U F Grant

THE 30TH CENTURY CLIP BOARD Originated By ;,Senator" Crandall

The standard clip board is made with one usable side. This limits its use as a utility piece of equipment. The clip board you have here is the result of no little planning and is designed to be carried in the pocket as a good close-up trick. The basic use of a clip board is to obtain information written by a spectator and retained by him. This information must be obtained by the mentalist with the least possible effort and as secretly as possible. With all the other clip boards used for this purpose it was not always possible to do this. This board is made to look as natural as if it were made of wood. The carbon is the best obtainable. It is non smear and x^ill give many strong impressions. There is an extremely thin covering between the original paper ort top of the board and the carbon which causes a clear impression even if the spectator happens to write lightly. A short pencil is furnished that will help to insure a clear legible impression. Enough paper is also furnished in order that you may do the effect many times before you need more.

Back to the clip board itself. The impression paper should be inserted in the correct side of the board. Carefully lift an edge of the plastic covering with the tip of the finger and push the paper in. Allow the tab to stick out about 3/8 of an inch. Bend it down a little and put on the spring clip. Wow if you put a piece cf paper under the clip and it is written upon, the impression will be transferred to the slip of paper inside the board. The problem is to get it out. On the platform it may be pulled out by removing the clip as you place the clip board on the table, and by pressing on the tab with the thumb the board is pulled away. This is not always possible to do close-up. Load the 30th Century Clip Eoard as above and put a piece of cover paper under the clip on the dead side of the board. Thus the board may be used for any effect and written upon as no impression will go thru. It now becomes a regular clip board and may be used as such. Thus you are able to use this dead aide to indicate what you want the spectator to do. Leave this example sheet on the dead side and then put another cover sheet under the clip on the hot side of the board. Thus the inside information sheet may be drawn out under cover of the example sheet. The moves are as follows;

The spectator has been instructed what to do — draw a circle or square on his paper about one and a half inch across. Re is to think of any card in the deck. Write the name of the card on the paper within the circle — you show what you mean by writing the name of a card on the paper covering the dead side of the board. It is always possible the card you write may be the same one as is in the spectator's mind. If so, and if you can do it every time you don't need a clip board. Mark out the example you have made and give the board to the spectator. Ask him to hold it close to hin and to write with as little movement as possible. Don't ask him to write real heavy, as the short pencil, the position of the pad, and the lack of finger movement will insure a good impression. Remember, he doesn't know of the carbon in the pad so don't call his attention to it by asking him to write "real heavy".

Ask him to tear off the papar —■ not to take it off, but to tear it off and to keep it. Ke is to wad it up and hold it in his hand so you cannot get any ideas as to what he has written, Take the board back. Hold it in the right hand with your instruction paper still on the board facing the spectator. The board is held lengthwise with the right thumb on the hot side which is now towards you. The side with the original example sheet is towards the spectator, Push up the paper with the fingers of the right hand. The paper will bow .up held by the clip at the other end. It should be pushed up so that it bows about an inch above the board. Wow if the clip is taken off the end of the board the paper will spring to the left covering the small tab of the.secret paper which contains the information. Lay the clip down or put it in your, pocket with the left hand. The right fingers still hold the clipboard and the cover paper, Take the protruding end. of the paper and the tab, clipping them together with the thumb and the fingers of the left hand. Don't draw the paper out of the board; Instead draw the board away from the paper. Lay the board down and glance at the information and at the same time crumple both papers together. Wad them up and place them in the spectator's hand you may just throw their, away. Once you have the secretly written information, reveal it in any manner you wish, but with as much showmanship as possible. . Pretend to read the spectator's mind — he is to concentrate and you reveal the card he is thinking of.

Used with the Brainwave — Ultra-mental decks, the pocket indexes or the nail-writer you have a spectatular effect.

A blank card may be placed under the clip of the dead side of the board, Push * h*. card up after the spectator has torn off the paper. Thus the card becomes the cover with which you remove the secret paper. Doctor Tarbell takes the clip from the board with the right hand and covers the small tab with the fingers of the left hand. The clip disposed of, he then draws the beard down with the right hand, concealing the paper in the left hand. Glancing at the small paper he gats the information and thus reveals it after having hidden the paper by the simple action of reaching into the pocket and bringing out the deck.

It is possible to obtain information from two or three spectators with a larger clip board, but this small pocket board is meant to get the name of a card, a letter or initial, a number, or information of that sort. It should be information short enough to be quickly glanced at and easily remembered. Two boards are given with this effect. One Is a regular board with no carbon in it. You may switch the fake board for this one as it may be examined. Do not ask that anyone examine the board after the switch; just leave it in plain view and easy to be picked up.

It is not necessary, in my opinion, to read five person's minds at one time - a color, a city, a number, etc. With a good presentation and with good follow-up effects along the mental line you may make a strong impression by "divining ' a card, a letter' or a number from one person's mind.

Practice the moves and you will have an exceptionally good close-up effect.

Extra boards are available for $1.50 each, or the regular non-gimmick board may be exchanged for a gimmicked one at no extra charge other than IOC to cover postage.

A club sized board is obtainable for $3.00, or the large stage size board will zost only $5.00 and you may ''read'1 four or five persons' minds et once.

When the gimmicked board shows 3igns of losing its potency, send it in and we will "re-make" it for the small sum of $1.00.

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