Cection Selection

AR. ANNEMANN, world-famed "Mental Telepathist," comes the Palmer House direct from i all-sweeping seven-year series personal appearances sponsored the socially, financially, and tlitically great of both Europe id America.

s performances in the Empire om will be his first in Chicago well as his first on a cafe floor. ; will appear only in the ten :lock show.

eodcre Annemann is reputed to De the foremost exponent of mental telepathy in the world. His mind reading achievements have caused him tc be called the "human Ouiji-Board," Hg' is tfie author of "The Boole Without A Name" describing his work.


The performer says he would like to hold an election, and produces three little folders, each containing a humorous sketch of an imaginary parliamentary candidate. These three, after being shown, are placed aside.

A spectator is asked to act as voter, and he is given a voting paper, bearing the three names, and asked to put a pencil cross against the candidate he favours, showing it to two other spectators who represent the two clerks at the polling booth. Then, to keep the whole matter secret, he is to place a similar cross against each of the two remaining names.

A further spectator is asked to step forward and pick up one of the three folders referred to above.

When this has been done, the performer reads the mind of the first spectator and announces the name of the candidate he voted for. This is confirmed as correct by the two " clerks ".

The spectator holding the folder is asked to open same, and it is found that he has selected the one bearing the picture of the candidate selected by the first spectator.

The performer states that this may appear to be coincidence, but actually it is controlled and fore-ordained, and is so often the case with certain foreign elections, and to prove this he draws attention to an envelope which has been either hung up or otherwise exposed to view during the whole proceedings ; opening this he extracts a second envelope, and from this one a third, small envelope, which when opened gives forth a card stating that the performer has predicted that the candidate . . . will be elected on . . . (date).


Although a mental item, this can be presented in a fairly light vein, thus providing a little light relief in a mental programme.


(1) A voting paper, bearing the names of the three candidates, with a space after each for insertion of a " X ", and a very fine pointed soft pencil, or a pencil so sharpened that the lead will break at the tip when first used to write with.

(2) Three folders, each similar in appearance on the outside, with blank covers. Inside, each contains a cartoon of an imaginary parliamentary candidate with a caption giving his name and party he represents, i.e., Mr. HYAM A. MUG, " The FREE FOR ALL " CANDIDATE ; Mr. I. LOAFALOT—Vote for the man who will abolish work;'and Mr. T. POT, The Ladies' Champion, The Man who will put a luxury tax on Bachelors.

In each case the cartoons are held inside the folders by means of staples.

Each folder is secured by three staples—one at each end and one in the centre ; the ones at the ends are in exactly corresponding positions in all three folders.

There is, however, a slight difference in the positioning of the centre staples. On one folder it is in the exact centre, in the next one it is slightly above centre, and in the third one, slightly below. /This is not apparent to the audience, but when the three folders are placed one on top of each other, slightly overlapping, so that the stapled backs of all three are visible, the performer can by a glance note which is which.

(3) A nest of envelopes.

Actually five envelopes are used. One large, two medium and two small.

Of the two small sized envelopes one is made with a double compartment, so that two seperate predictions can be contained therein. This is placed in one medium-sized envelope and sealed. One prediction is placed in the unfaked small envelope, sealed, and placed in medium-sized one. Both medium ones are then put in large-9ized envelope, which is wax sealed (for effect). Performer -must remember order of envelopes and predictions, or

One nest of only three envelopes can be uged, the innermost, smallest envelope being constructed as in " Jinx " No. 15, and also in " Annemann's Practical Mental Effects ", Pages 155-6, and Peter Warlock's " Patterns for Psychics ", Pages 29-30.

Each compartment holds prediction for a different candidate.

Personally, in this instance 1 prefer the first mentioned arrangement of the envelopes, as, in the event of the correct prediction being in the unfaked small envelope, this can be opened by a spectator.


Firstly, the three folders are freely shown, then placed aside, slightly overlapping, so that position of staples is easily noted.

A spectator is then asked to act as a voter, and is invited to step into an imaginary polling booth. He is given a board on which rests the voting paper ; a pencil is tied to the board. He makes his secret " X ", then shows it to the two polling clerks, and finally inserts an " X " against each of the other two names.

The performer takes it, and by means of either the fine line left, or pencil break mark (according to which type of pencil was used) immediately discerns which name was selected, and without hesitation hands it to one of the two " clerks ", saying, " You had better take charge of this for a moment ".

The services of a further spectator are now obtained, and you ask him to pick up two of the folders. You know by means of the pencil mark which candidate's folder you want selected, and you know by means of the centre staple clue which is the folder in question, so you force this by the method used by the late Ted Annemann in " THE YOGI BOOK TEST ", Page 67 of his " PRACTICAL MENTAL EFFECTS ", which is as follows :—The spectator picks up two folders ; if he leaves the right one behind merely tell him to lay aside the ones he has picked up as they won't be needed again. If he includes the right one among the two, ask him to hand you one. If you are handed the wrong one, thank him, pick up the book first left and lay them aside. If he hands you the right one, just say " Thank you ", place it under your arm, and tell him to lay the other one aside also.

Now turn to the " Clerk " holding the voting paper, ask him to hold it aloft. (By this time the audience should have overlooked the fact you ever handled it after being written on.) Concentrate, announce name of selected candidate. (If you like, ask for a round of applause in honour of the selected Candidate.) Next, disclose that the correct folder had been selected by the other assisting spectator, and adopting the patter theme given above under heading "Effect", open nest of envelopes. Unsealing largest envelope, reach in and take out correct one of the second size. If it is the one containing small envelope with one prediction, give to a spectator to open and announce. If not, open correct compartment of other small envelope, take out correct prediction and give to a spectator to read.

In the event of the " three compartment envelope " being used, open correct one and give prediction to spectator to read aloud.

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There is nothing whatever new in the following effect except the combination of various ideas which appeared in Annemann publications, enabling them to be incorporated in a "two-person" mental act.

I also beg to think that the repetition of the effect as described below by different methods will assist in putting any wily spectators off the scent, and also build up in dramatic value.


The performer introduces the medium, who is escorted from the room by two witnesses, who remain with the medium.

The performer produces a deck of cards, which is freely shuffled and cut. A spectator selects a card, and then indicates any other spectator. The second one takes the deck with the selected card shuffled back into it to the medium who, in the presence of the witnesses, glances through the deck, selects a card, and, accompanied by the witnesses, holding the card back out, returns to the room where the performance is taking place, walks straight to the original selector of the card, and says, " You have just selected a card, please name it ". He does so. She/he turns the card in her/his hand round, and it is the selected one !

The performer then says he will repeat the effect, under even stricter conditions. A volunteer is requested, who takes the deck, turns his back, shuffles it, cuts it", selects a card, then places it in his pocket without looking at its face or allowing anyone else to do so.

Prior to this, the medium and witnesses have again retired to another room.

The performer then points out that in the first part of the effect, the medium had picked up the conscious thoughts of the spectator and so ascertained the card he had selected and noted, but in this instance the selector was not aware of the identity of the card he had in his pocket, so he is requested to assist by saying to himself, " The card is in my pocket ; it is close to me ; it is near to me ; I have handled it ", etc.— anything on that theme, and this will enable the medium to penetrate his subconscious mind.

To assist, the performer takes hold of the spectator's wrist, the medium and the witnesses are recalled, and before their arrival the spectator is requested to ask her, when she enters, " What card have I removed from the pack ? "

The medium returns, walks to a few feet from where the performer and spectator are standing, gazes at them, and then, slowly, first colour, then suit, and next value, she announces' the name of the selected card ; the spectator removes this from his pocket, and the revelation is found to be correct.


An intelligent assistant.

Two matching packs of cards.


(1) One of the packs is arranged in Si-Stebbins system and placed in right coat pocket.

(2) The remaining pack is made a FACE REVERSE PACK as described by Annemann in " IT GOES THIS WAY ", published in the Summer (1935) Number of "THE JINX", and is as follows :—

" A needle or pin is the only tool, and at one end the suit indicator is scratched slightly.

Spades and Clubs are separated from their standard. The centre dip of the hearts is lengthened, and the bottom point of the diamond is cut off a trifle.

When you fan through such a deck, have upward the untouched ends. The tampered-with end shows up much quicker when among those left alone ".

This pack, with tampered ends all pointing one way, is placed in case and put either on a table or in pocket ready for use.

(3) Prior to the performance, the performer and assistant agree on a means of identifying the person who selects the first card : e.g., a certain position may be agreed oil, the performer may decide to stand between the fourth and fifth persons on the right of the selector, or alternatively the performer may fix on one person and eventually apparently request this person to assist.

(4) The performer and assistant learn the code described in " THE EYES HAVE IT ", by J. G. Thomson, Jnr., originally published in " The Jinx " • and subsequently included in " Annemann's Practical Mental Effects" (Page 322).

This code enables the performer to communicate silently with his partner by signalling with his eyes. The code is not complicated, and may be learned in a few minutes' time.

It is rather too long in description to reproduce here, but I am sure nearly all readers of the " Pentagram " will have access to the above-.named volume.


After the medium has been escorted from the room, the performer obtains the assistance of a spectator, and producing the face-reverse pack, has it over-hand shuffled and cut. The spectator then removes a card ; he is requested to note it, and then hold it close to his body in order to prevent the performer glimpsing it. Actually, this procedure prevents him reversing the ends. He is then asked to indicate any other spectator who is to act as bearer of the pack to the medium. As soon as one steps forward, the performer hands him the pack, and asks the first spectator to replace the card in the pack. The act of handing the pack to the second spectator reverses the pack, so that when the selected card is returned the tampered end will be reversed, and the card is easily distinguishable by those in the secret.

The second spectator is asked to over-hand shuffle the pack and then take it straight to the medium. As soon as she receives it she looks through the faces until she notes the reversed card. Even though the witnesses watch intently they will not discover the secret. She then brings the card in, holding it up, back to audience, looks round hesitantly at first, places the person decided upon by the performer according to the prearranged plan, faces him, asks him to name the card he selected, and then turns it round to show she has brought the right one.

While this has been going on, the performer has had ample opportunity to switch the reverse face pack for the Si-Stebbins set up one, and no one should ever notice that the cards have been out of his hands for a second.

Giving a short spiel on the exacting conditions he intends to enforce for the second selection, he obtains the services of a second volunteer.

Idly shuffling the pack (actually giving a succession of quick cuts) he states that he wants the spectator to take the pack, turn his hack, shuffle it, cut it, remove the top card and place same in his (spectators) pocket.

The procedure used here is that described by Annemann in " THE THOUSAND DOLLAR TEST CARD LOCATION and published by him in " Sh-h-h-h ! It's a Secret ". (The

English rights of which are held by Messrs. L. Davenport and Co., the well-known Magical Dealers.)

What actually happens is that the performer hands over the pack saying, " Mix them up ; give them a shuffle ". The moment the spectator starts shuffling, the performer says, " When you have them mixed, square them up on your left hand. Are you ready ? " This is a most innocent way of hurrying the spectator. When the reply " Ready " is given, you ask the spectator to cut the pack, and place the top card in his pocket without looking at it or letting anyone else do so.

Although the audience imagine that the pack has received a thorough mixing, all the pack has actually received is a few hacks and a rough shuffle. The complete chain has been broken up, but there are now a number of bunches of stacked cards throughout. The shuffle never separates the pack card for card. Then comes the cut. In a stacked pack the bottom card then reveals the top card by counting one ahead in the system. And that is what the performer does as he casually takes the pack from the spectator and lays it aside.

He then gives his little spiel about conscious and subconscious minds. Instructs the spectator how to " concentrate ", turns him to face the audience, and taking hold of his wrist stands beside him. The medium, accompanied by witnesses, returns and stands facing the spectator and performer.

The spectator asks her what card he removed from the pack, and this question gives the signal for the performer to signal with his eyes the value of the selected card.

The medium stands, apparently staring at the spectator in an endeavour to penetrate the subconscious. Actually, by reason of their juxtaposition, she is able to read the message the performer is signalling to her, and slowly and dramatically she announces the name of the hidden card.

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