To Perform

Have deck in case when you start performing. Remove deck from case and place case on table with prepared side down and opening away from audience.

Fan the deck with both hands. You will find that you have no difficulty in fanning the cards, showing faces to audience, without exposing the holes. Note where the King of Hearts is in the pack. Then separate the deck into two packets with the King of Hearts on the "Bottom" of packet in left hand. Figure 18.

Square up cards in each hand.

"Will you, sir, take this half?"

Give unprepared cards in right hand to spectator.

"Just remove a card, remember it, and return it to this half of the deck which I hold."

Spectator places card among those which you hold. Deck should be held fanned out with backs of cards up. Have two more spectators select cards from unprepared section of deck and return them to section you hold. Have each selected card placed in a different part of packet. Figure 19.

Square up packet. Collect remainder of deck which spectator is holding and place these cards in front of packet you hold. Shift the Queen from "Top" of deck to "Bottom."

Pick up card case from table, being careful not to expose hole in back. Place deck in box with backs of cards against hole in back of case. Fold down the lid of box over the hole in case. Show box freely on both sides to audience.

Take box in right hand, front toward audience. Allow lid to fly up. Place forefinger of right hand against the first card exposed through hole in case. Figure 20 shows view away from audience.

To spectator who drew first card,

"Have you much influence with cards? Some people seem to have remarkable power over them. What was the name of the card you selected, sir? The Five of Diamonds? Thank you. Now you say, 'Five of Diamonds come to papa.' That's it."

With forefinger of right hand, which is in position, push up the first selected card -- in this case, the Five of Diamonds. Figure 21.

"Well, talk about influence! You not only make them sit up, but rise up."

Push down lid of box over hole in back and turn box over so that audience can see back of it. You must also show audience that selected card is rising up from among the other cards. Remove card with left hand. Figure 22.

You may drop card on table or, if more convenient, place the card back in the box in front of the deck.

To second spectator who selected card,

"Have you a similar acquaintanceship with cards? Will they shift around to suit you? The name of your card, please. The Ace of Hearts. Now say to yourself mentally, 'Ace of Hearts, walk right out and greet your friend'."

Push the Ace up with one push to make it rise about an inch, and then suddenly pull it down again.

"Ah, it's playing peek-a-boo with you."

Suddenly push card up until it is exposed for a few inches. Then make it jump up and down four or five times, pulling it down about an inch each time.

"Either you can't make up your mind, or else the card is shimmying."

Now push card all the way up and remove it with left hand as you did the first.

"And now for the last. Do not tell me what it is. Just think of it. Now concentrate. Up she comes — the Six of Spades -- your card."

Remove card and place it in the rear of deck in the case.

Allow whole deck to slide out of box, being careful not to expose hole in box. Drop the case on the table with the hole down. Fan cards slightly, show them on both sides, square them up, and place them on table.

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