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spectators believe that there are a multitude of choices, your final revelation will be viewed as astounding!

Next, I reinforce the idea of many possible outcomes by saying something like, "You understand the concept of digits in a number, correct? For instance, there are single digit numbers like 3 or 8. There are double digit numbers like 56 or 92. Triple digits would be something like 362, and, of course, four digit numbers would be something like 1,295."

Notice the psychology here. I have used numbers into the thousands, thereby implying that that could be a possibility in this experiment. When I first started doing this , I would concentrate and say something like, "In your case I don't get the impression of three four digits. In fact, the number you are thinking of actually has two digits, doesn't it?" This is actually an indirect hit! By acknowledging the fact that the number they are thinking of is neither three or four digits, they are already convinced that you are honing in on their thoughts. This procedure is fine and I used it for a long time. But more recently I have opted for allowing the spectator to continue with the thought that I don't know how many digits they have in mind. I now stop with the last line of the previous paragraph and skip the 'two digits' phrase.

From here on out, you are going to play the odds. Please look at the chart (fig.l) again. There are a total of 372 individual blocks there with numbers in them. Out of those, 336 are two digit numbers. Obviously, the odds are overwhelming that their number has two digits. In fact, you could subtly steer your spectator into having a two digit number by simply suggesting that they think of a date that is not obvious. This will tend to steer them into the middle of the calendar year, and therefore, a higher number.

Let's assume at this point that they are thinking of a two digit number. You next play a little hit-and-miss. You know that the first digit of the two is between 1 and 4. You are now going to play a type of 'high/low' pump. I say something like, "Think about all of the digits in your number. I get the impression that one of them is fairly high." (Note again the subtle impression of a number that could run into the thousands.) I emphasize the word 'fairly'. You are specifically going for information on the second digit at this point, but they don't know it. A yes answer to this statement reveals that the second digit is somewhere between 7 and 9. Hesitation reveals either a 5 or 6, and a negative response will indicate a 0 through 4. These guidelines are, of course, somewhat general. You will quickly learn to read your spectators responses. You now know a little something about both digits. From here the information gets more specific.

Now you will again play the odds. If you again look at the chart, you will see that there are 120 possibilities that fall between 20 and 29, 114 that fall between 10 and 19, 92 that fall between 30 and 39, and only 10 that fall between 40 and 43. The odds at this point are slightly in favor of their selected number falling between 20 and 29. However, there are actually many more two digit numbers that start with an odd number, 1 or 3, so that is where we will start. As you will see, we want as many 'hits' as possible.

Your next statement needs to narrow down the possibilities even further. Primarily, you need to find out if they are indeed thinking of a number in the 10's or 30's. I usually say something like, "Concentrate on the first digit only. I'm getting an odd number." If they say yes, you know they are either in the 10's or 30's. If I get an affirmative answer I immediately (as if this is always the case) follow with, "But it's not a real high number. It's a very low number, correct?" I emphasize the words 'very low'. If they say yes, I know they are in the 10's. If they hesitate (the 30's are not 'very low'), I know they are in the 30's. Notice that the above statement also reinforces the idea of many more possibilities, ('It's not a real high number').

Suppose they answer negatively to the 'even number' statement. Your next highest odds are in the 20 to 29 range. The procedure is the same as just outlined. You immediately follow up their negative response with, "But it's not a real high number, is it? It's a very low number, correct?" Here, again I emphasize the words Very low'. An immediate yes response leaves me in the 20 to 29 bracket, any hesitation puts me in the 40 to 43 bracket.

By the end of this phase, you usually know the grouping that their number fits in. As you will see, this is not always the case. But, usually you will be 'in the ball park'. You know what general area the second number fits in and probably know the exact first number. Your spectator does not yet know that you have this information.

At this point I always go for an 'even/odd' type of impression. Let's assume that you have discerned that their number is in the 20's somewhere. At this point I will say something like, "Think of all of the digits. I get a feeling that there is a combination of both even and odd numbers." Since you know (in this example) that the first digit is a 2, and you also know, from earlier in the procedure, the approximate range of the second digit, you now will be within one or two numbers of having a direct hit. Let's say that their number was 27. From earlier in the presentation, they would have indicated that one of their digits was 'fairly high1. Since then you have determined that the first digit is a 2. They will also indicate to you that one of their digits was, indeed odd. You are now left with either a 7 or 9 for the second digit!

Suppose that they are thinking of the number 26, and they answer negatively to the 'even/odd' statement. You now know that their first digit is a 2 and that their second digit is either a 6 or an 8! All that is left to do is narrow down the second digit. In this case you should simply guess between the two options you have left. It's an even chance, plus if you miss, you are still way too close to dismiss it.

I know that all of this sounds like a lot to handle. Indeed, it may even sound ludicrous. Trust me, this procedure goes by very quickly. It may also sound as though there is the possibility for quite a few wrong statements by you. This can happen. However, the majority of the time you can make immediate 'course adjustments' that sound like clarifications. Several have been cited in the above text.

Let's take a few examples and break them down the way they should play.

Suppose the spectator thinks of October 23. This would add up to 33 (10 + 23). Your basic script might go something like this.

"You understand the concept of digits in numbers. Single digits (as above). Think of all of those digits. I get the impression that one of them is fairly high. (No.) Let me concentrate. Think of just the first digit. I'm getting the impression of an odd number. (Yes.) And it's not a real high number, it's a very low number. (Yes, sort of.) That's better. Think of all of digits again. I get a feeling of both even and odd numbers. (No.) The second digit wouldn't be real low would it. (Not really.) I didn't think so. Concentrate with me now. I'm getting a 3. In fact I'm getting two 3's. You're thinking of 33, aren't you! (Yes. You're a genius!)"

Let's examine this. You go for the 'one of the digits is fairly high' and get a negative response. You now know that the second digit is somewhere in the 0 to 5 or 6 range. You will narrow this down further in a moment. You go for the first digit being odd and get a 'yes'. You immediately follow with 'And it's not a real high number, it's a very low number,' and get an slightly hesitant yes. You know it's a 3. Any instant yes would indicate a 1. You then go for the even/odd guess and get a 'no.' This is immediately followed with The second digit wouldn't be real low would it.' This is made more as a statement than a question and can be interpreted way. If they say yes you state that you thought so. If they say no you say you didn't think so. In this case they hesitated a bit and said not really. This indicates a 3. A yes would indicate a 1. You know the number!

Here's another example. They think of April 17. This totals 21 (17 + 4). You say, "Think of all of those digits. I get the impression that one of them is fairly high. (No.) [You know that the second number is somewhere between 0 and 5 or 6.] Let me concentrate. Think of the first digit. I get the impression of an odd number. (No.) But it's not a real high number. It's very low. (Yes.) [You now know the first number is a 2.] Think of all of the digits again. I get a feeling of both odd and even numbers. (Yes.) [You know that the second digit is either 1, 3, or 5.] The second digit wouldn't be real low, would it. (Yes.) [You know it's a 1.] I thought so. Concentrate with me. There is a 2 in your number. (Yes.) And a 1! You're thinking of the number 21!"

I freely admit that I am putting words into the mouths of my imaginary spectators in these examples. In reality, some of these responses are in the form of body language combined with spoken cues. Let's try one and have you figure out what the answer is.

You say, "Think of all of those digits. I get the impression that one of them is fairly high. (Yes.) Let me concentrate. Think of just the first digit. I get the impression of an odd number. (Yes.) But it's not a real high number. In fact, it's very low. (Well, yes.) Think of all of the digits again. I get a feeling of both odd and even numbers. (No.)

What answer did you get? Your first yes indicates that the second digit is somewhere between 6 and 9. The next answer, a yes answer, indicates a 1 or 3. The next hesitant yes answer indicates a 3. The no answer to the 'odd/even' query indicates that both numbers are odd. The answer, in this case was 37. You might have gotten 39.

This will obviously take some practice and thinking on your feet to get the hang of. The good part is that there is really no way for the spectator to back track and find you out. You can take your time in the delivery of this and that will help you think it through. Indeed, if you were really reading someone's mind you would get things in bits and pieces anyway.

All of the way through the process your spectator will be wondering how you get your 'hits' when you do, since you apparently have nothing to go on in the first place. The mere fact that you have a ranging force in play here puts you way ahead of the game.

Other notes -

There will be times when you simply won't be hitting at all. Since I always follow the basic outline above, it is certainly possible to be missing all over the place. Suppose they think of the number 23 (after the usual month/date stuff). Following the pattern above will produce several misses. Ideally you want as many hits ('yes' responses) as possible. If there are too many misses the method becomes transparent, and it's obvious that you are narrowing down the choices. You will get a feel for this as you do it. When you feel this happening, the best alternative is to bail out and simply admit that you aren't getting the vibrations the way you had hoped. In psychic work this is perfectly acceptable. It makes you 'genuine'.

But there are other alternatives. Following this section is an out that will allow you to bring this to a successful conclusion every time, should you choose to do so.

The only real uncovered area left is if they select a date that results in a

single digit number. This area is the main reason why I leave the actual number of digits apparently unknown at the beginning. After you go for the, "think of all of the digits. I get the feeling one of them is fairly high," statement, most people who are thinking of a single digit number will hedge slightly while they try to figure out what to do with only one number. This is easily picked up. If there are any doubts in your mind, they will be answered two statements later when you go for the odd/even statement. 99% of the time, they will give it away at this point. This is very hard to get across in print. I can only describe it as them trying to tell you without telling you. I know that makes very little sense. Believe me, after this has happened a couple of times, you will learn to spot it.

Once you have determined that they are thinking of a single digit, you need to play strongly off of the fact (?) that you don't know how many digits are involved. Here you simply go for a 'high/low' and then a 'even/odd' type of pump. Experience has shown me that once you get a feel for the general area of the number (i.e. if you think the number is either 6 or 8) go for your best guess without any further pumping. If you miss, so what? If you get it, it's very strong. It seems that the pumping procedure can become fairly obvious one step sooner with a one digit number. All the more reason to give the impression that you don't know how many digits are involved. It happens so seldom, though, that it isn't really a problem. One additional thing I have found is that when the number is a single digit, about 40% of the time it is 2 (for January 1). Just thought you'd like to know.

A potential scenario might sound like this. "Think of all of the digits in your number. I get a feeling that one of them is fairly high. (Yes.) Concentrate with me. Think of just the first digit. I get a sense of an odd number. (No.) But it's really very low isn't it? (No.) It's getting clearer. Think of all of the digits again. I am getting a single digit. It's a..."

What did you get? Given the above situation I would guess a 6 or an 8. The main giveaway being the no answer to the first digit being very low. You know it's even and, in retrospect, you know it's 'fairly high1. Once you have run into this situation a couple of times you will get the feel for it. And, as I indicated earlier, it's no crime if you miss. Your minds just aren't on the same wavelength.

By the way, this can be done on the phone. When you hit, it is very strong, very strong. Especially if you do it for a magician.

This has been an incredibly long and involved explanation. I congratulate you for wading all of the way through this. I hope you can see why it took so much explaining. There are certainly several other scenarios that are possible that I didn't cover, but this will get you going. For the few of you who actually take the time to work this up, you will be rewarded with a miracle of mind reading that you can do anywhere, anytime with no props whatsoever.

One last thing. For those of you who really want to take this into the realm of actual numerology, you realize that in this presentation I have not carried out the entire proper procedure. In real numerology you would add the two digits, which you get most of the time, together to arrive at one digit. This would be true unless you hit an 11 or 22. Those of you who know about numerology understand what I am talking about here. Well, just for you, here are the actual instances of each individual number hitting. Out of the 372 possible numerical outcomes (12 x 31) here is the way the numbers work out if you carry the addition all of the way.

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