The Ribbon Hypnotic Test

EFFECT: Six pieces of differently colored ribbon, each about one and one-half inches wide and four inches long, are shown and each one placed in a separate opaque envelope. These envelopes are thoroughly mixed and spread out on a table. The performer states that he will hypnotize anyone in the audience who cares to volunteer, and cause them to unconsciously do his bidding by controlling their movements with silent hypnotic suggestions. A second spectator is given a piece of paper and a pencil, and told to write down the colors in the order they are called out by the performer. After a few hypnotic gestures, the first s pectator is told to hand the performer the red ribbon, next the green one, and the blue one, and so on until all six are placed in the hands of the performer. Meanwhile, the second spectator has written each color down in the order in which they were asked for. The envelopes are now handed to the first spectator in the order in vfoichthey were originally received. He removes the ribbons one at a time and discovers that they are in the same order as they were called for, i. e. , in which the performer asked for them. This is further ascertained by checking their order with the written list:

EXPLANATION: The size of the ribbon to be used is specified above under "Effect. " Any envelopes may be used as long as the color of the ribbon does not show through. Heavy brown coin envelopes that open on.one end are ideal for this trick. The envelopes are not sealed; the flap is merely ticked in after each ribbon is inserted in its respective envelope.

The secret of the trick is based on the one ahead principle. Assume

you ask for the envelope containing the red ribbon, The supposedly hypnotized spectator does not know what color he actually hands you as he does not look into the envelope. You look in the envelope when he hands it to you, however, and say, "The red ribbon is correct sir; you have done my bidding. Now try you ask for the envelope containing the red ribbon, The supposedly hypnotized spectator does not know what color he actually hands you as he does not look into the envelope. You look in the envelope when he hands it to you, however, and say, "The red ribbon is correct sir; you have done my bidding. Now try

again. This time give me the yellow ribbon. " The truth is that the first envelope did not contain the red ribbon but, in the envelope was actually the yellow ribbon. That is why you ask for that color next. Now let's further assume that when you asked for the yellow ribbon, you are handed the blue one. You look inside and tell the spectator that he is absolutely correct, and that now you want him to hand you the blue ribbon. If he should happen to give you the red ribbon this time--the first one asked for—the trick is ended as you would possess all three of the colors for which you asked. If, however, you do not get the red one, you continue as explained above (always a-sking for the last color given to you) until you get the red one, even if you mu»* request all six colors.

Should you happen to receiive the color you ask for the very first time, the trick ends there and is a "woy^ " as you can impress upon your audience how seemingly impossible such ax0 effect is«

As you receive each envel°Pe» they should be held in your left hand and placed one beneath the other so thiat theY are kePt *n their original order--the order in which they were called fc°r« When you receive the first color called for, in this case the red one, plac;e this envelope on top instead of underneath. Thus, the colors are all in the or'der in which they were called for, and when handed to the first spectator to c^eck against the written list, he, too, will find them in the proper order.

WARNING: When placing the last envelope on the top instead of the bottom, watch your assistants to see that they don't notice this deviation from the regular procedure. One good method is to secretly turn the stack of envelopes over before placing the last envelope on the heap, then actually place it on the stack in the same manner you did the others. Now, while pattering, or when handing the envelopes to the spectator, you secretly reverse them again. Be sure to warn the spectator to keep the envelopes in the order in which they are handed to him.

Hypnosis Plain and Simple

Hypnosis Plain and Simple

These techniques will work for stage hypnosis or hypnotherapy, however, they are taught here for information purposes only. After reading this book you will have the knowledge and ability necessary to hypnotise people, but please do not practice hypnosis without first undergoing more intensive study.

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