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 charm.

The Effect. A spectator is given a sheet of paper which bears three words. "Page, Line and Position". He is asked to imagine that he has a book in his hands and that he opens it to a page and sees the number at the top. He is handed a pencil and told to write the page number alongside the heading "Page". He then imagines that he counts down to any line—and fills the number of lines alongside "Line". Finally, he counts along the line to any word and fills in the Position number. All this is done "in imagination". Whilst this is going on, you hand a book to another spectator and tell him. to wait a moment. You now take the numbered sheet from the first person and hand it to the spectator with the book. He opens the book at the selected page number, counts down to the chosen line and finds the word at the given position. He calls out that word. You proceed to turn round a large slate which has been on show all the time—and on the back is seen written the chosen word!

The Method. Take a piece of paper and in ink write at the top "Page "

below this write "Line " and below this write "Position now take a good thick book and open it anywhere in the middle. With a PENCIL and in DIFFERENT HANDWRITING fill in that page number on your form. Count down seven lines and put Line 7 on the form and finally count along three words and fill in a three alongside Position Prepare a second form with the three headings written in ink—but leave it blank. Look to be quite sure what word is at the third position on the selected page and write that in bold letters on your slate.

Turn the slate with the blank side towards the audience so that the word is not seen until the climax. Fold the prepared sheet once each way to reduce it to a convenient size for palming. Hand the unprepared slip to a spectator near the BACK and be sure that the book goes to someone near the front. Choose two people that are seated as far apart as possible. Have the person with the slip fill in his numbers, telling him to show no one for a moment and to fold his paper when done. You take it and fold once more and then whilst walking from the back to the front (the greater the distance—the more time you have) simply exchange the two slips—handing YOUR prepared paper to the book man. He does not know what the other person chose and until afterwards, does not know what is going to happen. You tell him to open the book "at the chosen page"—count down to the "Chosen Line" and call out the "Chosen Word". The other spectator does not know that his numbers are in your pocket. That is all there is to it—excepting the switch. You have so much time to perform this essential move, that there is no call for complicated switching of papers—simply EXCHANGE them and put the other one in your pocket. Be sure that you hand a Pencil to the spectator who decides upon the numbers.

If you don't mind hard work, look carefully through many books and sooner or later you will find the same word in the same position in three different books. You may then give the second spectator a choice of any of three books which adds to the effect. The occurrence of three words the same in identical positions is not as unlikely as it sounds—you can find "and, of, the, etc.," jn many books—but try and find something better than anything so commonplace as these words.

Should any of my readers feel that the trick may be discovered, perhaps they would care to try the same effect another way:—Have the numbers called out loud and the page found as the number is called—finally when' the word is called write it on a card with a Swami Gimmick. (Step One will tell you how to do this!)

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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