Now Read The Instructions As They Are Very Important

First of all, here is a list which you do not need to memorize if you:'re conversant -with the names of the average mystery writers:

You will receive from us a list of clues for vour trick which should be pasted on a Reader's Digest magazine. The Reader's Digest magazine will then look exactly like the Reader's Digest magazine of any issue. Ask spectator to take the Reader's Digest magazine, the Coronet magazine and the Ellery Queen magazine (which has been especially printed for this trick). Ask him to shuffle the magazines and hand them back to you. If the Ellery Queen magazine is on top when he hands it to you, ask him to keep a magazine, but actually forcing him to take the Ellery Queen magazine. If the Ellery Queen magazine is in the center of the pack when he hands them back to you, make sure you drop the top magazine as he hands them back to you and then pick it up, placing the fallen magazine on the bottom of the pile. You are then in position to force the Ellery Queen magazine upon the unsuspecting spectator.

Now ask the spectator to turn to any page - he may change his mind as often as he wishes. After he has chosen a page, casually ask him to turn to the beginning of the story and concentrate on the author's name. As there are only eight stories in the magazine it is an easy task to judge what story he is looking at from the number c-f pages he is holding the break at. Suppose it looks like the second story of the book. In order to check you say: ''the first initial of the author's name is 'D'." If he says "no" (which is highly improbable, as you can easily guess what story he's looking at) you jump to the previous story's author or the following story's author whichever looks more promising. The minute you are sure of the author then casually look at the clues on the front of the Reader's Digest magazine and

.Earl Stanley Gardner .Connan Doyle .Ellery Queen •Edgar Allen Poe .Agatha Christy .Mary Roberts Rhinehardt .Rex Stout .Dasheil Hammett

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then proceed -to read his mind-..

For exampie: Let us say you know he is on the second story. You iook at the clues and you see "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, C.D. Sherlock Engrossed - 37". C. D. immediately stands for Connan Doyle. Then you ask him to concentrate on the title and you announce "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". Then you ask him to look at the page number and take the.first number of the page and count to that word from the beginning of the story.. You then announce that word "Sherlock". Then ask him to look at the next number on the page and count down to that number from the beginning of the story and you announce the word "Engrossed". As the page number in this case Is 37 the clue gives you the third word and the seventh word. AT NO TIME DO YOU ANNOUNCE THE NUMBER OF THE PAGE.

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And now for the thousand dollar challenge! You ask him to add the two numbers together and count down to that word from the beginning of the story and announce it. And this word of course is "problems" which is the key word of all of the totals at the beginning of every story. REMEMBER THIS, IT IS IMPORTANT. THE PAGE NUMBER AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH STORY TOTALS TO A NUMBER WHICH WHEN COUNTED DOWN IS ALWAYS THE WORD "PROBLEMS". SO NO MATTER WHAT PAGE THEY TURN TO, IF THEY TURK TO THE BEGINNING OF THE STORY FOR THE AUTHOR'S NAME THE TOTAL OF THE PAGE NUMBERS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE STOFY ALWASYS. ADDS TO A NUMBER WHICH WHEN COUNTED DOWN IS ALWAYS THE WORD '"PROBLEMS".

Paragraph Prediction

If you already have the $1,000 .,00 challenge, you already know the method for getting the spectator to turn to the beginning of the story. Now that he is on this page, and ycu know the author of the story, you also know by counting down on your Reader's Digest Cue what, number story he has turned to. Let us say it is the cast of "Amontillado" by Edgar Allen Poe, which is the fourth story in the book. You then look on the back of the Reader's Digest, where you have pasted the paragraph prediction cue sheet and look at the fourth box.

You then tell the spectator to concentrate on nny paragraph. After he has done this, you tell him you will read vocally what he is reading mentally. Ask him to put his finger on the first word of that particular paragraph that he has chosen. After he has done this, you know approximately ■whether his finger 1» ctj. the left or the right hand part of the page, and also whether it is on the top, the bottom or the middle of the page. If you know that his finger is on the left hand part of the page and in the center, you ask him if the first letter of the first word of that paragraph starts with an "I". If he says .''Yes" you are all set to tell him that his paragraph starts with these words: "It must be understood that neither - " and at this point you say: "That's the paragraph you have been thinking of" and^ when he.says "Yes." you take your how to what, I am sure, will be a thunderous ovation.

Spectators May Bring Their Own Magazines

When spectators bring their own magazines, ask them to turn to any page and using the page number count down to ?> word (before they do this you of course write a prediction which is placed in full view of the audience).

Then you say to prove that this man is not a confederate "Any one else may come up". While second spectator is coming up, you ask first spectator what was his word so that you can prove that you have made a prediction. After he has announced it, you say: I'll make this a double precition. Before the second spectator even comes up here, I will predict what he will think of." Then you write the second prediction.

When second spectator arrives on stage you ask him to select a magazine, but of course give him the Ellery Queen magazine. Then he turns to a story and predicts a word: naturally it will be the word "problems", which you~"" have written for your first prediction, and since you have written first spectator's word for your second prediction, both predictions will be correct. Of course both predictions are placed in same glass so no one knows which prediction was the first or second.

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