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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 the like. If you should be using one for a programme at a Broadcasting Studio—be sure to see that their equipment does not "receive" from your transmitter.

To summarise this particular type of work, we can safely1 ^ay there is nothing to compete with Electronic apparatus for two person /nentalism. Moreover, that with present day equipment it is a practical proposition. The use of the old telephone system involving masses of wire, terminal contacts in the floor and suchlike are obsolete—and outside of the home, there is practically nowhere that such apparatus could be used today. The only danger from the mentalisfs point of view is that with the progress of science, the knowledge that sub-miniature radios exist—may become widely known to the public. Even today, similar appliances are being brought into use in hospitals for calling doctors, large stores for detective work and diplomatic embassies. The future radio mentalists must therefore aim at convincing his audience that he is not using one of those things they have heard about!

(3) Electrical Two-Person Communicator Unit: CODE

The next step down the ladder from advanced electronic equipment—is very simple but highly effective electrical apparatus. There are two or three different gadgets that allow two people to communicate for the purpose of , mental magic.

The first we shall describe is probably one of the best. It is the invention of J. G. Thompson Jr., and the original form was published in Annemann's "Practical Mental Effects" under the heading of "Moonlight Madness". This appliance was very simple; a small pocket torch battery connected by a lead to a small bulb. The bulb was affixed inside the lining of the jacket at the back—and it was possible to see the light of the bulb through the coat material. By pressing a control, the performer, with his back turned to the medium, was able to signal by light flashes—anything pre-arranged in a code.

The advantages were many; no cumbersome visible signals were used, nothing was said, complete freedom of movement was obtainable and there was little danger of being caught out as the performer naturally faced the audience whilst signalling to the medium. The principle was very clever— simple and thoroughly practical, so we decided to work more on the apparatus with the resulting effect:—

Improved Light Communicator by Corinda

The efficiency of the Thompson electrical unit was without doubt one hundred per cent good. One snag existed, since it utilised one light bulb—a time factor limited its use for any elaborate routine. For example, to signal the number fourteen—it took fourteen individual flashes which was asking too much. Likewise, a fairly complicated code had to be devised to cover everything that could be signalled in single flashes.

Working on the idea for quite a time. 1 finally devised a unit which although retained the basic principle, gave, in addition—many more possibilities and r

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