How did it go? Did you do the decimal, comma and dash? Make sure you do, they can make a big difference down the road.
It will be a good idea lo also draw elementary shapes and designs. Some of you may think I just lost my mind, but we're not talking a work of art here. Just simple geometric designs. A circle, square, star, plus sign or cross, triangle ... all could be very useful in ESP symbol effects. We'll sec some applications for this technique later on in the effects section. While you're at it, try a simple house or flower. Some thoughts on this later, too.
At the end of the book I've included a couple of pages of exercises for you to try, but obviously you can write anything at all this way, fit's simple. You could just open up a book and start writing what you see. Turn on the TV and write the first phrase you hear, all while not looking (and with no peripheral vision) at what you're writing. Be sure to use a variety of phrases, numbers and any special letters that may turn up in your part of the world.
The key here is practice. As with any skill, this comes more easily each time you try it. Make sure you don't cheat and are able to see even partially! You're only cheating yourself. Once you try this in the pocket, there's no way you can cheat! Keep doing this until you feel comfortable with it and your writing is as clear as you can make it
Obviously this is all leading towards being able to do die writing in the pocket where vision is not an option. We're just separating the eyes from the writing process. You will still have to make some allowances and adjustments when you actually do this in the pocket, but this is a good start Take your time on these exercises, they will pay off big for you down the road. It will take some time, but it's worth it!
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Ah. the main event! Now that you've practiced outside of the pocket it's time to move inside. My suggestion for these exercises is to use a basic desk and a standard pencil stub. Place the loaded desk in whichever pocket is on the same side as your writing hand. Have the stub in there as well. You're good to go.
For our purposes here, take your time. There's no pressure, just try to make things legible. Pick any simple word and write it on the slip. Keep In mind that from your perspective, the writing is correct, but is actually being written upside down. This does not present a problem at all. if you need to, elevate your foot a bit (on a low step for instance) and look at the outline of the hand through the pocket as you write. Since you are not looking at the actual writing while doing this, it won't mess with the previous practice we've done. Only do this if you are having trouble with the orientation (the writing actually being upside down). If this is not a problem, don't make it one!
For now, don't fold the slip after you have written on it. Just remove it unfolded. Check the slip and see how you did. It's quite likely that the writing will look like a second grader did it That's fine, not a problem. This will improve with practice and experience. Reload the desk and try another word. Use the words and other examples from the exercises at the end of the book if you want. Keep checking your work and try to isolate which particular letters or numbers are giving you problems. In a very short tune, you'll see which ones need the most prac-
After you have done this several times and are feeling comfortable, it's time to start putting more of the total package together. After you write the next word or number, remove the slip from the desk and fold i! in your pocket. Palm the slip out and then check your work. Try to make the folds as even as possible. Alt of this takes time and practice. Take your time, it will pay big dividends in the future.
After the writing and folding start to get consistent, complete the picture by loading it into a revealment device (outlined elsewhere) or do a billet switch. In other words, perform the complete action, from writing to revealment. Do this often. It all has to be done with no apparent thought or guilt. Any thought or, what has come to be known as magicians guilt will kill everything you've worked for. The entire procedure needs to be relaxed and automatic so as not to call attention to itself.
Obviously the last couple of paragraphs are the crux of this entire book. It's these small steps, done correctly and smoothly, that make for success in pocket writing. In previous chapters I've gone into a ton of detail. 1 hope you haven't skipped all that There's a reason for it. Perhaps this would be a good spot for a brief bit of perspective.
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