Psi Function by Corinda

The Effect. A blackboard stands on an easel in the middle of the stage. It faces away from the audience. A spectator comes on to the stage to assist. He is told to go to the blackboard and await your instructions. You take a pack of cards and shuffle them. Lay them face down on a tray and have any member of the audience take any card. He is to look at that card himself, and then to try and convey an impression of it to the man behind the board. The man behind the board is told to draw a picture of a playing card. When this is done, you ask the member of the audience to name out loud his card and to show it—you then turn round the blackboard and it is seen that a large drawing of the same card has been sketched by the other spectator. The Method. We are going to use the easiest possible means—and if you don't like the method then don't do the trick—that's all there is to it. On the board is written a message in chalk:—"Be a Sport—draw a large picture of the Two of Diamonds and then rub this out when you have finished— keep this secret please!" Hanging on the blackboard in readiness is a duster. You hand him the chalk in full view of the audience when you say "go and stand behind the blackboard I want you to do a simple drawing in a moment".

Next you must force the two of diamonds. You have a forcing pack—all two of diamonds, you shuffle it without showing the faces. You jumble them face down on a tray and have someone take any card. You tell this person to look at the card but not to show it yet—and to try and transmit a mental picture of the card to the other spectator. The Two of Diamonds is chosen as the card for this trick as a diamond is the easiest suit to draw— and the two can be drawn pretty quickly.

I am one of those quaint people that think the effect is twice as important as the means. Whether you like the means or not—you will agree that in this case the effect is sensational—and yet, not beyond the realms of possi- ' bility. If you feel so inclined—you could write the "be a sport" message on a ten shilling note which ends the message with "keep this for being a sport" . . . you then place the spectator under a moral obligation to co-operate. In mentalism, honesty was never a good policy!

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