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This is PRECURSOR I I and is published in October 1983. The editorial offices are at 2215 Myrtle Street, Erie, Pennsylvania 16502. PRECURSOR will be issued three times a year, and i t w i l l be sold for $4.00 per issue, or three issues for $10.00. Outside the United States and Canada, i t w i l l s e l l for $5.00 per issue, or three issues for $13.00. All of the response that I got from Issue #1 has been more or less favorable, so at least any who did not like it are going to give me a chance to make this a great magazine. I feel that this issue of PRECURSOR is a step in the right d i r e c t i o n towards greatness. We start out with Ed Mario's "A Multiple Effect Continued". This is an elaboration of his "A Multiple Effect", which appeared in The Hew Tops, Vol. 5, No. 10, in October 1965. The publication of this effect was brought on by Larry Jennings's "Duffer's Card To Pocket" which appeared in Jeff Busby's Epoptica #4. Warren Stephens follows with his "Okito Box Without Coins". These are not only two very fine effects, but I find them very thought provoking, and I am sure that they are going to inspire many more effects in the future. Lou Gallo contributes "Count Down Delight". The i n s p i r a t i o n for t h i s effect came from Eddie Fechter who performed it using a "peek" method. Lou Gallo is left handed, like myself, and discovered that the standard peek methods are impossible for us. As a result, he worked out his own method to perform that effect. (Bill left a space here for a few words about the material I will contribute. Due to my chronic condition of p r o c r a s t i d i g i t a t i o n , he has no idea of what will appear within these pages, other than the fine material he has sent over. I hope I don't disappoint him. You will find my material throughout the issue. Perhaps next time, B i l l , I ' l l get you some stuff early so you can comment on i t . Don't hold your breath, but I ' l l try! . . . Honest! . . . Ed) There are a few credits that have to be mentioned pertaining to the material that appeared in PRECURSOR I. I was talking to Jeff Busby, and he mentioned that he and Mel Brown made the same discovery as I did in "Tahoe Key". I then heard from Ed Mario, and he had made the same discovery and published it in the Acrobatic Cards in 1968. Unfortunately, the Arrco cards did not come into national prominence until just recently, so the reference completely passed me by.

Regarding the "Wild Prediction In Wallet", it should be mentioned that Ed Mario had early "Card In Wallet" effects that used a "Mene-Tekel" type deck in his Miracle Deck manuscript, published in 1951, and also published later in Abra #1875. I t has also been brought to my a t t e n t i o n that the "Swing Cut" technique that Neal Elias used in his "Peek Controls" is the same technique that Harry Lorayne uses in his "Ha Lo Bottom Slip Cut". So now onto the real material in this issue. I think that it is great and hope that you do a l s o . If you don't, remember, you can change that by sending me something that you do like. Watch for the next issue • — magic by Jon Racherbaumer and David Ben already set up!

William P. Miesel August 1983


In this effect, the underlying basic mathematical force is one that originally appeared in Prof. Sydney Lawrence's card t r e a t i s e e n t i t l e d Ten Self Working Master Effects. Using this force, I contributed several effects to the NEW TOPS, Vol. 5, No. 10, in October 1965, entitled "A Multiple Effect". In the latest issue of EPOPTICA, Larry Jennings has an item entitled "Duffer's Card To Pocket", which uses the same mathematical force plus a double-backed card idea that appeared in 21st Century Card Magic in 1981. The object of the force was to make each of two spectators, unknown to themselves, to think of the same card. The double-backed card was used to give the impression that a signed card appeared in a pocket, wallet, of envelope. Larry Jennings, using my idea of the double-backed card, added an "X" card to i t , thus, when these two cards were removed and placed onto the packet, followed by a Triple Turnover, i t appeared as if the now two face-up cards were the ones from the pocket. Actually, only one of the two cards now being shown belonged to both spectators as in the "Smith Myth" application of Lawrence's force. It is necessary to immediately go into another effect so that the spectators.can't compare notes. Larry Jennings also used my idea of the Invisible Palm from Seconds z. Centers z. Bottoms (1960) under "Invisible Aces" on pages 118 to 120 to affect the apparent disappearance of the cards(?). Because he had to hold the last three cards as one, for some strange reason, he had one spectator remove an even number of cards and the other an odd number of cards. Since, after the supposed mental selections by the two spectators, he did not know the actual position of the doubly-forced card, he had to ask the spectator to name the number that the spectator's card occupied in order to effect the final vanish. Anyway, all of this is mentioned only to show the differences in the following methods and their approaches.

First Method The way it appears to the audience is that a spectator shuffles the deck, then cuts off a small packet of cards. A second spectator, likewise, cuts off a small packet. Each counts his packet and remembers its amount or number. The two packets are then placed together. The performer takes the packet, and, showing the cards, one at a time, has the first spectator note and remember the card at his number. This is repeated with the second spectator. The performer now pretends to invisibly remove two cards which he places in his

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