FROM A MENTALISTS NOTEBOOK by Barrie Richardson
A spectator writes something on a card and places it face down in the box and closes the lid. It is then sealed with two or three rubber bands. Grasping the box in the left hand and in the process of handing it to someone else or placing it down you open it about half an inch. The card is easily tipped up along the side of the box and it takes but a glance to read the message. It is an old one — but is very strong.
5. For an easy Question and Answer session try this one. Prepare a window envelope by cutting most of the address side out. Remove the flap also. Two such envelopes will be required. In the top envelope of the packet place a blank card and turn it flap side up. Place the window envelope on top and under the flap of the envelope containing the blank card. You are now set up for the well known envelope switch. Turn the packet over and repeat the arrangement. Hand out some blank cards requesting spectators to write on their cards a question or a command for you to perform some action. You next hand out envelopes, but not to all who have cards, leaving out two spectators who are close to you but as far as possible away from each other. From one of these take his card face down and put it in the window envelope and apparently remove it by taking the flap of the envelope below it which contains the blank card and have him seal it. Go to the other spectator who does not have an envelope turning the packet over as you do so, and repeat the same business at the same time asking the rest of the spectators who have cards to put them in their envelopes and seal them. All are now collected and during this operation you read the messages in the window envelopes. Two of the envelopes are now selected and you pretend to read them — better still" do your business without even touching the envelope.
6. A nail writer can be used double. Anneman used two pencils fastened together. If a band or Boon writer is worn on the .tip of the middle finger with the lead pointing OUTWARDS it is possible to write on a card with a ball-point pen and at the same time write the same word in pencil on a card held two inches below. Beats pocket writing by a mile.
7. Many people are suspicious of so-called psychic demonstrations. These same persons enjoy demonstrations in which you supposedly give them explanations in terms of naturalistic principles. For example do centre tear after you have explained contact telepathy as a physical form of communication. Then have them hold your hand as they write a word. Cards from pocket — sense of touch. Coins in spectators pocket are dropped into glass and shaken while your back is turned — you write your prediction, arid when the coins are counted the prediction matches. The power of sensitive hearing and a thumb writer. A forced card or a stacked deck allows you to demonstrate 'body language', cold reading, or the lie detection via subtle changes in the victim's eyes.
8. The ability to do one or more 'amazing mental feats' is worth the relatively modest amount of time and effort required to master them. Harry Lorayne once told me he was pleased that so few magicians would spend the time required to learn mnemonic tricks, but would spend ten-fold the amount of time on a single sleight. The public rarely sees anyone memorise a shuffled pack of cards, or the contents of a recently published magazine, or the serial numbers of ten randomly collected pound notes. These are very strong — and it is always possible to cheat a little. Such is mental magic — at least from one man's view.
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