“Sphinx Legacy” 編纂記 第59回


出典:”Sphinx”,1927年4月号 執筆者:Leslie P. Guest

Sunday afternoon I was entertained by Ford Rogers. Giving all due credit to De Land, I believe Rogers has more mechanical card ideas to his credit than any man living. The Svengali pack is his, and he has applied the same principle to account for nearly any effect desired, including the Phantom Cards, Three Card Monte, The Spotter, Princess Card Tricks and Four Ace Trick. Dr. Rogers also has an invincible device by which any borrowed deck may be made mechanical and thus eliminate many otherwise necessary sleights. I trust he will share this idea with the magic fraternity in the near future.

‘Svengali Deck’がFord Rogersの考案であるというのは聞き捨てなりません。Burling Hullが1910年に考案したと主張していて、それがいちおう通説になっているのですから。その事情を調べましたが、わかりませんでしたが、Rogers作品がかなり書かれている、Donald Holmesによる、”Tricks With Prepared Cards” by Donald Homesを見つけました。以下でダウンロードできます。




This new and clever principle is the discovery of my friend, Ford B. Rogers, who has contributed many good things to Magic. It is based upon the simple fact that playing cards are manufactured from different kinds of stock. For instance, the well-known Bicycle cards are put up in both an “Ivory” and “Air Cushion” finish, the difference between the two being readily found by the sense of touch, though not so readily by the mere sense of sight. This is the whole secret of “Incomprehensibility,” and, like all good things in Magic, its very simplicity makes it difficult to detect.

Obtain two packs of Bicycle cards: one with the smooth, Ivory finish, and the other with the rough, Air Cushion finish. Make up a pack the upper half of which is composed of Ivories, and the lower half Air Cushions, and all different. Bear in mind the bottom card of the upper, Ivory section—say the Queen of Diamonds. Fan the pack before your auditors, showing cards all different, and secretly locate the Queen of Diamonds, dividing the pack at this place.
Hand the Air Cushion cards to a spectator, and request him to shuffle same thoroughly, then to select a card. Ask him to push the drawn card into the remaining half of the pack which you hold (the Ivory cards). Have these cards shuffled, so that all trace of the drawn card is lost, and while this operation is being performed request some one to securely blindfold you.

You then take back the cards and address the person who made the selection, as follows: “I am going to pass the cards one by one before your eyes. I shall ask you to concentrate your mind upon the card you drew, and the instant that card appears, to think the word ‘Stop!’ Under no circumstances are you to utter a word—merely think the word ‘stop’ when I reach your card. This is merely a little test in mental telepathy, and I shall depend upon your influence to guide me to your card.”

You extend the arms and proceed to pass the cards one by one from the left hand to the right. The left thumb pushes each card off the top of the pack, where the opposite hand receives it and shows the face of the card to the spectator, the following card being drawn onto the face of the card just shown. This procedure enables the fingers of right hand to move across the face of each card as it is carried away from the pack. With one exception, the cards in your hand are all Ivory finished cards, and that one exception is the drawn card from the Air Cushion packet. It will be found in actual practice that the rough surface of the drawn card is instantly detected by the fingers when that card is reached, and you therefore stop with that card staring its drawer in the face.

The effect is very surprising, for the spectator is bound to admit that he mentally called “Stop!” when his card appeared. You then hand the cards for inspection, and if you see to it that the two packets fall into separate hands, the secret of the experiment can never be discovered. Several drawn cards may be revealed in like manner.



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