The Client Returns

Concluding his reading, the Doctor takes his fee (all he can get), and tells the client to return in three days for further help - that he will then have some good thoughts for her.

If more questions are to be answered at the second reading, the index card switch procedure occurs all over again. It is quite possible the Doctor did not recall the client, because of reading for so many people each day, or associate her problems with the individual, that he must let the client tell HIM what has happened, and what progress has been made.

This was one of A's most deadly stunts. He would sit at his desk across from the client, knees crossed and a pencil in his hand. At some point or other, he breaks off the pencil end - an extra long piece of lead and retains it in the fingers of his right hand, and getting excited, slams the pencil down on the desk, where it finally landed. Of course, in the violent slamming of the pencil, the end was broken off (? ). Actually it was retained in the Doctor's fingers - slipping out a card and placing it on his knee, he would engage his client in conversation about names and events, and write these on the card on his knee with the pencil point.

Shifting his chair, he would palm the card up to his coat pocket, and ostensibly remove it from his pocket and toss it on the table to the client, to prove that he had been 'working in her behalf and there was the proof.

OR, here is another pet procedure by Doctor "A". Client returns - "Did you write those questions down I told you yesterday - let me see them? " (Now, writes same on knee. ) "Please note, I wrote the same. Now, we are making progress and I know I can help you. "

"You see I only do my case work at night - behind locked doors -however, I have just finished two successful cases, and I will begin my work on your problems tonight. Please return in three days, and in the meantime, follow this ritual, etc. , etc. "

DR. A' s SUPER BILLET SWITCH

When the Doctor was in extra good form, he would add this subtle touch to the switch. After he had accomplished the switch, read the real billet and during the actual course of the reading, he would toy with the dummy billet on the table, but would never open it. He would then tear the dummy billet into two pieces, placing one over the other, tent fashion and proceed with the reading. This action was sort of a 'nervous outlet', and apparently done subconsciously.

He would then slowly and silently tear the real billet in like manner in his lap, and stack same. At the conclusion of the reading, he would switch the two torn pieces of the real billet for the two torn pieces of the dummy billet, dropping them on the table top. All moves and actions are identical to the original switch.

DR. A' s SPIT-BALL SWITCH

In ballyhooing his work, Doc would create enough excitement by simply calling a name that he would book readings for a later date. He would use a scrap of any paper - about an inch square. This he would tear from an old sheet, and give it to the spectator with the request they write any name thereon, and unfold it twice, writing inside. He would make the folds, unfold and hand it to the spectator.

Doc would always be prepared with a scrap of paper of the same size and appearance, already folded, and this he would get in his right hand, palmed as in the original switch. He would take the folded billet -go thru the switch routine and start to return it to the client. He would then take a little 'spit' from his mouth and moisten a spot on his forehead. "Here, you take the name and place it on my forehead, " he would say. But he would merely make the gesture, and place it there himself, the miniature billet sticking to his forehead by the moisture. Asking the spectator to concentrate, etc. , he would open a small slip in the palm of his hand and get a flash of it. Very dramatically, he would call them by name. He would then remove the folded billet, and switch back for the original. Sometimes, he would approach the spectator, if others were not around, and placing his right cupped hand on the spectator's shoulder - just back from his line of vision, and read it. His 'spit-ball' test was most effective.

The reader must understand that the Doctor was a past master of this switch. He did it perfectly, and therein lies its true value. Every move must be perfectly timed and natural. If the reader is to utilize this switch, he must strive for perfection.

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