To Perform

FORCE the three cards on three different spectators.

Pick up envelope from stand, open it, and show it empty. Give it to first spectator who selected card.

"Just see that the envelope is empty and place your card inside."

Take envelope and pass it to next spectator.

"And will you please place the card which you selected with the other card in the envelope?"

This done, go to the next spectator.

"Place your card in the envelope with the other two and then seal the envelope."

Have cards placed in envelope so that they face to front of it. If you find that cards are not placed in right, just remove them under pretense of showing them to audience again. Then replace them and have someone seal the envelope.

Or, another way of working is to notice which way cards are placed in envelope, facing front or back, and then place envelope on the stand so that cards face outward regardless of which side of envelope is out.

The point of this is to make sure that you do not have the cards rising face outward from the front of the envelope (supposedly) when the spectators placed them in with backs to front of envelope.

Keep envelope always within sight of audience. Place it again on envelope stand. Figure 4.

Go to pedestal. Remove skeleton frame and show it freely on all sides.

"I can see you as well through this side (look through frame at audience) as I can through this side" (reverse frame and look through other side.)

Pick up the pedestal and set it down again.

"Someone said that this skeleton frame on top of this pedestal would make a good lighthouse if it only had a light in it."

Place frame back on pedestal.

Pick up envelope from stand. As you do so, place thumb in front of envelope and fingers behind stand so that you can lift up also the tin case with threaded cards. Do this easily and naturally as though you picked up only the envelope. Keep the tin case well hidden behind envelope.

"I told the gentleman that we'd try to have a little light on the subject and would fix up a lighthouse with keepers and everything."

Place envelope in frame, allowing ledge on back of tin card case to hook over top edge of frame. Figure 9.

"How's that? This envelope makes a good look-out station."

Pick up scissors and cut about three-quarters of an inch from the top of the envelope.

"We shall cut a hole in the roof or make a window on top, or something. We have three good watchers inside in the form of the three cards that were selected. Yo ho! Yo ho! A ship in sight!"

Assistant pulls thread and first card rises up. Or if you are performing alone, move backwards enough to make the card rise. Figure 10.

"Watchman Number One is right on the job — the king of all he surveys. Your King of Diamonds, sir."

Remove the King. To the audience, of course, it appears that the card rose up from the envelope. Though the card really came up from behind the envelope, the illusion is perfect.

"Another ship."

The next threaded card is caused to rise.

FfG fO

"And another watchman on the job. (To spectator who drew card.) You see, sir, he doesn't want you to go on the rocks. The Eight of Spades was your card, was it not? Eight bells, and all's well."

Remove card.

"The boys are working in shifts. Next shift!" Assistant causes Ten of Hearts to rise more slowly.

"A little lazier than the rest. (In a loud voice.) A shipful of pretty girls in sight!" Assistant pulls thread quickly. This, of course, causes the card to rise up suddenly. "That's getting some action." Remove card.

Enneagram Essentials

Enneagram Essentials

Tap into your inner power today. Discover The Untold Secrets Used By Experts To Tap Into The Power Of Your Inner Personality Help You Unleash Your Full Potential. Finally You Can Fully Equip Yourself With These “Must Have” Personality Finding Tools For Creating Your Ideal Lifestyle.

Get My Free Ebook


Post a comment