rom out of the nast I have taken a slate JT writing rcrinciole, long off the market, and utilised it in this nroblem. Bruce Hurling's method for getting rid of a "flap" while standing before an audience in vie'« of all may be used for countless effects. It should not be forgotten.

To his watchers the oerfomer shows a slate blank on both sides and identifies these sides by writing initials on each -initials as called out to him. The slate is stood in full view of everyone for the time being. Text are shown three current newsnaDers having blatant headlines. A spectator aids in the choice of one, whereunon the nerformer quickly cuts the headline words aoart and nuts them onto a table or the floor in crunroled un balls.

Another spectator does his Dart in the choice of one word, and he reads it aloud for all to hear. He, himself, then aouroaches the slate and shows its sides. And on the slate, which may be oassed around for avid insnection, is shakily chalked the very word nicked.'

In the concoction of this method I discarded the use of cards, dice, counters, etc., for the choosing of a word because, in the case at hand, they were "foreign" objects to the subject. It is necessary only to have the slate with special flap, two newspapers, chalk, and shears.

Let's cover the "selection" of the word before describing the genius-like .qualities of the slate itself. Newspaper headlines are short and to the point with nothing unnecessarily said. Except in terrific times, when one and two words carry great import, there are an average of from three to six words displayed. That the paper may be a few days old doesn't matter. The other paper, of a different name, must have a headline also, but it doesn't matter as to the exact number of words.

Let us

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