Secret And Patter

Now slide the Top card, which is the selected card over into the opposite left-hand groove in the crown of the hat. Figure 2.

There should be no hesitation or fumbling in sliding the selected card over to the opposite side. It should be done smoothly and very quickly. The audience must not see inside of hat and must be led to believe that you merely placed deck inside of it.

"Fifty-two little birds all packed in like sardines -- I'm getting birds and fish slightly mixed -- but, anyhow, these little birds are all tucked in their nest high up in the tree. Will you please hold the nest up in the tree?"

Give hat to spectator to hold by the brim. Have him hold it up high so that he cannot see what is inside. Figure 3.

"That's right -- nice and high just like this."

Adjust the hat so that the selected card is on the side nearest to you.

"What was the card you selected, sir? The Six of Diamonds?"

With index finger or second finger and thumb of right hand in position under left side of crown of hat where selected card is, prepare to snap it up. Figure 4.

"One little bird decided that sleeping fifty-two in a bed wasn't so good so he up and left the nest just like that."

As you say, "just like that," snap the hat under the selected card. The snap will send it high into the air. Figure 5.

"There you are. The Six of Diamonds."

If desired, performer may hold the hat himself with his left hand and snap the card out with his right. Figure 6.

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