Likewise thl3 second effect leaves an impression and especially so when borrowed cards are used. Either dog-ear a card or note one that Is already' corner cracked or discernible as the cards are dealt. Make a prophecy tnls time while the cards are being shuffled and mention that no one shall ever see the face of a card until the finish. Now proceed as in the first effect watching for your prophecied pasteboard and having it chosen for the denouement. The borrowed deck, the mixing at the start and no faces ever being 3een tangles this one into their hairs.
THE ASTRAL SHIRX AGAIN.' (Dr. L.E. Duncanson)
Jinx Number 6 for March Included an effect under the above title which I thought to be an original twist to an old principle. Now I find myself again behind the eight ball, in the nine hole or something that carries the same meaning. Dr. Duncanson sends me a version tnat he used over ten years ago whioh rage 31
sounds extremely effective and makes a stage Item of this otherwise neglected trick.
Entering a small cabinet and wearing a white silk shirt the performer has his wrists securely tied in the center of a long rope, the ends of which are passed through the sides of cabinet and held in view by spectators. A red shirt is now handed into the cabinet and almost Immediately a white shirt Is handed. out, the performer reappearing and wearing the reí shirt! Of course, everything can be examined as the tie Is genuine, the shirt is really on the performer and the white shirt is unprepared.
Having two red shirts and one white makes this all possible. A red shirt 1b first put on and then covered with a white In the skeleton manner that I described. Now the wrists are tied, rope ends held and the red shirt passed in. This is stuffed Into the folds of cabinet or a pocket In sane, the white shirt removed and passed out, the performer now wearing the red. 511k shirts work much easier than linen. It is also advisable to pin down the tall of the red shirt to prevent Its being pulled out.
One thing certain with Dr. Duncanson's Ingenious arrangement is that anyone using the effect is always sure to have more than one shirt to his back.
THOUGHT RAYS. (Dr. LE Duncans on)
Just a slate, cnalk and piece of cloth are needed for this very effective mystery. It Is one of tne type where simplicity reigns supreme. The slate and chalk are given a spectator who faces the audience. The performer is isolated in any fair manner, pre-ferauly by turning his Dack and | standing in a far corner. The spectator is requested to think of a word or name and write It on tne slate. Secondly he Is re-.quested to think of a number and to also write that. Finally he thinks of a design of any nature and draws that.
Everything he has put on the slate he now shows tne audience, the perfor-ner directing the entire proceeding from where he is located and making it very obvious that at no time can he possibly receive any clue or Inkling as to what has been written. Once the audience has been taken into the confidence of the writer the performer asks him to erase what he has put down and return to his seat. Taking the slate and chalk the performer asks everyone to first think about the word while he puts scmething down. Now he asks a person to name aloud the word. Turning the slate the performer shows the same thing! Erasing this all are asked to think of the number and again performer writes. Someone else names tne number and again performer is right! Again the number is erased and while all think of the picture the performer succeeds in duplicating it! The effect is presented simply as a case of thought, rays emanating from a large group all thinking of the same subject.
Y cru use nothing but the slate, chalk and a piece of dry, soft cotton cloth for the erasing. But beforehand there is a slight preparation. Clean the slate well with aanonla water and let it dry. Take a piece of white ohalk and let it soak in three-and-on« oil. Dry the chalk off so that It Is not oily to the touch and give to spectator with the slate.The wash--lng of the slate was to reaove any trace of oil from Its surface. Anything may now be written on the slat« with the prepared chalk and afterwards erased with the dry and soft cotton cloth. However, although the slate is apparently clean once more, the original writing still remain« on the slate In light oil linei that can be easily read by the performer In tipping tne slate slightly at an angle under a light! Now the working becomes clear when the effect is read over again. I advise naving the spectator stand where there isn't an overabundance of light but there need be little fear on this score. The effect may be presented under the most trying conditions and will not be found wanting as a mystlfler.
Zanclg sold an effect like tnls for ten dollars shortly before ais death but it was for two people. The medium was guarded wnlle the items were being written on a blackboard. The performer secretly copied them on a piece of chalk with flat sides and substituted this for the piece in use. The medium on return used this written on piece and thus secured the necessary information. I'm not violating any confidence by revealing this because It has long been off the market and besides — it can be found on page 295 of Carrlngton's Physical Phenomena of Spiritualism which was published first in 1907! I think that Mr. Duncanson's method for one person is an Ingenious Improvement that really modernizes the entire effect.
TOM BOIKYER'S PUBLICITY TRICK.
In Tom's own words this simple feat has fooled magicians but la intended for the layman, upon whom the effect is amazing.
You use a pack of about 30 cards which bear your ad but have playing card backs. The U.o.Playing Oard Company can supply these to your order. The backs are all of one color (say red) except for one card which should be of the opposite color (say blue) The cards are held faces down with the blue one on the bottom. Fan them, without exposing the blue card, and a3k a person to take one. Impress upon hia that he may remove any card. As he takes one say that it really doesn't matter as tne cards are all alike! Turn them face up and fan them out.
As the person starts to read the ad on the card ii hawi, carelessly take It from him, face up, and say, "Just a moment. Have you a pencil in your vest pocket there?" As you say this, point with the card towards his upper left vest pocket, then immediately top-change it for tne blue-backed one on top of face up pack. Keeping this blue-backed card face up, have person write initials on it. Push tnia card into center of pack and say that, if he wished to find It, he would run through the face up deck and look for the one with initials. He agrees. Now turn deck face dowr and start to fan. Asked if he could find his card no* he says not. Then you remark that it would be very easy, In fact you don't see how he could miss it! Run through quickly until the blue-backed card Is seen among the reds. Push It towards him. He take3 it, turns it over and finds it to be the card he marked. He examines all cards If he desires and then you leave the marked blue card with him - a nice ad! Do not emphasize that cards are red to start. It will be noted subconsciously arxi remembered that he was given free choice. When tney are fanned the contrast of one blue card will be effective enough to impress.
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