In learning this effect remember that timing is of great importance. I have tried to teach it to you exactly as I have presented it hundreds of times. Notice that all switches, except the first, are made before anything has been written on the slip or after it has been read. Your handling of slips that have been written on is exceptionally clean.

In judging a billet test it is not so much a question of what switches are made. The important thing is, "When are they made?" The less handling of billets between the time they are written and the time you read them, the better the test. Compare TELL--IT-TEST with any other method that you now know and I'm sure you111 agree that there is no cleaner method of handling billets at the vital time.

A piece of clock spring 1-3/4 inches long and sharply pointed at both ends can be used inside a folded slip. By slightly bending the spring as you push it into the lining of a hat, the points stick into the lining as the spring straightens out. This enables you to attach a slip to any hat in an instant.

It may take a little time and practice to learn this effect, but once you've got it, you've something that they'll talk about. Something that you are ready to do at all times, and under any and all conditions. Nothing to carry with you but a pin. It's an effect that you'll use often, and isn't that the type that it really pays to learn?

On 18 cards 2V' x 4" are. printed in large type a number of words such as money, smoke, otc. Dealt into thr^e separate piles. Three objects, a pencil, cigarette and coin are shown. Anyone is permitted to pick up and mix the first pile of cards, then deal them face down in a row. He is told to place the pencil on one of the facc down cards dealt on the table. The same action repeated with second pile of cards, and spectator places cigarette on one of the face down cards in this row. Third pile also treated in same manner and spectator places coin on any one of these cards. Climax. When cards are turned over it is shown spectators have placed articles on the exact cards bearing name of article, coin, cigarette, pencil.

Method: Unknown to spectators the cards are really 'forced''' by three different methods---"The Magician's Choice'1---"Odd or even Force"----

"Synonymy Force1'. Set up cards in left hand face up - in this order - MONEY... TOBACCO...PEN.vQUARTER..„PENNY...PENCIL...CASK,..CIGARETTE...TWO...SILVER... ONE...DOLLAR..TcOIN...SMOKE...RING.,.TWENTY FIVE CENTS...WATCH.

Show-cards in off hand manner as you state each card is different, but not long enough to reveal anything more about them, or let them remember any particular card.

The back of - the - card "PENCIL" is previously marked with a small pencil dot on upper left and lower right corner so you can tell its location. Spectator told to place pencil so it covers any three cards. If he has covered one with pencil dot among one of his three cards,then discard the other three cards. Next, ask person to place pencil so it covers just two cards, or ask him to touch point of pencil to one of the two remaining cards. If pencil is on the forced card, discard the remaining card. If not, then discard the one he has touched and place the pencil on the final remaining card.

SECOND PILE; Three cards in this row will fit the "prediction" -TOBACCO... CIGARETTE... SMOKE... Spectator is asked to verbally call out any number from 1 to 6. No matter which number called, by counting from either the left or the right end of the row, you can arrive at one of the three alternated prediction cards - TOBACCO...CIGARETTE...SMOKE. By means of pencil mark on back of card in the center of cards you can tell which cards are correct.

THIRD ROW: All cards in this row will fit the character of the coin which spectator may place on any one of the cards. On turning over cards, it is revealed the cards in each case predict the object placed upon it. A clever sujgestion is that the performer explain the objects used are the things that control most of our lives, the written word and thought...habits... (cigarette),


This is based on the idea that in a question answering routine the spectators are more interested in the ANSWERS given to their queries than they are in how the questions are learned.

Also on the fact that in an audience of 1,000, only a few person's questions can be answered (11 to 15 as a rule) in the allotted time. Only these few ACTUALLY KNOW just what was done with the questions they wrote — the other 935 spectators are mystified as to how the performer manages to know or "read" the question asked by each of those persons whose questions are dealt with.

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