I recently found some circular brass key tag blanks in a local key shop. I took them to an engraving store in the local mall and had 3 digit numbers engraved on each of them. I used the numbers 168, 249, and 357. Each number was engraved on both sides of each brass tag. Then, using the patter story that Don Wayne included with his effect, "Room Service," I talk about the problem well known celebrities have maintaining their privacy. It seems that no matter how hard they try, somehow their fans discover not only which hotel the celebrity is staying at, but their very room number as well. I then show a sheet of cardboard with the numbers 1 thru 6 and next to each number, a 3-digit room number. Naturally, the numbers engraved on the brass key tags are in positions 2, 4 and 6. The working is similar to all of the above. The spectator is handed the piece of cardboard and a marker and the "elimination" process is used to narrow the selection down to one room number. Naturally, the key tag in the coin purse matches the freely selected room number. Was it luck, or E.S.P? The Shadow knows.
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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.