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Did you ever land up at a party where the hostess pins slips of paper, bearing famous people's names, on the guests' backs ? The idea being that the guests circulate in the company and by asking questions, i.e., sex, nationality, occupation, etc., have to guess whose name is on their backs. O.K., if you ever get mixed up in a "do" of that sort, you're all set

After the initial preliminaries you turn the talk to " E.S.P.," etc., and remark that of course it's hardly fair for you to participate in these sort of things, because you can " get " the names by telepathy, etc. To prove it, any spectator writes a famous name on a slip of paper (3in. x 2in. !) folds once each way, then lays it on table. You suddenly realise that perhaps the slip is rather small, so you ask the spectator to print the name on a larger piece of paper. You tear up the smaller, folded slip, " just in case you think I look at it, or anything like that, etc.," and as you stroll away to let spectator re-write name you read the torn centre that you stole. Right, larger name is pinned on your back, and you now go from one person to another, letting them see name on your back, getting each one in turn to concentrate on one particular aspect of that name—sex, nationality, occupation, etc. You are thus able to reveal each aspect in turn, gradually building up to the correct name. By the time that you've got six or seven spectators to concentrate on different aspects you should have circulated round a good bit, so that nearly everyone present comes to see the name, and the final revelation of the complete name is appreciated by the entire audience.

The second effect uses the torn-centre in the envelope ; it's a fortune-telling stunt.

Deck, set up in Si-Stebbins order ; 2 or 3 slips 4in. x 4in., folded once each way.

The performer indulges in a piece of numero-

logical mumbo jumbo which is written around the paper, and the resultant '' Fadic number '' is drawn attention to. Spectator writes any question on the blank centre of sheet, and this is folded and placed on the table. You now false shuffle the cards, and place these also on table. You have, at this stage, to get possession of the written information, so you make any excuse to allow spectator to re-write information ; perhaps you forgot to tell him to sign the paper, or to add his place of birth, etc. Anyway, you hand him a fresh slip to re-write information, tearing up first piece as in previous description. As he writes you walk away and read stolen torn-centre question (and any other additional information that you asked him to add—mother's first name, etc.). The second slip is tabled or placed in spectator's pocket, etc. You can now give the cards another false shuffle if you want, then place deck on table and ask spectator to cut three times with left hand (!) (completing the cut each time).

He is now asked to cut off about a quarter of the cards (from top of pack), and to place them, face down, to his right. Then another small packet, from remainder of pack, beside the first packet cut off, and finally another small packet beside these two ; the remaining cards are placed to one side.

You explain to him that the first packet represents the " Past," second packet represents the " Present," and third packet represents the " Future."

He is asked to turn the top card of each packet face-up on its packet. You now give a reading for the " Past " from the face-up card on first packet ; one in the " Present " from the face-up card in the " Present " packet ; and one for the " Future " from the face-up card on the third packet. (a-la " Forbidden Wisdom " ;

" Mainly Mental " ; " 20th Century Mind Reading Act," etc.. and any previous information you've been able to garner.)

You now ask him to concentrate on the question that he wrote. He is to place the three faceup cards to one side and to take the new top cards of ¿ach packet (one from each) and to hold them in front of him in a fan, not letting you see what they are. But, of course, you do know what they are, because the face-up cards that you did the previous " readings " from tell you what they are :—

"PAST" ——--"PRESENT" -—1—---- "FUTURE"

"PAST" ——--"PRESENT" -—1—---- "FUTURE"


the process (say it's the 2 D's.). Now, let's suppose that the spectator's lucky number is 8; you ask him to count down to the 8th card in the remainder of pack (the packet that was placed aside before trie reading was begun (see diagram on p. 8), and to remove this card without letting you ¿ee it. But you know what this card is because sighted bottom card of heap 3 is you key card, therefore 8th card in remainder packet is K D. You now proceed as before :—" Court cards are luckier "than spot cards, therefore, if you've got a court card you're assured of everything turning out as you hoped they would. (Vive-versa if lucky card happens to be a spot-car a!). " You were born under the sign of Scorpio, therefore, your luckiest suit is diamonds, but if you've got a heart it's nearly as lucky." You go on like this, never saying, "You've got the K D's." but working it so that you finally tell him that his luckiest card is the K D's. and if by any chance (?) that was the one that was at his lucky number, he's assured of a very happy existence and will succeed in life, etc.! This leaves them bubbling over with joy!!

You explain that the three cards he holds will answer the question he has in mind, because th? way he's acted in the past, the way he's acting iww, and the way he will act in the future will combine to reveal the answer to the question. Now, he drew a card from each pile; " Past, Present, Future " and you know what these are; you also know what question is; you don't name these cards, you work like this :—say that the question is, " Will I be able to go to my son's wedding?" (!) and you know, thanks to Si-Stef, that he holds the 4 H., J C., and 2 S. O.K., you patter :—" If you have 3 red cards your question probably deals with health; if you have 2 red and 1 black card its probably something about politics; if you have 2 black and 1 red it's something to do with travel." Get it? You carry on in this manner, gradually revealing that the cards (?) have revealed his ' thought-of ' question and also that these cards hold the answer to that question. There are endless combinations, court cards and spot cards, suits, numerical values, and combinations of certain cards. You build-up in this way till you come to a direct answer to the question. You never reveal that you know the exact question, you just make sure that the cards' give a good, direct and sympathetic answer to the question

You now state that the spectator's ' Fadic Number ' is a positive omen of good or bad luck, both in answer to the question and to himself generally. (Remember that you worked out his Fadic number at beginning of effect), You gather up the 3 heaps, sighting bottom card of heap 3 in


I stands for INGLEBY

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