The performer shows a Japanese fan, of the kind shaped like the bamboo fan, but covered with variegated paper, and a skeleton case for holding a pack of cards, with a loop of cord at its rear top corners. Cards are freely selected and returned to the pack; this is placed in the card case, and that is hung on the face of the fan, the loop resting on two little slots or nicks in the top of the fan. The performer holds the fan in his hand, and, at command, the chosen cards rise from the pack and return again.
The card case is without preparation, the mechanism of the trick lying in the fan, (Fig. 75) which is double and fastened around the edges. The handle is hollow. Between the two surfaces of the fan is a sort of lazy-tongs riveted at A, Fig. 76, to the fan, and pivoted to the top of this is a watch spring, working between two little staples or bands, BB, Fig. 76, made fast to the fan. Attached to the lower long arm of the lazytongs is a short piece of cord that runs over a tiny pulley, and is fastened to a spring rod working in the hollow handle of the fan. A small stud, attached to this rod, projects through a slot in the handle. A slight movement of the stud raises or lowers the watch spring by opening or closing the lazytongs. The end of the watch spring which inclines forward has two sharp points that go through openings in the fan, and pressing against the back card in the pack, pushes it up or down at the will of the performer. The selected cards are, of course, all at the back of the pack. The lazytongs will move up about four inches to every quarter of an inch movement of the stud.
Fig. 76 The Lazy Tongs.