Part Five Muscle Reading

There have been a lot of books written about Contact Mind Reading or Muscle Reading, some of them propound absurd theories as to the way in which it works and others seem to make sense. I do not propose to offer reasons or causes to explain why it works, I would rather content myself with thinking it is a form of suggestion and, more important, the so-called impulses which guide you are purely physical. As far as I am concerned, it is a variety of touch reading and I'm not going to do anything...

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Later on in this series we shall be discussing a Mentalists Pack which is a pack of cards containing duplicates so that the maximum number of different spot cards is only ten. With such a pack, or with any trick where the possibilities can be confined to ten we are able to index the cards by distribution on our persons and since this requires no apparatus whatsoever we will find it a good standb> for emergencies Consider the EFFECT a pack is handed to a spectator to mix they are then fanned...

The Missing Link Corinda

Book Tests are generally conceded to be effects wherein a word or line is found in a book. There are countless numbers of them already and that is why emphasis in this Step has been placed on Tests which have a slightly different approach from the normal run of things. This is a trick with a book and it might be called a Test. It does not involve words but numbers the page numbers of a book. The performer has a glass bowl (or any other container he chooses to use) which is said to contain...

The Law Of Supply And Demand

There are two fundamental ways of selling anything. Either you are able to supply that which is in demand, or you create a demand for that which you can supply. If you understand this you are a good business man. Let us regard Mentalism as a Product for Sale. If we are right at the very start we think to ourselves now what do they want and finding the answer, we go ahead and create an act that fits present day requirements. On the other hand, maybe we have an act already so our problem is...

Mind Over Matter by Corinda

A pack of cards is taken and shuffled then dealt face down on the table into a big square every card being separate. The Mentalist writes a Prediction on a small slip of paper which he rolls into a ball and hands to any spectator. The spectator is invited to place the Pellet under any card he likes. This having been done, the card is turned over and the pellet read aloud by the spectator it names correctly the chosen card a Prediction has been made All the other cards are different...

Tricks Accomplished By The Art Of Sound Reading

Three people devised this effect, Alex Elmsley, Jon Tremaine and myself. We were discussing sound reading and as a result of the conversation we devised the following effect. A deck of cards is borrowed and given a mix. During the mixing you note the bottom card. You then proceed to do the Hindu shuffle, but hold a break with four cards on the bottom of the deck. The spectator calls stop during the shuffle and you show the bottom card which we shall say is the queen of hearts. As soon as you...

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A book is handed to a spectator who is told to open it anywhere and look at any word on any page. He is asked to impress that word on his memory by writing it in capitals on a piece of paper you hand to him. He then folds the paper and puts it in his pocket. The performer now produces a dictionary and explains that since it is a comprehensive volume, somewhere on one of the pages will be found the word that was selected quite freely from the other book. He continues, explaining that there is an...

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You will notice that the words in the rhyme have a phonetic resemblance to the numbers printed underneath. The Queen is represented by Ladies which should be pretty easy to remember Now that we have allowed for the thirteen card values, we must deal next with the suits. To do this, we bear in mind the word CHaSeD and you will note that the four consonants represent Clubs, Hearts, Spades and Diamonds and since we must keep them in a fixed order, we take them as they appear in the word CHASED....

Pir9t Mapkim

The chair is placed in a position which is well lit from above, as this makes the task much easier. The tray with the requirements in this order, from the bottom upwards, is on the chair The performer tells the audience that he wishes to demonstratenhe powcrsof Sightless Vision, using some raiher technical language about physical phenomena, without becoming facetious, and then invites two members of the audience to come up and assist him, laying stress on the fact that members of the medical...

General Means Of Conveying Information Secretly

(1) Hand Rollers, Faro-Boxes, Slip-Boxes. These are gimmicked apparatus which are operated by hand movement bringing questions into view and taking away those which have been dealt with. Nelson's Encyclopedia of Mentalism is a book that adequately describes the apparatus. (2) Pencilled Slate. Many questions can be written on a slate with ordinary pencil and are hardly visible from a short distance. Similarly, a blackboard can serve the same purpose. (3) The Thumbnail. Quite a few questions can...

Contents

Introduction 307 Photo-Memory by Hans Trixer 308 Incredible Slate Test, by Corinda 309 The Million Dollar Test, by J. G. - Birthday Card Trick, by Jack Avis * * 312 E.S.P. Test, by J. G. Reed 313 The Trio, by Sidney Lawrence 314 Two Minds A Single Thought 314 Before Your Very Eyes 314 GAMMA Location 3)3 Beyond the Veil, by Patrick Page 316 Card Exchange, by Terry Guyatt 317 Blind Coincidence, by Michael Mence 318 Mental Card Trick, by Terry Guyatt 318 Two of a Kind, by Terry Guyatt 319 Birds of...

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44 ZARKAMORTA EL (The Ceremony of Reincarnation) This is a complete routine and as such, it must be performed according to the book. The ingredients of this programme are one third trickery and two thirds presentation. In essence, this is nothing more than a book test but the dressing makes it such that you could be acclaimed an Ipsissimus of The Left Hand Path the Status of High Priest in the realms of Black Magic, or, if you prefer, the Master Phenomenalists, Seventh Son of a Psychic Seer and...

Part One Introduction

This Step does not deal so much with tricks and technique as do the predecessors, it confines itself to Publicity, a subject which is of equal importance to the trickery side of Mentalism, and one that cannot be ignored by any who propose to make a living by professional or semi-professional entertainment. The world of entertainment is Showbusiness and as the latter half of that word indicates it is indeed, a business. Like any other business, what you have for sale, has to be advertised,...

Simple Card Systems 1 The Stacked Deck

The Stacked Deck is a pack of cards that has been arranged in a special order according to a system which enables you to know the position of every card in the deck. This may be applied to a few cards or to the complete pack of 52 according to requirements. The principle in itself, is well-known to magicians and it is incorporated here for the benefit of the newcomer who will find it quite invaluable. To arrange a pack of cards in some specific order presents a bit of a problem. If the system...

Another Application of the Touch Reading Envelope

It is an easy matter to slip a few grains of sugar (white granulated sucrose) into an envelope, and it is just as easy to feel the sugar grains through the envelope. The ability to identify one envelope by touch puts you in a position to perform many effects. To give you some examples, the envelope can be used for identifying the right key in the Seven Keys to Baldpate mental effect. It can be used to identify a plant question when performing a series of Question and Answer effects the plant...

Step Thirteen

Not to be forgotten whilst on the topic of Publicity plots we have Blindfold Drives and Walks. We have already discussed the point that anything which breeds danger attracts attention and is good for publicity, and this is in that class. So much so in fact, that today in many big cities of the world Blindfold driving of cars or bicycles is forbidden and the necessary permission from the Police is unobtainable. This is rather unfortunate because it stands to reason that when you drive...

Sound Reading Applied to Action Not Writing

In addition to using sound reading to discover a written number or shape drawn on a board, there are other principles which are of use to the Mentalist. When we have a trick which is accomplished by sound reading something that is done by the spectator, we call it action. For example, one of the tricks on the market today is based on the sound caused by paper being unfolded Archie Byford has invented a Living and Dead test which goes as follows Five pieces of paper are handed to the spectator,...

Impromptu Book Test Simplified

It is always as well to knowr a couple of good effects that can be done on the spur of the moment. In this effect, a Book Test, I have again resorted to the easiest possible means and, I might add, the cleanest. When you talk about impromptu effects you forget about forcing a word with dice, playing cards and what-have-you nothing is more likely to make the whole thing appear prepared. Being a Mentalist you will anticipate that sooner or later you will be asked to do something Prepare for this...

For Your Next Entertainment

Solve the mysteries of Mental Telepathy, Intuition, and Premonitions with Raymond W, Hafler, Lecturer of the Science of Extra Sensory Perception. Aside from becoming an example of good personal publicity, Ray Hafler serves to prove another point. When he gives out his leaflet it reads good it sounds very much as though they will get someone who knows what he's talking about and has worldly experience. Anybody who can write English can turn out the spiel but as we said at the very beginning, you...

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This particular switch has the disadvantage that it fringes on the magical appearance of writing on a blank piece of paper. For Men-talism it must be questioned whether or not this is a good thing. However, for those seeking effects which are suitable for demonstrations of mediumistic abilities, this switch then comes into a class on its own, and utilised to perform Living and Dead Tests where the dead name appears written by The Spirits, you have one of the best methods...

An Interview With Fogel

Some while ago it was considered that a lot of practical advice would be necessary in order to complete the Steps. The subject of Presentation is dealt with as a specialised topic in the last Step, but when the chance occurred to get some first hand opinions from Maurice Fogel, an interview was arranged and tape-recorded. In the following script, the interview has not been edited in any way. The questions are as given and the replies as recorded on the spot. Bearing in mind that Fogel has been...

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We have spoken about natural behaviour as an important feature of applied misdirection. Let us see how far you can go. A classic example of the next form of misdirection, that which 1 call 44 Repetitive misdirection is a trick which I believe should be credited to David Berglas. When I have described exactly what happens, you may doubt that it can be done. All I ask is that you try it and see for yourself. It is safe to assume that the more times an audience see the same thing the less...

Pencil Read Magic

It is a bold and somewhat presumptuous step to take, when anybody sets out to write even a small booklet on Patter and Presentation. A subject of this kind demands a lifetime of experience and a keen understanding and appreciation of magic as a whole. As writer of this book, I have neither of these qualifications and I would make it quite clear in the beginning that I try to do nothing more than express my personal views on Mentalism. When necessary, 1 have taken the advice of those more...

Part Two Publicity Stunts

Having surveyed the reason and purpose behind Publicity, we are now in a position to get down to details. We know what we want and why we want it. The following Publicity Stunts are a mixture of those that serve for a major attraction (B in the Publicity Campaign) and some that provide the means to maintain Publicity as is needed. (C in the Publicity Campaign) Our first concern is Plots. We are not going to bother too much with method now as in past Steps we have given plenty of studies that...

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Covers the point which makes quite sure that only one pinhole is going to be found the one you made before you started. Again make nothing of it. Forget about classic methods of forcing and systems which are sure to prove it was a free choice. At no time do you suggest it is a free choice anyway. The audience have no idea what is going on they only know what you intend to do when it is too late to pay attention to the method of choosing a page and a word. As a Mentalist, you must become...

The Use of Different Colours

Occasionally one may add to the perplexity of an effect by writing in a colour such as red. It takes little time to change your normal black lead for a red one. However, as with the black leads, you should select a good quality SOFT red and, as mentioned on page six, make certain that it is fixed properly. I will give you one good effect with coloured Swami Gimmicks you will find it quite difficult to do but once you have mastered the trick you have a very good effect at your disposal for life....

Sujan Location

This principle may be applied to several tricks. It is already used for two or three items on the market. Obtain five pieces of coloured card which are all of the same thickness. Each of the five pieces should be of a different colour. Make up a solution of starch in water and mix to a fairly thick paste. Then with a clean brush, paint across each card in a straight line about half-an-inch wide from any two opposing diagonals. That is, for example, from the top left corner q line through the...

Publicity Plots And Ideas

About two months ago I was working on a series of B.B.C. Radio Programmes with my good friend David Berglas. Halfway through the series of thirteen programmes we decided that a Publicity Stunt would do everybody a bit of good The occasion will serve as a good example of how a plot is thought out and then exploited. Our first concern was to think big. My job was to get ideas and David's job was to do them normally I reckon that given time I can work out a stunt which is big enough for any...

Tricks With A Suami Gimmick

The Spectator as the Telepathist This is a principle that may be applied to several effects. It is one of the finest tricks you can use as the plot reverses the normal procedure of mental magic and makes it appear that the spectator reads your mind instead of you, as normal, reading theirs. It is best performed after one or two effects of Mentalism have been shown. It is offered to the audience as 44 conclusive evidence that thought reading must be possible and proved when they read your...

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The Mentalist borrows a pack of cards and has them mixed. He takes them back and then ribbon spreads them face upwards on the table or floor. In doing so, an effort is made to display every index. He explains that with a certain amount of training it is possible to memorise the position of every card in the pack and that when in form, it should take no more than half a minute to do so Beginning from one end of the spread he moves his finger along the row appearing, to all intents and purposes,...

Introduction To Mentalism With Cards

It has been argued by my friends and colleagues that there is no place for card tricks in the Thirteen Steps to Mentalism, on the grounds that playing cards are suggestive of trickery in as much that they are so commonly associated with conjuring. With this argument on my hands I have been forced to form an opinion once and for all on this troublesome question, and I have decided to make a stand and stick by my guns. The answer is the existence of Step Ten. I firmly believe that it does not...

Different Types Of Writers

When contemplating the use of a Swami Gimmick, the first essential is to discover the type of writer that suits you best. You should examine each variety and test it for your own requirements assess the value of any particular model according to the ease with which you can use it that is the governing factor. Then concern yourself with the other important considerations does it fit comfortably does it write legibly can you get it on and off inconspicuously is it firmly held when on the nail or...

Chess Trickery

Aside from the Knight's Tour there are other swindles concerning the game of Chess that are of use to the Mentalist. The next two items are extracts from my publication Chess Trickery which has been on sale for some years now. Neither of the items require any skilled knowledge of the game of chess. The origin of this principle is somewhat remote and subject to argument. I know that the effect was used by a little girl playing against Dr. A. Alekhine (ex-World Champion) and another player of...

The Amazing Memory Test

This is probably the most popular application of a memory system in use today. It has every qualification you could hope for as a mentalist no props to carry, do it anywhere, on stage, cabaret, the drawing room office or walking down the high road. It can be performed before any size of audience one or two or thousands it is positively sure to work, is easy to learn and last, and most important of all, it has a terrific effect on the audience. What more could you want There are about six...

Appendix

Refer back to page 243 and you will see how tht sub-division principle can be employed in respect of metals in the material code. The example shows how the following code works. Thus Q. Will you say what this is made from A. Metal. Q. Go on, what kind of metal A. Brass. Designs. Similarly, designs on brooches, badges, etc., can be described by other simple codes. Further sub-divisions may be made for coding the exact'type of design. Example Q. I'd like to know what the design is. A. It...

The Mnemonic Number Code

One field of Mnemonics, sometimes called the Science of Artificial Memory, deals with a system for remembering numbers. This system can be invaluable to the Mentalist. One of the early pioneers of this system was Gregor von Feinaigle of Baden who published a treatise dealing with it in 1812. Since then it has been dealt with in several magical works. The system, like The Amazing Memory with objects, is based on the association of ideas principle, and consonants of the alphabet are used as the...

How To Get Information

A Reference to Technique in Other Steps. Pencil Reading Step Two Billet Switching Step Six The Centre Tear Step Six Three Little Questions Step Six The Clip Book Step Seven Pellet Switching Step Six B Other'methods not mentioned in later studies . 1 AlcohcJl pr Chemicals. A story is told of a well-known professional reader who worked nightclubs. He had people write questions and seal them in envelopes, these were then collected in a bunch and thrown into a pile on the table. Throughout his...

Introduction

Well on the way now, in our Course of Step by Step Mentalism, we arrive at one of the major subjects in the series. To compile a book which allowed for all the methods for performing two-person mental acts, would take more space than five steps. Here, we can but hope to give a selection of good material and with a bit of luck, we shall manage to sift the best from the not so good. At least, we will have sufficient material to enable any two people to start cold and end up with a two person act...

My Word by Corinda

Before I describe the effect I would like to say that this is a creditable example of simplicity and boldness. You might think it too simple to work but if you do as I have done, try it out, you will find that the obvious is not always apparent You cannot judge any effect from paper. It must be performed before you can really tell whether or not is is any good. Tricks that look like miracles in print sometimes flop badly in practice. This is the reverse it looks silly in print and works like a...

The Knights Tour

The American Magician Harry Kellar made this startling trick popular many years ago and today, it remains as good as ever. The effect is that the Mentalist must ca l out numbers which represent the squares of a chessboard. Every time a number is called, a knight is moved to that square and the tour from square to square is such that the knight must cover once only every square of the board 64 without touching the same square twice. Additionally, the knight must always be moved in the correct...

Part One Pencil Reading

Pencil Reading is the Art of standing some distance away from a person who is writing with a pencil, and being able to discern from the visible movement of the pencil, what is being written. A simplified explanation of the Art is that, by keeping a careful eye on the movement of a pencil used in writing, adding to that the movement of the hand and elbow, you can very often tell what is being written. The Art of Pencil Reading is not new, its existence has been realised for many years but its...

CThe Carbon Impression Technique

Until quite recently I have not considered this method to be worth the trouble because 1 have always thought the window envelope technique achieves much the same result by easier means. However, having now at our disposal new types of carbon paper, we can, if we choose, iron out the original weakness and make the technique of practical use. The old method was quite simple. A white card sealed in an envelope and inside the envelope, stuck on the inner surface was a sheet of carbon paper. By...

Part Two Technique 1 The Billet Pencil by Corinda

The apparatus consists of a hollow metal tube six inches long with a slit partly down one side. Inside the tube is a small plunger operated from the outside by a button making contact through the slit. At one end of the hollow tube, the tip of an ordinary pencil is fixed the other end is left open. The complete job is finished to look exactly like an ordinary pencil you cannot tell the difference unless you handle it. Marketing rights are reserved on this apparatus . To load the Billet Pencil,...

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Corinda Let us leave this now and change to another topic. What would you say are some common faults with patter Claude The outstanding fault is not learning patter. Patter should be learnt and I think the mentalists are probably the greatest offenders. A mentalist has to do so much explaining and the whole of his script should be edited with the greatest of care so that he has an economy of words, otherwise it gets lost and fogged with verbosity. I would say a vital thing is to write out your...

A Getting the Gimmick into position for use

If you can't get it on you can't use it First deal with your 44 hiding place the spot where the gimmick is kept ready for use. If you intend t lt use it for an opening effect, the best thing is to put it on the nail or in position gt ust before you are due to perform. This way means you know it's on just neht. If this cannot be done, you must steal it, magically speaking, just before you want to use it. Although in many cases you can wear it throughout your act . It does not matter where you...

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Will miss the thoughts it's hard to describe, but easy to demonstrate if you will allow me They will you can bet on that Turn to someone and say, 44 Will you help me in an experiment it is only an experiment and nothing may result but do try, it will be interesting You take out a card and a pencil thy Swami is on. 44 I am going to write a city on this card pretend to write and 1 shall now ask you to close your eyes and do just as I say. You are travelling through space not in an aircraft,...

Will Think Of The Numberand Will Not Change

Below will be found a diagram which Diagram Showing the spacing of words in the prediction and written so that the 44 fact space is conveniently situated and in place for the window envelope. The card size is 3f x 2g. The fact is written in letters, or numerals equal in size to the rest of the writing. The writing is badly done to offset the like writing with the Swami Gimmick. The next essential in the preparation of the prediction is to use a pencil which has the same lead...

The Fingernail

You ar not overdoing the issue if you pay attention to the thumbnail or fingernail that is to be used to hold the gimmick. It is easy to forget that the fingernail grows and that it varies in size in doing so. The best length for the nail for most Swami Gimmicks is one-eighth of an inch long. Moreover, you should keep the important nail at that length do not cut it shorter and do not let it grow longer. A slightly square tip to the nail helps to hold. g Alternative Methods of Holding the Card...

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TECHNIQUE OF PENCIL READING 1 When to do it On the face of it, the title when to do it seems a bit silly. You would easily suppose that you do it when you want, but no you don't You do it when you are in a position to do it which is not always when you would very much like to do it. Pencil Reading is governed by conditions and without the favourable condition you cannot afford to try it. As you will see, it involves a chance of failure and if you should be unwise enough to attempt it under...

Ultramodern Mentalism

A few years ago a fellow mentalist wrote to me and said he would give me a terrific trick. It was an idea from the brain of Bob Harbin who seemed to do nothing else but invent wonderful ideas Nowadays he works . The letter read a terrific trick All you want is a pencil, a piece of paper and a Tape-recorder The sudden impact of the last unexpected accessory knocked me for six and if I remember rightly I said something like only one tape-recorder However, times have altered a bit and these days...

The Million Dollar Test

6-8 o'clock square. 8-10 o'clock star. 10-12 o'clock spots. Clubs Nine of Clubs Eight of Clubs Seven of Clubs Six of Clubs Five of Clubs Four of Clubs Three of Clubs Two of Clubs Joker. See that the Four Aces are in the lower section of the pack. Presentation. Explain to your spectators that, as a change from the normal run of take a card effects, you will attempt something a little different. In fact you are going to have a card selected making use of the physical and the mental faculties....

Money Box Diagrammatic Circuit Drawinjg

To test the box when made, insert four coins under the elastic band so that each coin hits two terminals. Look at the back of the box and see if you have four pin-holes of light. Check that they go out one by one in the correct order from left to right as a coin is removed one after another. When everything is set you are ready to use the Money Box. The box gives out these small lights when the coins are in, therefore set them ready for use. You use four coins, a Two Shilling Piece, One...

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id Before entering this field, if you are a newcomer to the subject of radio-mentalism. get some practical advice from somebody who knows you can waste a lot of money if you try and find out the hard way. e No matter what model you decide to try or what is claimed of it, always have a check just before you are ready to use to see that there is no interference from outside sources. Certain types are badly jammed by Electric Shavers, Electric Lifts in nearby buildings, other Radio equipment and...