THE "AD LIB" SPELLING. (Dr. Jacob Daley)
Over 15 years ago a method on the order of the folloviing was sold by Larry Gray through the columns of The Sphinx. This method of handling, however, adds a little surprise, and gives the onlooker a little something else to think about than the actual trick.
Use any deck, and have the spectator give them a thorough mixing. Fan for a selection, which is perfectly free. The card is put back, and in any way suitable to the individual performer it is brough to the top or bottom. At this point, the card is only glimpsed and the deck handed spectator, as an afterthought, so he can shuffle. Taking the deck back, and secretly knowing the card, you fan through the cards face up, and remark, "As I go through the deck I want you to note your card is still there somewhere. Don't stop me or let anyone what or where it is. Just be satisfied that I didn't take it out in anyway before you shuffled."
As you are talking along you watch for the card as the cards go by. When it comes along, o you keep right on but start counting with the selected card and spell its full name. The moment you have spelled its name, you note the card you have finished spelling on and do the same thing over with that card. When you reach the end of the deck, just start over again and fini-ish the spell. The spectator will quickly tell you he has seen it after the first run and before you've gone far on the second. Just cut the deck at the spot where you finish the second spell.
How explain that he is to do the rest himself, and that any card can be found merely by spelling. The performer continues, "Take any card, for instance the Six of Spades (naming the second card spelled). You just deal the cards one at a time and spell the name. On the last card you turn it over, and there it is." As you have spelled out the name of the card mentioned, it shows up. Drop it back on top of the pack, drop the pack on the dealt off cards, give them to the spectator. He names his chosen card and spells. He'll afterwards swear he shuffled and kept the cards always.
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was being directed to them and he waa glimpsing and refolding the question out of sight. How he would extend his left hand, with finger palmed billet, towards the lady next to him, and say, "Give me that paper," pointing not to the dummy but the other one. Taking this it was apparently opened and spread on the table, but in reality the one taken was drawn back Into the finger palm by thumb while the paper in hand was pushed out by fingers from where the right fingers took hold and opened it up. Thus the one opened on table was the one just answered and finger palmed was a fresh one. Again the 'business' would be gone through and new marks made and a new answer given. This time a slip from the second lady would be requested and apparently opened. Following this, the man's paper would be taken, then back to the seoond lady, and lastly the lady next to him again which would bring the dummy back to him In return for the final slip.
For single people Reese had a slightly different routine, although practically everything he ever did was based on one-ahead ideas. Four or five slips would be given a man to write questions on and fold. They would be thrown onto the table as written and Reese would mix them a little with his finger, but in doing so would switch the dummy for one paper. As the gentleman was writing his last paper, Reese would walk away, and in his wandering would open and read the stolen paper. The single fold each way of these papers made them very easy to open with one hand. As the person finished the last question, Reese would return to the table and ask him to put one paper in his left coat pocket, another in his right coat pocket, one in his left shoe, one In his right shoe, and the other perhaps Inside his watch. Reese only watched to be certain into which spot went the dummy slip of the five. Knowing the contents of the finger palmed slip in left hand, he would walk back and forth around the room and give the answer. Then he would point to one of the locations on tiie spectator's» person and ask for that paper. Taking it, he would open and read it, aloud, actually reading what was on the slip he knew and memorizing what he now saw. Folding this paper he would finger palm it in the right hand and left hand would toss the other to table. Reese invaribly smoked a cigar and the action of taking it from the mouth in thumb and finger of either hand served as an admirable mask for the finger palmed paper.
He would proceed by answering the next question and so on until the last, always leaving the dummy in its resting place until that time. It was a regular procedure of his to have the papers placed about the person in odd places, such as the watch case, for instance, and my theory for this is that such places, being unusual in character, were always remembered by the sitter in preference to the more common spots. Afterwards, in telling about the ordeal, they could be depended upon to swear that they had put the paper there and that he had answered It without being near It or them.
Another angle that Reese brought Into play often was in asking people to write the name of their favorite school teacher when a child; the name of the town or city where they were born; their auto license number; their telephone; their mother's maiden name; and any number of odd but personal bits of Information to which he could have no access but which would be vividly personal enough to the sitter to be remembered and talked about. Such items are far better than merely having any number or any word written.
In many cases, when Reese was going to work for someone he knew of, it was a simple matter
PaRe to check up on their telephone number before starting. In such a case, he would sandwich the request for a telephone number in among the other slips as they were being written. A steal was made of one of the others and read aa described before. Watching the telephone number slip on the table and also the dummy, he would have them pocket or conceal the slips as usual. However, when they picked up the telephone slip he would have it placed in a pocketboo':, between the pages of a notebook, or some other difficult spot. The rest of the slips would be read as usual but the telephone slip apparently forgotten. Then he would recall that there was another slip out, and merely taking the article which contained the slip and holding It to his forehead he would answer the question and hand It back. The sitter had been told so many things no one else could know that the idea of a persons ge tting his number would never be thought of. Hot alone the telephone number could so be used, but there are many little bits of information about a person that are dropped by others and of these most anything can be used. Much information about doctors, for instance, can be secured from a medical directory and it is possible to have the name of their college on one slip and the name of a professor at that college on another. The first you know, and the second request makes it logical to have the other.
Reese, when before a group of people, also had slips written upon, folded and collected. He would absently pick them up again, hand them to another person and ask him to put the papers under objects around the room. Of course, the switch had been made, Reese would light his cigar and read the slip In his cupped hands, and proceed to walk around the room to the various spots and apparently read the paper which was concealed at that point, leaving the dummy until the last. In all of these variations, it is to be noticed that the effect was what counted. The stories that are told about these happenings afterwards are unbelievable. Like the famed Or. Hooker rising cards, there were so many variations of the same thing that afterwards, one was put to difficulty to remember exactly the procedure on each test, and not get them confused with each other.
And now I want to give a bit of information which I doubt has ever seen print. Much has been said about soft paper that will not crackle as it is furtively opened. Invariably it has been left to the reader to search out a soft quality and experiment. Reese used a soft paper but he took it from a most natural spot. At his home, especially, when giving a test for visitors, he would pick up a book, and tear out the blank page at the back. Pulp paper books give you this perfect soft paper and right in front of people without the necessity of bringing out prepared sheets. This detail alone was one of his most potent secrets.
I haven't exhausted, by far, the many incidents and stories about Reese situations. However, I have given a practical and working knowledge of how he worked, and the fact that this man traveled the world over for years, and in the highest circles, while being looked upon by many as a competent psychic advisor, proves that such work is worth developing and extremely effective on the audience, as far as I know, and I keep a fairly complete file, nothing has been written about the man for magicians, although reams have been printed in the press about his marvels. Of one thing I'm sure. This type of work is more sought after, better liked, and talked about more than any other phase of the mystery game. And last but far from least, the monetary gain of those successful in this line far outdistances that of those successful in other branches of magic. BUT WATCH YOUR PRESENTATION, AND FORGET ABOUT KAGICaL MOVEMENTS THaT IMMEDIATELY CLASS YOU AS A MANIPULATOR.
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