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|56 LATEST MAGIC "I want three ladies each to choose a card from this pack." (He forces the ten of spades, allow- ing the other two cards to be chosen freely, and takes all three back, face down, on the mat, keep- ing in mind which of them is the forced card. "I will take one of these cards." (He picks up the forced card, and holds it aloft.) "Please all notice what it is: I don't want to see it myself. I drop it into this pretty flower-pot" (actually drop- ping it into the secret pocket). "And now as to these other two." (He picks them up and shows them, then replacing them on the mat.) "These I will place in the other flower-pot. First, how- ever, I will show you that at present it is empty." He does so, and then lets the two cards slide off the mat into the pot, the concealed card going with them. "Now I take this magnet. It is a very power- ful magnet, and I make it still more vigorous by rubbing it on my left coat sleeve. Do you know why on the left ? You all give it up ? Because in this case the left happens to be right. Simple, when you know it, isn't it? Again, you will observe that one-half of this magnet is painted red. Can you guess why that is? It's so that when it is wanted it is sure to be 'reddy.' I hear a lady smile! Thank you so much! This is the eleven hundred and third time I have let off that little impromptu joke, and no one has ever laughed at it till now.