Mental Magic

Slate Immortality

The effect of this startling variation in Living and Dead Tests first appeared in Annemann's publication Sh-h-h It's a secret. On an unprepared slate the performer writes a row of six figures from 1 to 6 in a column down the left side. The slate is handed to a spectator to write the name of some dead person, known only to himself, after any one of the six figures. This is done while the performer's back is turned. The slate is handed to another person who writes the name of a living person...

Billet Switching

Billet Switching Method

There are two essential switches of folded paper slips that everyone doing mental work should learn. The first or simple method is not new and is merely an exchange of folded slips. The second method, or folding switch, is my own and consists of reading a paper slip which is then switched for a palmed dummy as you refold it. The dummy is then handed to someone to hold, while the one just read is finger-palmed and retained in your hand. The size of the paper should be 2 1 2 x 3 1 2''. Hands...

The Al Baker Three Billet Trice

Fifteen or sixteen years ago, Al Baker originated an effect using a deck of cards, three pieces of paper, and a borrowed hat. To the audience the procedure was to have three cards selected and thought of while the pack of cards was in their hands. The names of these selections were written on pieces of paper, folded, and collected in the hat. One by one, the performer would take out the papers, and apparently by divination reveal the selected or thought-of cards. I first obtained the original...

Just An Echo

The effect is begun with a few casual remarks about echoes. The audience is surprised and somewhat skeptical when informed that an echo exists not only after a sound has been made, but also before. To substantiate this claim, the performer offers to make a note of a few of the echoes that are now floating around the room, waiting for a sound to give them life. He takes from his pocket a calling card, and has someone initial the printed side of it for later identification. On the blank side of...

Bert Reese Secrets

Down through the ages have come but few noted billet readers, and invariably such men have been able to fool Kings, Premiers, Presidents, and scientists. Dr. Lynn, and Foster, the medium, were two of renown, but in the past 30 years one man stood out as a charlatan par excellence at the business of reading the folded slip. The man was Berthold Riess, born in 1841 in Posen, which was then in Prussia. Later he became known universally as Bert Reese and before his death in 1928 had crossed the...

Day Of Your Life

Most billet reading routines depend upon the assistance of several spectators, and there is a need for reading tricks wherein only one person is the subject throughout. I recall occasions when it would have been to my advantage had I been in a position to do a good, solid test for a single person, such as Bert Reese used to enhance his reputation. It is very essential that a test of this sort be personalized so that the subject can truthfully swear that he was given information absolutely...

In The Mind

If this routine is given the proper practice and presentation it will prove to be a reputation builder. After steady use for four years I know it is good. It can be done at any time and anywhere with borrowed material. Effect No. 1 First of all the magician is securely blindfolded. I always borrow two coins, half dollars or quarters, and place one over each eye. Then a pad of gauze is placed over each coin, followed with a cloth blindfold over all. This is a genuine blindfold and the method has...

Devil Device

Effect The sitter is ushered into the reading room of the medium. He is seated behind a flat top desk or table. The seeker of enlightenment is seated opposite and invited to write his or her most important queries, not upon a pad or fileboard, but upon a plain blank business card. From a small box the seer takes a crystal ball. He gazes into the sphere of so many hidden mysteries, shakes his head, and then advises the sitter to drop his card into the now empty box, writing side down. The box is...

Paroptic Vision

Here is a most unusual test that requires no preparation and may be introduced into your program at any time. It is one of those mental tests that can be done before any sized audience, yet is just as effective when presented for a single person. Professional performers know how rare such an effect is and how hard it is to find one. Effect The performer borrows a deck of cards and states that he is about to do a test that should not be confused with card tricks or sleight-of-hand. It will be...

Ghostatic Touch

Effect (1) The performer has any person freely select a card from a shuffled red deck, and another person select any card from a freely shuffled blue deck. When the chosen cards are named, it is found that both persons have selected the same cards. Both Jack of Diamonds (2) The red deck is shuffled by one spectator and then placed in the performer's inside coat pocket. The other spectator shuffles his blue deck and places it in his own inside coat pocket. This person then reaches into the...

Dark Sorcery

But little preparation is necessary in order to present this mystery in comparison with the effect obtained. It is one of those stunts which many will like to have ready and prepared in their home for immediate use at a time when the company is in a receptive mood. Effect The performer shows a bunch of manilla pay envelopes numbered consecutively from one to fourteen. These are all sealed, although empty, and may be examined at will. A spectator is requested to cut a pack of cards while...

Complete Silent Thought Transmission

No originality is claimed for the separate components of this startling performance, but the arrangement is original and all that could be desired. We will describe it as a complete performance, but it might better be presented in parts that appeal to the individual reader and arranged in a smooth running performance. When having several cards drawn have each spectator keep a written note, for the cards are apt to be forgotten. One, or two at the most, card tests are enough for any performance....

As In A Mirror Darkly

Here is one of those infrequent ideas well worth the evening's labor to make up. Effect The performer writes a prediction on a slip of paper and drops it into a hat. He next introduces a deck of cards, shuffles them and asks a spectator to think of any card. Fanning the deck before the spectator, he is asked to point to his mentally chosen card. This card is deliberately withdrawn and dropped, face down, into the hat with the prediction slip. When the name of the card is announced, a second...

Pseudopsychometry

This trick, to my mind, is one of the greatest one-man psychic effects ever conceived. It has all of the elements necessary to make it your most talked about effect, and any performer with but a bit of showmanship can't help but make a hit with it. If you are endowed with a goodly share of showmanship this effect will create a sensation and can be built up to be the feature attraction of your show. Last, but not least, the effect needs very little preparation, and it can succeed under most...

Triumph Of The Triumvirate

Here's an effect of strange occurances that all performers who feature a stage show will find effective. Effect On your platform are two chairs, back to back and about two feet apart. Resting across the backs of the two chairs is a sheet of glass and on it is a dummy rapping hand. A side table holds a plate of ten padlocks, another plate of ten keys, and a pack of ordinary playing cards. To his audience the magician says something like this by way of introduction My life of magic has been a...

Controlled Currency

The following effect, which is a combination mental routine and conjuring, was one of Ted Annemann's favorites. You will find it clean cut and direct and injected throughout the routine are a number of clever subtleties that are baffling to the layman and confounding to magicians. Effect The performer borrows two dollar bills and has them folded and inserted in two pay envelopes. One of the audience is selected as the subject and takes the envelopes, mixes them and selects one. The performer...

The Twin Princess

All magicians are familiar with the Princess Card Trick, wherein a card is mentally chosen from a group, and discovered by the magician, after he has placed the group in his pocket. In its simplest form, the trick is done with five cards in his pocket the performer has four extras. Arranging the shown group in numerical order, he has simply to put it in his pocket, bring out the four extras, one by one, faces down then pluck the mentally selected card from his pocketed group, as soon as it's...

Diabolical Influence

Psychiatric Sorcery

A thought card trick without impressions, switches, Of all the bare-face swindles to cross my path, I consider this original effect of Mr. Solomon's worthy of the highest award. I only fear the reader will think it all too simple, and not give due consideration to the effect upon the witnesses. I believe it to be the acme of drawing room conceptions. Effect The performer has a deck of cards, a gummed sticker, a pencil and a piece of paper. He starts by taking a card from the deck, for instance,...

Numismatigic

This is one of those mysteries, in which the astute performer will see at once the possibilities for a veritable miracle. It almost can be made into a challenge effect and has practically no explanation. Five coins are shown and examined. Four of them are United States nickels and the fifth is a Canadian nickel or five cent piece. They are sealed in borrowed envelopes which the performer never has seen or touched. After mixing, they are handed to the performer, one at a time, behind his back....

Modernizing The One Ahead Principle

This was originally published in the Jinx as Gypsies Won't Tell DUNNINGER-ANNEMANN Probably the oldest and most misused method of answering or revealing written thoughts is that which makes use of the one-ahead system. Despite its age we shall try hard to show that the operator is at fault rather than the procedure. Effect The performer has questions and notations written upon cards which are sealed inside envelopes provided. They are collected upon a tray by the miracle-man's assistant and...

The Ultra Slate Message

Note by Ted Annemann Good methods for the appearance of messages on slates are many, but the routine explained here was shown to me by one of America's cleverest amateurs and I have been using it ever since. Presentation The psychic shows four pieces of silicate of the flap type. With a handkerchief or dry cloth he casually wipes the upper surface of the top piece, turns it over, cleans the under side and puts the cleaned slate on the table. This is done with all four pieces of silicate in the...

Encore Voodoo

The following effect is an impromptu variation of the above trick, and one that will certainly appeal to many of you. To start, the performer announces an experiment in witchcraft. A bit of Voodoo ceremony used to impress ignorant souls that the incantating and muchly overdressed native Witch Doctor is really possessed of powers beyond the reach of ordinary mortals. A power that permits him to send his astral body into far off places during the curious and forbidding rituals of the Voodoo...

Magic Vs Mentalism

This effect is unusual in theme and makes a neat opening number for a mental routine or act. Effect The performer states that many have asked him the difference between a mindreader and a magician, and that he will attempt to make the difference clear. He produces two packs of playing cards in their cases and asks the help of a spectator. The spectator selects one of the decks and places it in his pocket for the time being. Taking the other deck from its case, the performer says that a magician...

Construction Of The Annemann Billet Index

Let's take up the mechanics of the indexes first. With that out of the way, effects and possibilities can be covered later. You will need a pack of cards of regulation size, not bridge size. They do not have to be new, but on the other hand they should not be too old either. It is preferable to use cards of good linen quality, too, rather than the cheap paper type, for once made up you will want your indexes to last for as long a time as possible. Other tools and accessories are a ticket punch,...

The Om Billet Switching

Because I am a firm believer in using simple looking items in magical effects, I have spent considerable time in devising an innocent looking box for switching billets. After making several boxes, this fool-proof and very plain-looking idea was finally built. It has proven its worth in several ways. I use a Schrafft's candy box, 8 1 2 x 4 1 2 inches and in the top, at center, is cut a small slot to take the folded billets. Immediately below this slot is a small secret box, pasted or taped to...