The performer displays a length of cord, and a brass nut. Two finger rings are borrowed, along with a pocket handkerchief. The nut is threaded onto the cord. The rings are threaded over both ends of the cord. As the nut is wider than the rings, it acts as a stopper, preventing the removal of the rings. A spectator holds each end of the cord. The centre of the cord (with the rings and nut) is covered with the handkerchief. Showing his hands empty, the performer reaches beneath the hank — and extracts the borrowed rings, apparently by penetrating them through the brass nut. All materials are left with the spectators, should you desire — for you to finish clean.
There is a gimmick involved. As the reader may have surmised, the above is a new presentational dressing for a classic device, the Spirit Nut. For this routine, you will require a Spirit Nut which is a bit larger than those commonly found today. I have at hand a hexagonal Spirit Nut, purchased in the 1960's (manufacturer unknown) which is perfect — just a bit wider than the average finger ring. In addition to the gaffed nut, you will require a matching ungimmicked nut.
At the start of the routine, the Spirit Nut is introduced, along with a length of cord. (A shoelace is preferable, as the stiffened ends of the lace will make the handling easier). The nut is openly threaded onto the cord. Two rings are borrowed, and threaded over both ends of the cord. This action is done by a spectator, and during this you get ahold of the "fair" nut, in Finger Clip position in the left hand.
Using both hands, take hold of the ends of the cord. The clipped nut is secretly threaded onto the cord under cover of the action of handing the ends to two spectators to hold. As the spectators raise the ends of the cord, slide the left hand down the cord toward the centre (carrying the clipped nut down the cord). The right hand picks up the handkerchief, and drapes it over the threaded items at the centre of the cord.
The handling from here should be obvious. Reach beneath the cloth, and pull apart the
Spirit Nut. The pieces of the Spirit Nut are now stolen away — either Finger Clipped, or tucked/ into your coatsleeve. The finger rings are easi^ removed — and the "fair" nut is left on the /ord, and can of course meet with the strictest / 1 j scrutiny from the audience. . . » I
37th PARALLEL Phil Goldstein
The following is a men tal ism demonstration that will function for either stage or close-up. It is impromptu, involving no gimmicks or sleights. Nevertheless, it is a difficult piece to perform properly. In the wrong hands, it will appear to be nothing more than a contrived mathematical novelty. (As it happens, such is exactly what this is — but, with some effort, it can be made to seem much more than that. ..)
Required are three pieces of paper, and a pencil. These may be of any type, and may be borrowed. Two spectators are involved. The performer states, "Over the years, I have found that many people have a natural facility for psychic interaction. In the majority of cases, these talents lie dormant. One theory holds that one can best explore these dormant capabilities by constructing a test procedure that is coloured by emotional considerations. For this reason, I propose a test involving simple mathematics...
"At this moment, I am thinking of a number. I shall write this down on this slip of paper. Now, let me give another piece of paper over to you. I will ask you to perform a series of brief and simple computations, and we shall see if I am able to provoke a mental rapport with your decisions. . .
"I want you to decide upon a single digit. Please write this down three times. Thus, you now have a three-digit number, with all three digits the same. Do not tell me what it is. Now, on a separate part of the paper, please add those three repeated digits together. For example, if your number were 999, your added total would be 27. Now, please divide this second figure into the first. Again, as an example, if you had started with 999, you would now divide 999 by 27. Whatever total you now have, put a circle around it, and keep your writing out of view for the time being. . ."
The performer now turns to the second spectator, and asks, "Do you have any idea as to the number upon which this person is now concentrating?" The spectator will say that he/she has no idea as to that number. The performer encourages the second spectator to attempt an intuitive guess. That guess is written on the third slip of paper. This done, the
N mentalist recaps what has transpired. The papers
\are compared, and amazingly, all three numbers are the same — not only is the performer's
\ prediction accurate, but the second spectator
| \ has successfully intuited the first participant's
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