Novelty Effect

A stand is seen, displaying six name boards of holiday towns, such as Portsmouth, Brighton, Worthing, Torquay, Hastings and Bognor. A member of the audience is then asked to assist by choosing, perfectly freely, anyone of rhese towns, it being explained that he is supposed to have won a competition and is thus entitled to choose his holiday resort. Suppose he chooses Worthing.

A fady is now asked to assist, also under the pretence that he has won a competition, but in her case her choice has to be by pure chance. She is shown half a dozen cards which bear similar town names and from these she selects one but keeps it face down for the time being.

The performer claims that, as a ticket seller, he too is entitled to a choice of town, but his also has to be by chance, this time the venue being decided by spinning the six? name boards, backs to the audience, on rheir display stand.

When the boards come to rest the first spectator is asked again what holiday place he chose, and on the town Worthing being repeated, the lady is asked to look at her card for the first time By a strange coincidence, her choice is Worthing also, and upon turning round the stand the performer shows that all the name boards have come to rest upside down, EXCEPT THE ONE BEARING THE WORD 'WORTHING'. Truly a strange Holiday Coincidence.

The first spectator, who should preferably be a gent, has a perfectly free choice of name, but the lady has the town name forced by the simple expedient of having five names all alike and one different name for the face of the packet. Six forcing packets are made up, each with five cards alike and one face card different, each packet to tally with one of the name boards.

Once the first choice has been called out, the performer is then in a position to take up the appropriate set of cards and force the same name upon the lady. For his own choice (?) he is careful to place all the boards, before spinning, so that they stop as required, that is five upside down and one with the lettering upright. How this is managed will be seen from the sketches.

by JIMMY FLOWERS

A. Tin, for back 8- Name Board with cut-out for weight. C Lcaxl weight.

D. Front tin

A. Tin, for back 8- Name Board with cut-out for weight. C Lcaxl weight.

D. Front tin

Each board is fashioned after the design used by British Railways, that is, an obfong with a circular centre piece. The boards are fashioned from plywood, and it will be seen that a small rectangle has been cut from the centre of the board. This hole in each board is backed by a piece of tin, then a lead weight, afmost half the size of the cut-out rectangle is inserted and another piece of tin fashioned to cover the hole. The weight is thus free to slide in the slot according to which way up the board is placed. A small,hole for a spindle is drilled through both pieces of tin, and it will be noticed that, when a board is placed upon the spindle for spinning, the spindle prevents the weight from sliding to the other end of the slot. In short, the name board, being rotated upon the spindle will always come to rest in the same position as placed (Continued on Page 253).

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