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then introduce your assistant. She stands in front of the table, turns round and bends slightly and you lift her skirt and clearly remove the card from the top of her stocking. Ask for the "thought of number" and as soon as you hear it—write it on the card with your thumbwriter (preferably a "Boon" as I get sixpence on each one you buy). Hand the card out for verification.

The first subtlety comes when the girl bends over the table. With her back to the audience, she quickly picks up the pencil and writes the name of the City on the card and then palms the card. No one will question the misdirection!

The girl turns back to face the audience. You ask her to remove her shoe and she does so—holding her foot to display the card in her stocking. She is asked to remove her stocking and take out the card, to do this she has to balance on one foot—so you "Support" her. Under cover of this action, you hold her hand and she gives you the palmed card. She removes her stocking and hands it to you bunched up. All you have to do is to turn the coloured side of the card outwards leaving it in the stocking—and show the palmed white card bearing the name of the chosen city—as though it had come from her stocking.

For the last part of the "routine" you pick up the two prepared hand-kerchieves and tie together saying that you will now attempt to appear the "thought of" card between these two hankies. You tuck them down the front of her dress. Have the card named for the first time and then pull out the ends of the hankies to disclose the brassiere! Apologise to your partner, dive down again and come out with the Brainwave Deck and finish in the orthodox manner.

The writer considered the present routine valuable because it accomplishes mentalism—when all the action is invisible and not suspected.. Misdirection is used in the first part of the routine to produce the written wird (whatever the subject matter). That word appearing on the card will be a mystery of the finest kind. The flow of movement up to the end is quick and amusing— the last part may be varied to taste and although some may find the dressing (or undressing!) a little indecorous—but then it can be changed to suit your taste. The principle is enjoyable in both rehearsal and performance in spite of the aesthetic twang.

(6) Wrist Watch Code. By Corinda.

This is another subtle way in which a card is signalled to the medium. The lady (your assistant) turns her back or leaves the room whilst a card is chosen. She returns when all is ready and examines the hand of the spectator who chose the card. Apparently, by way of palmistry, she is able to divine the card.

The Method. I will make it very brief because it is almost self-explanatory, is that you use your wristwatch as a means to signal the medium. When the card is chosen you must know which one it is. You then patter a moment giving yourself time to set the hands of your watch to indicate a card thus:— Hour hand shows the suit dividing the clockdial into four, the hour hand can point to any of four sections each representing a suit. From 12 to 3 say Hearts, 3 to 6 say Clubs, 6 to 9 say Diamonds, and 9 to 12 say Spades. The value is indicated by the minute hand pointing to the number equal to the value of the card. Eleven o'clock is taken to represent a Jack, twelve o'clock a Queen and a King is easily dealt with by an added signal—fingers of the hand open.

The Art Of Cold Reading

The Art Of Cold Reading

Today I'm going to teach you a fundamental Mentalism technique known as 'cold reading'. Cold reading is a technique employed by mentalists and charlatans and by charlatan I refer to psychics, mediums, fortune tellers or anyone that claims false abilities that is used to give the illusion that the person has some form of super natural power.

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