This effect is good for stage or club work. If you have any aptitude as an artist, it will work in very nicely as a super-mental feat and will help you create a sensation.
Performer asks a spectator to draw any picture or symbol which he chooses on a piece of paper. He tells spectator to fold this paper and place it in his pocket so that performer cannot see it. This done, spectator is asked to concentrate on what he has drawn. Magician then takes a blackboard or large piece of cardboard or a pad of paper and draws a similar picture. Spectator unfolds his paper and checks up his drawing with that of the Magician. This may be varied by having the spectator write a sentence and keep it from the Magician. Performer then reproduces the sentence word for word on the cardboard or pad.
1--A book with paper jacket on it, such as most books have to advertise it and protect the cover. Use a book in a size that is convenient to handle.
2--A piece of black carbon paper for pencil transfer. Carbon comes in various qualities. You must have the kind which readily transfers pencil markings.
3--A fairly hard pencil. No. 3 is suitable.
4-- A black marking crayon.
5--A sheet of white cardboard, about 11x15 inches, or a size convenient to carry.
SECRET AND PATTER:
Cut out a piece of the carbon paper, making it about one-half inch smaller all around than the book. Paste it by the corners to the inside of paper jacket on front cover. Have carbon side toward outside so that when jacket is replaced on book, carbon side is next to book.
Place a sheet of white paper the same size as the carbon on the front cover of the book so that it is directly under the carbon when book is closed. If you desire, you may paste corners of this paper to book.
Place the jacket carefully around the book again. Trim it down so that it laps front cover only about one inch. If you do this properly, the book looks like an ordinary book and no one suspects that it has been tampered with.
Now—when a piece of paper is put on the front side of jacket and is written or drawn on, the pencil marks are immediately transferred to the paper underneath the carbon inside of the cover of the book.
Figure 13 shows how the drawing is made on a piece of paper on top of the book. This same drawing is now also on the piece of paper inside the book.
This prepared book is a valuable piece of apparatus and can be utilized in many ways. It is a common thing to use a book to write on, and therefore this book does not arouse suspicion. When you give it to spectator, he thinks you are merely giving him something handy to write on.
Have a gentleman come forward to help you and have him stand at your right as you face audience.
"To begin this experiment, I am going to ask you to take this piece of paper and this pencil—or if you prefer, just use your own paper and pencil—and draw anything you choose. It may be just something simple—a symbol of some kind, or an animal, like a pig or horse. Draw anything you want to— the main thing is to draw something. When you do it, however, hold your paper so that I cannot see it under any circumstances."
Give spectator the pencil and paper, then pick up book and place the paper on the front side of jacket, directly above concealed carbon.
"You do not have to make a fine oil painting—just any simple drawing that you can make quickly—anything that comes into your mind. While you do this, I shall turn my back."
Go to other side of stage and turn your back as spectator makes picture.
"After you have drawn the picture, fold up the paper and hold it or place it in your pocket so that I cannot possibly see it."
When he is ready, turn around and pick up cardboard from table. Hold in right hand.
Take book from spectator with left hand, holding front cover upward. Place cardboard on top of book and hold both in left hand. Take pencil from spectator and place in upper coat pocket or vest pocket. Stand a little to left and back of assistant.
Now hold card and book up vertically in left hand with book concealed behind card. Neither assistant nor rest of audience should see book. Figure 14.
"Have you ever had any experience in mental telepathy, sir?"
As you say this, bring card and book farther toward right. Allow book to fall at right angles to cardboard, supporting it on fingers of left hand. With right hand reach under front cover of book and pull jacket free of cover. Let jacket just lie on top of front cover so that when proper time comes it will be easy to lift it and see the drawing reproduced through the carbon paper on the paper on front cover of book.
"Have you ever suddenly had a feeling that so and so was doing a certain thing and then found out that exactly what was in your mind has happened? Some people call these feelings presentiments, others just call them hunches. I have asked you to draw a picture of some sort for me. You still have the paper."
Eyes of audience go to spectator. As their attention is MISDIRECTED to assistant, you raise cardboard in front of body to within a few inches below your chin. With right hand lift upper flap of jacket. Glance quickly down and look at the picture transferred to paper above front cover of book.
It takes but a moment to do this. Do it in a flash and let jacket fall back into place. Now allow book to come up into vertical position against cardboard again.
Let cardboard drop toward rear so that book is exposed. Do this as you gesture with left hand toward spectator.
"Now, I want you to concentrate on what you placed on the paper. Keep it well in mind."
Drop book on the table as you say this, and pick up black marking crayon.
"Sometimes it is almost impossible for me to catch certain mental vibrations, but I believe you are going to be a good subject and will concentrate so that I will have no trouble in performing the experiment.
"On this card I shall endeavor to follow your mental thought waves and vibrations so that I can duplicate as nearly as possible your thoughts. You think of the drawing you made and keep your thought moving on the lines of it."
With your right side turned to audience a little, hold card in left hand and pushed against chest for support. Begin to draw, making sure that audience can see you easily as you progress with drawing. Make the drawing as nearly like the spectator's as possible.
"Now, sir, will you please unfold your slip of paper and let us all see whether I have caught your mental vibrations."
Take paper from spectator and show drawing to audience.
"I have been pretty successful, have I not?"
Pass drawing on paper and your cardboard down through audience so that all spectators can see that you have duplicated drawing.
TARBELL SYSTEM, INCORPORATED, Chicago,
TARBELL SYSTEM, INCORPORATED, Chicago,
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