Performance Of The A Day For Any Date Effect

The best method of presentation is to build the effect up slowly. Start off by giving an introductory talk in which you explain how quickly the average person forgets time. Ask how many people can remember exactly what they were doing on January 23rd, 1957—or how many people can even remember what day of the week it was? You would like to prove that it is possible to keep a mental record of what you do and when you do it—and will demonstrate for example, by calling out any day for any date of the PRESENT YEAR. All members of the audience are asked to take out their diaries and to turn to any page and call out a date—you will attempt to name the exact day for that date.

You run through about half a dozen dates in this fashion which is a good way of proving to a large number of people at the same time that you are right. Now you invite those people with diaries to turn to the small page at the front or back that gives you a calendar for last year and next year.

You run through a few of these and you will find that people in the audience who call out dates, are those people that know what day it was because invariably it was a day of some importance to them.

Having dealt with the diaries you now invite anybody to call out:—

Their birth date.

Their date of marriage.

The date of their twenty-first birthday.

Any other date as long as they are quite sure what day that date fell on.

So you progress through the ages! To add amusement to the presentation you can inject asides and witticisms which give an element of comedy. For example the patter might go:—

"Now what date did you want? January 8th, 1900—right! Now if I remember rightly that was a wet and windy day—it was a Monday and it was the same day as the famous Leeds Convention" . . .

"You sir! April 4th, 1931—let me see! Ah yes! 1 always call that day 'the Black Saturday' because of the African uprising which started then— yes it was a Saturday" . . .

The asides or apparent "facts" are utter nonsense—but you go so quick and make such non-commital remarks that no one is in a position to dispute your suggestions. This adds considerably to the effect. Another point is to keep an eye open for special dates like December 25th (Christmas Day), November 5th (Guy Fawkes) and so on . . . you will gain a lot of material from these.

Watch out for the "wise guy" who sits in every audience. When you get "I want February 30th, 1942" you have met him. Get to know how many days are in each month (including Leap years) and watch out for catch-questions. The best thing is to have a ready-made answer for these— something w hich makes a fool of the spectator and gets a laugh at his expense —he has asked for it. I said—get a laugh—don't be rude, please.

Example: "What day was June 31st, 1905?"

You could reply: "That's an easy one! It was the same day as the famous haunting by the Ghost of Cowley—right?"

And in no time back will come the answer "Oh no it wasn't—because June the 31st never existed".

To which you may reply: "exactly what I meant—neither did the Ghost!"

Or: "What day was September 31st, 1952?" reply: "Were you born on April 1st?"

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