The Props

You'll need nine blank faced jumbo cards to make the card set. The standard blank Bicycle jumbos available through most magic dealers are fine. If you can't get them, thick white posterbpard in a size 7 by AYi will do quite well.

You'll also need two pads of paper, each about 6 by 9 in size and eight colored felt markers — two each in black, blue, red, and green. A word or two about the markers: they are about six to eight inches long. In addition, the barrel of the marker should match the color of the tip. Most brands come this way with a great deal of the body of the marker colored to match. If you're going to use them to make the cards, they should be of the permanent ink type. You can get the pads and markers at any stationery or art supply store.

And, you'll need a faked blindfold to work the routine. Since this book comes with Richard Osterlind's Apex Stainless Steel Blindfold, I assume that you'll use it — it's perfect for Telepato.

Let's look at making the cards first. Though it may seem as though a large range of thirty-si* different symbols/colors are involved, in fact there are only nine symbols, repeated in four different colors. Because of a special cyclic arrangement of the symbols and colors, there is no duplication throughout the set — whenever a symbol is repeated, it is always in a different color and position.

The symbols run in a 1 through 9 cycle numerically, somewhat like J.G. Thompson Jr.'s 1 through 5 numerical coding for the standard ESP deck. In the case of the Telepato cards, the symbols are assigned the following values:

The order is actually easy to remember: The circle is 1 line; the second symbol is 2 lines; the triangle is 3 lines; the square is 4 lines; the star has 5 points; the # symbol you may just have to remember as 6 (my personal mnemonic is a bit strange: the shifted 3 on a typewriter keyboard is a #, so I just remember it's 3X2 = 6); the three wavy lines can be recalled as three S's for Seven; the + can be remembered as four points and four spaces for 8; and the final symbol as a circle dropped lower on the tail of the 9.

Once you've familiarized yourself with the numerical value of each symbol, you'll have to remember the color sequence of red-green-blue-black. Note that the colors progress from brighter to darker for an easily recalled sequence.

This color sequence will be consistent on each of the nine cards, starting with red in the upper left corner, green in the upper right comer, and traveling to the lower half of the card, blue at the lower left corner, and black in the lower right corner. Pictorially, then, the color sequence of the symbols is always as shown below:

Take the nine blank faced jumbos and use the color markers to put the proper symbols on each in the order shown below, in the proper color order.

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