaded deck as if it were an ordinary one and place it in glass, Figure 66.

At command, assistant pulls thread fast. All the cards fly out of the glass high into the air, except the three unthreaded ones, Figure 67.

The three selected cards are picked up and shown separately. Call out the name of each.

A little practice will be necessary to get the hang of throwing cards high into the air, but when you have it mastered, you will be well repaid in having a beautiful effect.

NOTE:

In this method it is necessary for the thread to be pulled vertically. That is the reason the thread is run over the top of the chair.

Another ruse which may be used in this one: Screw a small eyelet near end of your wand. Run end of thread from deck of cards through eyelet and out backstage to assistant, Figure 68.

Glass, deck, and wand may be resting on a table with handkerchief screening threaded deck as before. When threaded deck is placed in glass, you have but to raise your wand above deck. Assistant pulls thread and cards fly out. Your wand keeps thread vertical above deck, Figure 69.

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