Word Ways


A. Ross Eckler


In the November 1968 and the May 1977 Word Ways, I described the use of the word BIBLE ATLAS GOOSE THIGH as a mnemonic for performing a bit of card-reading "magic". Twenty playing cards are dealt face down in ten pairs and, while the magician's back is turned, the subject looks at and memorizes the cards of one pair. The twenty cards are then gathered into one pile, preserving the pairs, and dealt face up in a four-by-five array according to the mnemonic: the first two cards in the first and third positions of the first row (the two B's in BIBLE), the next two cards in the second position of the first row and the third position of the fourth row (the two I's in BIBLE and THIGH), etc.