Arthur Buckley--Improved and Original Card Problems

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Improved and Original

Card Problems By

Arthur H. Buckley Edited By


G oldenberg



Z. Goldenberg. 154 Sutter St. SAN FRANCISCO, C A L

CO PYRIGHT 1924. A ll Rights Reserved including that of translation into foreign languages.


A New Thirty Card Mystery.


Spell It.


Transposition Extraordinary.


A Card and Envelope.


A Card and Cigarette.



5. Cards Mysterio. 9.

Sympathy in Choice.

10. Card Under Foot. 11. Cards and Pockets. 12.

The Sympathetic Cards.


Four Aces.


Card Under Hat.


A Card From Ten.


Is the Card You Thought of There.


Slap Cards.


Your Card at Any Number.

19. Twenty Cards in Transit (Improred). 20.

Red or Black.


A Triple Climax.


Twelve Cards to Pocket.


The Burglar.


Psychic Photography.


X ’Ray.

2G. Stabbing Between Chosen Cards. 27.

Stabbing Ten Chosen Cards While Blindfolded.


From Out of Pocket.


The Mystic Paper Slips.




The State Library of Victoria ] 4 W A f e W V ^ a . C O L L E C T j m ’er One. “ A NEW THIRTY CARD M YSTERY’ ’ Three cards are marked by the audience and shuf­ fled among twelve indifferent cards; the fifteen cards are plaeed inside an envelope, then sealed and left in the keeping of a person in the audience. Another fifteen cards counted by a spectator and sealed inside a second envelope, which is retained by him throughout. On second inspection of both envelopes, the first one is found'to contain only twelve cards; the three marked cards are the ones missing. They are found in the other envelope in addition to the fifteen cards the spectator plaeed there. REQUIREMENTS: A pack of playing cards and two plain envelopes. SLEIGHTS W ITH CARDS: A "False Shuffle,” “ Two Handed Pass” "Return Force.”


SLEIGHTS W ITH ACCESSORIES: Placing of cards in envelope. Adding the three marked cards to the second fifteen cards. DETAILED DESCRIPTION: Performer having secured the assistance of one or more of the spectators, calls on assisting spectator number one, who is situated at the performer's left side to shuffle the pack of cards and count off fifteen cards face downwards on the table. The performer gathers the fifteen cards together and going among the audience has three of the cards withdrawn, and requests that the face of the three cards be marked with a pen or pencil, so that they will be readily identified. The marked cards are returned, the performer hold­ ing the twelve cards extended to receive them. The performer causes the three marked cards to be re­ turned to the same position, then passing them to the top false shuffles the fifteen cards. (See sleights.) 3

Performer hands the fifteen cards to assistant num­ ber one, and requests that he again count them facedown wards on the table as he did before. As the cards are counted, the three cards on the top will become the bottom cards. The performer gathers the fifteen cards together and in the act of placing them in an envelope, leaves the marked cards on the outside and seals the envelope down on the twelve indifferent cards. The envelope conceals the three cards from the spectators view. The envelope with the marked cards behind it, is placed in the left hand, from the table a second en­ velope is picked up, placed in the front of the other, and the first envelope is removed from behind it, the marked cards are left behind the empty envelope in the left hand. The foregoing moves take place while you instruct your assisting spectator to count fifteen more cards from the pack face downwards on the table. The envelope in your right hand you pass to a sec­ ond spectator, then taking the empty envelope from your left hand together with the marked cards con­ cealed, you pass over the fifteen counted cards and allow the three cards to drop on top of them. Pass­ ing the spectator the envelope and telling him to place the fifteen cards inside and seal the envelope. Performer addresses the audience: “ Ladies and gentlemen, fiifteen cards have been counted and sealed inside of this envelope; three of the cards you have selected and marked. In this other envelope this gentleman has placed fifteen cards, I believe that was the number you counted, Sir? ‘ ‘ I will now try and bring about a seeming impos­ sibility. The three marked cards in this envelope 1 will cause to leave and pass in among the cards in the other envelope.” Performer makes a motion through the air to simulate the passing of the marked cards. 4

Aildressing assistant number two: “ Will you please tear open your envelope and count the cards? You had fifteen, I believe? You have only twelve now, is that correct? Will you call off tlie names of the twelve cards? Did anyone that marked a card hear it mentioned? You see the marked cards did really leave the en­ velope as I said they would. Now, let us investigate and see if they really arrived in the other envelope.” Addressing assistant number one: “ Please tear open your envelope and count your cards, face down­ wards, on the table, please. Eighteen, then they have arrived; but we will make quite sure.” Performer picks up the eighteen cards, and asks the first spectator that marked a card to name it, and pretending to search through the cards finally finds it and has the mark on the card identified. The remaining two cards are similarly found and treated to inspection. THE END


Buckley’s New Card Series.

Number Two.

“ SPELL IT ” EFFECT IN BRIEF: Any card freely withdrawn from a pack of cards by a spectator, ia noted and returned without the per­ former becoming acquainted with the name of tho card, the pack is squared together and placed on the table. The spectator is told to name the chosen card. Tho performer spells aloud the name of the card, taking a card from tho top of the pack for ach letter, terminating at the card chosen. REQUIREMENTS: A pack of playing cards. ARRANGEMENT: Remove from the pack the Queen, Eight, Seven, and Three of Diamonds and the Joker. In order to eliminate all possibility of error, these cards are secretely disposed of; but if the performer is expert at bottom or second dealing, he need not avail himsellf of this precaution. DETAILED DESCRIPTION: The performer, having secretely disposed of the aforesaid cards, shuffles the remainder of the pack. Then, holding the pack extended in a semi circle, in­ vites a spectator to withdraw a card, note the name of it and return it again to the pack. While the performer is running the cards in the semi-circle, in order to allow the person to take one, he counts the ten top cards, and causes the spectator to unsuspectingly roplace the chosen card at the eleventh position from the top of the pack. The pack is squared together and laid on the table. The performer requests the person to name the chosen card. He then commences spelling the name aloud, taking a card from the top of the pack for each let­ ter, finally turning the chosen card face up.

The following combination of spelling will cause the eleventh card from the top of the pack to be correctly placed for tho effect. Ace, Two, Six and Ten have each three letters. Four, Five, Nine, Jaek, and King have four. And Three, Seven, Queen and Eight have five. Spades and Hearts each have six letters. five, and Diamonds eight.


It will be seen that the different combinations aro limited from eight to twelve letters. In the case of a twelve letter combination. Exam­ ple: ' ' FOUR DIAMONDS.” Performer turns the eleventh card by dropping the “ S ” off. Spelling FOUR and saving four, and then DIAMOND and saying diamond, then turning over the card on the “ D .” In the case of an eight letter combination, the letters ‘ ‘ O-F ’ ’ are added and then the next card is turned after spelling. Example: The chosen card is “ ACE OF CLUBS.” Spell it as it reads and turn the next card. I f the combination totals nine, add “ O-F" and turn the last card. Any card in the pack can be spelled out and the eleventh card turned by this system, excepting those 3isearded in the beginning. THE END


Buckley’s New Card Series.

Number Three.

‘ ‘ TRANSPOSITION EXTRAORDINARY ’ ’ From ti pack of cards tlie performer removes the four kings, places them in an envelope and gives it into the keeping of a person in the audienee. From the pack four spectators each withdraw a card. The performer collects the four chosen cards and places them faces downwards on the stage or floor, and requests the person holding the envelope containing the kings to stand 011 the chosen cards. The position of the kings is changed with the chosen cards. The envelope is opened and in place of four kings the chosen cards are found, and the spectator finds that he is standing on the four kings. REQUIREMENTS: A pack of playing cards and four additional cards to match the back of the pack. One opaque letter size envelope. ARRANGEMENT: Inside the envelope place the four indifferent addi­ tional cards. From the pack remove the duplicate cards to tho additional cards, and place them on the top of the pack. SLEIGHTS WITH CARDS: “ FORCE,” “ TOP CHANGE,” SHUFFLE. ’ ’

and “ FALSE

DETAILED DESCRIPTION: Performer commences by “ False Shuffling” the pack of cards. Then looking through the pack he removes the four kings, lays the pack on the table, and holding up the kings, calls the audience’s atten­ tion to them. And taking the envelope from the table, apparently places the kings into it, but really leaves them behind the envelope, and seals it on the four cards it already contained. 8

The envelope containing tlie indifferent cards, and concealing the four kings, is held in the performer’s right hand. The pack is taken from the table with his left hand, and the envelope for a moment is placed on the pack, to be removed again a second later and given to a person in the audience. In this manner the four kings are transferred to the top of the pack. The eight top cards are passed to the center of the pack, by the “ TWO HANDED PASS” and the performer, having four spectators select a card, forces the four duplicate cards to those in the envelope. The kings are passed back to the top ‘ ‘ TWO HANDED PASS,” and they are allowed to overlap the rear end of the pack by about an inch. This will facilitate the execution of the top change. THE PACK is held in the aforesaid manner, in the left hand. The chosen cards are collected in the right, and at the most favorable opportunity, the top change is executed and the fonr kings placed faces downwards on the floor. The effect is completed in the aforesaid manner. The performer disposed of the cards changed for the kings, removing them by “ PA LM IN G” them off and pocketing them at the first opportunity presented. THE END


Nmber Four.

Buckley’s New Card Series.

“ SEPARATION” A pack of playing cards are shown; all black cards; the pack is comprised of CLUBS and SPADES, The performer shuffles the pack and deals several of the cards from the top faces downward on the table. A moment later turning them face up and they are red cards, HEARTS and DIAMONDS. The aforesaid red cards are left on the table faces down; and several more are dealt in a separate heap from off the top of the pack of black cards. A moment later these are shown red. The first heap of red cards are placed among the black cards and all are seen black. The second heap is placed among the black cards and all are shown RED. REQUIREMENTS: A PACK OF CARDS. ARRANGEMENT: Divide the pack in two heaps (a) and (b). In heap (a) place any twenty black cards and six red cards. The red cards are placed on the black. In heap (b) place the remaining twenty red cards and on top of them place the six remaining black cards. Place heap (b) in the right side pocket of your trousers, the six black cards furtherest from your leg, and at right angle to the twenty red cards. Heap (a) is left on the table, or convenient for the effect. SLEIGHTS W ITH CARDS: “ BOTTOM DEALING.” “ FALSE SHUFFLIN G.” “ BOTTOM DEALING.”





After “ False Shuffling” the pack, the performer shuttles the six red cards to the bottom, and “ Palms” them off in the left hand. (See “ THE EXPERT AT THE CARD TABLE” .) The pack is fanned face up in the right hand and attention of the spec­ tators called to the fact that the cards are all BLACK. Tho “ PA LM ED ” cards are replaced on the bot­ tom of the pack, and are dealt from this position (“ BOTTOM D EALING” ), the performer stating we will deal six cards off the pack on the table. “ PATTERING” : “ Have you ever noticed that cards change color when separated under certain cir­ cumstances? For instance, these black cards dealt here are really red, but when intermingled with a majority of black cards they seem black. The pack of black cards are spread face up on the table, and now the red cards on the table are turned face up with the left hand, and while “ PATTER­ IN G ,” the six black cards are “ PALM ED” out of the trouser pocket. The six red cards are picked up in your left hand, and on them is placed the “ PALM ED” six black cards. The red cards are “ BOTTOM PALM ED” in the left hand and the right hand lays the six black cards face down on the table. The pack is then picked up and placed on the six red cards in the left hand. And they are once more dealt from the bottom, in a heap, faces down­ ward. The six black cards are returned to the pack and all are shown BLACK, and spread face np on the table. The red cards are turned face up with the left hand and from the pocket the twenty red are “ PA LM ED ” IN THE BIGHT HAND. The black are picked up in the left hand and the red twenty “ PALM ED” on them. The black cards are then palmed in the left hand, “ BOTTOM PALMED ’ ’ and dropped in the left coat pocket. The six red are added to the twenty red and all are shown BED CABDS. THE END 11

Buckley’s New Card Series.

Number Five.

“ CARD AND ENVELOPE” A person selects a card from tlu1 pack and the per­ former takes the card and putting it in an envelope, seaJs it, and gives it to the person to hold. From the pack the performer has one more card withdrawn, then taking this card causes it to change places with the first chosen card sealed inside the envelope. REQUIREMENTS: A pack of playing cards, and a duplicate card to any card of the pack. A plain opaque letter size en­ velope. ARRANGEMENT: Place tho extra card and its duplicate on the top of the pack. Place a chair or table to the rear of your left side, and on the chair place the envelope. SLEIGHTS WITH CARDS: “ TWO HANDED PASS,” “ FALSE SHUF­ F L E ,” “ TOP CHANGE” and “ FORCE.” DETAILED DESCRIPTION: To disburse any thought of preparedness on the part of the spectators, the performer commences by shuffling the pack “ FALSE SHUFFLE.” A person is requested to withdraw a card and note the name of it. The performer then takes the card in his right hand, holding the pack in his left. Tells the spectator lie will place the card inside an envelope. “ TOP CHANGES” the chosen card; lays the pack on the chair and picks up the en­ velope. ; The extra card is placed in the envelope, the en­ velope sealed and given to the person to hold. . The pack is taken from’tie chair and the “ PASS” made, then the. duplicate card to the card in the en­ velope ‘ ‘ FORCED” o i; a .spectator' The spectator having noted this card, the per­ former takes it, and in the act of placing the pack on the chair, “ TOP CHANGES” it for the first card chosen; which is passed to the top of the pack immediately after the second card is selected. The effect is brought to a climax by apparently causing the cards to change places, and the duplicate card from the top of the pack is disposed of at the first convenient opportunity. THE END


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