An fxperiment in Rmcjte Viewing

Tins PRESENTATION AND method arc derived from another much more complicated hook test I have used in my business office. There are no moves or gimmicks in this trick, something else I like. Ic is not a cabaret effect; rather, it is designed to be performed for one or two people in inrimace surroundings such as the office or home.

effeci and presentation: <xWouldyou like to try an experiment in intuition anil what some people coil remote viewing This wiil be an experiment in which you will use your creative powers to try to send me information. Well start off with relatively simple dtiuu like shapes and colors, and. if we re attuned we can try some more sophisticated transmissions:

"Will you please pick up two ofthe magazines on the table? Good! Now hand rne one. You can change your mind

"i seeyou like the National Geographic. I think you made an excellent choke, because there are tots of good pictures in it.

uLook through it. IH sit over here behind the desk "Open the magazine anywhere. Do you see what you have done: We are all pretty much the same; you have opened the book near the center Lett see if we can think vfa uxty to randomize your choice ?nore. What we need to do is find


one pttge at random. Then you can try to junction like a television camera ana' serta a picture torne. .

"Do this. Please put your right htmd behind your back. Make a loose fist. Now expend any number of fingers. Have yon done tíwt? Obviously I cant see them. Dv yoii want to change the number?

"Ñau, put your left hand behind your back and extend some of its fingers. But / want you to extend more fingers dhtnyoü have extended on your right ¡hind Remember thai a thumb can count as a finger for this. Have you done it?

"Auna we uill make a totally random number by combining your two numbers. For instance, if you have two fingers extended on your left hand and none on your right* your number would be twenty. So. if you have five fingers on your ¡eft hand and three on your right your number will be fifty-three.

"Do you have your random number?

Y m now going to turn my back. I want you to open the magazine to the page that matches your random number. If thatpage is not numberedyoullfind it by looking on the num ber on the previous page.\

The performer now mm* his head away. "Haveyou fimndyour random page? Good' Is r/w a picture there? Excellenti

7\ets start. Take your index finger and move it along die top—the very top of the picture. Say the color silently to yourself Are you doing that?"

7 see a dark color, like blue, its not blue? But it is dark. Is it brown?'9

%*Yesf says the person.

"And it feels rough. It feels tike the texture of bricks? " "YesT

"Now touch and feel the center of the picture, please. I se/ise a white area. Do you see one? Is it paint? No, it's ntilk?* The performer is growing excited now.

"Please touch the whole page and stop anywhere. I see blue—and green—-and a boy Is that buy holding a bottle? A bottle of milk? You are now looking at a dog—no* its a calf'—no, a baby goat? The boy is feeding a goat witty a milk bottle!

"I want to shake your hand. You made me fiel so successful Were a good team.

Mm JUL): There are diree aspects that require some explanation: die choice of magazine, die choice of page number, and getting sufficient information to identify the picture.

First, lets discuss the page number. For thi* 1 use a very clever ranging force described, in 1977 by Phil Goldstein in his fine challenge magazine-test. Para-sight. As Phils test was designed for ase with a full audience, he employed two spectators to choose die number. I've adapted his system to accommodate one person in informal circumstances.


On rhe face of it, as most people have five digits on each hand, it would appear that there are ought to be fifty-five possible combinations from which to choose. In fact, there are only ten. If you read the wording carefully, in the foregoing description, you will notice that the right hand decides the units and the left hand decides the tens. You will also notice that the two digits must be different, so all single-digit numbers and the numbers 11,22,33,44 and 55 arc eliminated, as is any number with a zero in it. The tact that the performer .suggests the person may have twenty as a possible number, is just- a blind.Thcrc is no way this could be chosen, but it is smart to give die impression that you think it a possibility.

Because the lefr hand always has more fingers extended than rhe right, the tens digit in rhe final number will be bigger than the units. So all the numbers starring with the figure one (from 10 to 19) are also eliminated, as is the number 20. So every number below 21 is out.

The next possible choice after 21 is 31 (all the others have a unit bigger than two), followed by 32, then nothing more until 41.

indeed, you will find the only available choices are: 21, 31, 32,41, 42, 43,51, 52, 53 and 54.

These ten numbers are broken down into three groups:

Group A—Pages 21, 31 and 32: all near the front of the magazine.

Group B—Pages 41,42 and 43: These arc in rhe ocntcr.

Group C—Pages 51, 52, 53 and 54: These are toward the rear.

So you only need to know rouglily where the spectator has opened the magazine to know which group of page numbers has been selected.

You gain this information through a fleeting backward glancc, like that Annemann used in his "Mystery of the Blackboard'* trick. As bold as this seems, it is an unnoticeable stratagem. All it consists of is simply half turning your head briefly toward the spectator as you give die instructions, "Takeyour iruiexfinger and move it along the top—the very top—of the picture. 'Illustrate what you mean by moving your own finger in die air, at the same time quickly glancing at the point where the magazine is open.

To assist with the accuracy of diis estimation, I've added one more little subriety. Attach a paper dip near the center of the top edge of page 38 (Figure 1, next page}. Slip it completely down onto the page, so that only a glint of silver is visible when die magazine is closed.

Next insert a small scrap of colored paper (half of a Post-It note Ls good) at page 46, near rhe binding, and fold it around rhe top of the page as if it were a bookmark (Figure 2). Leave only die tiniest edgeof it visible. As Figures

Barrif Richardson

post-!i note

3>4 and 5 show, the positions of these subtle markers will tell you to which group die magazine lias been opened.

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