The Use of Different Colours

Occasionally one may add to the perplexity of an effect by writing in a colour such as red. It takes little time to change your normal black lead for a red one. However, as with the black leads, you should select a good quality SOFT red and, as mentioned on page six, make certain that it is fixed properly. I will give you one good effect with coloured Swami Gimmicks you will find it quite difficult to do—but once you have mastered the trick you have a very good effect at your disposal for life. It will cost you ten Swami Gimmicks to do. For that price, you, like everybody else have many pieces of unusable junk which you will never use—and I mean conjuring props.

" Madam ! Call out the first colour that comes into your head ! Red ? Thank you—and now you sir ! Let me have the first figure that you think of—134? Sorry ! 154—I thought you said thirty-four. Right sir, take this card please and tell us if you can see anything unusual on it ! You can ? What ? On it is written the number you thought of—ah ! that was luck— but there's more than that—Madam can you remember what colour you chose ? Red—that's right, and what colour is your number written in sir? Red? So you chose red and you chose 154—both are right which can't be luck ! " That is the effect.

There are two methods ; the perfect one gives each spectator a free choice and the imperfect limits the selection of colours. For the perfect, you will find that if you approach a serious person (try and choose an elderly lady) and ask that person to name a colour it will be one of the following (these colours are given in order of the frequency with which they occur) ; RED, BLUE, GREEN, YELLOW, VIOLET or MAUVE, ORANGE, BROWN, PINK, GREY and MAROON. You buy a box of coloured pencils and make up one swami with each colour and then buy ^ small pocket note-book for sixpence from Woolworths, and down one edge (the right hand edge) stick a strip of tape on the top page to make it thick. On this thick edge you 44 index " your swami gimmicks—simply stick them on the edge as though it were the thumb. The card is lying on the top page. As the COLOUR is called you are holding the book and have plenty of time to look for the correct swami and take it out with the card. As the number is called you have the card only in the right hand with the swami on and write it in. You will very rarely get the minor colours— or last five called and should you be given 4< black " or " white " immediately reply, " No—a proper colour if you please black and white are not true colours," which is correct. The other method is to limit the colour choice —have four cards ; one red, one blue, one green and one yellow. On each card have the swami of the same colour! Give them a free choice of cards— holding them up for display and discard the 3 which are not wanted. Suppose red was selected, steal the gimmick from the red card, put the card dramatically on show and pick up the white card which can be stuck in the top jacket pocket where it is on view all the time, until it is actually used. The effect seems long—but in effect it is quite snappy—and aside from the speed it qualifies as good mental magic by virtue of the very simple plot— every member of the audience can understand what has happened.

(b) The Window Envelope

Annemann used this method quite frequently and I am very fond of it because first it is simple and second it is what I call " cheeky The idea is to have a card in an envelope which has an opening on the address side. The writing is done directly on to the card through the window and the impression which you convey is that the message or prediction was sealed all the time ! Mention of this technique in various books on mentalism invariably refer to the envelope as " a window envelope " which naturally • conveys the idea of the full size standard model. This is not best. I work with home-made envelopes—or rather, home-made windows. I purchase quite cheaply small white envelopes (brown are just as good if not better) which are supplied to accommodate wedding cards. With a razor blade or Stanley Trimmer I cut out a small window on the address side only. (Insert a playing card into the envelope to avoid cutting right through.) I cut the window just where I want it—no larger than is required to write five numbers and just where those numbers fill into the rest of the prediction already worded on the card. My window is about 1" x V and is central two-thirds of the way down. The envelope is sealed and is slit open when needed with a nail file. A spectator pulls out the card after you pull it out a bit to start with. Obviously it is held flap side upwards.