Secret And Patter

You will need two people to help you. For convenience we will call them Smith and Jones. Smith should be at left side and Jones at right. Table should be in front of you.

Thoroughly shuffle the deck, preferably giving it a riffle shuffle in your hands.

"You have perhaps noticed, at one time or other, that when you wished to remember a certain thing, if you associated it with some object, you were able to remember it perfectly. Therefore, I am going to ask you two gentlemen to select a card each; and in order to remember the card exactly, I want you to associate the card with a number."

To Smith,

"I shall ask you to think of a number between 5 and 20."

To Jones,

"And you think of a number between 25 and 40. Have you decided upon your numbers? Very well. I will count the cards down on the table one at a time and when I come to your respective numbers, remember the card at that number. If you chose 16, remember the 16th card; if 31, remember the 31st card. Of course, do not let me know your number, as yet, nor the card at that number."

Hold deck, backs of cards up, in left hand and with right hand count them out one at a time on table, faces up.

COUNT ALOUD each card as you lay it down until you have counted the whole deck.

"Do not forget the card or the number."

Pick up deck from table and hold cards in left hand, faces up.

Turn your right side to audience so that you are looking directly at Smith.

As you start to speak to Smith, you transfer the card facing you to the other side of deck. You perform the OBLIQUE SLIP UP SHIFT with the "Bottom to Top" transfer, explained at the beginning of this lesson.

Deck should now be in left hand with backs of cards up. To audience it looks as though you merely turned the deck over.

"Will you please tell me the number you selected -- the number only, not the card?"

Let us assume that he says 18.

"I will count the cards down to your selected card. One, two, three . . . " etc.

Count the cards down one at a time in a pile, this time with card faces down.

"Eighteen -- here is your selected card. I shall place it over here for a moment."

Place this card aside toward front of table. Do not let anyone see this card. This, of course, is not the selected card. The one chosen by the spectator is now the 19th card in the deck instead of the 18th, since you made the transfer. This card is now the top card of the portion of deck which you hold in left hand. Figure 27.

Turn to Jones at your right and say,

"Will you please mention the number you selected -- the number only?"

Let us say the number is 38.

"Thirty-eight. To continue our count -- Eighteen ..."

Point to card laid aside and count cards one at a time on the table, MAKING A NEW PILE. The 19th or selected card is the first one in this new pile of cards. Cards are backs up.

Continue to count aloud and when you reach 38, say,

"Thirty-eight. Here is your selected card. I will place it also over here with the first selected card."

Place this card near other one which you placed aside. Then put remainder of deck in left hand on the SECOND pile of cards on table. The 39th card is the second selected card and this is now on top of this pile. Figure 28.


Pick up the second pile of cards from table and hold it in left hand, backs of cards toward audience so that

no one gets a glimpse of selected card on bottom.

"I shall cut the pack once."

Hold pack as you would for the REGULAR PASS. Split pack about in the middle at the forward end to allow you to insert the little finger as in the PASS.

Lift front section over and place it back of other section, keeping little finger between the two sections but allowing front of cards to come together as you do when a selected card is replaced in the deck and you keep track of it.

You are really doing a slow PASS but doing it so that everyone can see that a cut is being made.

With right thumb release the bottom card on top packet, withdraw little finger for a moment and let this card fall on top of other selected card on other packet. Then immediately reinsert little finger above the two selected cards.

You now have this arrangement:

Top section of deck.

Little finger.

Two selected cards on top of lower section of deck.

"Cut it again."

Cut it again. This time selected cards come to top of pack. Allow both packets to come together as one now.

"And shuffle."

Riffle shuffle the deck in your hands, performing a FALSE SHUFFLE. Be sure that selected cards are left on top.

With right hand over back, lift up the top THREE cards as one, as explained in the DOUBLE CARD LIFT (Lesson 9, Figures 7, 8).

Show these three cards as one and call out the name of the card exposed. Assume that it is the King of Hearts. Figure 29.

"The King of Hearts."

Then with left thumb slip off the top card of pack in left hand. Show it to audience and call it aloud. Let us say that it is the Seven of Spades. Figure 29.

"The Seven of Spades. I have here just two indifferent cards."

Slide Seven of Spades back onto pack and replace the other three cards on top it.

With left thumb push the two top cards off to right side and remove them with right hand. These are the two selected cards and you must be very careful not to expose the faces of the cards. Audience believes these two cards to be the two indifferent cards which you just showed.

"I shall place them in this envelope."

Place deck on table and pick up envelope with left hand.

Give envelope to Smith at your left.

"First, will you look inside and see that it is empty?"

Take envelope again in left hand and place two cards inside.

"I shall place these two indifferent cards, the King of Hearts and the Seven of Spades, inside."

Seal envelope and give it to Smith to hold.

Pick up about half of the cards of the second pile on table with the King and Seven cards on top. Fan them with right hand, backs of cards up.

"I shall take a few cards and place the two selected cards among them."

Pick up the two selected cards. Place them in different parts of the packet which you have fanned in right hand. Audience must not see these two indifferent cards for they think these cards are the selected ones. Figure

"One here and the other there -- and shuffle." Shuffle cards to mix them up. "And I shall ask you to hold them tight." Give this packet to Jones at your right.

"Are you interested in rapid transit? I shall show you a method that has even subways and aeroplanes outdone. I shall cause the two indifferent cards in the envelope to jump suddenly over into your hands, sir (to Jones), and the two selected cards to fly over into the envelope. No sooner said than done. (To Jones) Will you look through the cards in your hand and see if the card is among them?"

Jones looks through cards and, of course, does not find his selected card.

"Run them through for this gentleman (Smith) and let him see whether his card is there. No card? See, they have passed. Now, see whether the King of Hearts and the Seven of Spades, the two indifferent cards, are there instead."

Gentleman finds the two indifferent cards and shows them to audience. To Jones,

"Will you please mention your card, sir?" Let us assume that it is the Five of Diamonds. "The FIVE OF DIAMONDS." To Smith,

"And the name of your card? The QUEEN OF CLUBS. Now tear open the envelope and take out the cards."

Smith removes cards from envelope. You take them and show them to audience. "The Five of Diamonds and the Queen of Clubs."

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