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APPARENTLY - 24 - 10B • BLINDLY - 81- 2B (under BLIND) • CONGRESSMAN - 166-7T (under CONGRESS ) • DEFIANT-204 - 1B (under DEFIANCE) • EDWARDS (proper noun--not in dictionary but wouold appear on page 247-4B, after the word "educate") • FAMILY-279-4B • GENERATED-318-3 B (close to "Generate") • HYSTERIA-373-4T • IMMENSE-377-16T • JUSTIFIED-416-1T (under JUSTIFY) • KICKBACKS -418-4T (KICKBACK singular) • LENIENCY - 433 - 5T (under LENIENT) • MALICIOUS - 456 - 2T (under MALICE) • NOBODY-510-7T • OPPOSITION - 529 -1T (under OPPOSE) • PREDICTED - 592 - 12T (under PREDICT) • QUICKLY - 617 - 7B (under QUICK) • RETRIBUTION - 646 - 5T • SILENCED - 701 - 3T (appears as SILENT) • TOWARDS- 797 - 5B (under TOWARD) • UNDESIRABLE - 816 - 6B of the left hand column • VICTIMS - 840 ( VICTIM singular) • WITNESSES - 868 - 5B (WITNESS singular)

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APPARENTLY - 24 - 10B • BLINDLY - 81- 2B (under BLIND) • CONGRESSMAN -166 -7T (under CONGRESS ) • DEFIANT-204 - 1B (under DEFIANCE) • EDWARDS (proper noun--not in dictionary but wouold appear on page 247-4B, after the word "educate") • FAMILY-279-4B • GENERATED-318-3 B (close to "Generate") • HYSTERIA-373-4T • IMMENSE-377-16T • JUSTIFIED-416-1T (under JUSTIFY) • KICKBACKS -418-4T (KICKBACK singular) • LENIENCY - 433 - 5T (under LENIENT) • MALICIOUS - 456 - 2T (under MALICE) • NOBODY-510-7T • OPPOSITION - 529 -1T (under OPPOSE) • PREDICTED - 592 - 12T (under PREDICT) • QUICKLY - 617 - 7B (under QUICK) • RETRIBUTION - 646 - 5T • SILENCED - 701 - 3T (appears as SILENT) • TOWARDS- 797 - 5B (under TOWARD) • UNDESIRABLE - 816 - 6B of the left hand column • VICTIMS - 840 ( VICTIM singular) • WITNESSES - 868 - 5B (WITNESS singular)

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APPARENTLY - 24 - 10B • BLINDLY - 81- 2B (under BLIND) • CONGRESSMAN - 166-7T (under CONGRESS ) • DEFIANT-204 - 1B (under DEFIANCE) • EDWARDS (proper noun--not in dictionary but wouold appear on page 247-4B, after the word "educate") • FAMILY-279-4B • GENERATED-318-3 B (close to "Generate") • HYSTERIA-373-4T • IMMENSE-377-16T • JUSTIFIED-416-1T (under JUSTIFY) • KICKBACKS -418-4T (KICKBACK singular) • LENIENCY - 433 - 5T (under LENIENT) • MALICIOUS - 456 - 2T (under MALICE) • NOBODY-510 - 7T • OPPOSITION - 529 -1T (under OPPOSE) • PREDICTED - 592 - 12T (under PREDICT) • QUICKLY - 617 - 7B (under QUICK) • RETRIBUTION - 646 - 5T • SILENCED - 701 - 3T (appears as SILENT) • TOWARDS- 797 - 5B (under TOWARD) • UNDESIRABLE - 816 - 6B of the left hand column • VICTIMS - 840 ( VICTIM singular) • WITNESSES - 868 - 5B (WITNESS singular)

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APPARENTLY - 24 - 10B • BLINDLY - 81- 2B (under BLIND) • CONGRESSMAN - 166 -7T (under CONGRESS ) • DEFIANT-204 - 1B (under DEFIANCE) • EDWARDS (propernoun--notindictionary but wouold appear on page 247-4B, after the word "educate") • FAMILY-279-4B • GENERATED-318-3 B (close to "Generate") • HYSTERIA-373-4T • IMMENSE-377-16T • JUSTIFIED-416-1T (under JUSTIFY) • KICKBACKS -418-4T (KICKBACK singular) • LENIENCY - 433 - 5T (under LENIENT) • MALICIOUS - 456 - 2T (under MALICE) • NOBODY - 510 - 7T • OPPOSITION - 529 -1T (under OPPOSE) • PREDICTED - 592 - 12T (under PREDICT) • QUICKLY -617-7B (under QUICK) • RETRIBUTION - 646 - 5T • SILENCED - 701 - 3T (appears as SILENT) • TOWARDS- 797 - 5B (under TOWARD) • UNDESIRABLE - 816 - 6B of the left hand column • VICTIMS - 840 ( VICTIM singular) • WITNESSES - 868 - 5B (WITNESS singular)

Especially if you have a strong light coming over your shoulder.

A PREVIOUSLY UNTIPPED TIP

When I begin the Ultimate Flashback sequence of effects that comprise my routine, I have three members of the audience quickly look at and remember a word.

The selection process involves holding the Flashback book in the left hand at the middle of the spine and then riffling the pages of the book with the right middle finger until the spectator calls "stop!." The spectator is requested to remember the first word of the top line on the page. The performer then asks him to mentally compose a sentence or phrase consisting of four or more words including the word they have just looked at and memorized.

At that point pick up a piece of cardboard and a marking pen. Ask each spectator to recite their made up sentence, making sure they don't do anything to give away the word they saw in the first line on the page. Pretending to detect an inflection in their voices, jot down something on the piece of cardboard without allowing anyone to see what you have written. Tossing the marker aside, ask each spectator, in turn, to call out the freely selected word they looked at in the paperback and buried in a sentence. Naturally, when you show everyone what you wrote, it's the three thought of words, which are then quickly checked off, followed by a rewarding round of applause.

This procedure helps you to establish a convincing thread of believability as you zone in on the correct word through an inflection in their voice patterns as you explain that only someone with your unique training and skills can detect. It takes all the heat off the book. The fact that there are actually three different words selected also becomes apparent as the routine progresses. No Smith Myth. Try it.

The way to quickly remember the three peeked at words is to do the same thing you asked the spectators to do. Make up a sentence using the three peeked at words. The more ridiculous the sentence is, the easier it is to remember the three words. Or use the memory peg system. One is a gun, two is a shoe and three is a tree.

Memorize each spectator's word in turn, connecting it visually to the pegs. It works.

Compare this premise to one of the usual opening effects using the Ultimate Flashback books. For years I just moved from spectator to spectator, allowing three people to glimpse a word as detailed above. Then, I'd ask the three participants to stand. One at a time I'd point at each spectator, simultaneously revealing their word. When I finish with the third spectator, I'd exclaim, "If I got your word correctly, please applaud." It was quick and the finish cues the audience to join in the applause initiated by the three volunteers.

That's the way I opened with UF for years. But, the audience wasn't allowed the pleasure of investing true belief in what was happening. All the heat was on the books. Surely they must have thought, there's some way he can see the word the spectator is looking at. It bothered me until one day I realized that by burying the true secret under another layer of misdirection, it would make my efforts more creditable and at the same time, take the heat off you know what. If you really dig the idea, leave me something in your will. Just kidding!

For those of you who travel light

I currently favor Webster's Instant Word Guide as an alternative to a dictionary. It contains 35,000 words spelled and divided. Each page contains three columns. The alphabetically listed words contain no definitions. This enables the spectator to easily count to the thought of word without being confused by definitions. When I close with the MOAB and the Word Guide, I use a pocket secretary that I designed called the "Blockbuster." It's a Himber style with a pocket on the left and a single 3x5 inch file card on the right. When I write my impression of the thought of word (selected from the Mother) I flash the interior of the pocket secretary so the audience sees that I'm going to write on the blank card. However, I close the secretary momentarily while the spectator is supposedly sending the mental image of the first letter of his word to the audience.

After he reveals the letter (as previously described) I reopen the secretary to the second side. The card on the right panel contains a prompter that tells me the location of the spectator's word in the Word Guide. I then finish by calling out the location, which of course makes no sense to the spectator or anyone else, for example, "137-L-5B." I then call attention to the spectator holding the Word Guide and instruct him to turn to page 137. "L" stands for left hand column. "5B", I continue means 5 from the bottom of that column. The spectator does as instructed and I have him place his finger on the word, in this example, "illustration." I then have the spectator holding the "Mother" to call out the one word in thousands that he merely thought of. Of course, he replies, "illustration." I spin around and tell the chap holding the Word Guide to call out the word that I had him look up. Bingo, he exclaims, "illustration."

Naturally, the audience response is loud and long. Using the routine as previously outlined has never failed to produce a standing ovation. The prompter I use is reprinted below. The grayed out words provide you with exceptions i.e., when MOAB word differs from Word Guide. The Word Guide can be purchased online from Amazon.com. It's small and hardbound, retailing for just $6.50. The ISBN number is 0-87779-273-9. The official title: Webster's Instant Word Guide. Don't know why I'm tipping all this. Maybe it has something to do with my age. At any rate, I also take no chances, when the fellow with the Word Guide has indicated that he's found the word I guided him to, I walk over and tell him to place his finger on it. I also check to see if he's pointing to the right word. I never take chances. There's too much at stake. Enjoy!

Important! After 10 years of being marketed, Dai Kornberg noticed a discrepancy on page 87 of the Ultimate Flashback books and kindly brought it to my attention. Perhaps you have done so as well. However, in case you haven't, here it is. The "mirrored" word is "staring." However it is located three words in from the right margin as opposed to two. If you think about it, there are no peek words with less than five letters. That was one of the improvements made in the "Ultimate" version. Therefore should the spectator peek at the first word on page 86 (staring) and you glimpse the second word in on the facing page, (as), you'd immediately know it cannot be the word the spectator is looking at. Should this ever occur to you, you'll immediately know it's the third word "staring." But, I'm very appreciative to Dai Kornberg for picking up the discrepancy.

Note:

The inclusion of these instructions despite it being published in the original Stunners is to bring you up to date. The original was 15 pages. This set is 28 pages. Quite a few additions. Enjoy!

For use with Word Guide

Apartment 14 M 16-t

Bartender 24 M 3-t Candlestick 39 M 6-t Drugstore 83 R 1-t Eyeglass(es) 99 L 6-t Firecracker 104 M 10-t Graveyard 121 M 12-t Handkerchief 125 R 9-t Illustration 137 L 5-b Jackhammer 153 M 1-b Kitchenware 157 R 7-t

Loudspeaker 167 L 4-B Mountainside 185 L 17-T Newspaper 190 R 18-T Optometrist 198 L 8-B Photographer 213 M 12B Receptionist 236 M 2-B Snowflakes 267 R 10-B Television 289 M 6-T Underwear 307 M 5-T Videocassette 315 R 5-T (Videotape, not VC) Weightlifter 321 L 8-B (Weightless, not WL)

The locations marked "B" indicate the spectator will count from the bottom of the column.

"T" indicates he will count from the top of the column.

Prompter Art

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The Art Of Cold Reading

Today I'm going to teach you a fundamental Mentalism technique known as 'cold reading'. Cold reading is a technique employed by mentalists and charlatans and by charlatan I refer to psychics, mediums, fortune tellers or anyone that claims false abilities that is used to give the illusion that the person has some form of super natural power.

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