3. The barmaid and the three victimizers.
For this amusing trick you arrange the cards thus: Holding the
pack in your hands, find all the knaves, place one of them next
to your left hand, and the other three on the table. Then find a
queen, which also place on the table. Then say:--
'Three scamps went into a tavern, and ordered drink. Here they
are--the three knaves. "Who's to pay? I can't," said the first.
"I won't," said the second. "I wish she may get it," said
third. "I'll manage it," said the first, the greatest rogue of
the three. "I say, my pretty girl, haven't you some very old
wine in your cellar?" Here's the barmaid thus addressed by the
rogue in question (showing the queen), and she replied:--"Oh yes,
sir, prime old wine." "Let's have a bottle." [Off went the
barmaid. Put the queen in your pocket.] "Now for it, my lads,"
said the knave in question; " 'mizzle' is the word. Let's be off
in opposite directions, and meet to- night; you know where."
Hereupon they decamped, taking opposite directions, which I will
indicate by placing one on the top of the pack, one at the
bottom, and the other in the middle.