A CARD FROM POCKET TRICK

From Card Tricks That Work, 1934.

This is an excellent card to pocket. It combines both directness and subtlety in a manner that appeals to me.

EFFECT

The performer has a card selected and replaced in the pack. He next shows that the card is neither at the top or bottom of the pack. The selected card is now produced from the performer's pocket.

REQUIREMENTS:

A pack of cards.

METHOD

Have a card selected and returned to the pack; as the card is returned to the pack slip one card above it and make the Pass, this bringing the selected card second from the top of the pack.

Now give the pack a False Shuffle.

Take the top card and show it. Remarking, "Your card is not on top," spin the card in the air which shows you have only one card, as the card returns to you (boomerang fashion, as described in Down's Art of Magic), slip the little finger of your left hand under the top card.

Now, as you square up the pack, palm off the two top cards into your right hand, at the same time turn the pack over and show the bottom card. Remarking, "Your card is not at the bottom," take the pack in your left hand, and placing your right hand in your inside pocket, withdraw the under or selected card, leaving the other card behind.

(Duffie) If you use your right trouser pocket rather than the inside pocket, you will now be in a position to repeat the effect a la "Francis Carlyle's Homing card," should you wish to.


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A QUICK TRICK

From Quick Tricks, 1935.

EFFECT

The performer passes for examination twenty cards, these cards having a different sum of figures on each. The performer asks the spectator to place any 2-3-4-5-or-6 cards face up on the table. The performer turns his back during this. When this has been done, the performer turns to face the front, glances at the cards for a second and announces the combined total of the numbers on all the cards on the table.

REQUIREMENTS:

Twenty cards printed as shown in the illustration below.

METHOD

Have the cards shuffled and examined. Now request a helper to place several cards face up on the table. Meanwhile you turn your back on the proceedings while the spectator does as requested.

Turning to face the front, you glance quickly at the cards and add together the second figure on each card. Keep this total on your mind and turn away again.

Immediately double the total and add 2 for each card laid on the table: this will prove to be the answer to the combined number of all the cards shown. For example, suppose five cards are placed on the table and they are:

The second figure on each card is 2-3-4-8-7 = 24. Double this, and it gives you 48, add 2 for each card = 10, total 58. The performer's ability to tell the total of the cards after only glancing at them causes no little wonderment.

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