"Seventy-Two! Here—take the book please and remove the chosen page. Tear out page Seventy-Two—but be careful not to remove any others or damage them. Good, we can forget the book for now and this page will act as The Scroll for Marking the Personal Outline. Bring the paper to me please.
You have chosen page number Seventy-Two and 1 have made a crude drawing of a man which, as you will see is drawn in green—the colour essential to this Ceremony. Next I shall ask another friend to help us. Will you remain please, it takes two assistants to deal with the next step. Will you please hold those two corners of the paper—and you hold the other two. Hold the paper out flat, level with the floor—so that the man in the drawing is lying down. Now we come to the pin—the next step is for one of us to mark the outline with the Curse of Pain. 1 think I had better do this as should there be a mistake, the Curse may well go astray and become diverted from a simple paper drawing—against one of us. I must mark the drawing with a pin—please hold the paper still as I must not look and 1 don't want to stick the pin in your hand!"
The performer closes his eyes, his hand moves to make mystic signs in the air and then jabs downwards sticking the pin into drawing.
"There! It is done—let us see where the mark has been made—hold the sheet to the light and find the pinhole. We must remember the exact spot— so tell me if there is a word by the pinhole.
Good, we can remember that, the mark is made on the left arm, just by the elbow where the word JUDGMENT is to be found on that page. Remember that all of you please—page Seventy-Two and the word is Judgment.
Now we may begin the Ceremony of Reincarnation. First, The Destruction. Fold the paper in four and tear it into exactly four pieces. Keep one quarter yourself, give another to our friend here and give the other two pieces to any other two members of this gathering".
Whilst this is done, the performer removes a small packet of powder from his pocket which he drops into the Bowl on the table. This he sets afire and it begins to burn slowly with a Green Flame.
"We are ready to begin the Destruction. For this I must have nothing but the light of the Green Fire. I will have all other lights out please—and when it is so, I want you people with the pieces of the page—to come to the Bowl and tear your paper—dropping the pieces into the Green Fire. Please move over here in readiness—it will be hard to see where you are moving in the dark. Be sure that all the pieces go into the fire—none must remain. Are we ready? Then out with the lights".
The performer stands behind the table, the green fire gives off enough light for the audience to see him moving his hands over the bowl—making mysterious signs as one by one, the spectators come forward to burn their papers. When this is done the lights are again put on and the bowl covered to extinguish the fire.
"Allow me now to remind you all of what we have done. So far you have seen nothing—except that we have provoked a curse which in itself is evil. This must not be left but must be lifted. Everything we have done will now have a reason and 1 am about to perform the last Rite—and then you will see something quite incredible. These are the ashes of the papers—The i i _ i i nr <
Paper has suffered destruction but the Curse remains—it will be lifted and you will see why".
The performer takes some of the ashes and places them on a sheet of white paper. The paper he rolls into a small ball which he stands upon the "Reader's Digest" which still lies on the table. He next invites one of the assistants to hold a match to the white paper ball and as this is done there is fire and it disappears—all that is left is the closed book.
"Ah! as you see, the Black Ashes have been dissolved in the purity of the White Paper and so the curse is destroyed. If that is so—then our Ceremony has been successful and we have moved back in time. I cannot say how far we have gone—maybe in part or maybe further than we anticipated. Will you take the book from the table and do as I say. The book you hold was the one we used for the Ceremony. Our friend there chose Seventy-Two—our drawing with the pinhole through the word Judgment was through the arm of the figure. Now turn to page Seventy-One and tell me—is the next page STILL MISSING?
Page Seventy-Two of The "Reader's Digest" is back in the book properly affixed to the binding. The edges of the page are slightly charred otherwise it is undamaged with the exception of a pinhole—found through the word JUDGMENT on that page.
One of the safest ways to make a good performance is to have tricks which work so easily, that mechanics can be forgotten and every attention devoted to presentation. In this routine we do just that. The climax'is enough of a trick without trying to introduce more mystification en rqute—we shall adopt the easiest possible means. ^
You have two copies of the same edition of "Reader's Digest". Page Seventy-Two (or any other you prefer) is selected and prepared. In one book only, the edges of this page are charred by singeing with a match. A drawing which resembles the outline of a man is made on the page with green pencil and a pinhole is made in some prominent place—right through a distinctive word. You make a similar pinhole on the same page in the other book, otherwise, that book is untouched.
At the beginning of the routine—when the performance starts you have to force that page and word. Remember the force page has to be Seventy-Two. Run through the pages waiting for the spectator to signal stop as given in the presentation. As he drops his arm stop properly wherever you are and open the book at that page. Look straight at that page number and whatever it is say "Seventy-Two" ... in other words, misread the page number. It may be diabolical but it achieves our aim without any trouble. As soon as you have read aloud the page number—close the book and hand it to the chosen spectator telling him to tear out page Seventy-Two. He will open it at that page for you!
Take the page back and draw the outline of a man in green—making it as near the same as the other drawing as you can. Having done this, get your two spectators to hold the page by the corners, the paper parallel with the floor and take a large pin from your lapel. Make one or two mystic passes, after the fashion of a tic-tac man giving the odds at a race meeting (!) and jab downwards. Before the pin reaches the paper—your fingertip
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