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The whole device goes into your pocket with the desk (and writing slip) facing away from your body, jusi like my basic writing desk. The billet index is on the inside (against your leg) and has five billets available to you with just a swipe of your thumb.

In the effect mentioned above {'37 Revisited'), I used both of these combined gimmicks for one effect. See the video or "Constructive Menialism" for all the details on that. But obviously that does not have to be the case You can have the billet index set for one effect and use the desk for anything else that requires secret writing. The big advantage to this device is that it combines two powerful utility devices into one unit, saving pocket space, making pocket management easier, and loading (and unloading) the pocket less of a hassle.

It's a dynamite device that I h¿ive a ion of uses for. The writing desk is used tor practically any effect utilizing secret writing and the index can be set for any effect using multiple outs. See Annernann's "Practical Mental Effects" for several ideas on this. Let your imagination run free and you'll be coming up with all types of uses for this.

I'll be completely honest with you, I'm not 100% sold on the design I'm about to describe, but it's best I've been able to come up with in the last few years of experimenting. It DOES work, and does it just fine, but I'm still convinced there's a better way to do this. If you come up with a better design (and please actually construct it first to make sure it works for you before trying to sell me on it...) by all means let me know. I'd love to hear all about it!

This crazy gizmo allows for some very interesting applications. Basically this is a device that allows instant access to more than one slip simultaneously. 1 have these made in models with up to five different slips available at once. At first the uses for this may not be obvious, but I assure you, this allows for some fascinating possibilities. We'll explore just a couple of these in the effects section later. For now, here's the construction.

Due to the nature of this gimmick, it's a bit bulkier than the other desks we have described previously. Its just the nature of the beast. As a result, if you decide to make use of this device, make sure all of various factors in successful pocket writing (clothing, pocket management. etc.) are in place. You will definitely need to experiment with this before it will be working really well for you. It's not at all difficult to make (although perhaps a bit time consuming), nor is it difficult to use, but you will see that there are some extra factors at play with this device that you simply don't have to contend with on any of the previous desks. Enough said, here are the details.

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To construct I his you will need several 3X3 inch file cards Note the slight size difference between these slips and others that have been used throughout this book. You will also need full size 3" X 5" filecard stock, a glue stick, cloth tape or book binding tape (my personal preference), rubber cement, scissors, and (possibly) some other thin flexible material. In my case I use sheets of Tyvek®. This is for the actual holders of the slips themselves. Anything could be used that is thin, flexible and can be glued. You'll see what I mean as we go along

We'll construct the pieces first and then put it all together

First of all you'll need to construct five {per this example, you may want to make models with more or less as needed) of the 'solid' desks as described earlier in the 'Swiss Army Pocket Index'. However these will be thinner and have slightly different dimensions than other models. To do this you will need to glue about three or four 3" x 3' slips together into a solid block. Use the glue slick for tins. When done, press these blocks under a heavy book for a few hours. When all if finished they will be fairly rigid and solid. Make five of these desks.

Now take full size file cards and glue five sets of them into solid blocks, about 6-7 cards thick each. After they are set, you will need to cut a notch from five of them as pictured below. The notch is about 1/2" inch deep on ali cards. The tab that is fonned will create a 'stepped'

condition between the cards. Tab # 1 is approximately 5/8" wide. Tab #2 is approximately 1 1/4" wide. Tab #3 is approximately 1 3/4" wide. Tab #4 is approximately 2 5/8" wide and card #5 is not cut at all.

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Once these tabs are cut, you will then tape these cards together at the other narrow end. See the illustration at the right. Hopefully it will make sense of all this. The tape acts as a hinge. Tape all five of these larger solid sheets together at one narrow end. The tape will need to mil between each individual block as well as over the entire end o: the unit. When alt is done, the five solid blocks will be able to open like a notebook from the bottom.

You will now need to construct the materials that will hold the actual slips in place on the five 'desk' portions that you constructed earlier. As I mentioned 1 use Tyvek® for this. You can get Tyvek® in sheets at paper warehouses. If you cannot get these sheets, you might try thin plastic film or even another layer of file card stock. Here's the construction.

Take one of the five 3X3 inch blocks you constructed earlier. Place it taped ends on the sheet of Tyvek® and trace the outline with a pencil. Using a straight edge, draw a 45 degree diagonal line across each of the four comers. See diagram on the next page. Using a razor blade or Exacto® knife, cut the block that you have

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Here's another view, this time slightly from the front. You can see the graduated tabs on top of the unit as well as how it hinges at the bottom. If you look closely you can see the slips in their individual holders. Page is on the right, with the slip itself facing outwards.

I hope all of that makes some sense. Basically this is an indexed desk which allows access to any of the five slips by opening the unit at the appropriate tab and writing on the exposed slip inside that opening. You will see a use for this somewhat esoteric device later in these pages.

One final thought on this little beast and then we can move on I have described the above ending up with basically a 3" X 5' unit. Depending on the size of your pockets, the make up of your hands and any other number of factors, you may want to make the unit itself shorter by cutting the main 'pages' shorter to begin with. You actually have about 1 1/2'' of room to play with if you construct the rest of the unit like I have described above. That bit of space can easily be eliminated and the unit made smaller. Consider, though, that you've got to get your hand inside that smaller resulting opening. Bottom line is to experiment and see what works best for you.

Now that we've covered all the basic tools that are used in the art of pocket writing, we can get to the meat of the matter. There are a number of issues that can stand in the way of successful pocket writing. Let's start right off with . .

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Over the years and all the questions I've gotten about pocket writing there seem to be certain situations that keep arising. In analyzing these various challenges, there are certain 'phases' of the pocket writing process that seem to consistently present a problem. After much discussion and experimentation, I've narrowed down the one thing that seems to be the single biggest roadblock to pocket writing for many people. Here it is in a word . . . vision

Simply put, when you are pocket writing you can't see what you're writing. Unlike most applications for nail writing, and virtually all applications for double writing (where you are frequently looking right at whatever it is that you're writing), pocket writing happens completely out of sight. It seems that this is the main stumbling block for many who attempt it.

The reason behind this is simple. When we learn to write as children, our eyes become more or less permanently attached to the action of our hands as we write. It's perfectly natural and there's nothing wrong with that. However, it does set up a certain 'hand-eye' thing that becomes a part of the writing process for the individual. In other words, it's a habit that becomes 'the way you write'.

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Since (tie brain is set up to always directly connect seeing the writing along With the actual act itself (through millions oi repetitions throughout our lives), il simply won't allow you to write without seeing ii. It's a simple habit that the brain has been trained to accept Fortunately, this habit can be altered for use in pocket writing.

There are many things you can do to help overcome this problem. We'll take il in stages.

First, get a pad of paper and one of the secret writing utensils (see that section for more info). Sit af a desk where you might normally write anyway. What we're about to do may seem difficult at first, but it's an important step. Position yourself as best you can in such a way that you can easily look elsewhere and not see your writing hand (not even peripherally). Try to position this book in that remote location, so you can see this book, but not the page you are about to write on.

One point to consider while doing these exercises. The space on your paper on the desk is considerably different from what will be available in your pocket. Keep this in mind as you do the following exercises and allow for the difference. Try to simulate the small space inside the pocket. Keep your motions small and short. One thing 1 have found to be very helpful is to let my little finger stay in contact with the paper, almost literally lying on it. This keeps the hand anchored and will help to prevent large motions It also helps to keep the hand in one place on the page. Trust me, nothing looks stranger than when a word starts on one pan of a slip of paper arid finishes somewhere else at a different angle!

One other thing to experiment with is the use of printing and cursive writing. Do whatever is easiest and most legible for you, but by all means try both and do your best to become proficient at both.

Position the writer over the center of the page as if to write. Now look at the following words and write them on the paper but do not look at it Look only at the words below. Fight the temptation to look at the paper as you write. Don't even use peripheral vision. That's cheating. Simply write the words below, Here we go:

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Now look at the paper. How did you do? Can you read it easily? If not don't be concerned, you're in good company. It probably will not look a great deal like your normal handwriting, but that's ok. For the vast majority of applications that will not matter. Those words were all fairfy short. Let's try some more examples. These will be a bit longer. Turn to a new

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Well, how did you do this time? Any improvement? My guess is that you're already doing better. One small point here, you may have noticed that I used some upper and lower case in these last words. Also be sure to cross your t's and dot you i's. This can be the most challenging part of all. Try to include these in your samples as needed. Upper case can be particularly useful, especially when pocket writing names. Let's try some more. Get positioned as before and write:

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Any improvement? I hope so. You get the idea. Of course this can extend to shori phrases as well. Let's try some:

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