The performer has seven drug envelopes which he explains represent the seven doors behind which Bluebeard incarcerated his wives.
Seven cards picturing the seven beheaded ladies are shown, and their names are read from each as the performer puts them into the envelopes. The performer says, “It is not probable, but it is highly possible that Bluebeard, when on deviltry bent, and desirous of a fresh victim for his chamber of horrors, ambled benignly up and down the corridor selecting the lady by some simple whim or caprice.”
The performer offers to let the members of his audience play “cut throat” for a while, and asks that two of them merely think of the name of the lady who might be his next victim. Carelessly mixing the envelopes, the performer places the packet on the outstretched hand of one person and asks him to whisper loudly the name of the fair one destined for a gory fate.
Now the spectator moves and envelope at a time, from top to the bottom of the packet, spelling a letter of the girl’s name with each move. On the last letter he stops and retains the envelope he then holds. From it he removes the beheaded lady. It is the one he had chosen!
The effect is repeated with the second person, and once more an amateur Bluebeard successfully finds the lady he desires!
Then comes the final test. The performer removes the heads from the envelopes. He picks on a third person and asks him to mentally pick one of the ladies he would like to save from an undeserved death. Then he is asked to freely select one of the envelopes. While the performer’s back is turned, this third person inserts the card bearing the lady of his choice into the envelope and seals it. He is then told to put the other ladies into the remaining envelopes, sealing them also. Lastly the envelopes are well mixed.
The performer, without looking at the envelopes, takes them behind his back and pretends to be Bluebeard. One by one he tosses six of the seven envelopes aside. The remining envelope is handed back to the third spectator, who opens it. As he is opening it, he is asked to name the lady of his choice, and when he dumps the card out it is that very same lady!
7 Wench Cards
1 Tarot Cloth