The Effect

The performer approaches a spectator and hands him the ball. "When I turn my back," the performer continues, "hand the ball to anyone around you. The person who receives the ball is to do the same and the ball is to continue being passed from person to person until I call "stop". The performer turns his back, counts aloud to 10 and says "Stop!" The person holding the ball at that moment is invited to bring the ball on stage. The performer notes that there was no way he could have possibly known in advance which spectator would eventually end up with the ball. The selection is completely fair and totally random.

The performer removes a packet of eight cards from his pocket. He slowly displays them one at a time to the audience and to the spectator on stage. "When I was a kid," the performer continues," I also loved to collect baseball trading cards." The performer notes that the cards are sealed in plastic sleeves to protect them and each features a different major league baseball player with a full color photo on one side and the player's record of achievement on the other.

The performer then instructs the spectator to cut the packet of cards, three times. To enable him to do so, the performer exchanges the packet of cards for the baseball the spectator is holding. The performer explains that while the spectator is cutting the packet of cards, the performer will attempt to influence one specific card in a demonstration of mind over matter. When the spectator has finished cutting the cards, the top card of the packet is turned face up and the spectator reads aloud the name of the player on that card. For example, "Wade Boggs, third baseman for the Boston Red Sox."

The performer states that he will now prove that he has, in fact, successfully achieved mind over matter. He asks the spectator if he happens to know whose autograph appears on the baseball that has been in full view throughout the entire demonstration. The spectator states that he doesn't. The baseball is handed to the spectator so that he can read aloud the name that is indelibly written on it. The spectator does so, and it proves to be Wade Boggs' autograph! An amazing coincidence brought about through mind over matter.

Baseball For Boys

Baseball For Boys

Since World War II, there has been a tremendous change in the makeup and direction of kid baseball, as it is called. Adults, showing an unprecedented interest in the activity, have initiated and developed programs in thousands of towns across the United States programs that providebr wholesome recreation for millions of youngsters and are often a source of pride and joy to the community in which they exist.

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