By Mark Strivings

Effect - A series of mental transmissions from the performer to the audience is attempted with varying results. The performer attempts to transmit colors, objects, geometrical designs, etc. As a final experiment, the performer attempts to project a random number to a single spectator.

A manila pay envelope is introduced and shown to contain a small folded card. The envelope is left in sight. The performer explains that there is a two digit number on that card. The performer further explains that the two digits of the number are both even in value and different. For example, 22 would not work because, while both digits are even, they are also the same. 24 would work. He transmits the number and asks the spectator what number they received. Suppose they say 46. The envelope is now opened and the slip removed. The spectator can now open and read that it says 461

Construction of the gimmicks - This makes use of two gimmicks, both of which will require construction. The first is easy. Obtain two manila coin envelopes. 1 have found #5 to work very well for this effect You will also need an old playing card, a ra2or blade or exacto knife, and a pair of sharp scissors.

First trim the entire back, solid panel off of one of the envelopes using the scissors. This is the portion with the flap. Trim it as close to the edge as possible. Once done you will have a solid piece of paper with the flap across the top. Now trim the flap off about 1/4 inch below the crease where it folds. This leaves you with a single solid sheet of paper. Place this aside for now.

Now place the old playing card inside the other envelope and, using the exacto knife, cut a window about 1 3/4 inch square from the center of the solid {not glued) panel of the envelope. The playing card is to protect the other panel of the envelope, so you won't cut all the way through. Remove the cut out square. This is a standard window envelope.

Now slide the single sheet you cut from the first envelope into the window envelope. This creates what I call a window double envelope {clever title, huh?). This was first put in print in my book "Mobile Mentalism" (1996), under the article entitled

The other gimmick will require some time and careful construction. You are going to construct the 'Notepad Index'. You will need an exacto knife with a somewhat fine blade, a glue stick, a metal straight edge and {get this!) at least 11 (that's right, ELEVEN) 3X5 inch pocket memo pads. These are the type with a wire spiral holding them together at one end. They are frequently used by mentalists (with some minor reconstruction) as an 'Add-A-No' type pad. You will need a pad that has solid (no extra holes for hanging on displays, etc.) front and back panels. At least one of those panels (usually the back cover) MUST be white in color on both sides. These white covers are the panels that you will use to construct your gtmmicked pad.

First remove the spiral wires from all of your pads. Simply straighten out the bent end of the wire and rotate the spiral until it comes free of the pad. Set the white cover to one side. Throw the other cover away, assuming it's not white and that you don't have some other use for it Keep the spirals and all the extra sheets from the pad.

*NOTE* Please read all of the following instructions BEFORE actually attempting to construct the 'Notepad Index'. It will help if you understand the construction thoroughly before attempting it

Assemble all of the white covers. Using the glue stick, glue two of the covers back to back (part A). This puts whatever art and copy is on the cover on both sides, a double sided cover. See next page for details. Press this between a couple of heavy books for awhile.

Now get out the exacto knife, it's time to operate! Using a quarter (or similar size washer) as a template, lightly trace the semi-circles on the edge of one of the covers as pictured in the illustration. Do this to two covers. Using the exacto knife, carefully trim on these circles, completely removing the cut-outs. These are part B. See diagram next page for details.

Now take four more covers and carefully trim the top 7/16th's of an inch from each one. This is the end with holes for the spiral binding. Using the glue stick, glue these together in groups of two, being careful exactly align the holes. You end up with two double thickness 'ends' of cover stock (part C). See diagram next page for details. Set these aside for now.


Part 'A', two covers glued back to back


Part 'B\ two covers with semicircles cut out


two end pieces glued back to back, make two sets like this.

Now take the remainder of the covers that you removed in the last step (the ones that now no longer have end holes). Cutting straight across, cut 8 (eight) sections 3/32nd's of an inch wide (part D). These will be narrow slips of card stock. Finally cut 4 (four) more sections straight across, 1/4 of an inch wide (part E).

Using the glue stick and glue all of these various sections in pairs (one 3/32 inch section {part D) glued to another, one 1/4 inch section {part E) glued to another). This creates two 1/4 inch, double thick sections (part DD) and four 3/32 inch, double thick sections (part EE). Now it's time to put it all together!

We'll build the gimmick from the center out. Take another single cover (part F) and glue the two double thick spiral holed sections (part C) on each side of the single panel. Be sure to line up the holes exactly. Now glue the two 1/4 inch double thick sections (part DD) to the BOTTOM of each side of the single center panel {opposite end from part DD), lined up exactly with the bottom of the panel.

You will now glue one part EE on each side of the center panel 1 5/16th's of an inch below the top glued portion (part C). There should be 1 5/16th s of an inch between part C and part EE on each side. There are still two EE left. Glue them 1 5/16th's of an inch below the two part EE already in place, one on each side.

Finally, glue both part B sections with any printing to the INSIDE over the entire operation on each side. This leaves a solid white panel with semicircles cut out on each side of the gimmick. Be sure to line up all the edges carefully. When it's all done you have 12 neat little pockets built into the gimmick, six to a side! See diagram below for a side view of the finished gimmick.


Now for the final assembly of the notebook itself (finally!). Reference the diagram below and all will be clear. Reading from what will be considered the top or front cover of the notebook, here's the order of things. Front cover (AA) with the printing facing up, about 20 sheets of notebook paper (BB) kept from when you disassembled everything, another regular cover (CC) with the printing facing down, the gimmick you just constructed (DD) and the double sided cover (part A) on the bottom. Wire the whole thing together with a spiral (EE) and bend the end of the spiral to seal the whole thing in. The 'Notepad Index' is finally constructed!

All you need to finally complete the entire outfit is about fifteen 2 1/2" x 3" file cards. These are obtained by cutting a stack of standard unlined 3" x 5" file cards in half. Your quick printer can do this for a small fee. I do mine up hundreds at a time since I use them in a great many demonstrations. Write the following numbers on the slips, one per card: 24, 26, 28, 42, 46, 48, 62, 64, 68, 82, 84, 86. Fold each slip exactly in quarters and crease each one very sharply.

Holding the assembled notepad with the 'front' cover up, flip the back cover over to the front. The gimmick section will be on the bottom. In the upper left {imagine you're looking through the notepad from the top) place the folded slip with '24' in the slot on that corner. In the next slot down place the slip with '26' written on it. On the bottom slot on the left side place the slip with '28' written on it. On the right side, from the top down, place the slips numbered '42', '46' and '48'.

Now flip the gimmick over from the bottom to the top of the notepad. In the top left slot and moving down the left side, place the slips numbered '82', '84' and '86', in order from top to bottom. In the right side slots place the numbered slips '62', '64' and '68' in order from top to bottom.

Place another folded slip in the solid compartment of the window double envelope and place the envelope in a convenient pocket. A writing utensil of some sort completes the entire outfit After all that work, you're finally ready!

Obviously, what you have here is a twelve way out that covers all of the possibilities. Let's examine what happens here. The basic concept utilized here is the same as that used in '37 Revisited', elsewhere in this book, except with more options and even numbers instead of odd.

When you stipulate that the number you will project is two digits between 1-100, both digits EVEN and both digits different, the only options that are available are 24, 26, 28, 42, 46, 48, 62, 64, 68, 82, 84 and 86. That's all there are. Twelve outs will cover any of these. Let's get on with it.

Presentation - Perform a series of psychological forces. Any of the standard forces will work. With each force, write the word (object) you are projecting on the pad, tearing the page off after each projection. Project a color and announce red. Project a thorny flower and announce rose. Project a piece of furniture and announce chair. There are several that will work. After ail of these are done ask for a show of hands for anyone got all of the images you were projecting. Invariably someone will raise their hand. If there is more than one, simply pick one. Tell them that you get special vibrations from them and wish to try one more test.

Proceed with the presentation outlined in the opening of this description. Introduce the envelope and show the folded slip contained therein. Replace the slip and leave the envelope on the table. Be sure to keep the window in the back of the envelope towards the floor at all times during this. At this point the front cover only of the notepad is open {flipped over to the back) and in your left hand. Depending on which number they name when the time comes, you perform the following simple actions.

If they name anything in the 20's or 40's, flip the original front cover closed, keeping the gimmick on the bottom of the pad in your left hand. Reading counter clockwise from the upper left to the upper right are the numbers 24, 26, 28, 42, 46 and 48. Simply slide out the appropriate slip and keep it in fingerpalm. If the slip is on the left, I slide it into left fingerpalm and then slide it under the pad into right fingerpalm. If the slip is on the right, simply slide it into right fingerpalm. Place the notepad on the table and pick up the envelope, placing it directly over the palmed slip. Be careful not to flash the slip during all of this.

It's easiest to keep the hand somewhat palm down until the envelope is directly over the hand and then turn it over directly under the envelope. A few tries in front of a mirror will help you get the timing of the move.

Simply feed the slip through the window in the underside of the envelope and remove it with the other hand and allow the spectator to open it Pocket the envelope casually, keeping the window side away from the audience.

If the spectator chooses any number in the 60's or 80's there is only one small change in procedure. Back up to where the front cover is open to the back. Lever the notepad to a vertical position and flip the entire pad portion that is between you and the original front cover over to the back. This will bring the gimmick to your side of the pad. Rotate the entire pad so that the gimmick is facing down towards the floor and is in the palm of your left hand. Now, reading counter clockwise from upper left to upper right will be the numbers 62, 64, 68, 82, 84 and 86. Remove the proper slip as above and reveal from the envelope. You're done!

Obviously all of these actions can be altered to fit your needs. I keep the notepad in my left hand and end up with the slip in my right hand. Change the actions to suit your needs.

Other thoughts - Obviously this combination of gimmicks can be used for any 12 way out. Also with the addition of the slip already in the envelope, you could have as many as 13 outs literally at your fingertips. I've used this to apparently predict months of the year, zodiac signs and a bunch of other things. What's great about this is that there's no pocket work involved and no awkward motions to deal with. It plays squeaky clean and is a very versatile combination of utility devices. Both the 'Window Double Envelope' and the 'Notepad Index' are very valuable and powerful tools for the mentalist I hope you construct and enjoy them. It's worth the time and effort. Enjoy!!

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