The Photographic Memory

This effect is the application of the Mnemonic Number System in all its glory. You will have to be well practiced to do it—but the trick is really fabulous. ^

You have a blackboard and work alone. You invite people in the audience to take out a ten shilling or one pound note and hold it up. You point to any one and ask them to call out the number on their note—you write it on the blackboard and ask them to check that what you have written is right. Whilst you write it—you gain a few seconds to translate their note number into a word or two. You then ask for their initials—and quickly form a word with them in your mind. Now the number key and the initials key are associated with No. 1 in the Amazing Memory System—and then everything is forgotten. This takes a long time to describe—but the well practised mentalist will be able to do it in about three to five seconds.

Suppose the bank note number was 347531—immediately we know the key letters are MK-WR—VY—FQ—MK—DL. And something like "Mary Female" soon springs to mind. Then our spectator tells us his initials are B.N.—we then make up any word very quickly—there is nothing to think about, B.N.—we will say BUN. Now we instinctively know "Number one is a gun" in the Amazing Memory Code (see page 61) so we associate Mary, Female and Bun with Gun. An absurd picture is created—A woman named Mary, unmistakably female (!) is trying her skill at shooting a bun through the middle. We create the picture and then we forget it.

You turn back to the spectator in the audience and say, "I will call you number one—will you remember that please?" Then do just the same with another person—calling him number two—and another—number three until you have covered about ten or twelve. By that time you have a pretty formidable list on show on the blackboard. Now you give a brief explanation about the so-called "photographic memory", pretend to study the board carefully for the first time, turn it round and call out "Number One—will you hold your note up please—let me see—your initials are B.N. and the number on your note is 347531—correct?" Would anybody now like to call out the number I gave them and we will see if we can recognise you".

Be sure the audience call out the LAST SIX numbers on the note—and if you "acc'ept" twelve altogether the blackboard will show seventy-two numbers all in special order and about twenty-four to thirty letters (some initials may be three letters)—and to add to this—you have given each spectator a number and also remember that!

If you have never handled mnemonics, this sort of effect will quite possibly scare you! Believe me, you have no idea until you try—just how easy and effective it is. When you start to learn and apply mnemonics, the first person to be amazed is always yourself. As I said at the very beginning of the book, the best equipment that the Mentalist can have—is knowledge carried in the mind—there is more magic in your mind than there is in all the dealers* catalogues put into one volume!

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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