Gabbat H A

Dabblers In things of a spiritualistic nature should be interested in the following effect which has been put together for the small gathering and intimate type of performer. It can be carried in one pocket and, performed practically impromptu, runs about seven minutes with great Impression.

The performer asks spectator to write the i-nltials of a dead man on one oi seven small white cards, explaining that from this point on the card will represent the deceased person and that his burial will be re-enacted. On the six remaining pasteboards, thé spectator is told to write the initials of six living persons who will aot as pall-bearers for the "dead" man.

This done, the "dead" card is to be placed somewhere in the stack of pall-bearers, all taking place while performer stands at a distance. Picking up the stack of seven cards at fingertips, the performer drops them in a borrowed hat, the "cemetery."

He then explains that the dead man was a sincere believer in spiritualism and that he had left a pair of sealed slates with a friend sometime before his death, stating that he would attempt to "come back" and manifest his return.

At this point the performer exhibits two small slates, numbers the four sides, binds them together with a rubber band, and hands them to a member of his audience.

Suddenly remembering the "pall-bearers" still in the "cemetery," he remarks that It might be a good plan to see that they got home safely. Holding the hat high above his head, he has a spectator reach in and mix up the cards after which six are removed one by one and laid face down on table leaving one in the hat.

The performer now asks spectator to examine the cards to see if the correct one was "buried." The cards are turned face up and prove to be the six "pall-bearers." The slates are opened by the person holding them and on one side are the two initials which are the same as those on the dead card remaining in the hat! Gabbatha!

Required are two miniature slatea (2 x 2^) with flap purchasable at magical dealers (and sometimes called Vest Pocket Slates), seven rectangular pieces of white cardboard (li x 2) and a rubber band. (eontlnued on page 349)

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