To Perform

Pick up deck of cards. Riffle shuffle it in your hands. Pick up slips of paper and pencils. Give cards to spectator.

"Will you please remove a card, look at it and remember it? Do not show it to me. Then write the name of your card on this slip of paper."

Give spectator a slip of paper and a pencil.

Then pass on to five more spectators and let them remove any cards they choose. Give each a slip of paper and a pencil so that he can write the name of his card on the slip.

Take plate from table. Ask each to fold his slip of paper.

"Please fold the papers up rather small and place them on this plate."

Pass the plate to each spectator. As each places his slip on it, notice one slip which is folded peculiarly so that it can be recognized even when shuffled about and remember which spectator placed this slip on plate. Figure 31.

Should the papers be folded in the same way, fold a corner of one or twist it in some way. It is easy to fix the slip so that you can find it easily. A little ingenuity on your part will solve the problem. As a rule, however, people fold the papers differently so that there is no difficulty in finding an odd shaped one.

"I shall mix them up a bit."

After papers have been collected, shuffle them about. Be sure you can locate the one you have selected.

Give plate to a spectator to hold.

"Now will you please let me have your cards?"

Collect the cards, placing the card of the person whose slip you selected on top of the others. Cards are backs up.

"And will you, sir, just examine this envelope?"

Give envelope for examination.

"I shall place the cards inside for temporary keeping and seal it."

Hold envelope in left hand and cards fanned out in right hand, faces of cards toward audience. Apparently place all the cards in the envelope. Figure 32.

In reality you put all the cards in but the selected one. This is on top and as you push the cards in, you slide this one over the outside edge of the envelope. This side is, of course, away from audience. Figure 33.

Seal envelope. You will have no difficulty in doing this if you press down on lower edge of card, thus raising upper edge and giving the flap room to be inserted under it. Fig. 34.

Turn to right and pick up plate from table with right hand. Show both sides and place it in left hand with envelope. Figure 35.

Turn to right and pick up plate from table with right hand. Show both sides and place it in left hand with envelope. Figure 35.

Note that plate is held so that part of envelope shows. With fingers of left hand slip up the card in back of plate and envelope until most of the card is beyond envelope and is against the plate. Figure 36.

Pick up hat from table and show it empty, holding it in right hand. Then place it on table, open end up. With right hand pick up plate and with it the card which is in back of it. Figure 37.

Place plate over opening of hat, allowing outer edge to touch front side of hat first. Then as you place it down horizontally, let the card fall into the hat. The plate, of course, screens the card from the audience when you put it down in this manner. Figures 38, 39, 40.

Show envelope both sides and drop it on plate. Figure 41.

Go down to spectator holding plate with slips of paper.

"From these six slips of paper we will just select one -- just anyone will do."

Reach over and pick up the slip which you had selected. Do not make it obvious that you intended to take this one. Fumble around a little among the slips and then take this slip.

"Will you please open this slip and read the name of the card written on it?"

Give slip to spectator, who opens it and reads name of card. Let us say that it is the Nine of Clubs.


Take up plate with slips of paper and place it on table. Then hand envelope to spectator to open.

"Please tear open the envelope, take out the cards, and give me the Nine of Clubs."

Spectator opens envelope and removes cards but fails to find the Nine of Clubs.

"What! No Nine of Clubs? Who selected the Nine of Clubs?" Person who selected card answers. "You, Madam? Thank you."

Pick up cards and envelope and go back to table. Drop them on plate with slips of paper.

Show your right hand both sides casually. Then lift up plate on hat and place it on table.

Grasp hat at rear end of brim, raise it from the table, tilting it forward to show the Nine of Clubs inside. Figure 42.

Show right hand empty, reach into hat and remove card. Show card to audience.

"The Nine of Clubs -- never satisfied to stay at home."

Place hat and card on table.

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