A lady (or gentleman) while blindfolded tells the suit and Value of any number of selected cards, solves arithmetical problems, gives numbers of borrowed bank notes, tells time by any watch, describes borrowed coins, gives proper names as selected, and many other tests. All this is done in absolute silence and while the lady is unable to see, and can be entirely surrounded by any committee.
In this feat of Silent Transmission of Thought, there is used what is known as a Silent Code.
The principles and details of this Code are easily acquired and are so fully described in the following that they may be readily understood. There being no elaborate code to learn it will be seen that this method does not require as much application and practice as systems in which certain codes and signals have to be memorized.
By means of this code all the usual effects generally exhibited at Thought Beading Seances, can be reproduced. The medium is completely blindfolded and if necessary can be surrounded by a committee from the audience, to see that the medium is not connected with the performer in any way and that he does not make any queries of the medium or signal to her. Performer need not change his position at all.
It consists in both medium and performer counting mentally and together. It is a known fact, that the beats for "common time" are always the same in music, therefore with little practice it is easy for two persons starting on a given signal to count at the same time and rate, and when another signal is given to stop, and of course they will both have arrived at the same number. This then is the actual method employed in this code and from it you will see that any number from 0 to 9 can be transmitted by the performer to the medium; which of course is all that is required.
It is best to experiment and find out what rate of counting best suits the two persons employing this code, but the following suggestions are offered: It may perhaps be best to commence counting at a slow rate; then gradually increase; until you find advisable to go no quicker, and then adhere to one rate and always keep it.
Say you have in the room when first practicing, a loud ticking clock, with a fairly slow beat, on the given beat or signal you both start counting at the same rate as the clock, of course the clock must be removed when the rate has been well learned; or count at the rate of "common time," viz: 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and so on, or practice with a "Metronome," such as is used during piano practice for the purpose of setting time and is of course made adjustable.
A very good rate to finally adopt is about 70 to 75 per minute. Whatever rate is found to suit best must be adhered to, you will find at the rate mentioned any number up to 9 can be transmitted with absolute certainty, after an hour or so of practice.
Now that the principle has been explained, the next items are the signals to be transmitted to give the medium the cue when to start, and when to stop, counting mentally.
Coin test--Say the performer has borrowed a coin the date of which is 1862, the first figure of the coin 1 and 8 are generally understood as most coins in use are 18 something or other, if of date 18 in the hundreds, then the performer must advise the medium of this by means of a wording of reply to the person who lent the coin, which can easily be arranged to suit one's fancy. The 6 and 2 have therefore to be transmitted.
The performer stands away from medium or amongst audience. The medium being on the stage securely blindfolded, performer takes his Position with chalk in hand in front of blackboard, holding coin in other hand. He does not speak a word but simply looks at coin, after a pause, the medium calls out: "The first figure I picture is a one," or words to that effect, now immediately the lady stops speaking they both commence to count mentally at the rate agreed upon by practice. In this case the number to be transmitted is 6; as the last word of sentence is spoken they commence mentally 1-2-3-4-5-6; during this short period the performer glances down at the coin as if to verify what the lady has called out, as soon as they reach the figure "6" the signal "Stop" has to be transmitted. This is done by the performer putting down on the blackboard sharply the figure called out by the lady, viz.: "One" (1).
It will be seen by this method that the signal is quite easy to transmit and it is perfectly natural to put down the figure on the board quickly and sharply. The third figure of the coin is now known to the medium, the last figure "2" is transmitted in the same manner as the previous figure, the lady says the second figure I see is "8," as soon as she ceases speaking they commence the counting again 1-2, on the arrival at the figure "2" the performer puts down the "8," previously called out, sharply on the board, which is the signal for "stop," the lady now knows the full date of the coin.
The metal of the coin must be indicated to the medium previously by the wording of the reply to the owner of the coin after it has been handed to the performer, which can easily be arranged to fancy, the value of the coin or its equivalent number in the same way as the previous figure and between the "6" and "2," that is, after the lady has called out the "6" they commence to count for the value, when an "0" occurs in the date, no pause is made, the performer putting down the figure on the board for the "stop" signal immediately the lady stops speaking, this if followed carefully will be found quite easy and natural in practice.
Any other system that one may adopt for giving the starting and stopping signal can of course be applied, but the method here proposed will be found to answer the purpose, and cannot be detected.
The performer states to the audience that the lady will now tell the value and number of a borrowed banknote. He also states that the lady does not see the numbers on the note in the right order and that he will therefore make divisions on the blackboard for these numbers, supposing she sees a "3" first she would cry out "I see a 3" and it belongs in the second place and so on, till the full number has been called off.
Performer also states that she will first call off the value of the note. Performer now borrows a banknote remarking that he usually returns it. We will suppose he is handed a $5 bill numbered 00481, he takes it back to the stage and on the way there he looks at its value, when the lady hears that he has returned she raises her hand to her head as if in thought. At the moment her hand starts to move, both count 1-2-5-10-20-50-100 and so on, at the third beat, viz.: "5" performer gives a sigh, the lady then waits a moment and says it is a $5 bill. While she did this performer has looked at the third figure of the note, as it is understood between them that she should first call out the third figure of the note, which in our case is "4."
It should have been mentioned before that in the banknote test the following order must be learned by both performers previous to performance: 1-4-5-3-2 so that now the lady has got to the $5 as mentioned above, begin to count 1-4 in second time, on the second beat, viz.: "4" performer will stop lady from counting any further by slowly writing down $5 lady knows now that, the next number is "4" she however waits a moment and then exclaims, "I see a 4 and it occupies the third place."
As soon as the word "place" is said both again begin to count. Now the figure in the first place is to be called off next according to the pre-arranged order. This order is supposed to be 3d, 1st, 9d, 4th, 5th, 6th, and so on. Of course any other order will do as long as both know it beforehand. Now "0" is the same as "10" for the test, for when a number is not in the formula 1-4-5-3-9 you must take the number to which when 5 is added to it makes the number you desire, for instance, for 7 take 9 plus 5 equal 7, for 6 take 1 plus 5 equal 6, 5 plus 5 equal 10.
So the third beat will be the one on which the performer will write down the "4" just called out. So immediately the lady has said "place" both count 1-4-5 and on the "5" the performer will write down rather quickly in the third place a "4" immediately the "4" is put down the lady knows that the next number according to the above arrangement which occupies the first place must be an "0," but she allows a second or two to elapse before calling it out, by this giving time to look at note for next figure.
By putting down a previous number rapidly the lady knows that she has to add 5 to the number just communicated to her, which occupies the second place, and so that he is ready to begin counting immediately she has finished her sentence, then she calls out: "I see an "0" and it occupies the first place," immediately she says, "place" both count for the "0" in second place, 1-4-5 on the 5 performer rather quickly writes down "0" in the first place, after a moment or so the lady says, "I see another "0" and it occupies the second place."
Immediately on the word "place" both count for the "8" 1-4-5-8, on the beat for "3" the Performer rather quickly, by this communicating to her that she has to add 5 to the transmitted number "3," writes down an "0" in the second place, then after a second or so the lady exclaims, "the next figure I see is an "8" and it occupies the fourth place. At the word "place" the performer deliberately writes down an "8" in the fourth place and the lady calls out, "I see a 1 and it occupies the fifth place."
She would go on counting to herself as she would not know whether there were more figures or not, but the performer would next refer to the number being all right and she would know it was all over. $5.00 "00481."
For black-board work: The performer asks any member of the audience to put down upon the board 4 or 5 rows of figures, usually composed of about 5 figures in each row. While this is being done, the performer informs the audience that he shall transmit the total of the columns of the figures now being put down to the medium.
The sum having been put down on the board say something like this:
the performer adds up first row quickly so as to arrive at first total of unit column, this, you will see, amounts to 22. He has however, only to transmit the 2 as amount to be carried is not necessary to be known to the medium.
He therefore now takes the chalk in his hand and says audibly to the person who has put down the figures, "thank you," the lady who has been listening for the signal as soon as the performer ceases speaking they commence the mental counting to the transmission of the 2, viz., 1-2.
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Immediately on the repetition of the word "2" the performer draws a second line under the column of figures on the board, the sharp tap of the chalk on the board at the commencement of the action of drawing the line, indicating to the lady to cease counting and call out the figure she had mentioned to herself when she heard the tap on the board, which she does, saying: put down under the unit column the figure "2."
The performer glances at the column as if to verify what the lady has called out, but in reality to allow time to transmit the total of the second column, which he has added up during the time the lady was speaking, not forgetting to add on "2" carried from the first column. In this case it amounts to 23. The 3 has therefore to be transmitted.
As soon as the lady ceases speaking, viz., on the word two, as above, they commence counting for the second column in this case 3, they count 1-2-3. The performer then puts down sharply on the board "2" first called out by the lady which is the cue to stop and then the lady knows that the second figure is "3" and calls out accordingly.
You proceed in this way until all the columns have been added.
This test is usually concluded by the performer pointing in quick succession to any figure on the board, which the lady calls out. This is simply an addition and is a pre-arranged order of certain numbers which the performer picks out as it were hap-hazard, but really in the order arranged beforehand. What we mean by prearranged order is to commit to memory a set of figures; at the conclusion of the foregoing test the performer points to 4 then 8 then 9 then to 1 and so on, medium calling out figures as soon as performer crosses it out with chalk.
Card Test--Have your cards memorized by their numbers: Ace 23-4-5-6-7-8-9-10, Jack 11, Queen 12, King 13, ask some one to select 7 or 8 cards. To illustrate the method, we will suppose he selects two of hearts, three of diamonds, five of hearts, seven of clubs, eight of spades, ten of hearts, ten of clubs, Queen of Diamonds, King of Diamonds, (nine cards in all).
Let him lay them in a row on edge of table (the edge furthest from you). While he does this take a look at them and notice which is the lowest card, convey the denomination (or value) of the card according to the following rule: Value is given by laying down the card last named. Count from the time last words leave lady's lips until the time the card is laid on the table, the number counted to be added to the value of the card last named, and if the sum is over 13 deduct 13 from it.
Suit is given by the manner of picking up the next card. Clubs, pick card up sharply and quickly giving it a kind of turn on table which will make an audible "scratch." Diamonds, draw the card slowly over the table towards yourself before picking it up. Hearts, make a thump when going to pick up the card. Spades, make the thump as if hearts but follow it by the scratch as in clubs.
The value of the first card cannot of course be given by laying down the last card named, nor can we count from the time the last word leaves the lady's lips, as she has not yet said anything. You say "thanks" to the person who selects the cards and then you both start counting; at the figure to be indicated make a "sigh." Thus in our example above the lowest card is two of hearts, say "thanks" and count 1-2. At two heave a "sigh" or better still "breath hard," the hearts you indicated by picking up the card with a thump.
Lady knows the first card, she names it and as soon as the last word leaves her lips count again. Now the next card in value is 3 of diamonds, but we will skip this and go to the 5 of hearts. You do not count 5 but only 3 (the last card named being 2 of hearts, 2 plus 3 = 5). The heart is again indicated by a thump.
Skip the 7 of clubs and go to the 8 of spades, the lady says 5 of hearts and you both count at 3 lay the card down with an audible rap. Lady adds 3 to 5 and knows the next card is an "8." The spade is given by the thump and scratch.
Then you can give the 10 of hearts by adding 9, then the Queen of Diamonds by adding 2, the King by adding 1. Now you have skipped the 3 of diamonds, 7 of clubs and 10 of clubs. This was done so that the audience may not notice that the cards are given from low to high. You count 3 from the King (King = 13, plus 3, but according to rule you deduce 13 leaving only the 3). For example if the last card had been a Jack and you wish to give a "2," you count 4 (Jack plus 4 = 15 minus 13 = 2).
After giving the "2," you give the 7 of clubs by counting, of course always indicating the suit by picking up the card; all the "thump," "scratches" and "draws" are really natural moves as motions should not be made un-natural by making them too pronounced, the practiced ear can easily tell them apart.
Chess Knights Tour. Patter--"We will now introduce what is known as the chess knights tour; for the benefit of those who are not chess players let me say that the knight is the little figure with the horse's head and it has the most peculiar moves of any figure used in any game of that class, it can go around the corner.
The knight moves by starting from the field upon which he stands and going two fields or squares straight in any direction and then turning the corner and going one more field in some other direction. To illustrate (go to your blackboard and point it out) if standing on, say, field 20 he could get to 35, (show it) to 37, (show it) to 80, to 14, to 5, to 3, to 10, or to 26, a choice of eight fields, providing he stood on a centre field.
Now on account of this almost incalculable move it has puzzled mathematicians for nearly 9,000 years (chess is an old game) to know if that knight could be started here point to it) on field No. 1, and could be successfully led from field to field and yet never resting twice on the same field.
After centuries of calculations this has been solved by a Frenchman and we will solve it again tonight for you, but we will make it just 64 times as difficult by not commencing on No. 1, as scientists always do, but on any field you may designate. Common sense will tell you that the knight's trip must differ in each and every case according to his starting point and we propose to make it a great deal more difficult by having the moves calculated out by our medium, who you are well aware is totally "blindfolded."
A number being called out by one of the audience you mark it out, the lady calls off the numbers and you connect the lines and mark out the field; at the conclusion your black-board will show lines running over it, stopping once on each square, but not touching any square twice.
Explanation. The secret lies in this, that you return to your starting point, if you learn by heart the following: (1)-18-33-50-60-54-64-47-32-15-5-20-3-9-26-41-58-52-62-56-39-24-7-22-37-43-28-13-30-45-35-29-46-36-21-38-44-27-42-57-51-61-55-40-23-8-14-4-10-25-19-34-49-59-53-63-48-31-16-6-12-2-17-11-(1.) You see it begins and ends with or at One. This rotation is all you need learn.
Suppose your audience gives 12 as a starting point, you say: 12-217-11-1-18-33-50-60 and so on finishing with 16-6.
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