Application Of The Idea To Other Forms Of Mentalism

Question and Answer Reading:

Stock questions are written on the cards in the '"fake" deck, just as are song names in the foregoing explanation. Performer announces that colored cards limit the application of the answer of the medium to a group of several persons who used a card of the color being answered, and hence they will know that an answer definitely does NOT belong to them if the question being answered is on a card of a color different from that which they had submitted. They cannot gat together tc check up on the performer, and he does not require any acknowledgement from the audience except from the spectator holding the card, who merely states that the medium on the stage CORRECTLY INTERPRETED THE CONTENTS OF THE CARD THAT HE HOLDS AND WHICH HAS NEVER BEEN OUT OF HIS POSSESSION.

The final selection of questions to be answered (none of which are signed of course) is handled in the same way as for the Psychic Pianist. With out seeing the card, the medium states the question and answers it. By "without seeing'* is meant that she is not able at any time to gain possession of the card or to read it. Obviously the holder of the card in the audience can only acknowledge that the question was correctly interpreted by the medium but cannot state whether or not the "advice" is satisfactory since it is not his question in the first place. The audience's interest, of course, is in the face that the MEDIUM READ A QUESTION SUBMITTED (?) by themselves on a card that is in their possession. The answer, itself, is of no general interest, but is given merely to complete the illusion of clairvoyancy.

Lightning Calculation Act:

In this application the performer, himself, or the medium (now presented as a ''lightning calculator") merely gives the predetermined mathematical answers to the stock questions (mathematical in nature, of course) stated on the "faked" cards, which are supposedly a final choice from the original cards on which the audience submitted their original problems. Obviously, no calculating is required, since the problems are really "forced", although the sp&cfc&tojrs had s. free choice of cards in their final selection of problems for solving. This is surely a lazy-man's conception of a lightning calculator act, and yet it goes over surprisingly well.

In this presentation with a medium now serving as a lightning calculator, the performer takes the finally selected card from the spectator who selected it, and reads aloud to the "lightning calculator" the problem stated therein. With a show of genius at the blackboard the "lightning calculator" solves (?) the problem mentally and writes the answer with amazing rapidity. Of course, the solution was known in advance by said calculator. No need to use the color-c.arc idea; since the calculator is not claiming to be able to read minds, but only to calculate,

The answers can be written on cardboard lying in the trough of the blackboard, and it takes merely a glimpse at said trough for the calculator to get the solution. Length solutions are taboo.The addition of numbers called rapidly, the multiplication under similar conditions, the extraction of square and cube rr^ts, etc., represent suitable problems. A challenge of $100 an error can be made.

To enable the calculator to knew which answer in the trough applies to which problem, recourse may be had to the color code. Although the problem is read by the performer in the audience to the calculator, said calculator might not be able as a recult to identify the question with the answer among those before her. However, seeing the back of the card from which the performer is readingj, she knows, for exarcple, that the problem is the "blue" problem. She therefore glances a-: the answer in the trough of the blackboard to which the "blue" color .applies.

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