This is the effect and duplication of the act that a well known club and stage mind reader is now •usin<?.
He passes out slips to the audionce, telling them to write short questions, phons numbers, addresses, names., etc. after which he passes out envelopes telling spectators to oeai and keep, in their own possession.
He then seats himself on the stage, -taking a writing pad and proceeds to get impressions of the writing which proves to be answers to the questions asked and the other information written.
This is a very wonderful act but requires Showmanship, and one very clever steal.
Things are different from what the effect is and what he states, for he says he will collect nothing, and he does, but the audience is none the wiser, and although a large number of slips are handed out, he answers only from ten to fifteen questions, but this makes no difference for he can quit any time and they merely think he is tired.
Small, slipg of paper are used. The envelopes used should be preferably of a distinctive, size, and measure about x 4 This, you will observe is a little larger than the ordinary envelopes-
The writing pad used in the theatres is of a special construction, on account of the view that may be had from the upper floors and galleries.
He starts with the slips, passing some to first row, then to second row, and so on, keeping up a running fire of talk. He passes them out right and left until a large number have been passed out; the audience is beginning to write and those in the front row are nearly finished, as they got their slips first. Remember he keeps up a running fire of talk, never letting down. He next takes a bundle of envelopes and passes them out, one here, two there, etc. not passing out an envelope to everyone who has received a slip.
It is rather a portfolio affair having on the top and two sides a shield preventing anyone from seeing the hand of the medium as ho is writing. (See Fig.
Now as to the steal. He has varied this at different times and we will attempt to give you his different methods. His favorite method is, as he begins to run short of envelopes, to have several people place their questions in the same envelope, sometimes him holding the envelope and other times simply passing it across the row. He then seals up this envelope with some dummy questions tucked in one end. He again commences to collect questions in this envelope occasionally crumpling one of the questions, and under pretense of straightening out some of the crumpled questions, he gives a fold to the bundle of questions, still leaving them in the envelope.
The envelope is held in the left hand, and as he turns from one row to the next, with the right hand he finger palms out the folded questions, placing them in a finger palm of the left hand holding them under the envelope. He is now ready to seal the envelope which he now does, and tosses it to someone to hold, deliberately placing the slips which he has stolen into the left trouser pocket. This may be repeated twice or even more if necessary. The audience is then requested to place their envelopes on the floor and place their feet upon them.
On returning to the stage he picks up a pad and while still talking, holds the pad in front of him and nonchalantly removes the slips from his trousers pocket under cover of the pad. These again go into finger palm and he transfers the pad from the right to left hand, holding the slips on the outside of the pad. As he seats himself, he places the slips on the pad, the blinders on the top and side of the pad concealing them. Under cover of these blinders, he now opens the slips and proceeds to conduct the seance.
Another steal that he has been know to make, which we do not like nearly as well as the above is to have one or more envelopes with all the mucilage "licked off". He proceeds as before. But, he pretends to seal this envelope and holding it on top of the pile of envelopes that he still has in his hands, he "top changes" for another envelope containing fake slips. As he passes among the audience he folds this envelope twice and as he makes some remark concerning the mind of some noted personage he has read, he slips this into his trouser pocket. In fact, in his entire act, his hand goes into his pocket very frequently, thereby throwing off any suspicion when he actually makes a steal and had to make this move.
He answers very few questions, contenting himself with merely reading what the questions are and frequently gives the impression that he has answered a question. This is an old trick of the spook workers and always goes over big. Suppose the question is, "Will I recover my watch that was lost last January?" signed with the initials G.M.C. He will first call these initials and ask the person who wrote them to stand, then he will say "My impression is that you are asking about some jewellery. Do you want me to try and tell you what it was? Now concentrate on it very strongly. It seems to be a ring. No, I am . mistaken, it is a watch. Is that correct, sir? Now I will ask you to concentrate on what has occurred to this. Oh yes, it was lost. Is that correct, sir? In fact in answer to your question, I believe I can say that your watch was lost in January? Is that correct, sir? Thank you, sir". And with a nod he dismisses the man allowing him again to become seated.
And the impression to the entire audience with the exception of the man himself is that he answered a question that the man asked, and the man himself is satisfied, because he thinks that he has had his mind read, showing what the question was.
In passing out the questions as we have said, he keeps up a continual rapid fire talk. To one he will say "Just write down your telephone number and sign it." To another, 'The date of your birth". To another "A serial number of some bank note you have in your pocket." Later he gives the desired information, laying stress, for instance, on the fact that he has never met the man before and that he has no way of knowing what the number of the bank note, which the man now has concealed in his pocket, could be. He claims of course, to answer questions written on your program or on your own paper. These are not answered unless some clues to them is given on the slips that he has stolen. He may, for instance, get a question, ''What is the number of the dollar bill which I have written on my program". This he will turn to his advantage by saying, ''You wish to know the serial number of a bank note. There seems to be several thinking of such a number and the vibrations of my mind are somewhat confused, however, I will say this, the bill you are thinking of is a one dollar bill.1'
He frequently during the performance is able to glimpse a question which has been written and which he has allowed them to retain. When this happens, he, of course, makes great capital of it. After he is finished reading his questions, he usually retains date or number for an added test period. After laying down his pad he steps down into the theatre, inquires who asked, for instance, we shall say their birth date, of course, not mentioning the fact that this information was given on the slip. ''Is there a Mrs. Jones who asked if I could tell her birth date? Now, Mrs. Jones, you might think it possible that in some way I could get possession of your question, but would you really believe in a transference of the mind, if I should ask some lady here, whom I have never seen before, to give you the answer of your question? Mrs. Jones, do you mind standing up for just one minute? and Sir, do you mind lending me the young lady who is with you and I assure you that I will return her. in a few minutes, and that I am only borrowing her in the interest of science. Will you please stand up Miss, and Sir, would you object if I were to hold her hand, of course, still just in the interest of science? Now I will ask you first, have you any idea of what the date is that the young lady is going to concentrate on? You have not? And I wish to ask you also, have you ever met me before, or do you know the lady? Now as I hold your hand," (he holds the hand and with his other hand covers both his and the girl's hand) "You will receive mental vibrations, impressing on you strongly certain things. I will first repeat the months of the year. January, February, March, April, etc., and I want you to' tell me when we are finished if you have received any stronger vibrations when we have repeated any particular month.As he names all the different months he gives a slight pressure on the girl's hand. And as he mentions the month that he wishes her to say, he gives a very decided squeeze.
:'Now may I ask you, did you receive an impression of any particular month? December and is that correct'" and turning to the audience he says, "The lady says December and will some one tell me how many days in December? Thirty-one, and that is right, showing the advantage of a college education. And again to the girl, "we will repeat the 31 days of the month and we will see if you receive vibration from any day." Now, one, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, etc.
to 31. "And you received a vibration on what? Twenty-nine you say? December 29th the lady says, Is that correct, Mdadm? Now as to the years, we will begin first with the centuries. Let us say 1500, 1600, 1700, 1800, and 1900 and what century? You cay 1800? Now let us get a little closer, we will say in the first 10, 20, 30, etc., ana now as for the particular year, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0, and the young lady says it is December 29th, 1894, is that correct, Madam? Now I wish to ask you, is that not really a miracle? Neither of tneae ladies have met ir.e before, I had no way of knowing what the date was, and neither had this lady. I wish to thank you both'7, and he dismisses than. But suddenly as an afterthought he iurns to the gentleman saying, "I wish to thank you Sir, for the loan of the young lady, and furthermore to' assure that once I have released her hand the chain of thought is again broken. She is no longer a mind reader. You may go ahead very safely with your thinking." Sometimes this a varied, by having the subject write the numbers or dates upon a blackboard.
Another effect is that while going through the audience he suggests to someone to draw a picture, pay a horse, when he comes to this in his slips, he announces that there is one percon who has drawn in his mind a picture. Do not say ''Drew" say "Drawn in his mind". He then gives him a sheet of paper and atks him to draw the picture he has in his wind .and net change. He, of course, thinks that the madium means the. one that he drew on the small slip. No one else ".-'.nixis that ho. drev a picture. Ask him to draw the same picture and you ¡,?t on the stage and copy fro/i the slip the picture that he has drr.;-m. explaining that you are not a very good artist and have only a mental image to fallow. Then when you compare, you both have the same picture and this is a kaockout to the. spectators.
As you are lcokir.g at aha slips on the - stage and answering a few of them, you will have ample opportunity to make notes on practically all of them.• You can then dispoae of the slips aa ycu wish,, ana walk dawn through 'he audience still mak; notor on your rad, but really reading the notes you have already made. Ka -maerjtand at u"a tima he has a few printed slips bearing the, inscription, 'Ycr.t ia year rr.ne, ana what is your phona number?!i This could be used, but of. coarse isn't rea.U.y necessary, as he simply suggests as he goes among t:i2m, writing the phor.e auirb".'; and name.
Ti-re 1-KATf.CCM TDIErr.ONi: OPERATOR By U. F. Grant
The principle used in this act if? an adaptation of an old principle used in a clever manner .
Performer displays five pieces of white cardboard each about 3% by 5h inches. On each cue are listed the names of five various firw3, such as Grocer, Meat Market, Baauty Parlors cec. 'James on all five cards are different, giving an assortment of twenty-five names, Each bearer of a card is told to mentally select one of the \-:.?a or. their card.
Following this, performer patters along to the effect he has with him this evening a former Telephone Operator, who is able to discern names of firms and their telephone numbers by people merely thinking of them. And on the cards passed out are listed names of firms taken from the exchange in a small city, the young lady formerly worked in. So with the audience's per-missio , he takes great pleasure in presenting Kiss The Phantom Telephone Operator.
The Medium enters and sits at a small table. Following this, performer displays five more cards, on these cards are typed the telephone numbers of the firms listed on the cards the people in the audience' are now holding. But they are listed on the cards alphabetically. All the A's on one card, B!s on another, etc.
•Performer steps to first person holding a card and lets this person pick out the letter card that corresponds with the first letter of the firm they are thinking of. Person then looks up the telephone number of the firm on this card. He is then told to stand and concentrate on the number and firms name. Immediately the Medium calls out the number person is thinking of, also the name of the firm that goes with the number. Done in the following manner. (The gentleman is thinking of the number 23163 - this is the City Meat Market. He wants three pounds of steak and six pork chops, etc.) This is continued with the people holding the remaining cards, giving some comedy item the person might want to order from that firm. Or inquiring what they would like to order, etc.
In all the act runs only about eight minutes. Just enough to lend a nice mental interlude to any act.
Preparation: Glance at the arrangement of the sets of names listed here. Note we have at the top five sets of names, with five names in each set. The sets being numbered from one to five. Procure some white show card cardboard at your local Stationery Store and cut this into small cards about 3h and 5%. With a typewriter, type on these (five) cards at the top, numbers from one to five. On the first card 1, second 2, etc. Under number 1 , type out the names listed under No. 1, on 'this page. On No. 2 the list under No. 2 on this page, and so on with all five cards.
Butler, The Dentist Chesbro's Grocery Store Acme Meat Market Denne, The Jeweler Eaton's Bakery i
Eccle"s, The Florist Carey's Junk Shop Devoe Barber Shop Alice's Beauty Parlor Buick Garage
American Cleaners City Bank
Drum's Antique Shop Everest Fur Store Bradford Sport Store
Brick's Kandy Shop
Dickson Animal Hospital
Adam's Ice Co. Doyle Bus Line
Clarence The Tire Man Ackley Credit Agency Barnes Credit Clothier Ellsworth Music Store
Acme Meat Market - 204-4080 Alice Beauty Parlor - 661-1321 American Cleaners - 704-1408 Adams Ice Company ■- 771-1542 Ackley Credit Agency - 220-4400
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