By Mark StriVtNGS

Effect - A manilia pay envelope is shown to contain a folded slip of paper. The performer explains that he is going to mentally project a number. It's a two digit number between 1 and 50, both digits are odd and different. It is further stated that this would not be a number like 11 (both digits are the same), but that 13 would work. The performer concentrates and asks the spectator to state what number they received. The number that the spectator names is revealed to be written on the slip in the envelope!

Method - This will read long but is really quite simple. This is a play on the well known psychological force. When the above restrictions are placed on the number to projected, most spectators will think of 37 with the number 35 a close second. However this psychological force's use has been restricted to the stage because of the distinct possibility of it missing. It is used here in a sure fire, one-on-one presentation. The force, combined here with a mixture of new and old techniques in mentaiism makes for a formidable demonstration of mind to mind communication.

The first part of the secret is the force itself as already explained. The second part of this is the envelope. This makes use of a special envelope that I call the 'Window Kismet Envelope', first described in print in my book, "Mobile Mentaiism II". This is the invention of Robert Giliard from England and is directly inspired by my own 'Window Double Envelope' from "Mobile Mentaiism".

To construct this you will need three identical manilia pay envelopes. I find that size 5 works well for this. Cut the entire solid back panel off of two envelopes, leaving just the solid piece of paper (not the glued portion). Trim one of these solid slips of paper about 1/4 inch shorter than the other. The flap is also removed from each piece. You will also need to cut a window in the solid back of the other envelope. This window should be approximately 1 3/4" square and centered on the envelope. Slip both solid panels from the other envelopes into the window envelope. This forms an envelope that has three compartments, two solid and one with a window in it. You may find that you need to trim the center dividers so that they doesn't show above the 'dip' at the opening of the glued portion of the main envelope. The envelope is ready. See next page for an x-ray side view and back view.

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You will also need a rather quirky gimmick, what Lee Earle calls 'The Swiss Army Fbcket Index', You're about to see why. To construct this, you will need about several 3" x 2 1/2" file cards. These are obtained by cutting standard 3" x 5" cards in half. Your local quick printer can do these by the thousands for you in a matter of minutes for very small fee. Write the number 37 in pencil on one of these cards, fold it into quarters (not too neatly) and place it into the solid center compartment of the envelope. Write the number 35 on a second slip and place in into the other solid compartment of the envelope. Be sure to remember which compartment contains which slip.

Take a stack of about a dozen file cards and, using a glue stick, glue them together into a solid block. Once you have done this, weight the block under a heavy

You will also need a book of matches. Ideally this should be the larger size that holds forty matches and all the matches should be intact. Glue the solid back of this matchbook to one of the narrow ends of the now solid block of file cards so that the top of the matchbook is about even with the end of the stack of filecards. The matchbook can be opened and closed with no interference from the stack of filecards. See the illustration for more details.

Now get a vinyl coated paper clip. These are commonly available in drug and department stores. The clip should be placed on the short end of the stack of filecards opposite the matchbook. Now take one single card and place it cross-ways under the paper clip on the opposite side of the stack from the matchbook.

Now take another stack of file cards and write the following numbers, one per card; 15, 17, 19, 31, 39. Fold each one as you folded the two slips already in the envelope. Hold the gimmick with the matchbook on top and facing you. Place the '15' slip between the front cover and matches on the left side. Place the '17' slip between the back cover and matches on the left side. Place the '19' slip between the back cover and matches on the right side. Palce the '31' slip between the front cover and matches on the right side. Place the '39' slip under the small flap on the front of the matchbook.

Press all slips firmly into place.

You will also need a short pencil stub. Place the pencil and the gimmick (paper clip down and matchbook against your body) in your right front pants pocket (assuming you are right handed).

Finally, all is now ready! Remove the envelope from a convenient pocket, flex it open (to one of the solid compartments) and dump out the folded slip, commenting that this has something to do with the future and you'll get to it in a moment. Replace the slip in the envelope. I then place the envelope in my pocket so that it wedges at an angle and stays in view. Always be careful not to flash the window cutout in the back of the envelope. Go through the spiel outlined in the presentation, finally asking whatever number they 'received'. All through this you should have your right hand in your trouser pocket with the pencil stub ready to write on the cross-ways slip.

Once the spectator names their number, one of four scenarios will occur.

1. If they name 37 (which happens most of the time) you don't need to do anything. Simply dump the slip out of the appropriate compartment of the envelope into their hand and have them read your prediction.

2. If they name 35, you do exactly as with 37, only opening the proper compartment to reveal the 35 slip.

3. If they name 15, 17, 19, 31, or 39 {the ONLY other numbers that SHOULD come up!); simply remove the proper slip from the index in your pocket and palm it out. Place the envelope directly over the slip {being careful not to flash!), open the envelope and 'feed' the slip through the opening in the back of the envelope. Remove it with the other hand, giving the illusion that it came from inside the envelope.

4. Every once in a great while you will get someone who just can't understand the concept of 'both digits are odd and different', and they name some number like 29! You can still bring the effect to a stunning conclusion. If they name any other number, simply write it on the slip in your pocket. This is the reason for the stack of billets glued together. They act as a solid writing surface. After you are done writing drop the pencil and remove the slip from under the clip. This is where the 'cross-ways' condition of the slip is important It allows to get the slip without fumbling. Once the slip is folded into quarters (this is very easy in the pocket), it is finger palmed and removed. Simply palm out the slip and conclude as in #3 above.

This simple effect is very powerful. It's amazing how often the number 37 comes up, and you're all set. I actually love it when the situation described in #4 above happens, because they didn't even follow instructions and you STILL got the number!

By the way, the number 13 is a distinct possibility, however it gets psychologically eliminated in the initial instructions simply by using it as an example. If they name it anyway, conclude as in #4 above.

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