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Continue movement until hand is thrust out at side as in illustration 7. The long movement from left shoulder across body and out to side and then the quick movement of turning card downward suddenly with thumb serves to give the illusion of turning card over and showing it on both sides.

The whole movement should be done quickly and smoothly without hesitation -- just as you would do if you really showed both sides of card.

"We should have a portable writing desk. This book will answer the purpose."

Pick up book and place card on it, blank side up, as illustrated in Figure 8.

Reach into pocket and take out pencil.

"I would like to have someone write any number of three digits on this card. A number like 343, 864, and so on -- any number that you choose. Write it so that several more may be placed beneath it and so that the total may be secured."

Give book and card to a spectator. When he or she has written first number, give book and card to another member of the audience and have him write another number under the first.

"And you, sir, will you write a number of three digits right beneath this one."

Continue until five people have written numbers. WARNING:

Have people who write these numbers on one side of room and not too close to each other.

Now move to other side of room, carrying book and card. You must be in a position where there is no one behind you. Hold book up for a moment so that card is not visible to audience. Book is held in both hands. The left hand holds book firmly. The third, fourth, and fifth fingers of right hand are under book; the finger and thumb hold the card.

Under cover of book, turn card over quickly with forefinger and thumb of right hand. Movement is toward left, as in Figure 9. This brings prepared side of card to top.

Hold card in place with thumb of left hand and remove right hand from book and card entirely. Take pencil and draw a line under the figures. Give card and book to someone on opposite side of room from where spectators are who wrote down the numbers. Ask this spectator to add the numbers and write down the sum.

"You look like a very good mathematician, sir. Would you mind just adding up the numbers and writing the sum beneath them?"

When this is done, take up book and card and hold in left hand. Put pencil in upper coat or vest pocket.

"The sum is two thousand, five hundred, and seventy-three. Two - five - seven -three. Is that correct, sir? Will you all remember the numbers -- two, five, seven, three? Now I am going to show you a very odd experiment in legerdemain. Let us first sum up the situation. The young lady here holds a blank piece of tissue paper. Several numbers have been written on this card. You each had your own free choice of numbers. I could not possibly have known what you were going to write. The gentleman has added up the numbers and the sum is 2573. What I intend to do is to cause the spirit of the numbers to travel and write themselves one at a time on the ball of tissue paper that the lady holds."

Place thumb and first and second fingers of right hand on card, apparently picking up the numbers and then throwing it in the direction of the ball of paper.

Repeat movement.

"Five! Pardon me, Madam, do you feel anything? Nothing? Perhaps you are not sensitive to spirits."

Repeat throwing movement.

"Seven! Certainly you felt the number go that time." Repeat throwing movement.

"Three! Now, if you will please unroll the ball of paper . . ." Lady unrolls paper.

"Do we find that the spirits imprinted the numbers well on the paper?"

After lady has unrolled paper and looked at it take it from her and spread it out well. Hold it up so that all of audience can see the numbers.

"There, just as I said, the sum two - five - seven - three has been carried mysteriously to the paper. That is what they call the handwriting on the wall."

NOTE: You can change forged numbers by varying numbers you write on card. I seldom use the same numbers twice.

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