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The perforations, dividing the paper into eight sections for tearing apart hold the sheets together securely until pulled apart. Such a prepared paper can be shown blank on both sides and quite freely handled.

After his opening, the magician steps into the audience. He passes from one to another and each is allowed to make a drawing. Simple design has been stressed as well as the word geometrical. In eight chances, there won't be one in a thousand or more trials when a triangle will not be made. Audiences never think clearly when attacked, and the simplest of patterns are about all of which they can think. However, and it is for that magus who is afraid of the one in countless chances, if a triangle hasn't shown up at the seventh place, merely look at someone a bit away, say, "A triangle for you?" write it in yourself and walk away. And you do not have to yell it so everyone In the place can hear, either.

Hold up the paper. It is all you have In your hrmds. Ag you talk about what has been done, tear It up. How? First fold in half with drawings inside. Open out only "a single thickness and tear off, placing in front to audience side. The strio, now four sections long is folded in half and TWO single thicknesses opened out, torn,and placed in front. The packet is folded in half for the last time and FOUR single thickness opened, torn, and also put in front. With prepared paper in hand you'll see how easily this works. You now hold a packet with eight separate slips (all alike) in front and behind is a folded up bundle of eight still together (the original front piece of sheet). Turn packet over In hand and count the eight separate slips into bowl. The folded packet remains in hand finger palmed and this hand immediately grasps bowl and shakes them up.

The me.lium is called for and comes on. The performer takes her by the hand and sees that she is seated in a chair with back to the audience. And In doing so the untorn packet Is left secretly in her hand. She is given a slate and chalk.

Now a spectator steps forward and has e free selection from among the slips. Naturally he gets a triangle and bears it off to a corner with another slate and piece of chalk.

Dipping into the bowl, the performer removes one paper, looks at it,"says nothing. The medium draws on her slate. What? One of the drawings on the strip she has before her, skipping, of course, the triangle, wherever it may be. She then holds her drawing up for all to see. The performer glances back at his paper (one of the seven triangles left in the hat), then at the audience, and asks who drew the ----. naming whatever the medium has drawn. It is acknowledged. Quickly, and as fast as they can be run through, the medium duplicates the other six sketches. In each Instance it is apparent that the performer is looking at the sketch first and by some mental force sending the picture to her. Wise guys will go crazy watching for cues and signals. With the seventh slip gone, the person in the corner is asked to make his drawing on the slate and bring it forward. The 2nedlui7i stands and keens her slate back outwards. The spectator shows his drawing, and as a finish, the medium turns her slate around to show a duplicate. So now you can do a picture sending effect with just fifteen minutes practise.

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York, England 7th November, 1938

Dear Mr. Annemann;

I would like to mention that one effect of yours has become my most favourite mental effect, and that is the "Magic versus Mentalism" from your "One Man Mental Routine". If you have read the "World's Pair" magical ptiges, edited by Brunei White recently, you fciay have noticed that I presented this effect In a mental routine in the Scottish Magical Convention at Glasgow, and after proceeding as per your book, ---

(By Annemann: The effect in question has been found very satisfactory. Two decks are used and both are in cases to start. Both are arranged previous to the performance. Locate and place on top of deck reading from back towards face -AC, 6H, JS, 8H, 9D, QD. Pencil dot the upper left and lower right corners on back of the QD. On top of these six put nine indifferent cards from deck. Arrange the other deck the same way. A spectator is asked up and shown the two decks. He is told to take either one he wishes and to pocket for the time being. The magus explains that a magician has cards selected by hand but the mentalist has them chosen by mind alone. He takes remaining deck from case and fans them face down as he Is talking (the book gives a complete "patter scheme) breaking deck so marked Queen is at face up upper half and the six face card3 are spread out a bit so as to be the only one3 showing. They are held before spectator who thinks of one and the deck returned to normal. A dovetail shuffle doesn't disturb top 15 and spectator is given deck. For the first time he reveals the card and is asked to deal the cards on performer's hand. Performer spells and on the last letter mentally chosen card turns up. Now — performer asks if he could possible have known what card spectator was going to think of BEFORE the effect was begun. Then spectator Is told to take pack from pocket, remove from case, and deal them again as before. Once more the card is spelled and again it turns up. Using the patter scheme the thing has always hit people between the eyes. Mr. May, however, has produced a bit of a finish which appeals to me very much and which I am now making good use of. It may serve to wake up a few who have let the effect slip by unnoticed and give them a new item for the program.)

---I turn to some other person in the audience, and say, "perhaps, Sir, you may have some doubts about the genuineness of this experiment.

"Whatever the reply, I say, To prove that I definitely foretold what card the gentleman would select mentally, I wrote its name down, sealed it, and put it here in my pocket. Would you kindly take it out and read aloud what card I thought would be chosen in the gentleman's mind?"

He does so, and of course the prediction is correct. You will, naturally, have tumbled by now to the fact that I have six envelopes for the six cards and have one in each pocket so that the spectator may remove it himsatLf. You prepare only one new envelope each sbHuMugi' it is a most extraordinaryJtlimij/; 'to a TifleSftect.

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