Effect is similar to Method 1, except that names are written on cards and sealed in small manila envelopes. Performer is still able to pick out those envelopes which contain the names of dead people.


1 -- Any number you require of small manila envelopes.

2 -- Small cards to fit into the envelopes.

3 -- Pencils. SECRET AND PATTER: To Prepare:

Make a small pencil mark or dot on those envelopes which are to contain the names of dead people. Have prepared envelopes on bottom of packet of envelopes and unprepared ones on top. Take them from top or bottom as required.

The pencil marks will not be observed by spectators. You can work this effect with a large group and quite a number of people writing. If you have a number of names of dead people, you can get your information by the "One Ahead" System, taught to you earlier in the course -- that is, getting the name of the first one, then opening an envelope which does not contain that name but is believed to by audience, and using this for the next name to call out, and so on.

Another method of marking "dead" envelopes at the moment is with thumb nail or finger nail on edge of envelope.

To Perform:

Have names written on cards and get cards of dead persons into envelopes marked by you. Collect envelopes and proceed to call out names. Hold one envelope to head.

"Here is the name of a dead person. Someone had the name, William Jennings Bryan, in mind. Correct?"

Look at audience, but at no one in particular. Audience believes that someone did write that name. This gives you an opportunity to tear open envelope and read what is actually written on card. Assume it is George Washington, but read aloud the name, William Jennings Bryan.

Proceed to go over envelopes calling out the "living" until you come to another one with a pencil mark.

"Here is the name of another dead person. Not LIVING, but dead. It begins with G. The initials are G. W. Who here wrote the name of a person with the initials. G. W.? Raise your hand. Ah, you wrote the name of a dead person, did you? You did. The initials are G. W. Was the first name George? It was. George Washington?"

Open envelope to see what is written on card and read the name, George Washington, aloud. Suppose card has the name, Ann Livingston, on it. Lay it face down on top of other card on table.

Proceed with this routine until you have picked out all the marked envelopes. As you still have one dead name to read, pick up an envelope containing the name of a living person and pretend it is the name of a dead one. After calling out name, you can open this envelope and take out card while you name the last dead person.

"There, I believe I have called out every name of a dead person. Did anyone write the name of a dead person which I did not call? . . . You see that I have been able to pick out the dead people each time without a mistake."

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