The Ultra Perfect Clip Board is an indispensable device with the modern mentalist. Its uses are multiple and versatile. Only a few of its more sensational uses will be mentioned, as it may only be adapted to most any circumstance.
NELSONISM: This is a title given the application of the clip boards in conjunction with mindreading codes. The code is presented in the usual way, but the use of the boards make possible sensationaL effects in the presentation.
Just prior to the presentation of the act, an assistant approaches a few spectators as they enter the theatre, as in the Master System, or spectators around the night club tables. Only four or five good questions are necessary, but should be garnered in different locations.
During the presentation, it is necessary for the various spectators to whisper their questions, etc. , to the audience assistant, who in turn secretly codes them to the stage performer. The climax is reached when the stage performer interrupts any actions of her partner in the audience exclaiming - "just a minute, I get a very strong vibration from a gentleman in the rear of the theatre. I get the name very distinctly - John C. Wilson - Mr. Wilson, please raise your hand. I have a very important message for you. "
NOTE: At this point, the audience assistant is a considerable distance from the 'Mr. Wilson', who responds and is correctly told his full name, birthdate, and a detailed answer to his mental question.
To those in the audience who assume the modus operandi of the act is the carefuL phrasing of the assistant's speech to the stage medium, they are immediately taken back by this spontaneous outburst of 'psychic power1 on behalf of the medium. The effect is that the medium mereLy grasped the mental vibration directly from the mind of one of the audience. This same routine is applied four or five times, with different spectators, all in a distant part of the theatre and entirely away from the audience assistant. It carries profound weight - obliterating the thought of a code.
The efficient handling of the questions, brim full of detailed information is a truly shock situation. Here is the added touch that lifts the performance from the ordinary into the realm of true mystery.
Picture yourself in your favorite night club or hoteL Lounge. Delightful melodies reach your ear from the distant band stand. There is a fanfare of music - the orchestra leader is asking your cooperation in a novel experiment - MUSICAL THOUGHTS.
If you will but think of various musical selections - mentally hum the tunes - by telepathy - the leader will grasp these mental vibrations and command the band to play your thoughts! Sounds interesting - let's watch.
Distributed to all tables are souvenir cards, containing the complete library of musical selections of the band. Take your choice - select a tune - mentally hum it - and presto - up comes the leader's baton - and you hear your musical thoughts!
It's intriguing, streamlined entertainment. You might guess the leader has a secret means of coding the selected melody to the band which is true. (The Complete Musical Thoughts Act, with necessary apparatus for producing a super-climax which kills the code angle is sold as a separate presentation. )
BUT - aLl of a sudden, the leader turns at random to a table, and exclaims, 'Pardon me, sir, you are thinking at this very moment of a selection - isn't that true? And you haven't told a soul - other than possibly your immediate friends at your table? And you haven't told ME the selection? Thank you. "
Up goes the baton - and the band plays the mentally selected tune. This is repeated several times during the presentation. It's all so mystifying - so natural - various guests being picked at random - and without the leader's knowledge of the selection.
Yes, it's the Mentalists' old stand-by - the Impression Clip Boards. How simple it is for a member of the band, head waiter, etc. , to approach three or four tables (only) asking if they would care to participate in the novelty number, Musical Thoughts. They are requested to merely write any selection and retain the paper. The solicitation of this information is done tactfully and without any ballyhoo. In a crowded cocktail lounge or night club, it is extremely easy to quietly obtain four or five situations, and with a little showmanship, superb entertainment value is added.
Having secured the advance information from the board, and tying in the identity and location of the writers, the leader apparently picks various spectators at random. This is a worthy addition to the musical thought projection number.
Super Mentality is the title given to an unusually clever mental demonstration that is genuinely accomplished. It is well named because it demonstrates a mental faculty far beyond the reach of the average person.
Briefly, spectators call out from 30 to one hundred words, which are written for future reference on a blackboard. Each word is numbered from one to 100, though the spectators may call the words in any sequence.
The performer actually memorizes these words as they are called, and their numerical position on the blackboard. He proceeds to call them forward and backward in their proper sequence, or at random, as requested.
A truly sensational performance is possible by combining the principles of SuperMentality with the Impression Boards, Here's how;
A committee can be chosen among the audience. For the sake of brevity, only thirty words will be selected. The committee silently chooses the thirty words, and writes them on a paper beside the thirty numerals. At this time, the names are not called aloud.
Now, the performer requests each word, beginning with the first, be spoken clearly and distinctly. Only after the briefest pause, the succeeding words are called, the performer memorizing each as called. This continues until the 20th word has been submitted.
Just as the committee begins to call the 21st word, the performer cries, "Stop - don't call it aloud. Just think of it! The 21st word was . . . cow. The 22nd word was shoe. The 23rd word was light bulb, etc. " and continues until the remainder of the list is called - all apparently by telepathy. Committee, of course, verifies the correctness of the test.
Sufficient to say, the original SuperMentality presentation needs no additions to make it one of the most effective mental routines available to the performer. However, the telepathic feature can easily be added - thus giving you Telepathic Super-Mentality.
For the first 20 words, the performer may or may not employ the principles of genuine memorization (SuperMentality). As our good friend the Clip Board is employed to gain the last ten words the performer may gain access to the first 20 in like manner.
Perhaps the most logical means of communicating the information to the performer would be the wireless telephone system, elsewhere described in this book. Or direct telephone system. The entire list of words is registered inside the clip board. The written list is torn from the board, left with the committee while assistant nonchalantly retires from the clip board. The data is removed. If a wireless system is employed, the information is phoned to the performer.
An alternate means of doing this fine routine, the information can be copied on a small card, placed under crystal, and crystal brought to performer, as an aid to concentration. Or, the performer may write these words on a large blackboard - or slate.
In such case, the data may be lightly copied on the slate or blackboard frames, or written on the eraser, or side of the chalk. A false start can be made - performer erases the writing with hand, which is quite messy, calls for the eraser. Any of these dodges, simplicity personified, are good and may be adopted with equal ease.
Another and very fine method is this; Don't overlook it. The words can be written on a scrap pad - all on the second sheet, or subsequent sheets. Performer takes a pencil - makes some dideos on paper, while getting vibrations, apparently writes - scratches out, etc., the word. Actually, he writes nothing, but a lot of odd designs, etc. , over the previously written word, etc., then proclaims the word, which is verified and he may discard the paper to the floor. This is continued until all of the words have been called - Super - Mentality - by telepathy.
Scores of mathematical tests, additions, multiplications, etc., can be arranged, as conceived. Or a series of performance tests - such as committee design performer to turn light switch, remove Mrs. Jones' spectacles, etc. This information can be brought on stage or platform a little later by assistant - the data can be written on the back of apparatus, books, or other objects that will previously be handled by the performer.
This is a popular phase of mediumship, well within the realm of mystical fantasy, and offers another means of demonstrating telepathic ability - without a crystal ball. And a new presentation.
On the center of the stage is a large school type blackboard. All spectators are asked to concentrate first on their name, and once a spectator's name is written, on the board, the performer will endeavor to divine the mental query. Here is ample opportunity for rare showmanship.
Poised with chalk in hand, the performer begins to write - jerkily, and without reassurance . . . Two or three initial attempts are made without success. Erasing the aborative attempt, the performer singles out one person in the audience, asking that he alone concentrate on his name. Again the performer begins to write - very laboriously - the first name - which is acknowledged and confirmed by the spectator . . „ the last name is more difficult - performer writes the first letter - turns to spectator and asks him to mentally spell the name - letter for letter . . . and just as though actually receiving the mental letters, the performer writes the last name. Then, with zest, the spectator's thought -writing - the words 'travel' or 'where' - New York City - yes, turns from the board - "you would have me tell you if you will travel to New York City next month - YES? " Erase a portion of the blackboard - and writes - Yes - turns and says "Yes, my friend, you and your wife will make the trip to New York as planned, early next month. Is that the exact thought you had in your mind this moment? "
Needless to say, such a dramatic presentation will prove awe-inspiring to any audience. A dozen or more mental vibrations are received in like manner from various spectators - thru the mediumship of automatic writing. Here is visual proof that the performer receives the thoughts - and the manner in which he is guided. It is a distinctly new type of presentation that should catch the fancy of any audience, if properly done. It has distinct radio possibilities.
No, the spectators are not plants. They merely write their questions on the U. P. Impression Boards, and retain the written queries as in the 'Master System of Mindreading1. It may be done as a sealed billet demonstration, thus accounting for the questions that were known to be written. How did the performer know the name and question in the first spectator's mind? He, too, wrote on the board, and his whereabouts in the audience was determined before the demonstration. Selecting anyone at random (apparently) to help the performer get enrapport - to clear the atmosphere of the many vibrations - is logical and most acceptable.
The data secured from the impression boards may be placed on the eraser, or lightly written on the frame of the blackboard ... or it may be copied on small cards and carried in the performer's vest pocket. As he turns to write on the blackboard and his back is to the audience, he can easily with the left hand remove one of the cards, read the name and question and proceed with the test. The element of showmanship -the apparent strain under which the performer labors - the writing and erasing of the messages on the board - make it extremely easy to secure this data.
The blackboards should be of suitable size, depending on the largeness of the auditorium, as all may see.
The board should be at sufficient height as to permit the audience to see the writing above the performer's shoulders or head. A small shelf at the bottom of the board to hold the erasers and chalk. Questions can even be copied on the chalk, by flattening one side of the chalk. One abbreviated question per stick of chalk.
If an associate is used, best type of board is the swivel type. Performer can write on one side to get message, turn the board over for a clean surface while assistant merely steps behind it long enough to clean the board for the succeeding test. Assistant can slip a small card with name and question on it in the eraser shelf, removing the card just used, if this method is desired. The blackboard shields this operation very nicely.
Into The Infinite:
Recently a client asked me how he could improve his program, and give it a more sensational touch. His program consists of being personally introduced to one hundred guests on their entry into the hal'l or auditorium. Each guest signs his name on an unprepared piece of paper for Later record.
My client actually memorizes each of the 100 names, and associates them with their owner. Later in the program, he identifies each guest by correct name, or forfeits a five dollar bill for each one he misses!
This is truly an amazing feat in mnemonics, and receives great respect and admiration, but Lacks mystery. I prescribed the Ultra Perfect Impression Board, to be used as follows:
As the audience gathers, and during the introductions, the performer takes a few minutes, and engaging one of the spectators in conversation, asks him if he would like to participate in a new experiment in telepathy the performer would Like to try. Handed the board, spectator is requested to write any question or write his social security number, wife's birthday, etc. , on the paper, tear it off and retain it. Five or six questions or tests are garnered in this manner.
My friend with the super-mind memorizes these questions or tests, and during the procedure by calling each by name - he dramatically stops - wrinkles his brow in further thought and proclaims - 'Not only were you thinking of your name and wondering if I would fail, but you have a thought in your mind at this very moment about a business deal - isn't that correct, sir? ' Proceed with questions and give suitable answer.
This same procedure occurs four or five times during the recalling of the names. It is simply out of this world, as the appearance is that the performer, busily engaged in calling the names, casually receives mental vibrations from random spectators in the audience.
The memorization of the names is accomplished by the ' Super -Mentality' principle, and is genuine memory. However, this part too can be easily faked by use of the boards. Spectators sign their names on paper clips attached to the boards, which gives the performer a duplicate of all the names. These are sent to him by an assistant, or by various ways, such as wireless, telephone, signs in wings, etc. , though he cannot identify each name with its owner. A dodge to overcome this is to merely ask each spectator to rise (and acknowledge) his name!
Dollar Bill Test:
Five different members of the audience are each asked to produce a dollar bill. As the assistant approaches the spectators, they are to note the serial number on their bill - and make a written notation of the bill on paper - via the lower slip on the clip board - and retain the written notation.
They are further requested to confer with the spectator on their right/or left, and the two to concentrate on the number. This is done with each of the five subjects.
Assistant retires to the stage, while performer explains the mysteries of thought transference. This allows the assistant sufficient time to retire back stage, obtain the numbers from the board. They may be prepared on the card under the crystal - written on the back of some apparatus, or brought out on an ordinary scratch pad, as previously explained.
Performer calls the various serial numbers in a dramatic manner - thus, another neat test thru the application of the Impression Clip Boards.
Questions are collected on the Impression Boards, just as in the Master System. However, as each person writes their question and signature, they are required to tear it from the remaining paper, and are handed an envelope with the instructions to seal their written question in the envelope and retain it.
Performer makes reference to the fact that a few people were given paper and pencils to write questions on entering the theatre for a series of special tests. The audience is informed these questions never once left the spectator's possession, and are now held by them in carefully sealed envelopes.
The object will be for the performer to divine the contents of these sealed envelopes, and advise the writers accordingly. The seemingly impossibility of such a feat is stressed, yet the performer does succeed in his effort!
Besides giving variation to the regular routine and being a great psychic demonstration, it is an excellent cover-up for any non-participating spectators who witnessed others writing in the lobby. This routine is excellent when used in the Master System as a series of 'special tests' or, as a complete routine.
The use of sealed billets in small groups is a very plausible excuse for the actual writing of the questions. Here is an excellent and workable routine for small social groups in the home, club or banquet.
Several spectators are approached, and asked if they wish to participate in the 'telepathy experiments'. Answering in the affirmative, they are permitted to write a question (on the Impression Board) remove it, and seal it in an envelope which they retain.
Thus, the questions and data is collected, unbeknown to the spectators. It is prepared for later use by whatever method the performer desires.
In the introductory remarks the performer informs his audience, "Many of you have been given paper and pencil to write a question, and an envelope in which to seal your questions. These questions you now retain. To others in the group who would like to participate in the experiments, my secretary will supply you with paper and envelopes, or simply concentrate as intently as you can upon your question, and I shall endeavor to also answer a number of these unwritten questions. "
Getting a little added information on the quests, and especially one or two who have not written questions, you have at your finger tips a superb, small gathering mental show.
Modern Version Mindreading:
Recently, one of my clients engaged me to work out a special radio program on psychic entertainment. He desired to work in straight character, as a modern scientist, and specifically did not wish to employ a gazing crystal. His object was to outdo the radio mentalist I have just de scribed.
I prescribed a routine, such as I have set down here for you. However, the crystal ball was out. To hide behind a 'billboard' and read the question behind it was definitely verbotenl
Here is the finished presentation, which is not only suitable for radio presentation, but stage, club, in fact wherever you might choose to do a mental program. Don't overlook its true merit - remember a wise man once said, "There is majesty in simplicity. "
As the audience are unaware of ANY written questions, the mentalist apparently employs only his mental faculties to divine the thoughts projected by his audience. As the presentation begins, he picks up an ordinary scratch pad and pencil - concentrates and begins to write something - rubs it out - starts again. He calls a name -which is similar to, but not the correct name. The performer realizes he is not entirely 'on the beam' - tears the sheet from the pad, writes again and makes more dideos on the pad - then comes out straightforwardly, and with reassurance that he is now correct - calls a name -gets a confirmation and then proceeds into the detailed question and answer.
The top page of the scrap book is torn from the pad, crumpled and cast aside. Again another name is called, and the performance continues in this manner.
Yes, you guessed it. The names and questions have been previously written on succeeding pages down thru the scratch pad. The first page is blank, except for the correct name (as on next page) being very faintly written in pencil. The performer deliberately makes a mis-start. This allows the audience to see in a most casual manner that the pad is blank. No other reference is made, and the handling of the pad must be in a natural manner - it demands considerable showmanship for this bold presentation. The author has used this system quite secretly for a number of years with wonderful success, and believes it to be his own origination.
It would be poor stage deportment or etiquette to crumple the sheets and throw them on the floorl This, of course, is not permissible. The pages should be discarded by placing them in the pocket or a receptacle. To add punch and to mislead further the audience away from the real solution, two questions can be written on one sheet. You then have one question ahead - with the blank sheet on top of the pad. In a most natural manner, the hand is lowered, allowing the audience a view of the pad. Start the didoes - and so engrossed in your mental concentration, THIS paper is crumpled and allowed to be dropped on the floor - where some wise person will later find it, and discover only the mental didoes inscribed on same.
This is an exceptionally clean and clever method of doing telepathy and mindreading for practically every occasion.
Your audience must be led to believe that your scribbling on the paper is the outlet for your psychic and nervous energies - your own peculiar form of mediumship or clairvoyancy. The scribbling on the pad may be termed a phase of automatic writing, of which many people are familiar. However, the success of the presentation is dependent on the correct and nonchalant handling of the pad and pencil, and the manner in which you dispose of the discarded sheetsl
With Use of Slates:
Names and questions can be lightly written on the frame of a slate with pencil, and the same effect be accomplished. Or, for a limited number of tests, it would be most feasible to use one of the trick locking slates. This slate has a permanent sliding and folding flap. Slide it down from one end, fold in the middle and it locks into the other end. The slate can be freely exhibited, shown perfectly blank - even examined if desired - returned to the performer, who secretly 'opens the slate' and has access to the fu'l'l surface of the slate covered with names and questions. These are erased as consumed by the performer, who winds up the demonstration with an empty slate - and apparently exactly as he begins.
Another variation is to use an ordinary slate, with full flap. Exhibit slate entirely free from writing, place on table top, pick up, leaving flap and data exposed to medium. Names and questions are erased as used - along with didoes, markings, etc. , as placed on slate, while performer is trying to concentrate.
Referring again to the 'locking slate', performer can have it loaded on the inside with the question data. The slate is casually displayed as to being free of writing. On the non-fake side, he tries automatic writing, but is unsuccessful. He places the slate down, after opening the side towards himself on a table, the slate slightly elevated on the end towards the audience. Seated at the table, he can apparently gaze into a crystal for his answers, make auto-writing on an ordinary scratch pad, etc. , all the time getting the questions and names from the previously shown and discarded school slate.
I sold this method and also the two-slates with flap idea to a medium friend of mine for a goodly fee. His wife brings in the 'lock slate1, which is casually shown empty - he makes a few didoes on it -opens same, gets all the necessary data placed there by his wife - closes and locks slate and gives a very satisfactory and startling reading. The two slate and flap routine is merely the question and name written under flap. An attempt is made to get a message, but the effort is in vain. Spectator of course has noted the slates blank and perfectly ordinary. Medium switches the flap to other slate deliberately - reads the data and he is all set. Data and name first secured by wife on the impression board.
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