tray- side view


c tray- side view


In this case the performer never answers ALL of the queries written. There are always too many. He finishes by asking an audience member to pick out a final one from the pile, and he reveals its contents (?) and the remainder of the envelopes are tossed aside or into the crowd.

The foregoing has explained the use of the tray. However, most Jinx readers perform for comparatively small groups and gatherings where a "dumny" or "fake" question for the first is not to be countenanced. Before large audiences it is a simple matter for the performer to fix up a theoretical query, answer it, and have the assistant deliver it to anyone back in the hall or theatre with the remark, "Kindly check the question, sir," and be sure that no commotion will result. V/e know of but two practical (we think) methods for gaining that first question. Rather than ask everybody to "write a question" we prefer to have them jot down "items" such as "events in their lives", "names of relatives", "the place where born", "the name of One's first school teacher", "the maiden name of one's Wife", "social security number", etc.

The oerfonner hands out cards and envelopes asking each person to write a specific thing such as those mentioned. Only three or four are asked to write a question. The more varied this array of requests, the more the performer will hold interest during what would otherwise be a dull proceeding. AND, among these requests, he picks a person for some bit of data WHICH HE KITOWS, having taken effort to find it out. The telephone nunber generally is easiest. The as-stant, naturally, takes care of that particular envelope in his aforementioned peculiar way.

The second "out", when no previous information is available, uses that valuable "window envelope". The performer steps into his group of watchers followed by the assistant. He carries a stack of envelopes with cards inside. C*i the tot) of the Stack is an envelope v.'ith most of its face (address) side cut out, opening side down. On top of this is a blank card. The per-forner asks a person fairlv close to the front, "Think of some personal date or event in your life - something which you are certain is un-kaowti to everybody here, write it on the card so that you won't keep thinking of important haooenings, remember something else, and change your mind.-------Put it in the envelope (he does so, writing side down, you wet the flap and seal, and toss it carelessly upon the tray) and try hard to keep that occurance on your mind. It will aid me a lot."

You hand the rest of the etack to the assistant and tell the audience, "Each of you who takes an envelope and card, please do the same. If you don't care to note down (here you recite over the various possibilities as remarked before a few lines back)-----. you may write a question, something about which you «d like to be helped. I'll do my'very best to advise."

Nov/ you return to the front and, while the assistant takes care of handing out the writing material with its subseauent collection, either talk about the mind and what latent power it has, or perform some mental test to take up the time of those not actually participating in the main event. The assistant returns, and has the window envelope on top of all with the open side up and turned correctly. He offers you the tray. You mention that you'll take them at random and finger the pile, reading the question before you. Take another one and hold it up. The assistant dumps all but the window envelope onto the table and steps away to a spot where he can open it, remove the Card, slide it into a previously sealed and torn open envelope, and retain this result on the tray in the thumb position. Everything proceeds quite perfectly.

This exposition of a derided and almost discarded principle has endeavored to show how it might be rejuvenated by modern day mystics. For once, the performer has relegated the "trickery" part of the proceedings to his helper. For once, the master-mind can leave the mechanics of hie effect to the cleverness of someone constantly before the people yet never noticed. It is simply a case of the ultimate in misdirection when applied this way.

An applied routine from what has been offered can be of use to any couple presenting a telepathic act, for,after such an assistant's help In the opening, wherein the performer singly does one or two tests of psychic ability while the messages are being "set", that assistant mav then "come into the open" and be a definitely" recognised factor in the experiments to follow.

With personal questions (love, business, work, lost articles, etc.) talcing only a small part of the routine, and thus keeping the possibility of strangers and non-participants becoming bored at a minimum, this seeming proof of a performer's super-normal (and why not supernatural?) powers should be a strong "spot" In anv program of mystery itself, such a routine ought to be planned for not more than 20 minutes of an hour's show. Certainly there are few presentations using less apparati or less preparation and worry about "getting set up".

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