In the Paul Fox/Faucett Ross section of this book, there's a letter in which Faucett says the following: "The tests you present should fool the audience even if they know you had the use of your normal vision. In other words you could do the act without a blindfold and they'd still wonder how you did it."
My handling of Telepato relies on the principle of pencil reading in combination with some other ideas. Pencil reading is usually very baffling on its own, but if used in combination with a blindfold, it becomes a powerful tool.
Before you quit reading this section, heed what Corinda has to say about the subject in his classic THIRTEEN STEPS TO MENTALISM:
"... it would be reasonable to say that the average well-read mentalist knows about pencil reading, but has never tried it. The reason why the average mentalist has never tried it is because first and foremost it sounds like hard work and that is enough to scare him, and secondly, in so much that it is known to be uncertain, the element of risk deters any who may otherwise be interested."
As noted by Corinda, many mentalists consider pencil reading to be difficult or unreliable in use. This is not so in this effect. Let me explain: When I received the cards from Mr. Timmerman, I made the serindipitous discovery that the symbols Mr. Timmerman had chosen for the Telepato cards were nine symbols ideally suited to making pencil reading extremely easy. They are of such a design that there is no question as to what is being drawn with just minor practice. In combination with the large size of the markers and the small size of the pads, this method is 100% practical. Following Faucett Ross's thinking, the routine would no doubt be effective even without the blindfold, but the blindfold in combination with pencil reading and the mathematical sequence within each card makes this a baffling mystery. And, these principles allow the mentalist to perform two tests, each relying on very different principles to allow no solution.
What is pencil reading? Annemann says in his COMPLETE ONE MAN MENTAL AND PSYCHIC ROUTINE, on pages 23 - 24 in the article called Pencil Reading:
"This is one of the most valuable accomplishments in the mental field... It takes practice, but is worth every minute spent... It isn't as difficult as it may seem and will be of great value in many ways."
Corinda specifically says in CORINDA'S THIRTEEN STEPS TO MENTALISM: STEP TWO, "PENCIL, UP, SOUND, TOUCH AND MUSCLE READING", pages 28 - 35:
"Pencil reading is the Art of standing some distance away from a person who is writing with a pencil and being able to discern from the visible movement of the pencil, what is being written.
"A simplified explanation of the Art is that, by keeping a careful eye on the movement of a pencil used in writing, adding to that the movement of the hand and elbow, you can very often tell what is being written."
At rate, I hope that I've not seared you off with all of the above. Believe me, the pencil reading that you will have to do in this effect is simple and easy. Remember, there are only nine symbols involved.
The visual cues needed to recognize each of them are so different, that there is no mistaking what symbol is being drawn.
Let's take a look at the distinct visual cues that will be reproduced by the spectator in drawing each symbol.
One circular stroke with the felt marker. This is a continuous stroke.
2.) The two straight up and down lines.
This will either be two downward or two upward (through rarely the latter) strokes, spaced widely apart.
3.) The triangle.
This will be either an inverted " V" with a horizontal stroke to close it, or the three lines continuing around to form the triangle.
There are two methods that the spectator will use in forming the square. The usual is to draw the upper line, then a line down at right angles to it, a line at right angles to that, and the final line to close up the box, or two lines parallel to each other and then the final two parallel lines to close up the box. See #6 for further information on this.
This is singularly obvious because of the number of lines involved. The spectator may, however, form the star by doing a triangle and then overlapping it with an inverted triangle to form the "Star of David". Be on the alert for this and make sure you duplicate the star in the way the spectator formed it. At the conclusion of the effect, you can point out that the spectator's star does differ from the one depicted on the card, and that you were momentarily confused by the image.
6.) The crosshatch.
Two sideways strokes and then two downward strokes, or vice-versa. You may feel that this is easy to confuse with the square, but it is not if you're sure to note the length of the first two lines drawn in relation to the second set of lines.
7.) The curved lines.
The cue is self-evident. You can't miss it.
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Today I'm going to teach you a fundamental Mentalism technique known as 'cold reading'. Cold reading is a technique employed by mentalists and charlatans and by charlatan I refer to psychics, mediums, fortune tellers or anyone that claims false abilities that is used to give the illusion that the person has some form of super natural power.