Follow the effect as outlined. Take the rubber-banded packet of cards from the instruction envelope. Remove the rubber band and holding the four cards face down, count the cards using the well known Elmsley Count to hide the one face up card (the star). Keep the cards in tight alignment during the count in order not to flash the reversed card. When the count of four has been completed, transfer one card from the top to the bottom of the packet. If the four face down cards were to be spread at this point, the third card from the top (the star) would be face up. Snap a rubber band around the packet and replace it in the instruction envelope. Immediately hand it back to the spectator on your right. At this point, all the hard work is done. Now, remove the four cards from the other envelope. Spread them showing the BACKS of the cards to the audience. Close the packet and hand it to the spectator on your left for mixing. When he's finished, take back the packet and this time, fan the cards with the FACES toward the audience to show the four designs. As you do this, note where the marked star is located in the fan. If it's on the bottom (extreme left as you look at the backs of the cards) you're home free.
Simply close the fan and hand the packet back to the spectator on your left, face down. If it is not on the extreme left, you have to get it there. If the marked card is second from the left, close the fan and perform the Elmsley Count again. It will automatically deliver the marked card to the bottom of the face down packet. If it's third from the left, simply separate the four cards, holding two cards in each hand as you display them. When you bring your hands back together again, place the pair in your right hand under the pair in your left. If the star is fourth from the left...simply count the cards face down, reversing their order. In any event, it's easy to get the marked card to the bottom of the packet no matter where it ends up after the spectator has mixed the cards.
Square the packet and hand it to the spectator on your left. Tell him to hold the packet face down and to follow the instructions called out by the other spectator. Incidentally, you can patter that the instructions are part of a testing procedure developed by parapsychology testing laboratories to guarantee random actions. Have the spectator on your right read off the 14 sets of instructions one at a time, allowing the spectator on your left to move his cards as instructed. Your audience will be quick to note that the spectator has an absolutely free choice of action during steps 3, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 11. After the 14th move...point out the complete freedom of choice and emphasize that had the spectator opted to move differently at any time during the procedure...the end result would obviously have been totally different. Have the spectator spread his cards into a fan. If there are three face down cards and the star design face up...have him call out the result. If there are three face up cards and one face down card (the star)...then have the spectator hold the fan up for the audience to see so that their view will be of three face down cards and the face up star.
All that remains is to now have the spectator on your right remove the banded pack of four cards from his envelope. Have him carefully remove the rubber band, making sure that the cards are held face down. Take the cards and fan them with their backs to the audience so that everyone sees that there are three face down cards and one card (the star) face up. The Hummer principle takes care of seeing that the star design ends face up.
Give this a try. It's so easy and the impact on the audience is strong indeed.
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