Secret And Patter To Perform

Have twelve cards counted from deck and hold them in left hand, separating top three cards ready for palming in right hand.

PALM OFF the three cards in right hand and drop hand a little at side.

"Before beginning this odd experiment I want to tell you about a magician's sleeves. This one has two ends, one at the bottom (point with right hand to bottom of sleeve) and an end at the top."

Grasp left edge of coat with left hand and make a gesture with right hand to show upper end of sleeve, placing hand on left shoulder. Drop left side of coat. This screens right hand and the palmed cards. Leave cards on upper part of left shoulder. The weight of the coat will hold them securely in place. Audience is not aware of your real move. It appears that you were merely explaining the sleeve. Fig. 38.

"There have been many stories told about magician's sleeves and how tilings go up and down them. Of course, a sleeve is the only place where a magician could conceal anything, especially a couple of lions, a tiger, a dozen rabbits, a billy goat, a couple of girls, and a barrel of pickled herring. The real problem, however, is 'Just how does the magician cause the various objects to pass up and down a sleeve?' I will explain by causing these cards to walk up my sleeve one at a time. First, we have twelve cards."

FALSE COUNT the nine cards as twelve.

"I will place them in my left hand and when I click them, up will walk a card into my sleeve and travel upwards."

Click cards in left hand.

"Did you see that one go? A little too fast, was it? Well, here it is."

Show right hand empty, fingers wide apart. You must convince audience that you have nothing in your right hand. Reach up under left side of coat and take ONE card from shoulder. Show it plainly. Place card on table.

"One card. Up one end and out the other. Again!"

Click cards with left thumb. "Up goes the second card."

Show right hand empty again and then take another card from shoulder.

"You see it is a sort of clickety click arrangement. Do they really pass up the sleeve? We shall see." FALSE COUNT the nine cards as ten.

"Ten cards left. The two have gone. Now watch the cards just as closely as you can so that you will see one jump from the packet in my hand out and into my sleeve."

Click card.

"See that one jump? Here it is." Take third card from shoulder. Count nine cards as nine.

Fan cards a bit, then square them up and get little finger under top six cards. Palm the six cards in right hand, then place the three remaining cards in right hand. Refer to Figures 19 and 20.

Audience believes these three cards to be nine. They do not suspect that you have cards palmed.

Place the three cards in left hand again, click them, and reach right hand up under coat to left shoulder. Place the six cards on shoulder. Take one card out with a quick and snappy movement.

"That's a speedy fellow."

Now produce the next five cards one at a time, varying the manner of producing perhaps two of them.

Reach up under shoulder and pretend that you failed to locate the card. In reality, palm one of the cards in your right hand. With left hand lift left edge of vest, reach up under it with right hand, and bring out card by thumb and finger tips, as you did in the production at the knee.

"That one went so hard it lit down under my vest."

Another time, palm card from shoulder and produce it from right coat pocket or from bottom of left trousers'

leg.

"These are getting to be regular sky-rockets."

Produce cards until only one is left at shoulder and you have three in left hand.

Count the three as four, then click cards and take another card from shoulder. Now count the three cards slowly as three.

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