You will probably note the total is just double what the current year is. For instance, 1926 we find by multiplying by two we get 3852, etc. This will be found to work out absolutely correct in every detail. Naturally you must not work this twice before same audience unless you resort to something further to camouflage the total. Along this line you may have to add into the total some important date such as Discovery of America, date of Civil War, or .'something siailarto change the total. You of course make your total to conform with this when you write prophecy on card at beginning.
Patter: Ladies and gentlemen it is my pleasure to give you a true experiment in the Wonders of Oriental Psychology. In this presentation I do not claim the aid of those who have passed on, or any communications with spirits whatsoever, but will leave it for you to decide as to just what forces are brought into use, making this marvelous prophecy possible.
Firs-t-wi.1 l_someone-please-exarolT»e thl a Jblank^cardLamLjenvel ope. Please mark them both for future identification. Thaaks. You have found both unprepared, have you not? Thanks. I now place my mind in a passive state and write on the small card the first thought that enters my mind---a mental prophecy. Next I fold the card. Will this person now place the card in envelope and.seal same securely? Thank you. Now please hold same so same may be seen all during what is to follow.
; Next I ask this person to take this slate, pass it. to someone in the audience, so that there is no chance of it being held by anyone that is in the know. Thanks. Will you please write on the slate the date of your birth (the year), the year of some important event that happened in your life, your age counting the current year, and the number of years since that important event happened. Now draw a line and total the four numbers you have written down. Now will the party holding the envelope please open it and read aloud the total that had been previously written and sealed in the envelope,
Both totals are identical, thus proving that the Oriental Prophecy has come true. Thank you.
PERFECTION MIRACLE SLATE (ACCESSORY TO SINGLE PERSON MIND READING ACT)
Effect: Briefly is as follows: Performer asks four persons in audience to assist him. Get these all in one aisle and near front. Ask each to mentally select a sum of four digits and remember same. Performer takes a large slate and appears to mentally add what these four sums are, and states that he has done this and will place total on the large slate. He turns the large slate with back to audience, puts on seat of chair, and picks up small slate and steps down into audience and going to the four who have mentally selected a sum of four numbers, asks first one to please put his initials on the back of slate, turning it over so he can do so. This is for later identification.
After having done this he goes to each of the four, asks them to write down their mental sum on the slate, each one placing his figures between the lines on slate, and keeping them under each other so they may add up conveniently. Going to a fifth person, well away from the other four, this person is asked to add up the four sums. The total is read aloud. Performer now passes among the four and asks each to identify his figures as written, from which the total was secured. Also shows identification mark on back, proving there has been no exchange in slate. Performer now returns to stage, turns over large slate and reveals that the sum he arrived at in his "Mental Calculation" previously, coincides with the total on the small slate. A great effectsyou will agree.
Properties: A large slate or piece of blackboard of suitable size so that your Mental Calculation may be written bold enough to be seen by everyone, no matter how large the audience. A small slate about 5" x 7"and a flap that covers only a part of the slate surface, as we shall explain. The slate is divided into four parts crosswise. Across these divided markings, a white line about 3/16" thick is placed. A splendid way is to cut gummed paper and paste these on. It does away with the tedious job of painting, altho many may prefer the latter.
The flap is also marked with the same white lines, planning these lines so when flap is up flush against the top of slate frame, these lines will be directly over the lines on slate underneath. Finish by putting a white line on lower edge of flap, and have it just long enough, so that the lower end covers the white line on the slate proper, and this white line on flap, and edge of flap at bottom hides all trace of the lower line on slate. Both sides of flap are treated in this same manner.
On one side of flap and between the white lines you write four sums, making them appear different by changing your handwriting enough so they all look as tho different persons had written them. Add these up, retain total, either mentally, write it on your thumb nail, or on side of stick of chalk you will use to make-your mental calculation later. The idea is you should be able to immediately ...call to mind the total, you. _wish" to -write - on -the- big_ slate ^at commencement of the effect.
When four spectators are selected, have them remain standing and insist on this, for it adds much to the final effect of the test. Having written the total on large slate, doing this with some hesitation as tho you were having difficulty getting the four mental impressions, place large slate on chair seat and with the previously written numbers that give you the total you have already written (on large slate), you keep these numbers on flap turned down against the slate, as you pick up Miracle Slate and step down and to first party that is to write his sum.
To assist him and the others (apparently) you hold the slate by corner. This insures the flap being held down firm and in place and a discovery that a flap is used, is avoided, which of course would be fatal to effect. With the four numbers written down, performer steps farther back into theater or hall and asks a fifth person to add the four sums. The fact this person should and is farther away, is for two purposes. First to prevent his comparing notes and to give performer a chance to execute the following move.
As performer walks briskly down the aisle, under cover of body, flap is turned over and the performers set of figures" is brought uppermost. These you will remember add up to a sum that is duplicated already on big slate now resting on chair seat on stage. This conceals the set as written by spectators. Still holding slate, the performer allows fifth person to add the sums up, write it down, and this sum total of course is written on slate itself directly below where the flap ends.
As soon as this is done, performer starts back to the original writers and in making a quick about face in aisle, again under cover of body, turns the flap back to original position with writers'figures uppermost. Going to each one, he points with chalk to set of figures and asks if these are the ones they wrote. When he receives reply in the affirmative, he says "Right" and draws line thru the figures. This is repeated until all four have verified their writing. The one who initialled slate also verifies this when the slate is turned over. Pointing to one set of figures as mentioned, prevents spectator from glancing too long at any particular one except his own, and gives him no chance to calculate if total sum is at a variance with what the four sums should be.
Performer now steps up on stage, takes large slate, turns it over and shows that his previous Mental Calculation is identical with sum as added by the fifth person and incidentally appears that performer has really concluded a very convincing proof that he is capable of actually performing a Scientific Mind Reading Test. The results are really astounding to the average audience and we earnestly urge the performer to give the experiment a lot of serious thought and practice to make it perfect, for if this is done you have something that Will always prove a knockout.
To those who have more than average skill, a pocket of suitable size with strip of featherbone or whalebone inserted at edge to keep it open, this being sewed under the left arm, the arm conceals the opening and with flap in pocket, you allow the spectators to write on slate itself, and as you walk to fifth person, slate under arm for moment, you pull out the flap as your right fingers take slate from under left arm. See that flap is adjusted properly, have fifth add up and state total-aloud,_replace ..slate^under am, slipping flap-_; icket—and now ynn himwir^inaj at-P-jnH if maySxa, ghram—qi i fp
"freely. ae performers-even—rotate flap in trip to fifth person, and reverse-it when walking back to other group. This is difficult and should only be tried under very favorable circumstances.
A newer model of the Miracle Slate has a hinged flap that swings back and forth, first covering the upper half of slate, and later swings (under cover of body), and covers lower half of slate with exception of the last space which as in the other model is left uncovered. This slate and flap has the white lines on slate and flap and performers numbers are under the flap when swung up against top and spectators write on flap for first two numbers, and slate proper for the other two. While lines prevent the edge of flap showing, as in the loose flap method. Swinging down flap brings into view the performers numbers to be added by fifth person, and swings back again when having the four spectators verify their figures. Trick is brought to a close and in fact entire effect is exactly the same with exception that the mechanical slate is operated differently as mentioned.
No drawing of slate is really necessary. Visualize a small slate with a surface of (say for an example as illustration) 6" high and proportionate width. Divide the 6V into five imaginary spaces of equal distance apart. In this instance it would be about 1-5/16" Make mark on frame of the dividing lines that go to make up these spaces. You will have four. A white line goes across so with four lines you have five spaces divided equally. Now make your flap long enough so it goes just below the lower white line. This flap as previously mentioned, is also lined in similar manner, except you use a white line on extreme lower edge to camouflage where its edge comes on the slate proper.
That is all there is to it. A small slate with four white lines equally placed to give five open spaces to write in, and a flap with ruling on both sides to use as directed, lower edge of flap on both sides having white line at bottom and plain black edge at top. When in place, to all appearances it is a part of small slate proper and will arouse no suspicion. Do not forget to hold slate yourself when writing is taking place.
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