Back in the early twenties there were many methods for accomplishing this feat and I gave my own in "The Book Without a Name." However, the one weak point, to me, was the necessity of jotting down the items as selected when any simple-minded person would find no trouble in remembering them. I think this to be almost as simple as it can be done, but that has been said before of many tricks.

Use a number two size end opening drug envelope, a card cut a little shorter than usual, and one of the now fairly well known thumb writers. Make a slit in the envelope on the face side about three-quarters of an inch from the bottom edge with the thumb nail so it will be a little jagged as if torn. Write on the card at the start everything as shown except the number, and space your writing also as shown. Put the card into the envelope with the flap side towards audience and writing away from them turned so it comes out through the slit as pictured. Seal flap and stand envelope against something, saying, "WE'LL PLACE THIS TO ONE SIDE SO ALL CAN SEE IT CONSTANTLY." Now proceed to force the color on someone using your own favorite method (or refer to my "202 Methods of Forcing") and then follow this by forcing the card on another. At this time be sure to tell the selector to put it back but keep it pictured well in his mind. Lay the deck aside and secure the thumb writer

on the right thumb as you carelessly pick up the sealed envelope in the left hand. Ask a third person to think of and name any number from 1 to 100. He does so. Turning to the first person you recall the color chosen. Then ask the second person to name the card he is thinking about. Then repeat the number thought of by the third person. This bit impresses the audience that the articles are being thought of only, or at least, that's what they go away thinking. And the slight stall enables you to put the number on the card protruding through the slit.

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